How to Use Dry Shampoo Spray: Insider Hair Tips and Tricks

How to use dry shampoo in ways you have never imagined!

Dry shampoo is seriously a life saver when it comes to reviving unwashed hair. Especially on those occasions when you can’t fit a hair wash or a trip to the salon into your busy schedule — we’ve all been there. These days we’re so obsessed with lived-in hairstyles and we can thank dry shampoo for letting us have refreshed and oil-free tresses to help us achieve the messy chic hairstyles we love. Have second-day or third-day hair and beyond? Read below to learn how to use dry shampoo spray to prep your hair before styling, when we love to use it and more.

How to Use Dry Shampoo Spray Before Styling Hair

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Turn your sleek blowout into a fluffy and chic masterpiece on lived-in hair. Photo credit:

1. The Blowout

What’s better than a fresh-out-of-the-salon blowout these days? A blowout will give you natural-looking hair long after your hair appointment with loads of bed-head texture. To keep a blowout in shape you’ll need to go through a few tricks before bed, which may require the use of your flat iron. But with your hectic schedule, jumping into bed after a long day seems more like it. Go with the flow, girlfriend. Refresh your hair with Dove Refresh + Care Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo to remove oil while adding volume and fullness to your hair. Brush your hair to work the product throughout and rough up your locks with your hands to encourage texture.

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Don’t let grease hold your waves down. Use dry shampoo to nail your ‘do. Photo credit: Dvora

2. The Disheveled Beach Wave

In order for any type of cool beach wavy hairstyle to thrive, hair can’t be weighed down with oil and grease. If you’ve been wearing your wavy hairstyle for the past three days and want to extend the life of the look a little longer, you know the drill—dry shampoo! Formulized to make fine, limp and lifeless hair appear smooth, spray some of the Bed Head by TIGI Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo onto your roots to absorb oil and to give your hair volume and texture.

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Revive your hair with dry shampoo for a fluffy and grease-free base before creating your updo style. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

3. The Messy Bun

We all succumb to a tight bun when our hair is dirty. But, we totally have another option — the messy bun. In order to nail this light and airy mussed-up texture, limp hair is definitely not a part of the formula. Liberally apply some of the Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo onto your roots to revive hair. This will give your hair some seriously flawless body and volume before creating your über chic updo.

When to Use Dry Shampoo

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How to make the most of your dry shampoo and make any product work with dark roots.

1. Use it after the gym.

The days of blaming a missed workout on a freshly done blowout are over. If you’re really sweaty post-workout, rinse off your hair but skip the full shampoo and conditioner. Instead, spritz some of the Dove Refresh + Care Volume and Fullness Dry Shampoo on your hair and lightly massage your scalp–much like you would with regular shampoo. Keep massaging the product into your hair until it’s no longer visible.

The key to bringing hair that’s gone through a lot of sweating back to life is letting your strands air out before going in with dry shampoo. Leave your hair down while you go through the rest of your post-shower routine and finish off with dry shampoo. You’ll be left with a cool and fresh feeling hair that also smells incredible.

2. Avoid coating your hair.

Hold the can of dry shampoo a good twelve inches away from your hair to avoid a fine mist of white product all over your hair. It will do all the same impressive work without giving your hair an all-over gray tone. This is a particular concern for those of us with darker hair. Bonus tip: try the Nexxus New York Salon Care Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist if you have color-treated hair and you’re worried about damaging your stylist’s work. This dry shampoo is formulated with colored hair in mind.

3. Embrace the lived-in look.

The Bed Head by TIGI Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo is the secret to refreshed hair that still maintains that second or third day grunge look. Choosing this dry shampoo over other options will still absorb the excess oil without messing with the coveted ‘I woke up like this’ look that takes more effort to achieve than we’d sometimes like to admit.

How to Use Dry Shampoo Spray in Your Busy Life

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Dry shampoo spray is a great way to revive your hair in-between washings.

1. Post-workout.

You scored a workout before work, after work, in-between class, or whenever! However you managed to fit a workout into your busy life awesome! After your sweat-session, let your hair out of your messy ponytail as you spray your locks with some dry shampoo. The Nexxus New York Salon Care Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist is a great option that can work to soak up your hair oils while also providing your hair with natural movement.

2. Date night.

Sure, date-night has been on your mind all week, but so has millions of other things that you have going on. If washing your hair didn’t make it on your to-do list, use some dry shampoo to refresh your hair. The TRESemmé Fresh Start Basic Care Dry Shampoo features a combination of B12 and Keratin, which helps to remove excess oil while also refreshing your dry hair.

3. Weekend chilling.

We all love some chill-out time on the weekend that may or may not include washing your locks. Revive your strands in-between outings (or resting) by using the TRESemmé Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo. This formula is particularly ideal for fine or limp hair as it works to revive and refresh your strands.

4. Traveling. 

You’re a mover and a shaker who is often embarking on one adventure to another. With your fast-paced lifestyle, you may not have the time for regular hair washings. In between adventures, spritz your hair with some of the Dove Detox+Purify Dry Shampoo. Start at the crown as you shake the product throughout your hair. You will be amazed at how fresh your hair looks without having to do much. Bonus, your hair will smell amazing.

5. You overslept.

Life happens, so when you do happen to oversleep you can be a crazed mess the next day. Since you have no time to wash and condition your hair, use some of the Bed Head by TIGI Oh Bee Hive! Dry Shampoo, which can help you absorb hair oils as it creates some serious volume.


Dry Shampoo: How to Use It The Correct Way

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Dry shampoo is the perfect midday refresh for limp or stringy locks. Bonus: It has a slightly mattifying effect too, which we’re all about. Photo credit:

How to use dry shampoo spray our way:

A few dos and don’ts when using dry shampoo:

Do use only a few times each week, and only as a reprieve from the cleansing benefits of regular shampoo or as a midday refresh. Although your hair might benefit from the occasional break from water-washing, its effects can plateau after a certain number of uses, usually after three days.

Don’t use dry shampoo on dripping wet hair. Its main advantages come from sopping up excess oil, and not as a styling product on wet hair.

Do let the product settle on your scalp, and don’t panic at the sight of white. Spraying the product too close to your head (< 6”) can give quite a potent burst of product at the onset; feel free to tousle your roots once this happens, and rest assured the product will disperse accordingly. Ed’s tip: Try forming a capital letter L with your arm; this is approximately the right distance.

Do keep an emergency mini-bottle in your purse, gym locker or office drawer for an on-the-go root lift. This can prove especially handy, particularly during long busy days where a shower is nowhere in sight.

Do start by lifting your hair and spritz the product on the roots. This helps focus its drying properties directly on the scalp, while providing some bounce and lift at the same time.

Do use dry shampoo as a fast and easy bang degreaser. A fringe is particularly susceptible from getting oily and stringy because it lays flat on our actual foreheads. A simple spritz of the product onto the hairline of a fringe can refresh and reinvigorate your locks.

Need more dry shampoo tips? Here’s how to use it on color treated hair.