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How to Use Dry Shampoo Correctly

Dry shampoo can be a lifesaver when you’re behind schedule and don’t have time to wash, dry and style your hair. Dry shampoo is powdery and designed to absorb the excess oils from both your scalp and hair.

The great thing about dry shampoo is you don’t need any water (hence: dry) and it’s a quick process. It’s the perfect solution if you enjoy a lunchtime workout and want to freshen your hair before heading back to work. It’s also ideal for any busy mom who may be short of sleep or the ability to grab 10 minutes with the bathroom door closed.

Let’s look at how to use dry shampoo correctly so your hair always looks fresh and healthy.

How to Use Dry Shampoo Correctly

Dry Shampoo Techniques

Because everyone’s hair is unique, there’s no one-size-fits-all for how to use dry shampoo.

However, if your hair tends to have less volume, consider the following:

  • Flip your hair over and spray the dry shampoo on the underside, tousling your hair to work the product throughout. This can help boost volume even if you haven’t washed it in a few days.
  • After flipping, your hair may need smoothing. Gently use a paddle brush to smooth without flattening the volume you’ve just created.

For curly hair:

  • Apply the dry shampoo near the roots and use your fingertips to work it through your curls and waves.
  • Style as normal but try to touch your refreshed hair as little as possible. Remember that your fingers easily can transfer oils to your hair and you’ve just used the dry shampoo to remove as much of the oil as possible.

How to Use Dry Shampoo Correctly

The Do’s of Dry Shampoo

Do start at the hairline near your face, always spraying about six to eight inches away from your scalp.

Do separate your hair into sections when spraying dry shampoo to effectively distribute the shampoo.

Do spray the shampoo onto your roots to work the product from root to tip.

Do leave the spray shampoo in for at least two minutes to allow it to absorb the oils before brushing it out.

Do consider using a moisture replenishing treatment if heat styling your hair. Ion’s Keratin Replenishing Mist will help protect your hair from the damages of heat styling.


How to Use Dry Shampoo Correctly

The Don’ts of Dry Shampoo

Don’t spray too close to your scalp as this can create build-up and a clumping of the product.

Don’t spray dry shampoo on wet, damp or sweaty hair.

Don’t worry about the white powdery look of the dry shampoo. It blends. Take your fingertips or a hairbrush to work the shampoo through your tresses.


Dry shampoo can go where you go. Toss a bottle in your purse or bag and keep one in your car for when you’re running late between work and a night out with the friends. It’s the perfect beauty product when you’re traveling. Simply stop in the ladies room after your flight, apply the dry shampoo and you’re ready for the big meeting or to head out for a night of fun. Dry shampoo truly is a must-have for any woman on-the-go.


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