How to use dry shampoo

by Hair Romance on June 25, 2012 · 26 comments

in Hair Products

Dry shampoo is one of my must have hair products. If you’ve ever tried it you’ll know exactly what I mean. If you’ve tried it and it wasn’t for you, you’re probably using it the wrong way.

It should really be called a styling product rather than a shampoo, as dry shampoo doesn’t really clean your hair. It only makes your hair look cleaner so that you can style it again. The product is a very fine powder that your spray onto the roots of your hair to absorb any excess oil from your scalp.

Tips for using dry shampoo

  • Never use it on wet hair – it’s a powder product that should be used on dry hair only.
  • Only apply it to your roots – spray dry shampoo onto your hairline and onto your scalp and roots. As in the photo, I spray some dry shampoo to the roots around the front of my hair and also at the crown. You shouldn’t spray it onto the midlengths or ends of your hair.
  • Don’t overdo it – you can always add more if you feel your roots are still too oily.
  • Give it time to work – dry shampoo needs a minute to absorb the oil from your hair and scalp. Leave it to work its magic. Once it has absorbed the excess oil the powder look disappears.
  • Brush it through – after leaving the dry shampoo to work, brush it through your hair. This will distribute any residual powder so you can’t see it anymore.
  • Colour match to your hair – there are now many brands with coloured dry shampoos available, such as Batiste and Oscar Blandi. Pick a coloured powder to suit your hair.

I don’t know what I did before dry shampoo. It’s the secret to keeping your salon blowdry lasting for days and days. It lets you sleep in and quickly restyle your hair when you probably should wash it. It’s also great for adding texture and volume to fine or straight hair.

Are you a dry shampoo fan? Which is your favourite brand?

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Tara June 25, 2012 at 7:31 am

I am a fan…but I’ve found my favorite is good ol’ baby powder (preferably with a lovely lavender scent) sprinkled on a fluffy powder brush and tapped into my roots. :)


Hair Romance July 8, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Thanks Tara, the powder brush is a great tip!


Camila June 25, 2012 at 8:44 am

your hair is soooooooooooo pretty!
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Erica June 25, 2012 at 8:57 am

The reason I’ve never liked dry shampoo in the past had to do with the smell. Every type I tried had a really strong smell. Other than the smell, I really liked the way the dry shampoo made my hair look. Do you have any recommendations for a brand with a more subtle scent? Thanks!


Hair Romance June 25, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Hi Erica, yes some smell awful. Batiste now has a range of fragrances, or Klorane is one that has a minimal fragrance. KMS makeover spray smells of mint. Hope this helps x


Erica June 27, 2012 at 3:04 am

Thanks so much. I’m going to look into these :)
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Maribeth June 25, 2012 at 10:26 am

I have recently become obsessed with dry shampoo! I bought a drugstore one for cheap just to see if I would actually use it and I ended up loving it so much. I have thin hair that falls out easily and I was killing it by washing and drying it EVERYDAY. Yes- everyday. I started skipping washes but I felt my hair was so blah and oily after only one day. I use the dry shampoo now and it is a life-saver. I want to branch out and try some “fancier” salon brands now that I know I will actually use it!
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Hair Romance June 25, 2012 at 3:18 pm

That’s great Maribeth! I find they’re all fairly similar, though some more expensive brands are better for styling. I still use the cheaper brands because I go through so much of the stuff.


CupcakesOMG! June 25, 2012 at 11:21 pm

it’s crazy to me how many people still haven’t figured out the right way to use dry shampoo, so thank you for this!!! i take it one step further before brushing it through and actually massage it into my scalp, just like i would real shampoo. i don’t know if it really does anything, but it feels good to me!!



Hair Romance July 8, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Great tip for massaging it in, would help add some volume too!


Sarah June 26, 2012 at 6:29 am

I use a cheap from Sally’s. I don’t recall the brand but it is called Rockin’ On or something, in an orange bottle. I LOVE IT. I have been trying to reduce the amount of shampooing I do and with the dry shampoo I can now go 3-4 days. Mega time saver!


Hair Romance July 8, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Thanks Sarah, its such a time-saver! Don’t know what I’d do without it.


Miki June 28, 2012 at 8:11 am

I’m glad you said it’s more a styling product than shampoo to clean your hair! I’ve never tried it, because it was meant to replace washing your hair. After running I need to wash it every single day; I’d feel too gross if I didn’t. Also, my scalp is really dry, so I don’t even know if it’d work for me :/.

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Hair Romance July 8, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Thanks Miki. It can be a confusing product, but if you sleep in and don;t have time to wash your hair it’s your best friend :)


Cori June 30, 2012 at 12:37 am

I do not use a dry shampoo but often I will use baby powder to achieve the same effect! I wash my hair once a week and use it to touch up my roots when needed.


Hair Romance July 8, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Great tip Cori, and a cost saver too!


amelia July 1, 2012 at 6:47 pm

I LOVE dry shampoo, ever since I became aware of it (a few years ago now) i’ve loved it non stop and have shared my love with many friends :)


Hair Romance July 8, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Thanks Amelia. I’m always talking about it too and can’t believe it when friends aren’t using it


Elisa Rose September 20, 2012 at 5:23 am

I found your website looking for ways to grow my hair longer… But I like it!i looooove dry shampoo. I have very fine hair that is 50% white, 30% light brown and 20% light blonde. I color it via to a light blonde. Anyway….dry shampoo saves merit wand $$$ bc I don’t havero use a lot of shampoo and conditioners/crime rinses.


Taylor January 10, 2013 at 12:27 pm

So would you recommend this for oily hair?


Hair Romance January 10, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Hi Taylor, yes this is GREAT for oily hair. Klorane even offers a stronger formula for oily hair x


Hair's 2 You September 13, 2013 at 10:55 am

I recently discovered dry shampoo and LOVE IT. Great for touch-ups and for securing Up-Dos. I use Garnier Fructis.

Bought some for a friend who was hospitalized and couldn’t get out of bed for the first couple of days. She had a C-section and was all sweaty from labor, but was in bed because of her catheter and IVs for glucose and a blood transfusion. Really made her feel refreshed.


Hair Romance October 31, 2013 at 5:24 pm

I did the same thing, when you’re ill or in hospital dry shampoo is such a great pick me up


Tara August 21, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Does it work for curly hair textures (not blow-dried)?


Hair Romance August 22, 2014 at 11:53 am

yes, it’s great on curly hair too. Skip the bit about brushing your hair and instead use your finger tips to massage any powder into your hair x


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