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Dry Shampoo 101: What It Does & How to Make The Most Of It

It's never too late to jump on board the dry shampoo band wagon! Here's the lowdown on why dry shampoo is a must-have product within your hair care arsenal.

What exactly is dry shampoo?

For the uninitiated, a dry shampoo is designed to give your hair a water-free cleanse. When applied to the hair, the unique dry shampoo powder formula soaks up any excess oil and build-up to leave the hair looking and feeling refreshed.

Who should be using dry shampoo?

Anyone and everyone can benefit from this time-saver product. We all have days where the whole rinse-wash-blow dry routine just isn't feasible. Therefore, a dry shampoo offers up a nifty shortcut so that you can go a little longer between washes. (It's especially beloved by gym bunnies who use it to refresh their post-workout locks.)

A dry shampoo is also beneficial for those who need to extend their time between washes for the sake of their hair health. For instance, those who have coloured hair or hair that's prone to excessive oiliness or dryness. In these instances, over washing your hair can have a detrimental effect on the colour or condition of the hair, so a dry shampoo is the perfect stopgap measure.

How do you apply dry shampoo?

Start by taking your chosen dry shampoo, such as the and give the aerosol can a shake. Then, hold it about 15-30cm away from the roots and mist on. Remember, a little goes a long way. Give the product a few seconds to settle and then use your fingertips to tousle it through. This action will help remove any excess residue. By this stage the hair will look refreshed, clean and ready to be styled as normal.

Beyond hair care – what else can dry shampoo do?

A dry shampoo is one of those versatile products that transcends the hair care spectrum and can also be used for styling. Hairstyles that call for plenty of body and texture, particularly at the roots, will benefit from a few mists of dry shampoo, as it becomes the base for your hairstyle. When applied, the product not only soaks up excess oils, but makes the strands matte and less slippery – and therefore easier to fashion into hairstyles that require height, texture or even a long-lasting up-do. Oh dry shampoo, is there anything you can't do?!

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