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How To Use Dry Shampoo

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This unassuming can is far more than just a little hair refresher. Dry shampoo is usually in everyone’s hair arsenal but rarely used to its full potential. With the right tools and approach, you can get so much more out of this hero product.

Why Use Dry Shampoo?

“Dry shampoo a magical product as it has many uses such as achieving volume. It gives a matte texture… it allows you three days of wear between washes and it also helps give grip for pins when putting hair up,” explains Howard McLaren, Co-Founder and Creative Director of R+Co. Dry shampoo pre-and post-curling is also a great insider trick to keeping the texture light, when hairspray over styled curls can feel sticky to the touch. Take R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo, and spray all over then brush it out (this will ensure it goes from root to ends) before finishing by curling with a tong. It will help it stay in place for longer and with a more natural finish.

How Should You Apply Dry Shampoo?

Shake the can well and spray about half an arm’s length from your head to avoid powdery clusters. “If it’s being used to absorb an oily scalp then spray on roots. For fullness, spray from roots to mid-lengths. For grip, spray all over. The same goes for wanting to achieve a matte look,” advises Howard. Wait 30 seconds for the cleansing powder to activate and then massage or brush it in so there is no residue left behind.

Do Different Dry Shampoos Work For Different Hair Types?

“You should choose your dry shampoo based on your hair texture, length and what you are hoping to achieve with your style that particular day,” explains Howard. For example, if you’re planning on creating an easy updo on hair that’s fine and flyaway, you need a product with medium hold and a lightweight feel. However, if your scalp is feeling particularly oily and you want to completely refresh your roots so you can wear your hair down, you need a dry shampoo with superior oil-absorbing powers that still won’t look heavy and noticeable.

When Is Best To Use Dry Shampoo?

For styling purposes (texture and volume) opt for the morning, before you head out. If you’re planning to skip your hair wash the following day, the night before is best. This way, the dry shampoo formula will absorb any extra oil and you can touch up your styling upon waking.

How To Use Dry Shampoo For Volume

Dry shampoo is a must-have for hair professionals to build volume in the hair. Try applying plenty of dry shampoo to your roots and then gently teasing it up with a comb or dressing brush to build volume. The powder in the shampoo will bring up the style and add to texture too. You can also apply dry shampoo after which will build up volume from the roots and give you a fuller look.

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