The Ultimate Dry Shampoo Guide: The Right Way to Refresh Your Strands

The experts weigh in on the best way to use this favorite hair care product. 

Dry shampoo is a cult favorite hair product for both the beauty obsessed and uninitiated alike—and with good reason. On days when you don’t have time to wash and style your hair, this time-saving product does all the hard work for you in just a few minutes. Like a spritz of your favorite perfume or a swipe of universally flattering red lipstick, it’s a quick addition to your beauty routine that has a big impact. The best dry shampoo not only sops up excess oil and sebum on the scalp that can lead to greasiness, it also refreshes and revives tired strands in need of a thorough wash and leave them feeling good as new.

We’ve created the ultimate dry shampoo guide to ensure that you’re getting the most of your favorite product, and we’re positive these expert tips and tricks will be gamechangers in your beauty routine. Keep reading to discover what the experts have to say about dry shampoo application in our deep dive guide below:

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It’s as easy as…1…2…3.

Dry shampoo application seems simple enough, right? That’s because it is. When used correctly, these life-changing  dry shampoos refresh hair between washes to keep you at the top of your game no matter what the day holds. But are you using it right? Read through our quick list of tips and tricks to make sure you’re getting the most of this hair care essential.

Tip #1: Spray it right.

Make sure to hold the can 8-12 inches away from your scalp and target the nozzle at your roots. This is the best way to avoid white residue or a wet, oily feel after application. (Editor’s note: Having trouble measuring? You want to spray from about a hair product can’s length away from your scalp, or until your arms form a capital letter L.)

Use TRESemmé Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo to remove excess oil from your strands and leave your hair feeling rejuvenated. Another bonus? This dry shampoo leaves no visible residue so you won’t have to worry about chalky white strands.

Tip #2: Go in for the massage.

Don’t skip the massage! Massaging your scalp once you’ve applied the product not only feels amazing, but it also helps move dry shampoo to different parts of your hair to absorb all your excess sebum. Suave Moroccan Infusion Weightless Dry Shampoo smells incredible and makes the massaging portion of the dry shampoo process even more enjoyable.

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Brush the dry shampoo spray through to ensure a thorough coating.

Tip #3: Brush it through.

If you’re still not feeling fully refreshed, you just have to run your hairbrush through your hair. Brushing will help actually remove oil, dirt and any excess product from your strands. If you’re looking to restore your voluminous roots to their former glory, we’d suggest Dove Refresh+Care Volume and Fullness Dry Shampoo after completing tips one and two. Keep in mind that if you’ve decided to use a powder dry shampoo this step is especially important to ensure that all of the powder is evenly distributed and blended in.