We all had those days when you just can’t be bothered to wash your hair. It just takes too long and you have no energy or you have to run out the door immediately. That’s when dry shampoo comes in very handy. You can just spray the roots and your hair will instantly look more fresh and bouncy. If you’re travelling or camping at a music festival – that’s when dry shampoo becomes your best friend. But how much do we know about dry shampoo apart from it being a lifesaver (it feels that dramatic sometimes, ok?) in certain situations. Do you know what it’s made of? Do you know how to use it properly for maximum effect? Can you DIY dry shampoo at home? Keep reading to find out the answers to these and other questions below.
What Is Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is a form of shampoo that allows you to make your hair look cleaner without the use of water. The main component in dry shampoo is usually corn starch or rice starch. These days most dry shampoos come in aerosol cans for the ease of application and are often scented with fresh, floral or tropical fragrances. There are also dry shampoos that come in powder form that you can just apply to your head with your hands or with a brush.
How To Use Dry Shampoo
Dry is generally used to remove the appearance of greasy or to add volume to one’s hair. If you’re using dry shampoo that comes in the aerosol form you should part your hair into sections add spray into the roots holding the bottle 30-40 cm away from your hair. Holding the can far enough is actually a very important part of the process, because the shampoo in liquid form in the can, but it needs that second or two to transform into dry powder before it hits your hair. So if you hold the can too close, the dry shampoo will still be a bit wet and that defeats the purpose and doesn’t deliver the results you expect. If you’re using the powder version just apply to roots and massage your hair to disperse the powder evenly. After applying dry shampoo you should also brush your hair to remove any excess powder.
When To Use Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo can be used on so many different occasions. It’s an obvious choice for lazy days and when your hair just needs a little boost. It’s also a good idea to use dry shampoo the night before so that you wake up with extra volume in your hair. It can be used on fresh clean hair to add volume and texture. It’s a great way to add more grip to your hair when creating an updo and to keep those bobby pins in place. And shockingly you can even use it on wet hair and it’ll work as mousse.
How Does Dry Shampoo Work
Dry shampoo works by soaking up the oils in your hair and therefore making your hair look clean and non-greasy. However, you should keep in mind that while those oils are soaked up and your hair looks clean, those oils and starch is still sitting in your hair might not feel as clean as it looks.
Is It Okay To Use Dry Shampoo Everyday
You can use dry shampoo as often as you want but it’s not a true alternative to normal shampoo. Over time the dry powder will accumulate and form clumps which is just not cute. Dry shampoo can also be quite drying on the scalp and your hair, so it’s nor recommended to use it every day if you have a dry and sensitive scalp or your hair tends to be dry and brittle.
How To Make Dry Shampoo At Home
- arrowroot powder
- corn starch
- a bit of cocoa powder (optional)
- makeup brush for application
To make dry shampoo at home just use some corn starch or you can also use arrowroot powder. Keep it in a sealed container and apply to your hair using a clean makeup brush. If you have dark hair and want to avoid white residue on your hair you can add a bit of cocoa powder to your starch.