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What is dry shampoo and how to use dry shampoo

Dry shampoo can be your beauty bestie, especially if you’re active or want your hard-won waves to last. Never touched the stuff? It may be time to try it. This hair guide shows how dry shampoo works and how to use it for newbies and pros alike.

What Is Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoos are usually formulated with alcohol or a fine powder (or a combination of the two) to help absorb oil and refresh hair between your normal shampoos. The actual powder could be anything from clay, starches and tapioca to volcanic ash (really). Rice starch, which you can find in Fructis Invisible Dry Shampoo, is especially good because it leaves no visible residue as it cleanses.

How Does Dry Shampoo Work?

Dry shampoo formulas help to sop up excess oil and residue that’s built up on your hair, allowing you to extend the overall lifespan of your hairstyle. So if you’ve recently DIY-ed the beach waves of your dreams, you don’t have to worry about washing out your hairstyle the next morning. Instead, just clean up any excess oil, grime, or residue with a few quick sprays of dry shampoo.

How to Use Dry Shampoo

Start by shaking the can, since the powder tends to settle. Then, loosely lift your hair and aim the nozzle of the dry shampoo at your roots, keeping it six to eight inches away. Use your fingers to massage it in and brush through your hair to both help distribute the dry shampoo and remove any excess powder. Your hair still needs a liquid shampoo and conditioner to help thoroughly cleanse and condition your hair. Plus, conditioning your hair can help give your hair additional moisture, which is essential for any good routine. You can supplement your usual hair-washing routine with dry shampoo, but, don’t rely on it 24/7.

How to Find the Best Dry Shampoo for Your Hair

Dry shampoo isn’t one-size-fits-all. Certain formulas can work better for certain hair textures. First, determine whether or not you have oily hair. If your hair looks greasy or shiny at the roots by midday, you may have oily hair. Try a silicone-free dry shampoo to help instantly absorb excess oil and help restore a fresh-washed feel.

If you’ve avoided dry shampoo because you don’t like the white residue it can leave behind, try one that uses rice starch, such as Fructis Invisible Dry Shampoo. It absorbs oil instantly for a quick refresh and adds volume to hair, but it won’t add a gritty texture. Bonus: It’s also free of silicones and parabens. In just seconds, hair will feel clean and smooth — and stay that way all day.

Depending on the hair look you’re going for or how you want your hair to feel, you’re bound to find something to suit your needs. If you’ve been curious about how to use dry shampoo in your hair routine, there’s no better time than now.