How to Use Dry Shampoo the Right Way (Because, Sorry, You've Def Been Doing it Wrong)

By | December 5, 2018

Hey, Romeo and Juliet was fine and all, but had Shakespeare been alive in 2018, I’m pretty sure his romantic couplets would be about the merits of dry shampoo, rather than of star-crossed lovers. Because Juliet dry shampoo is the sun…and the moon, and the sky, and the only thing that can turn your hot-mess hair into something resembling fresh and clean in under 30 seconds.

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But what if I told you that how you’ve been applying your beloved dry shampoo isn’t actually the best, most effective way? And that by switching up your routine a tiny bit, you could wake up with legitimately killer-looking hair? Because that’s exactly what I’m telling you, and you’re going to want to keep reading to find out how.

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Wait, What Am I Doing Wrong?!

Here’s how dry shampoo is supposed to work: You blast it on your roots, and a bunch of oil-absorbing powders wrap themselves around your strands to suck up grease and neutralize odors. So when you brush your hair out a few minutes later, the gunky-powder theoretically gets brushed out a bit, too. Easy, right?

The problem is that most of us usually just spray on our dry shampoo, wait exactly three seconds, then haphazardly rub at our roots as we’re running out the door—giving the powder virtually no time to work its magic. So when a hairstylist friend recently told me to use my dry shampoo at night, instead of in the morning, to give the powder a ton of time to work, my little beauty brain malfunctioned.

Here’s Exactly How to Apply It

“If your roots are extra oily, you can spray them with dry shampoo at night before you climb into bed, so the powders can soak up excess oil while you sleep,” says Kristin Ess, hairstylist and literal hair wizard, who also subscribes to this nighttime-dry-shampoo hack that has lowkey transformed my hair.

Seriously, when my hair is at its greasiest (which is basically every other night, thanks to having fine hair), I blast the hell out of my roots with dry shampoo, tie my curls up, then go to bed. In the morning, I’ll flip my head over, massage my roots to distribute the powder (if you’ve got straight hair, you can also brush it out), and boom: Voluminous, matte, clean-looking hair.

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If you still notice some oil, spritz on some extra dry shampoo, wait a few minutes for the powder to absorb, and then brush out or massage your roots. That’s it—this hack is seriously that simple, and it’ll kinda, sorta, definitely revolutionize your hair. Don’t believe me? Test it out tonight. I’ll be patiently waiting for your joyous DMs tomorrow.

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