Another Way To Use Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo has become a necessity in my life. I use it religiously, in place of having to wash my hair too frequently (although I still wash my bangs quite often, a little trick I picked up that is literally hair-saving). But I recently learned a handy dry shampoo trick that makes this product just as beneficial on just-washed hair as it is on second and third day hair.
Juliet Angus, star of Bravo’s Ladies of London and founder of her eponymous website, uses dry shampoo as a volumizing, texturizing spray right after washing her hair. I stayed with Juliet while in London last month and she shared her slightly unorthodox usage of the product with me; I’ve been hooked ever since. This application trick works particularly well for people who feel that just-washed hair is a bit too clean and weighed down (also for those with fine locks), but my thick, wavy hair benefited from day-of dry shampoo spritzing too.
Here’s how it works:
First, you need to choose a dry shampoo that actually sprays, not one that pours out. After washing, let your hair air-dry, or quickly tousle with a blow dryer. You’re going for a bit of texture, even if your locks are super limp (more on this in a second). Once your hair is 95% dry, you can start spraying. Think of it almost like a hairspray – it’s not going solely on the roots, instead, your spritzing on the actual hair shaft. You can either pick up pieces and do a quick spritz, or spritz around the hair – from top to bottom in quick pulsating spritzes – and then tousle with fingers.
Note: Since most dry shampoos have a white powdery consistency, you don’t want to spray in long intervals. A quick spritz several times around the head works much better. You may still see a bit of a white film form, depending on your hair color, but don’t worry, that’s what the finger-tousling is for.
I was amazed at how much texture this quick trick created. One of the reasons I’m so anti just-washed hair is because it looks and feels so clean, so this dry shampoo trick gives it the tiniest bit of separation. True, dry shampoo is meant to “clean” the hair, but only when your hair is oily. If it’s not oily, it will simply add a kick of feather-light product to produce a hint of texture, so that your hair doesn’t look so squeaky-clean. I notice that it also gives my hair the slightest hold, like a light misting of hairspray, but without the crunchiness.
Finger-tousling is key to this look, so don’t be afraid to get in there.
Dry Shampoo’s to try:
My favorite is the cult-classic Klorane ($20), but I’m also partial to the drugstore brand Psssst ($6), which has a permanent place on my bathroom shelf as well. Juliet opts for another drugstore brand, Batiste ($8), which also comes in an assortment of colored dry shampoos ($8), great for spraying onto brunette roots. Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo ($25) is another favorite worth a try.