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The Do’s And Don’ts Of Dry Shampoo

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Ask a handful of women for their beauty hero, and it’s likely at least one of them will say dry shampoo. Allowing you to lie in for longer and making blow-dries last an extra day, dry shampoo is a true modern day beauty saviour, but are you getting the most from it? Read on for the golden rules of using dry shampoo...

DO: Keep Your Distance

When using a dry shampoo, hold the nozzle around 10 inches from your roots – this will lightly and evenly distribute the product without causing unnecessary build-up. Remember – your hair’s oil and grease comes from the roots, so aim there for the best results and to save yourself wasting unnecessary product.

DON’T: Be Afraid To Mix It Up

Not all shampoos were created equal – take, for example, Ouai’s game-changing foam dry shampoo, which is fast becoming a cult product in the beauty sphere. The clever, water-free formula will absorb excess oil, the mousse will add volume and volcanic minerals cleanse while also giving tresses a healthy hit of hydration.

DO: Rotate Different Formulas

Whether you’re looking to banish oil or boost volume, there’s a dry shampoo for you. Make like the pros and stock an arsenal of different formulas – we love to attack our morning bedhead with Klorane’s soothing Dry Shampoo, £6, while Sam McKnight’s Lazy Girl, £19, works hard to revive limp strands ahead of post-work drinks.

DON’T: Forget To Blend

If you simply spray your dry shampoo and leave it, you’re only halfway there. Try massaging the product lightly through strands post-spritzing, scrunching with your fingers as you go – this will help to add texture and volume as well as create a more natural finish. Remember to brush thoroughly and you’re good to go.

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DO: Be Patient

Most dry shampoos take at least 60 seconds to completely soak up any excess oil. With this in mind, mist a small amount over your strands and wait at least a minute before applying more product. If you have been a little heavy-handed, fear not – a quick blast with a hairdryer will help to remove any excess product.

DON’T: Be Lazy

At the end of the day, dry shampoo isn’t real shampoo, so don’t go more than four days without washing your hair properly. While the haircare wonder is great in a pinch, it can lead to blocked hair follicles over time, leading to an irritated scalp and lacklustre strands. Err on the side of caution and alternate between using dry shampoo and giving your locks the deep, thorough cleanse they deserve (bonus points if you invest in a scalp scrub).

DO: Use It For Prevention

George Northwood, hairstylist to the likes of Alexa Chung and Alicia Vikander, says the key to getting the most from your dry shampoo is to tackle grease before it even happens. Try using it straight after you’ve dried your hair post-wash for amp up volume and make the hair last longer between washes.


Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk, £6 | Klorane

Lazy Girl Dry Shampoo, £19 | Hair By Sam McKnight

Dry Shampoo Foam, £25 | Ouai


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