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How To Use Dry Shampoo
By Crown Affair
How to Use Dry Shampoo
Dry Shampoo can be a game-changer, especially when it's clean, powder-based, and used correctly. Here’s our step-by-step guide with best tips and practices on how to use dry shampoo properly for refreshing oily roots:
Using Dry Shampoo: A Step-By-Step Guide
Step 1: Part your hair
Before applying the product to your hair, shake the jar. This will make sure the powder is evenly distributed inside, making for even distribution on your scalp. Next, grab a comb. To use dry shampoo properly, you'll want to part your hair into small sections. Start by parting through the oiliest section of your hair.
Step 2: Apply the right amount of product
Here's how to apply dry shampoo: using our powder-based formula, lightly dip the brush into powder and apply directly to your roots. Use fingers to further distribute the product and repeat as necessary. It’s best to apply The Dry Shampoo onto areas that are oily, not necessarily all over your scalp. The amount of product you need will depend not only on how oily your scalp is, but also on your hair type. As a general rule: The thicker your strands, the more product may be needed to fully saturate and soak up hair oil. For finer hair, use less product.
Step 3: Pause and massage your scalp
One of the benefits of a dry shampoo is that it works quickly, with almost immediate results. However, the best way to use dry shampoo is to allow for a bit of extra time before you have to run out the door. It's crucial to let the dry shampoo sit for a few minutes so it can work its magic properly. If you're noticing any leftover residue or product buildup, go ahead and run a brush or a comb through your hair from root to tip in order to disperse. And that’s it!
How Does Dry Shampoo Work?
One of our most-asked questions is "does dry shampoo work?” The simple answer is yes—and here’s why:
Your scalp is covered with hair follicles. These follicles don't just sprout hairs—they also produce sebum, the natural oil that softens your scalp and gives hair its texture. Sebum serves an important purpose. It softens your hair and helps protect the skin underneath it.
But when you're working up a sweat, spending time outside, or just going about your day, oil and sweat from your scalp collect in your hair. While a certain amount of oils on your head is normal, oil buildup gives your hair a greasy appearance.
Washing, blow-drying, and styling your hair on a daily basis can be time-consuming. Plus, it’s not always the best thing for your hair, depending on its needs. This is where dry shampoo comes in.
Dry shampoo uses alcohols or starch-based active ingredients (our Dry Shampoo is talc-free and uses a tapioca starch) to soak up the oils and sweat from your hair. Removing the oils from your hair makes it appear cleaner. Most dry shampoos also include a fragrance, which makes your hair smell fresh between washes.
Is it an Effective Solution to Cleansing Your Hair?
Depending on your hair texture, dry shampoo is designed to make your hair look less oily. But don't take the word “shampoo” too seriously. Dry shampoo isn't meant for cleansing your hair.
Dry shampoos disguise dirt and grease on your scalp. They don't work as a replacement for washing your hair. In fact, overusing dry shampoo can result in an itchy, dry scalp.
It’s meant to be a savior on greasy days—and make sure you still have a healthy routine, regularly washing your hair with a shampoo and conditioner.
Extra Tips for Using Dry Shampoo:
Space it out
The same way you wouldn’t layer your makeup day after day without washing it off, dry shampoo isn’t meant to be applied for days on end. It’s a great second or third day refresher, and ours is gentle enough that it can be layered to an extent, but it shouldn’t replace your regular shampoo entirely. Aim to wash your hair in between uses when it feels right for you—just pay extra attention to how your scalp and roots are feeling.
Try it before bed or at night
While dry shampoo can be applied any time your hair needs a refresh, using it at night is one of the best hidden tricks, and plays a big role in its efficacy. We like using it before bed—your strands will absorb it as you sleep and you’ll wake up feeling like you just got a blowout.