The Do’s and Don’ts of Dry Shampoo

08.10.2018

the dos and dont's of dry shampoo

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Ah, dry shampoo. Poll any group of women on the beauty products they can’t live without, and chances are, at least one of them will say dry shampoo. People talk about the stuff like it’s the second coming, but—until recently—I hated it. Truly, truly, madly, deeply hated it. The idea of using powder to cleanse your hair seemed a bit 18th century to me, and—beyond that—I couldn’t figure out how to use it. The directions seemed foolproof enough (just spray it on, right?), but dry shampoo never made my hair look freshly washed. Instead, it looked dull, frizzy, and somehow dirtier than before. Why were these grease-cutting sprays giving everyone else on the planet refreshed-looking locks, while all I was getting was a white, powdery mess?

In a desperate attempt to figure out what all the fuss was about, I made it my life’s mission to understand dry shampoo. After a lot of experimentation, a very deep dive into Google, and several interrogations of my stylist, I can proudly say—I get it. I’m finally a dry shampoo convert. All I needed was a little know-how, which I’ll impart on you below. Read on discover the do’s and don’t of dry shampoo:

Don’t: Spray too close to your head.

For aerosols, six to eight inches from the head is a good rule of thumb. Hold it any closer, and you’re going to create too much build-up, meaning you won’t be able to evenly distribute the product through your hair.

Do: Know where to apply it.

A common dry shampoo mistake is spraying just the visible part of your roots—so, only the top layer of hair. To get the most out of your dry shampoo, section off your locks and lightly spray from roots to mid-lengths. This adds volume and better mimics that “freshly-washed” look.

If you want to absorb oil only at your roots, focus your application on the scalp area. Then, use your fingertips to massage the product into your strands.

oribe dry shampoo

Don’t: Spray the ends.

Chances are, the ends of your hair aren’t greasy. Applying an oil absorber to the tips can leave them full of static and feeling dry.

Do: Choose the right color for your hair.

Real talk: if you have dark hair and use a light-tinted dry shampoo, you will look like you have chalk in your hair. Not cute. For those with brunette or black hair, choose an invisible formula, or one specially formulated for dark hair to avoid powdery residue.

Don’t: Use on wet or damp hair.

Seriously. It won’t look good. It just won’t. It’s called dry shampoo for a reason, ladies.

Do: Consider your hair type.

For fine, thin hair types, aerosol dry shampoos are a great way to plump up your ‘do. To give instant lift to flatlined locks, spray a small amount from the roots to the mid-lengths to create extra grip, volume and texture. Oribe’s Gold Lust Dry Shampoo is great for this, or—if you want even more grit—try their Dry Texturizing Spray.

Do: Let it chill

After applying dry shampoo, let it sit for a couple of minutes before you start to blend it out. This allows the dry shampoo to do its job, i.e. absorb excess oils.

Don’t: Get spray happy.

When your hair is greasy, a spritz of dry shampoo can bring it back to life. But you know what they say about too much of a good thing: if you get spray happy, your hair will wind up looking dull and discolored. It’s way easier to add more than remove excess, so start with a little, wait a few minutes, and add more if necessary.

oribe gold lust dry shampoo

Do: Brush, blend, or blow-out.

After you’ve let the dry shampoo sit for a few minutes and massaged it into your roots, go one step further and brush your hair out really well. This distributes the dry shampoo even more, and helps remove excess product to give hair a fresh, clean feel. If you’ve applied too much, don’t panic. Grab your blow dryer, turn it on a low heat setting, then use your to further work the formula into your mane.

Don’t: Skip actual shampooing

Despite the name, dry shampoo cannot—repeat, cannot—take the place of actual shampoo. Sure, it’s effective at absorbing excess oil and refreshing your ‘do, but your hair still needs a regular (read: liquid) shampoo to thoroughly cleanse your hair. Going overboard on dry shampoo can be detrimental to your hair health because the built-up residue can eventually clog your follicles and cause hair loss.

22 thoughts on “The Do’s and Don’ts of Dry Shampoo”

  1. Most of them have Propane and Butane in them which is highly flammable. That kinda of makes you think twice about spraying it on your head!? I never used dry shampoo until I started using Monat. Monat is an all natural anti aging hair care line with no Butane or Propane! 🙂

    1. Hi Lauren,

      We’re happy that you found a dry shampoo that works best for you! A lot of dry shampoos that come in a spray-can do contain these ingredients. However, there are so many other formulations of dry shampoos that don’t contain propane or butane! One of favorites is the R+CO Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste. This product does a wonderful job of absorbing oil and adds texture so no one will know that you’ve gone a few days without a wash. This dry-shampoo is also propane, butane parabens, sulfates, mineral oil and petrolatum free!

      Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any other questions about hair care!

      https://www.b-glowing.com/r-co-badlands-dry-shampoo-paste/

      Best wishes,
      Taylor
      [email protected]
      866-525-4933

    2. I’m with you on preferring a product that doesnt contain propane/butane! There are, however, many other options you can choose from so your not supporting a multi level marketing company such as Monat. Not only are they an MLM their products are allegedly causing hair loss, scalp sores, etc. I don’t doubt you can make up your own mind about them, but do a Google search and read up on the company and the lawsuit first.

    1. Hi Alka,

      You can definitely wash your hair after using dry shampoo. Dry shampoo is used for the days that you are in a pinch and don’t have time to wash your hair. Dry shampoo soaks up oils in the hair, leaving you looking fresh and squeaky clean!

      Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any other questions!

      Best wishes,
      Taylor
      [email protected]
      866-525-4933

    2. Yes! Dry shampoo is kind of like a, I don’t have enough time to wash my hair but I can’t let it look this greasy kind of thing. It absorbs the oil in your hair, making it look less greasy. But it’s totally fine the wash your hair after using it.

    1. Hi Lisa,

      Yes, after applying dry shampoo you can style your hair any way you like! Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any other questions, thanks!

      Best wishes,
      Taylor
      [email protected]
      866-525-4933

    1. Hi Vanessa,

      Swimming will wash away majority of the dry shampoo applied to hair. If you’re swimming in natural water, you can easily apply more dry shampoo after your hair is dry. If you’re swimming in a chlorine pool, we suggest washing your hair afterwards to remove harmful chemicals.

      Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any other questions!

      Best wishes,
      Taylor
      [email protected]
      866-525-4933

  2. Is it safe to use heat tools after using dry shampoo? Ex. Curling irons, straighteners, blow dryers

    1. Hi Erin,

      Yes, using dry shampoo to soak up excess oils will make heat styling a bit easier between washes. Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any other questions!

      Best wishes,
      Taylor
      [email protected]
      866-525-4933

  3. My granddaughter accidentally sprayed dry shampoo on her arm and the area is now red and she says it stings. What would you recommend?

    1. Hi Paul,

      Thank you for reaching out and we apologize that this happened to your granddaughter! This definitely sounds like a reaction to some of the chemicals in the dry shampoo that she sprayed on her arm. We urge you to contact medical care to have this looked at and taken care of properly.

      We hope that your granddaughter makes a speedy recovery! Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any other questions or concerns, thank you!

      Best wishes,
      Taylor
      [email protected]
      866-525-4933

  4. I’m amazed, I must say. Seldom do I encounter a blog that’s both educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. The problem is something which not enough men and women are speaking intelligently about. I’m very happy I came across this during my search for something regarding this.

    1. Hi Otha,

      We’re happy you’re enjoying our content!

      If you have any questions regarding any products our Customer Satisfaction team is avalible at 866-525-4933, Monday-Friday from 7am-3:30pm PST.

      Best wishes,
      Taylor
      [email protected]
      866-525-4933

  5. Do I use this before or after I put in hair accessories? Will it stick to hair clips, barrettes, etc? Thank you!

    1. Hi Stella,

      Dry shampoo is best to use before any styling. The dry shampoo will soak up any oils, leaving you with clean hair that is easier to style!

      Don’t hesitate to reach out to our Customer Satisfaction team if you have any further questions!

      Best wishes,
      Taylor
      [email protected]
      866-525-4933

  6. Hi I just got my hair dyed purple and It’s not been 72 hours yet so i can’t wash it yet. Can I use dry shampoo during this time in between without it taking out the purple or damaging it when the 72 hour mark is up and I can wash it?

    1. Hi Carol,

      Dry Shampoo will not damage color treated hair, it’s actually wonderful for protecting color! Our favorite is the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle. This vegan product absorbs oils, adds volume and will not leave a white cast on the hair like other dry shampoos typically do.

      https://www.b-glowing.com/klorane-dry-shampoo-with-nettle/

      Don’t hesitate to reach out to our Customer Satisfaction team if you have any further questions!

      Best wishes,
      Taylor
      [email protected]
      866-525-4933

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