How To Apply Dry Shampoo

April 25, 2018

How To Use Dry Shampoo

 There isn’t a styling product on the shelf that gets more love than dry shampoo. But the quick-fix hero isn’t just for absorbing excess oil from your roots, bringing life back to slept-on, not-so-new hair (and giving women a chance everywhere to hit snooze or head quickly back to work after a lunchtime workout.) Dry shampoo can also add texture and volume to freshly washed, fine, or silky hair. “The great thing about dry shampoo is there’s no wrong way to use it—it’s one of the most versatile products in the hair care world, and formulas are evolving to multitask,” says Pureology artist Emily Alders, who likes Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo. With UV ray protection built in, the new styler works double-duty to block color-treated hair from damage or dullness triggered by the sun—a major bonus as the weather turns warm. To make the most of your next spray, take a peek at Alders goof-proof tips and pointers. 

Application 101:

 Step 1. Hold the can four to six inches away from hair and spray it directly at the roots. Start where hair feels oiliest (for most women, that’s along the hairline, the nape of the neck, and the crown of the head), spritzing one section of hair at a time. “Because Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo is a lightweight formula, you don’t have to worry about product buildup. But as with any styling product it’s always a good idea to apply a little at a time until you reach your desired look,” says Alders.


Step 2. Using your fingertips, massage the dry shampoo into roots and scalp so that the oil-absorbing action can take place evenly across the head. For extra lift, try flipping your head upside down while massaging the product into hair. Looking to correct a kink or flatness in your hair from sleeping on it funny or finishing a sweaty workout? “After applying the dry shampoo, take a blow-dryer and blast cool air at your roots to help change the direction of hair or build volume,” says Alders.


Step 3. Smooth out hair with a brush or comb, or grab your hot tools for a restyle. “If you notice your ends are feeling dry or they’ve lost their shape, try adding a little bit of On The Rise Root-Lifting Mousse to them and restyle,” says Alders.


Five More Ways To Use Dry Shampoo:


Add Hold to Fresh Hair:

Clean hair, especially if you have fine or silky texture, doesn’t always hold a style well. Before attempting a braid, waves, or a messy bun, try lightly spraying dry shampoo evenly throughout hair for some added grip. “Hair will still look fresh and you’ll get a little bit of that touchable grit that’s helpful when holding a shape,” says Alders.


Soak Up Excess Product:

There’s nothing more exasperating than washing your hair, blowing it out, and applying product—only to realize you’ve gone overboard with that shine spray or heavy moisturizing serum. If hair is starting to feel heavy due to an overly generous squeeze of styling cream, spray dry shampoo into trouble spots to soak up some of the damage.


Give Bobby Pins a Boost:

Add grip to slippery bobby pins or clips that don’t want to secure hair by spritzing them with dry shampoo before popping them in. 


Get Ahead of Grease

Looking to really cut time off your morning routine? Apply dry shampoo at night before bed to wake up with less oil and grease. (The same goes for heading to the gym—a spray before your workout can cut back on some of the damage control you’ll have to do when class is over.)


Show Your Ends Some Love

It sounds counterintuitive but applying a little dry shampoo on ends that feel dry can take away some of their static and brittleness. “Because Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo is a non-drying formula and has other conditioning ingredients, your ends will feel softer,” says Alders.