If you're not using dry shampoo on the regular or don't get what the big fuss is about, there can only be one reason: You don't know how to use dry shampoo the right way. Because even though I can wax poetic about dry shampoo until people's eyes glaze over, I'll also be the first to admit: dry shampoo can go very, very awry if it's not applied properly.
The telltale signs of a bad dry shampoo application: powdery roots, crunchy hair and general, well, ickiness. But the best dry shampoo application will give you better hair than you ever thought possible.
Here, the be-all, end-all guide to the dos and don'ts of dry shampoo.
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Step 1: Find the Best Dry Shampoo
If you color your hair, use a dry shampoo specifically formulated for color-treated hair, like ColorProof DrySpell Color Protect Dry Shampoo, $26, which will make hair more vibrant and add heat protection.
If your hair is dark, look for a formula that won't leave a residue, such as a tapioca-based dry shampoo, says celebrity stylist (and Beachwaver-creator) Sarah Potempa. (She recommends Aussie 7in1 Dry Shampoo). You can also choose one that's tinted to match your hair color.
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Step 2: Always Start With Completely Dry Hair
"If used while hair is still damp, the formula may not absorb properly or clump, causing less than desirable results," says Dove celebrity stylist Mark Townsend.
Try: Dove Refresh+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo, $3.94
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Step 3: Shake It Up, Baby
Try: Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo, $22
Try: R+Co Dry Shampoo, $29
Step 4: Don't Haphazardly Spray
If you don't section off your hair, product can get concentrated in one area, warns Potempa. Too much dry shampoo will leave a light-reflecting residue (that will be especially apparent if you're going to be photographed).
Try: Pantene Pro-V Blowout Extend Dry Shampoo, $6.99
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