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 now that we’re all hanging inside a lot more and then need to look on-point isn’t as urgent — we’re all going through it. 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.

1. The Blowout

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

These days, an at home blowout is our only option. If you find the motivation to style your hair, you’re going to want to make it last. 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 Love Beauty and Planet Volume and Bounty Juicy Grapefruit Day 2 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.

2. The Disheveled Beach Wave

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

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! Formulated to make fine, limp and lifeless hair appear smooth, spray some of Bed Head by TIGI Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo onto your roots to absorb oil and to give your hair volume and texture.

3. The Messy Bun

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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

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 Nexxus Between Washes Smooth & Clean Dry Shampoo Foam 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 a Workout

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 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.

3. Embrace the Lived-In Look

TRESemmé Clean Pro Pure 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.

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

4. Virtual Date Night

Sure, a virtual date-night with your quarantined cutie may have been on your mind all week, but so have 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. Suave Professionals Refresh & Revive Dry Shampoo features a combination of B12 and Keratin, which helps to remove excess oil while also refreshing your dry hair.

5. 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 a dry shampoo. This formula is particularly ideal for fine or limp hair as it works to revive and refresh your strands.

6. 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 dry shampoo to 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:

A Few Dos and Don’ts:

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.

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