I don’t understand how some people don’t use or like dry shampoo—it has to be the best invention for hair since actual shampoo. Not only has it saved me countless time in the morning while getting ready (especially when I snooze through my alarm), but I often use it add extra volume and texture when styling my hair.
While it can be quick and easy to use, there are some do’s and don’ts that you need to take note of (because if you mess up on #3, it can be a disaster). Most of the complaints I hear about dry shampoo are totally avoidable, so I wanted to put together a quick refresher (pun intended) on how to properly make the most out of its glorious, oil-absorbing, root-refreshing, style-extending power.
I’ve partnered with the makers of Batiste—the #1 dry shampoo brand in the world*—to put together a complete guide to getting the most from your dry shampoo. Take note, beauties—I’ve included some life-changing tips that will have you just as obsessed as I am.
#1 DO: Spray 30cm away from your roots
Not kidding about this one—get that ruler out and make sure you know how far that really is, because it makes a difference! Too close to the scalp and you’ll get too much build-up, too far away and it will disperse too much.
Give the can a good shake, part hair into sections (I usually do 5-6 parts on each side and the back) and spray at the roots.
#2: DO: Use it to help style your hair
One of my favourite things about dry shampoo is that it serves many purposes. If you have flat, limp hair like I do, try using Batiste Dry Shampoo PLUS: Heavenly Volume to add extra body and texture. It still absorbs oil to freshen up hair between washes. It instantly transforms your hair with gorgeous, touchable volume and bounce. I like to spray a bit on freshly-cleaned hair to give me some extra volume—and like all things heavenly it won’t leave your hair sticky or stiff.
It’s great for adding body to for up-do’s, adding some extra grip and texture for braids or full pumping up the volume for glamourous waves.
#3 DON’T: Apply on wet hair
This may seem pretty basic—it is dry shampoo afterall—but making this mistake can be disastrous (I know from personal experience). Even if your hair is the slightest bit wet, it can turn that miracle-working powder into a clumpy, muddy mess.
If you’re hopping in the shower, play it safe by wearing a shower cap or make sure to fully dry any damp strands before using dry shampoo.
#4 DO: Let it chill for a bit
If you are spraying your dry shampoo and immediately massaging and brushing—you might not actually be letting it do its job! After applying to your roots in several sections, let it chill for a bit to let the oil-absorbing powders work their magic.
Take a moment to have your morning coffee, do your makeup or browse social media—you’re still saving time by skipping the wet wash.
#5 DO: Brush it out really well
After giving your scalp a good massage (like you would if you were lathering up in the shower), make sure to brush your hair out really well. Not only does this help to distribute the dry shampoo even more, but it helps to kick off excess product and give hair a fresh, clean feel.
I even like to take it one step further and give my hair a blast of cool air with a hair dryer to really make sure there’s no leftover residue.
#6 DON’T: Only use it for oily roots
I don’t know about you, but I use dry shampoo more often than not—so that means I’m reaching for my can almost daily. Sure, it can help if you’re in a pinch, but make the most out of the amazing formulas out there!
Besides using it to add extra texture and body like I already mentioned, try one of Batiste’s irresistable new scented formulas like Cherry, Lotus or Sweetie to freshen up and lightly fragrance your hair for in instant mood boost. If you colour your hair and your roots are starting to show, reach for Batiste Dry Shampoo PLUS: Beautiful Brunette, which has a hint of colour that can help stretch a few extra days between salon sessions.
Here’s a look at exactly what a little Batiste can do to revive your style:
I think it’s pretty clear I’m on team dry shampoo over here. Don’t feel intimidated if you’ve had a bad experience in the past. Now that you know exactly what to do (and just as importantly—what not to do), dry shampoo is sure to become your new BFF too.
*Batiste is sold in over 50 countries