There’s nothing worse than getting a beautiful blowout and having to wash it out the next day because of a greasy scalp. Thankfully, the hair gods created dry shampoo so we can keep our blowout bouncy and fresh for days on end. For those of you new to the dry shampoo game, or if you just want to learn more about the dirty hair phenomenon, read on to find out some helpful tips and tricks about dry shampoo.
1. Only use it on dry hair:
This may not come as a shock, but dry shampoo only works on dry hair. So don’t try spraying or sprinkling your dry shampoo onto wet, freshly washed hair.
2. Keep a distance:
When using an aerosol dry shampoo, make sure you spray the dry shampoo at least 6 inches away from the scalp. Otherwise, you’ll get way too much build up and you won’t be able to separate it out through your hair.
3. It’s okay that it’s white:
If dry shampoo is new to you, don’t freak out if your hair gets a little white at first. Let the product sit for a few minutes before styling and the white residue should go away. If it’s still a bit chalkier than you’d like, comb it through your hair with your fingers. Apply underneath: Do not apply dry shampoo to the top of your head. Doing that will leave you with that dreaded white residue and it will not add volume to your hair. Instead, lift the top layer of hair and spray underneath at the root so you can hide the white residue.
4. You can style again afterwards:
Try not to go overboard with the application. If you happen to apply too much to one spot, don’t worry because it can be fixed! Simply add a touch of a lightweight serum to the spot and gently blow dry the are, or you can brush out the dry shampoo until it is completely absorbed.
5. Stop touching your hair:
Do not touch your hair — we repeat — do not touch your hair. Ever. Even if you have applied dry shampoo to your strands, the natural oils in your fingertips will only make your hair oily again. That’s how you got yourself into the oily hair mess to begin with.
DIY your own dry shampoo for darker hair so that you can skip washing your hair! Mix 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons of corn starch, and a dash of cinnamon. Apply at your roots and shake through with your fingers for a refreshed head of hair!