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Dry Shampooing 101: How To Use Dry Shampoo

On days when a hair wash routine seems like a drag or when you feel especially protective of your recently dyed tresses, you may be on the lookout for something to calm your greasy scalp. Does this miraculous ‘something’ exist? Yes, and it’s called a dry shampoo.

An instant way to revive oily scalp between washes, dry shampooing adds mega volume to flat hair. In other words, your hair can get a refreshed look with just a couple of spritzes. Scroll on to learn how dry shampooing can fix bad hair days and easily give you runway-ready hair.

According to a study, washing hair frequently can damage your fine strands and lead to eventual fall and breakage. That’s where dry shampoo comes in, it reduces the greasiness without constant damage.

Dry Shampoo Use And Benefits

  • We’ve all had days where we squeezed out a little too much of the styling cream and ended up with greasy hair. To the rescue: dry shampoo for hair. Simply spritz it on your hair to soak up excess grease and neutralise the damage.
  • Smooth hair can be defied when it comes to attempting braids or top knot buns. To ensure your silky hair doesn’t slip off your hands, spray some dry shampoo which will help build a grip and make styling hair easier.
  • If you don’t entirely trust those tiny bobby pins to hold your hair in place, get the pending assurance with a dry shampoo spritz. Simply spray the shampoo before you secure the bobby pins in your hair.
  • How do you get away with the third-day hair grease? Since it’s not possible to wash hair often during the week, here’s a time-saving alternative: Fish out the dry shampoo and go on a spritz fest to save your tresses from getting weighed down by the build-up of oil and grease.
  • Don’t you secretly hope that your salon blowout lasts longer even if that means skipping hair wash? Well, fulfilling this hope is the humble dry shampoo which keeps your roots oil-free and your hair bouncy.
  • Want your newly done electric blue hair colour to last a wee bit longer? Invest in a dry shampoo to increase the lifespan of the colour and to keep it from fading because of frequent hair wash.
  • Guilty of pushing the snooze button one too many times? Don’t worry, your hair definitely won’t be a cause of delay if you spritz on a dry shampoo and set your oily hair for the day in a jiffy.
  • The dreamy scent post hair wash unfortunately hardly lasts beyond a couple of days after being up against the overpowering pollution and weather. Count on dry shampoo to absorb the excess oil and odour and lend your tresses a refreshing scent.

How Does Dry Shampoo Work

If you are like me, you must have also wondered how does a dry shampoo work. Dry shampoos contain scratch-based ingredients. According to research, this starch helps absorb excess oil, moisture, and grease that gets built up on your scalp. Your hair needs moisture, which it gets in the form of sebum. Sebum is useful to protect, nourish, and hydrate your hair follicles, but from the time you wash your hair to the next, pollutants, dirt, dust, and sweat get collected and accumulate on the sebum leading to greasy scalps. It’s perfect for people with very oily and greasy scalps and also those who just don’t have the time and energy for a hair wash before a big day.

How To Use Dry Shampoo

Follow these steps to learn how to use dry shampoo

Step 1: Shake the bottle to move the ingredients settled at the bottom. This will distribute the formula well before use.

Step 2: Holding the shampoo 6 inches away from the scalp, spray the formula directly on the roots while focusing on the greasy sections: along the hairline, the nape of the neck and the crown of your head. Move the spray in a sweeping motion and spritz the product bit by bit.

Step 3: Next up, massage the product into your hair with your fingertips for even distribution. For extra volume, flip your head upside down while doing this.

Step 4: After waiting for a couple of minutes (to let the product soak in completely) gently brush your hair. In case of any residue, use a hair dryer to blast roots and get rid of the excess product.

Note: Apply dry shampoo only on parts of your hair that feel greasy or oily. Overusing dry shampoo can give your hair a dry, stiff finish.

Best Dry Shampoo For Hair

Here’s a lowdown on the best dry shampoo for women.

Nykaa Recommends:

Anomaly Refreshing Dry Shampoo with Rice Starch & Tea Tree Oil
Anomaly Refreshing Dry Shampoo with Rice Starch & Tea Tree Oil
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Bouncy tresses that smell divine start here. PCJ’s brainchild, Anomaly, brings a Refreshing Dry Shampoo with Rice Starch & Tea Tree Oil that works like a quick pick-me-up for limp strands or flat fringes that could do with some lift. Besides, it’s formulated to add texture and grip to your hair so your braids can have better-staying power. The best bit? This one won’t leave any chalky residues on your scalp.

