Sorry to break it to you: If you're not following these tips, your dry shampoo habit could be a waste.

By Kylie Gilbert
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If you aren't using dry shampoo already, you're missing out. Case in point: The oil-absorbing, style-extending product can help you avoid washing your hair for five whole days. Even if you do already have this multipurpose miracle product in your haircare arsenal, you may not be getting the most out of it if you're buying the wrong dry shampoo for you or using it the wrong way. Luckily, YouTube beauty blogger Stephanie Nadia breaks down the dry shampoo do's and don'ts.

First thing's first, don't blindly buy the first dry shampoo you come across in the drugstore or the one your friend is obsessed with. Dry shampoos are made for specific hair textures, colors, and with different goals in mind, so be sure to pick the right one for you. The options are pretty much endless: There are volumizing versions for fine hair, black colored versions for dark hair, and loose hair powders for those who want to opt organic. (Here are the best post-workout dry shampoos for every hair need.)

Some other key tips: Don't spray the dry shampoo all over. While there's certainly no harm, since it will help add allover texture, if it's the just-washed look you're after, part and spray the roots, then brush out with a boar bristle brush to absorb all of the hair's build up oil and volumize the roots in the process. Don't forget to work the dry shampoo into the crown of your head too to get extra volume (and a super-clean look). Another trick: Spray dry shampoo on the brush directly, wait a few minutes, and then use a zig-zag motion to add texture and ensure the product is fully absorbed. If you're using a loose dry shampoo powder, apply to your roots with a fluffy makeup brush to avoid white splotches of powder that can be hard to blend in with the rest of your hair.

To help dry shampoo absorb fully, you can also apply to roots at night so in the morning, hair is all ready to go. Whatever you do, just don't touch roots afterwards-your hand's oils will transfer to your hair, undoing all of your hard work. A few other dry shampoo mistakes to avoid at all costs? Spraying on wet hair, or becoming over-reliant on dry shampoo (um, guilty as charged), which can actually dry out your scalp in the winter and cause dandruff.

Comments (2)

Anonymous
January 17, 2019
I have very thin, fine brown hair. I have tried SEVERAL department store dry shampoos. I have hated everything except Batiste with the brown tint, but I still struggled with it and felt the need to keep searching for the perfect dry shampoo. When I first used this, my hair felt greasier than it was before and I thought "here we go again". I watched some YouTube videos and realized I was not using enough. Don't be afraid to just pour this onto your roots. You want to see piles of powder. When it soaks up the oil, the gray powder turns to a brown/black and blends into your hair perfectly. The only thing I don't like (which I think is just the sacrifice of using dry shampoo), is when I scratch my head, I get dark residue under my nails. You don't notice there's anything on your scalp until you have an itch though. In the end, I am DONE searching for the perfect dry shampoo! https://amzn.to/2SXXTNB
Anonymous
September 3, 2018
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