I know I’m in great company when I say dry shampoo is confusing to use. Have you bought dry shampoo, read the instructions, applied it and then thought to yourself, “this was a waste of money, it didn’t work”?. That was my response for the first ten dry shampoos I ever used. I was convinced they were the greatest hoax in the beauty industry. Could it be that I was just using it incorrectly? The instructions were simple enough:
- Shake can well before use and in between sprays.
- Spray roots evenly holding can 10 inches from head. Do not spray on hair lengths – it is meant for the scalp and roots.
- Leave product in for 2 minutes to allow it to soak up oil.
- Brush hair thoroughly until the powder is removed.
- Style as desired!
Nearly all dry shampoo provide the same instructions as above, so where was I going wrong? Determined to get to the bottom of this, I called on Grant Withnell, National Technical Educator for Schwarzkopf Australia, to dumb down just how to use the most popular hair styling product of modern times. Hair styling confuses me at the best of times but his guidance, along with my own trial & error, has changed me into a dry shampoo convert. If you were in the same boat as me I hope this tutorial will help you.
How To Use Dry Shampoo
- Shake the can. It sounds simple but I kept forgetting to do this. You may also need to shake it between each spray – use a mirror when applying it so you can see if the white mist is coming out. If it is clear, you probably need to shake it.
- Hold the can at least 30 cm from your head – that is a standard school ruler – this will avoid any over spraying. If you are getting a white residue the can is to close to your head.
- Use dry shampoo at the root area – near the scalp. NOT on the scalp, just where the hair meets the scalp.
- Concentrate on the areas of hair at your crown, hairline and part. Separate the hair into horizontal wefts and lift vertically to apply the dry shampoo to the underneath of your hair. You don’t want to spray the top of your head as this is how it becomes visible.
- A good rule of thumb – spray lightly as you would a mist of hairspray and then you can always use more if need be. If you’re using a hair powder instead of a spray, tap a small amount into your hair at a time.
- Immediately after spraying (or tapping the loose powder in) rub lightly with your fingertips. This will allow the powder to soak up all that oil that may be hiding between hairs. You can then brush out the powder if you wish but avoid using a brush that stimulates your scalp (which will just make you oily again).
- If your hair tends to tangle or you suffer from the dreaded oily-roots-dry-end problem, use a dry conditioner or oil mist spray after the dry shampoo, applying it on the mid lengths and ends. It will give your hair that complete “just washed” look.
- If you tend to get oily roots within 1 or 2 days after shampooing, try using dry shampoo instead of washing your hair everyday. Washing your hair stimulates the sebaceous glands so it produces more sebum which lubricates your scalp. Using dry shampoo prevents having to do this all the time, there is no harm in using dry shampoo a couple of days in a row if you need to, however, after that things can look a little untidy.
My Favourite Dry Shampoo Products
Now that I have been properly using dry shampoo for quite some time I have some trusty favourites.
Batiste Wild Dry Shampoo
Batiste’s 10-piece line of dry shampoo have been a popular choice for hair lovers but it is the Wild Sassy & Daring Dry Shampoo that is my stand-out pick of the bunch. The formula is the same as the original Batiste but this one has an intoxicating oriental fragrance. Key notes of notes of cocoa, vanilla and musk will make you wish they made perfume!
Australia $9.95 from Big W, Coles, Priceline, David Jones, Target, Terry White Chemist, My Chemist, Chemist Warehouse and selected pharmacies.
UK £2.99 from Boots
evo Water Killer
Aside from ridding our hair of dry shampoo, I love this one because it leaves my hair feeling really soft. It is free of sulphates, parabens and propylene glycol so it is great if you have a sensitive scalp. The minimal fragrance makes this a great option if you don’t care for fragranced hair products.
USA $25 from professional salons. Locate one here.
UK £15 from Look Fantastic
Kerastase Paris Powder Bluff
Consider this one the luxury take on dry shampoo. It contains UV and heat protection so it is a styling product all in one, and it’s transparent to ensure there is no white residue left behind.
Australia $42 from Kérastase Paris salons, visit the Kérastase website to find your nearest location.
UK £17.25 from Look Fantastic
Do you use dry shampoo? Do you have a favourite? Let me know by commenting below!