Nykaa Recommends:

L'Occitane Purifying Freshness Dry Shampoo Mist
L'Occitane Purifying Freshness Dry Shampoo Mist
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Not all dry shampoos can boast of a sheer result like this one does. The L'Occitane Purifying Freshness Dry Shampoo Mist is powered with 100% natural essential oils including lavender, eucalyptus, cedar, grapefruit and mint to leave your hair with a fresh herbal scent and an unparalleled shine to wake up dull tresses. The super fine powders soak in the excess oils so your hair doesn’t feel weighed down and you can do as many hair flips without worrying about greasy strands.

Nykaa Recommends:

Ktein Natural Detox Dry Shampoo Powder
Ktein Natural Detox Dry Shampoo Powder
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Allow us to introduce you to a dry shampoo that fights oily roots whilst generously adding volume and definition. The Ktein Natural Detox Dry Shampoo Powder brings limp strands back to life and leaves your tresses as if they’ve been just blow-dried. Enriched with the goodness of rice, flaxseeds, aloe vera, onion oil, coffee powder, and argan oil the fresh earthy fragrance keeps your hair rejuvenated all day.

Nykaa Recommends:

BBlunt Refresh Dry Shampoo To Revives & Volmizes
BBlunt Refresh Dry Shampoo To Revives & Volmizes
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We’re sure your parlour didi would have no qualms about this one; after all BBlunt is the most popular choice among hair stylists. The BBlunt Refresh Dry Shampoo refreshes roots and zaps oil without drying out the scalp. Spritz it through your hair and no one will know you are shamelessly days away from your last hair wash. Bonus: The combined scent of coconut and lime instantly perks up your hair.

Nykaa Recommends:

Wella Professionals EIMI Dry Me Dry Shampoo
Wella Professionals EIMI Dry Me Dry Shampoo
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When you have an oily scalp, it helps to have a little something that can lend your hair that extra oomph between washes. The Wella Professionals EIMI Dry Me Dry Shampoo instantly absorbs excess oil from the scalp and hair to leave your strands with a matte look. Also, be prepared for tons of texture and volume. Didn’t see that coming, right?

Nykaa Recommends:

Redken Deep Clean Sulphate Free Dry Shampoo
Redken Deep Clean Sulphate Free Dry Shampoo
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Blah hair days can soon be a thing of the past. The Redken Deep Clean Dry Shampoo instantly refreshes and transforms dull, greasy hair back to fresh, bouncy locks. This hardworking dry shampoo eliminates every inch of oil in your roots and blesses hair with a heavy dose of volume. You will be surprised how your mane looks much better with minimal effort.

How Often You Should I Use Dry Shampoo

You can use dry shampoo once or twice a week. Since it is a leave-in product it can cause build-up on your hair attracting more grease and dirt. Not just that, a dry shampoo as the name suggests, can dry out your hair to the point where your hair becomes stiff, with overuse. You can also use it once a week between your washes to maintain volume and oil levels.

FAQs On Styling Oily Hair With Dry Shampoo

  1. Why use a dry shampoo?
  2. If you have an oily scalp, a dry shampoo becomes essential to save you from frequent hair washes during the week. This shampoo has oil-soaking properties that can get rid of excess oil and grease from your scalp without the need to rinse hair with water. So, for days when you can’t afford to go through your whole hair wash routine but still want your hair to look presentable, use a dry shampoo.

  3. Do you use dry shampoo at night or in the morning?
  4. Ideally, it’s best to use dry shampoo at night before you sleep. Applying it at night will give it time to absorb all the oil from your scalp and hair overnight so you can wake up with refreshed strands that don’t feel greasy anymore.

  5. How many days in a row can you use dry shampoo?
  6. It is advisable to apply dry shampoo once or twice a week. Since, it is a leave-in product, overapplying it can lead to product build-up on hair.

  7. Suggest dry shampoo for oily hair.
  8. Here’s a lowdown on the best dry shampoos available in India that don’t stiff your hair!

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