How To Dry Shampoo Hair: The Beginner’s Guide

How To Dry Shampoo Hair
August 13, 2019

Rachael Grant

Dry shampoo is a lifesaver when you need a quick solution to clean your hair. It cuts on prep time and helps you avoid frequent washes – one of the biggest culprits when it comes down to maintaining hair health. Yet, when done improperly, dry shampoo can be more of a nuisance than a solution, leaving you with flaky, flat hair that is nowhere near its cleanest, freshest look. So, how to dry shampoo hair without committing the crimes we’ve just mentioned? 

Simple! If you stick to the advice

we’ve picked up from hairstylists, you will befriend dry shampoo and justify its well-deserved spot as a hair care must-have that shouldn’t leave your bathroom locker. 

What is Dry Shampoo?

Dry shampoo is a powder or a paste used to clean your hair without washing it with water. Some dry shampoos are great for removing dirt and buildup from all unwashed hair textures, straight and curly, and all in-between. There are special paste-type shampoos that you can apply on coloured hair to enhance the colour. Some products are intended only for specific hair types. 

Some peeps swear on using baking soda and cocoa powder as a natural DIY dry shampoo. Mix the right blend of both and you get a quick fix for light and dark hairs. Blondes, you should lean towards baking soda powder more. Dark-haired girls, be generous with the cocoa powder. 

If putting things that you would usually put in your stomach on your head doesn’t sound like such a great idea, no worries – there are plenty of dry hair shampoos you can choose from on the market.

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Using Dry Shampoo

Regardless of whether you want to learn how to dry shampoo natural hair or clean treated hairstyles, there are certain steps you should try to avoid:

  • Holding the bottle too close to the scalp
  • Applying too much shampoo
  • Spraying the wrong hair section
  • Slacking on the massage
  • Picking the wrong colour
  • Rubbing it instantly without leaving it for a while
  • Using it daily

Be it as effortless as it is, dry shampooing requires following its basic rules to get the maximum effects. So, how to dry shampoo hair to pull the most out of it?


How To Dry Shampoo Hair: The Right (And Easy) Way to Do it

Even pro hairstylists turn to dry shampoo to discipline a naughty strand, style a day-after hair, or increase volume.

Here is how you should do dry shampoo, according to hair experts:

Step #1: Pick the right colour

No one really wants to end up looking like their roots have grown white all of a sudden and out of nowhere. Too light, and people will start asking if you’ve forgotten to visit your salon for a colour renewal. Too dark, and you will get that: ”I went one shade darker, but I did it myself, and somehow didn’t manage to pull it through” look. Luckily, the dry shampoo ranges that are available nowadays will have you spoiled for choice.

If in doubt about the colour, pick a neutral dry shampoo shade. You can remove the excess by brushing afterwards, but remember that the final result may not be that perfect as with the right colour. 

As a bonus, you might manage to add an extra day or two to your colouring schedule.

Step #2: Shake the bottle prior to use

This step looks like a no-brainer. You’d think: “ Wait a minute, isn’t everyone doing it?” But you’d be surprised to learn that not all people know dry shampoos work best when shaken and spread through equally.

Due to its powdery mix nature, a dry shampoo bottle needs to be shaken for at least 20 to 40 seconds prior to application to activate all ingredients. So, why not have some fun and make it a half-a-minute shake-a-thon? It’s definitely much shorter than any hair wash!

Step #3: Split the hair into sections

Don’t just spritz the shampoo all over your scalp. Similarly to a regular hair wash, your roots require the greatest attention.

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For easier access to the roots, use a comb to split your hair into sections. In this way, you will develop a practice about how much product does your hair really need because you will be distributing the shampoo across the scalp in equal measure. 

Step #4: Spray in short, directional bursts

Proper spraying is essential and maybe the most complex step of all, in terms of skills and experience. 

And you thought spraying was a kids job! 

For a precise application that doesn’t spread to unwanted hair parts, for instance, overly dry split ends, be confident when spraying and direct the spritzer toward the greasy, dirty part, keeping the bottle about 6 to 8 inches far from the hair.

Don’t hold the spritzer for too long, rather do it purposefully and quickly and don’t over saturate the hair with the product – it can create the opposite effect! Don’t worry if you don’t do it perfectly on your first try. Over time, dry shampooing will grow into your signature hair styling move. 

Step #5: Massage the shampoo into the scalp

Never skip on the massage. Massage is key to stimulating the dry shampoo to do its job properly. The mechanical movements of your fingers at your roots will help with the shampoo infuse the hair fibres, eliminating the grease and the impurities, and activating the added nourishing components. In the end, brush or comb your hair from roots to tips to enhance the impact on all hair. You can also pick up your hairdryer and style your hair the usual way because the dry shampoo will restore some of its natural volume and bounciness. 


3 Extra Tips to Dry Shampoo Your Hair

  1. Among the many tips about how to dry shampoo hair, many miss mentioning the silky vs. matte effect. If you want the almost-perfect clean look, go for matte dry shampoos. You can get some shine, without the oils, with dry shampoos that are specialized for smooth and silky hair effect. 
  2. Dry shampoos are not only dirt and grease removers. They’re also filled with nutrients, keratin, for example, that feed your hair with essential minerals and vitamins.
  3. No matter of its powerful cleaning impact, dry shampoo is not a complete replacement for your hair washing products. Treat your hair with water, and reach out for the dry shampoo bottle occasionally!
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