This Is How to Use Dry Shampoo the Right Way (You're Welcome)

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If you’re like any other human, you can’t be blamed for going a few days without washing your hair. And for some women with thick, long hair (like myself), two days between washes can turn into two weeks because maintaining a mop like mine is time-consuming.

As you can imagine, roots undoubtedly get greasy. Enter my saving grace: dry shampoo.

No doubt about it, dry shampoo is a time-saving miracle product that liberates the busy girl from the confines of having to wash her hair everyday while injecting a little volume and texture into her look.

Dry shampoo removes the excess oil from your hair, leaving it looking freshly washed and perfectly textured. I’ve become somewhat of an expert on using this product over the years, so I’m going to tell you how to pick one that’s right for you and exactly how to use it.

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There are plenty of dry shampoos on the market, ranging from super expensive brands sold at Sephora to more affordable drugstore brands. All have their strengths and weaknesses.

The first step is to figure out what you want. Are you looking for a fantastic fragrance? Try Elizabeth and James Nirvana Dry Shampoo, which comes in both white and black scents.

The white is floral, feminine and sophisticated, while the black is more sensual, with hints of sandalwood and vanilla.

The fragrances are intoxicating. Even better: They come in both a regular size (4.4 ounces) as well as a fantastic travel size (1.3 ounces) that fits easily in your purse for when you need a midday refresher.

I’m also a big fan of the Dry Bar’s Triple Sec. This three-in-one product is a lighter-style dry shampoo, volumizing spray and texturizing spray — all at the same time.

If you like a hint of color in your dry shampoo, Bumble and Bumble makes four different colors (blondish, brownish, black and white) and is known for its elite styling products.

If you’re not feeling the price tag on those, Batiste is a more affordable option. They make many different colored and scented dry shampoo options. Below I use my absolute favorite. At $7 a bottle, it can’t be beat.

How to Use Dry Shampoo

When you’re on dirty-hair day 2 or 3 (or 4, 5 or 6, for that matter) and you’re ready for a refresh, reach for your dry shampoo.


1. Part your hair as desired and hold the can about a foot from our head so you don't wind up with big spots along your hairline.

2. Do a quick, even spray along the part. Dry shampoo is buildable, so start with a light layer first and add more as needed.

3. If you opted for a regular formula (not colored), the product will look white. Don’t fret, my dears! Just blend by using your fingers to tap and shake your hair in the place you just sprayed.

4. Continue to spray your roots all around your head as needed, making sure to lift your hair and spray directly to the targeted root area. I like to pay close attention to the hairline around my face, as this is the area that will always be oilier due to its proximity to my heavily moisturized and makeup-covered skin.

Dry Shampoo Doubles as a Texturizer


1. You can also use dry shampoo as a texturizing spray. This works great with freshly washed hair that tends to be too silky and needs a little body and texture. Using the same method, spray into the body of your hair to give your locks a much-needed boost.

2. Using your fingers, work the product into your hair.

A Word to the Wise

Because this product removes excess oil from hair, it can also dry it out. If you feel that it dries your hair out too much, perhaps opt for a moisturizing shampoo that can reinvigorate your hair each time you wash. Also, keep a moisturizing hair oil like argan on your ends to prevent split ends and damage.

What Do YOU Think?

Have you ever tried using dry shampoo? If so, how do you usually apply it, and which one is your favorite? If not, what do you do when it's been a while since you've washed your hair? Let us know in the comments section!