I love a time-saving hair trick. No time to shampoo and blow-dry your hair in the morning? Mist on some dry shampoo, and you’ve freed up a few minutes for coffee. (One of my faves is Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray“>. And now there’s a whole new kind of product for making your hair look more polished: They’re called dry conditioners, and they soften and smooth hair with minimal effort. Here’s how to get the most out of them:

What do dry conditioners do?

Spray dry lengths and ends with dry conditioner, and you’re misting your hair with a fine coating of nourishing oils and hair-smoothing ingredients like emollients, explains cosmetic chemist Ron Robinson. Dry conditioners are designed to spritz on just enough to make your hair shinier, smoother, and softer (kind of like a deep-conditioning treatment”> without the risk of overapplying or making hair greasy, he says. Bonus: If you flatiron or curl your hair after applying dry conditioner, the conditioning agents will help prevent breakage. Look for dry conditioners with argan oil (in Oribe Dry Conditioner“> or sunflower oil (in Suave Dry Conditioner and Oscar Blandi Dry Conditioner”>.

When should you use them?

Whenever your hair is looking dry or dirty. You can aim dry shampoo at the roots and dry conditioner over the length and ends, and your hair will almost, almost look like you took the time to blow-dry it with a round brush. They’re also great for smoothing flyaways, softening coarse or overly bleached hair, and making your hair look all-around more polished on days when you didn’t bother to style it.

Who shouldn’t use them?

If your hair is prone to looking stringy or limp, you’d be wise to steer clear, since dry conditioners can weigh down very fine hair. And even though they contain starch to absorb some grease, avoid misting them right at the roots. If you have curly hair, listen up: Dry conditioners do not smooth or boost curls. I know, it sounds like they would be awesome for that, but trust me—a very kind colleague tried it out, and it made her curls look fuzzy. Your curls may like these oils, but you will still have to use a styler for curl definition.

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