The first rule of curly hair is shampoo. The second rule of curly hair is shampoo less. You get the picture.

But how exactly do we go 3, 4 or 5 days in between washes while maintaining a clean scalp and hair? The answer is dry shampoo. Dry shampoo is an essential hair product to help us go longer between washings. It leaves the hair and scalp feeling clean and refreshed without using any water.

If you've ever sprayed dry shampoo into your hair and were left with confusing results and a white tint to your hair, you probably weren't using it correctly. Here is how to use dry shampoo to revive curly and wavy hair.

How to Use It

  1. Shake the can.
  2. Hold the dry shampoo about 6 inches away from scalp.
  3. Spray down the part from the hairline to the nape of the neck.
  4. Repeat this 3-4 times on the left side and 3-4 times on the right side, about every inch or so.
  5. Massage it in using the pads of your fingers, not your nails (as this can scratch your scalp) for around 5 minutes. Continue this until the shampoo feels completely absorbed. The scalp massage will also increase blood circulation and help encourage growth.
  6. You can spray the dry shampoo down the length. Try not to go overboard because dry shampoo can be drying.
  7. Do not comb the dry shampoo into your hair! This will disrupt your curl pattern and can also leave to tangles.
  8. Rather, take the hair in sections and twist it around each other so the dry shampoo absorbs  whatever oil or styling product there is.
  9. Untwist the hair and fluff it out a bit. You can scrunch a little after to re-encourage curl formation.
  10. If your hair now looks too dry or fluffy, put a drop of silicone free serum in it to add some shine back.

Here are a few of our favorite dry shampoos:

DevaCurl No-poo Quick CleanserOribe Dry Texturizing Hair SpraySuave Keratin Infusion Dry ShampooBaptiste Dry Shampoo. Or you can always DIY your own!

MORE: Top 15 Dry Shampoos

Watch the Video

Watch my video tutorial for reviving your curly-wavy hair with dry shampoo.