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Dry shampoo: what it is and how to use it

The first time I heard about dry shampoo, I thought, “What a filthy thing to do! It is those products that should be part of that beauty closet background.

When to use dry shampoo

Dry shampoo is a great remedy for those days when you’ve done some exercise, but you don’t feel like washing your hair again and, above all, drying it. For example, if you go to the gym but have to go back to class or the office.


It’s good for those days when your hair isn’t dirty, but you have some fat in your roots. Also when you wake up with a badly faced bangs, but you don’t want to wash all your hair. You can also use it to wash your clip extensions without wetting them. This is useful for avoid damaging the hair with daily washing .

You can do a test to find out what’s best for you. For example, if you wash your hair normally about three times a week, every other day you can use dry shampoo.

It also comes great for when you take a long plane ride and don’t have a shower available.

On the other hand, if you have colored hair, you save a few washes, and the color will last longer.


How to choose the best type of dry shampoo

You have basically two options: powder and spray.

But what if you prefer to use products with natural ingredients? Is it possible to make a dry shampoo at home? Well, yes. And very easy, by the way. You just have to mix:

2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons rice flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
and a few drops of the essential oil you like best.

You must mix all the ingredients well and it is ready to be applied. You can apply it with a brush. Or, if you prefer, you can put it in a small salt shaker and apply it directly to the roots of the hair.

How to use dry shampoo

Prepare your hair: remove any hairpins, hair gums or clips you have on. Brush the hair so it doesn’t get tangled. We recommend that you do this on top of the sink to easily collect falling hair and shampoo residue, if you use it in powder form. Keep in mind that the hair must be completely dry. If not, the shampoo and moisture would form lumps and if that happens, you would have to wash your hair.

Apply the dry shampoo to the hair, especially in the areas most prone to producing grease. You can use your fingers to apply it evenly, but don’t press it hard on the scalp. It is not good to massage or rub the shampoo because it will settle and it will sting you the rest of the day. If you use a dry spray shampoo, apply it about 20 to 30 centimeters from your head. With powdered shampoo you should also keep a similar distance so that it is distributed evenly and does not fall only on one part of the head.

You can brush your hair from roots to ends. Although it is mainly used on the roots, you can also use it on the rest of the hair, if it is a little greasy.

Let the shampoo have time to absorb the fat. Time may vary slightly, depending on how much fat you have. This process can take between five and ten minutes.

Although dry shampoo smells good, you can apply a few drops of essential oil to your hair. It’ll smell as good as when you wash it with normal water and shampoo. Apply a few drops to the ends, not the roots, or your hair will be greasy again.


One more piece of advice

Do not use dry shampoo right away. Intercalate it with a normal wash, with water. This is because dry cleaning doesn’t really clean. If you use it immediately, without washing the hair with water, the product can accumulate on your scalp, and it will not perform its function.

Extra profit

An extra advantage of dry shampoo is that it brings volume to the hair instantly. Plus the volume is durable. This is fabulous, because sometimes it is not easy to get products that give us a long lasting volume. In addition, you can use it to get volume in a localized way. That is, if you want to get volume in the crown you can apply it only in that part. You’ll see it’s effective and long-lasting. It’s an added reason to put a dry shampoo in your life.

Have you used it yet? What do you think? Share your opinion with us by writing it in the comments. And if you want to be informed about everything related to hair care, subscribe to this blog.