dry shampoo

We have all had a time in our lives where we wondered about using dry shampoo. But what exactly is dry shampoo? When is the best time to use it? What kind of benefits does it provide for your hair?

What does it do?

Dry shampoo is a fine powder that comes in either a shake-on, dust on or a spray on form. Dry shampoo’s goal is to soak up the excess oil that is on your scalp. This oil is the culprit for making our curls seem dirty. Kristin Ess of The Beauty Department describes the use of dry shampoo as facial blotting papers, but for your hair!

Make it work for your hair

Not only does dry shampoo help your natural oils stay locked into your hair for a longer period of time, but also makes sure your hair stays looking fresh. If you have wavy hair and bangs that are acting up, a quick spritz of dry shampoo can help lay them down. Apply a water-based paste on top to seal in the style. If you thermally straighten your curls with a heat styling tool (i.e. flat iron), using a dry shampoo can help prolong the life of your straightened look. Dry shampoo can also be effective when used before working out or going out on a hot day.

Apply directly to your roots on dry hair (NOT wet) to protect from excess sweating and oil production causing your hair to be limp, stinky, and oily. If your hair gets dry, Kristin recommends lightly applying dry shampoo on the part only, and putting a little jojoba oil on the ends. The key is pat it in. Do not brush or wipe with your hands! Just pat the product gently in until it blends well. By doing so, you can avoid your hair from having a “powdery” look.

Do you need to use a dry shampoo?

The only people who might not need to use dry shampoo are those who do not produce as much oil in their hair or if they just have a naturally dry scalp.

The best ones for your hair type

Try Ambiance Volumizing Dry Shampoo--there's one made especially for blondes, brunettes, and redheads. Try Tigi Catwalk Session Series' Transforming Dry Shampoo, a fave among wavies with fine hair. Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Dry Shampoo will refresh your hair with salon formula qualities at a drugstore, everyday price.