How to use dry shampoo and why it works?

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We all love shiny hair, and even stylists are now recommending stretching washes, but that’s difficult when you’ve got the big meeting ahead and your hair is a greasy mess instead! In theory, dry shampoo is a wonder product, extending washes, smoothing hair, helping liven up your locks when you’re in a hurry and adding volume as you go. But used wrongly, this product leaves you looking a mess, and a lot of people are wary of it.

Powder or spray on?

Both can be a great option so it’s personal preference. Spray ons are less economical, but harder to over dose on. Powders are easier to manipulate, easier to comb through and better value for the bucks. Read this blog post for more information and updates.

How to use it.

You’ll need to use your dry shampoo on hair that’s totally dry, or it will look clumpy and horrible. Don’t overdo it- use a gentle spray from a good few inches away, or lightly sprinkle the powder. Be sure to do it somewhere it will be easy to clean up afterwards, as some of the powder will fall to the floor. Work it into your hair gently, but avoid the scalp as much as possible- it might make your scalp itchy. Be prepared to wait 10 minutes or so, and then brush it out well- tip your head upside down to be sure your brush it out well. Shiny hair to the rescue!

Double check your roots.

No longer just a tip for home colourists! Before you dash, go through your hair one last time, and make sure you haven’t missed a spot- you don’t want to leave the grainy white residue in there. You can also touch up any areas that look like you might have missed them. Now you look great!

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How does it work?

The thing that makes hair look dirty is oil build-up at the scalp. The powder in dry shampoo absorbs excess oil, and then it is brushed out- leaving your hair sweet smelling and fresh. It’s great for when you’re travelling, after the gym, or if you’re just looking for a way to stretch washes. It’s not a substitute for a good wash, though, as washing removes skin flakes and other particles not absorbed by the powder. It’s also good for getting rid of those clinging smells like cigarette smoke, too.

The natural alternative

Many people choose to make their own dry shampoo with cornstarch or arrowroot powder, a tiny bit of baking soda, and some essential oils. If you like a natural route or are hoping to cut down on chemicals [and keep it cheap] this might be a route for you. If you’re worried about white residue showing at your roots, you can use an unsweetened cocoa powder [for brunettes] or cinnamon [for red heads] to blend with the other powders and bring them a touch nearer your actual hair colour.
Whether its daily shiny hair without the fuss, or a brush-and-go solution you’re looking for, try dry shampoo today and your woes will be over.

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