Wednesday, 7 October 2015

How to use dry shampoo properly

In my attempt to wash my hair less frequently to get it in better nick, I've been relying more and more on dry shampoo to get me through greasier hair days. I've learned that if not used correctly, dry shampoo can do absolutely nothing or at worst, make your hair feel grittier and dirtier than it did before. So I've gathered a few tips I've found that help me get the most out my dry shampoo, and give me clean, soft locks every time.

I'm surprised that I didn't know this already, but did you know that you should wait a few minutes between spraying it in your hair and brushing it out? This may be old news to you, but it's been a game changer for me. Leaving it for a little while gives it the time to absorb oil and actually work. Then I can almost pretend that my hair is completely clean.

Along the same lines is to spritz in a fair amount of dry shampoo before bed, tie your hair up and whilst you're sleeping, the dry shampoo will have ample time to clean. I tend to do this on day 2 or 3 after washing my hair, when things aren't looking so fresh anymore.

Another tip is to not go lightly with dry shampoo - this is not hairspray, and you can afford to be quite gung-ho in your application. A little spritz won't do much so don't be frightened of using a fair amount. That being said, it may depend on the brand - of the dry shampoos pictured above, the Batiste version is much stronger than COLAB, and requires a more modest amount.

Dry shampoo is a brilliant tool in a hair care arsenal, if used correctly - it's the only way I can go 3-4 days between hair washes. I've been very focussed on repairing and treating my damaged hair and I'll be sharing a bit more about this in the coming weeks. I do hope these tips help you and please share any other advice you have!
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