How to use dry shampoo properly

You’ve (probably) been doing it wrong.

By Erin Cook

We're calling it: dry shampoo is the best beauty product of all time. We know, we know… That's a pretty big claim. But, is there another product that allows you to sleep in for an extra 10 minutes and still look polished AF by the time you run out the door? Didn't think so.

When it comes to dry shampoo, there is a right way and a wrong way to apply it. Read on for a few pointers on how to get the most out of your dry shampoo:

First things first, how does dry shampoo work?

When you spray dry shampoo on dirty hair, it makes your hair appear clean again by absorbing grease and excess oil on your strands and scalp. Basically, it delivers a drying agent via an aerosol spray. Baby powder could do the same job but it's not as convenient. Oh and let's not forget – dry shampoo also delivers a hit of that just-been-washed fragrance.

Dry shampoo shouldn't replace your regular shampoo – which provides a deeper clean, removing a build-up of product and pollutants – but it will give you an extra day or two if you CBF to wash and condition.

What *not* to do

Don't spray too close to your scalp. Hold the can around 30cm away from your head before spraying. This will ensure an even distribution.

Don't apply to the very top layers. When applying dry shampoo, focus on the layers just below your part. Otherwise, you could accidentally end up with white roots.

Don't rub in straight away. Sure, you could rub the product in straight away – if you want to undo all your hard work. Wait a few minutes before you rub, or better yet, apply the night before. More on that later…

How to use dry shampoo the right way

Apply the night before. DISCLAIMER: This trick provides optimal results!(!!) Got an early start time in the morning? If you know you're going to be strapped for time in the AM, use this opportunity to apply a good helping of dry shampoo before bed. This will give your dry shampoo amply time to absorb so much oil! And so much grease! So, when you wake up in the morning, you will look like a g'damn princess.

Wait 10 mins until you work the product through. Or, if you can, wait 15. The moral of this story is that if you massage dry shampoo into your scalp immediately, you haven't given it a chance to absorb anything – and, in doing so, wasted a whole bunch of product. So, spray it in, make a coffee/do your makeup/brush your teeth/all of the above and then work it through.