Dry shampoo is a savior for many of us. There are days when we simply just don’t have the time (or the energy!) to lather, rinse, and repeat. Thankfully, on those days we can keep our hair looking flawless with a few pumps of dry shampoo.
As great as dry shampoo is, you know that if you overdo it, it can present a whole new set of problems. One of them being people thinking you’ve dyed your hair gray—whoops. To avoid obvious dry shampoo residue and to keep your locks looking fresh, check out some tips on how to use dry shampoo effectively:
1. Choose a shade that matches your hair.
2. Concentrate on the roots.
Your roots are where your hair starts getting greasy first. Therefore, make sure you’re really concentrating applying the product there. Your ends really don’t need much dry shampoo, especially if you have longer hair. You can try a powder dry shampoo formula if you find it difficult to target a specific area with a spray.
3. Don’t spray it too close.
The instructions on your dry shampoo bottle probably suggest spraying the product at least an arm’s length away from your head. You might be tempted to spray the product closer to your roots to really get it in there, but that’s how you end up with an obvious white patch.
4. Keep it handy post-workout.
No time to hit the showers after you get your fitness on? Make sure that you have your dry shampoo handy. Look for a formula with a refreshing scent so it will cut through grease and get rid of that sweaty scalp smell.
5. Work it in properly.
Take it easy with that spray nozzle for a second. You don’t want to apply more product than you need. Start off by applying a bit of dry shampoo then work it in. If you find that your locks are still looking greasy, gradually add more, working the product in as you go.
6. Tackle multiple hair problems at once.
Are greasy locks just one of your many hair woes? Select a dry shampoo that does more than soak up the grease. For example, if your hair is feeling pretty parched, you can look for a formula with keratin to help repair hair.
7. Apply it before your locks get greasy.
It might seem wasteful, but it saves you in the long run. Try applying a bit of dry shampoo before you go to bed. When you wake up, your roots won’t be anywhere near as greasy as they normally would be.
Try: Pantene Dry Shampoo
8. Use it to get supersized volume.
One of the great things about dry shampoo besides the fact that it gets rid of greasy roots is that it can take hair from flat to full-bodied. For optimal volume, look for a dry shampoo specifically formulated to build body.
9. Be patient.
Some dry shampoos instruct you to wait a few minutes after you apply them before you rub them in. If yours says it, make sure you listen. You have to give the product a chance to work its magic.
If you’re using a spray dry shampoo, the last thing you want is the nozzle to get plugged. When that happens, you won’t be able to use the product until it gets cleared. After your application, wipe anyway any residue that’s left on the nozzle. If you’re worried about clogged bottles, you can also try a powder formula.
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