Dry Shampoo 101: How to Get the Most Out of This Hair Hero

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Dry shampoo is officially a hair hero. It keeps locks looking luscious between washes, refreshes greasy ‘dos, adds a dose of superstar volume, and works in a matter of minutes – all making it the perfect product when you’re on the go. But when used incorrectly, it can dull locks and dry them out, negating its many beautifying powers. Read on for Savoir Flair’s ultimate dos and don’ts of using dry shampoo to get the most out of your super spray.

DON'T spray it too close to your scalp.

Always spritz about ten inches away from your roots to avoid any chalky, white residue.

DON'T apply it all over.

It can make your ends stiff and dry, so focus only on where grease forms – your roots! Section your hair and spray, ensuring all your roots are covered, not just the very top.

DO massage, massage, massage!

If you simply spray and leave it, you’re not getting the most out of your product. It needs to be evenly dispensed, and a light massage helps add volume.

DO allow the product to sit in your hair for at least two minutes before massaging it in.

This ensures that all the excess oils and any greasiness has been absorbed. The longer you leave it, the better!

DON'T touch your hair once you’ve massaged it in.

Your fingers and hands have naturally occurring oils, which will just make your hair greasy again! Use a bristle brush to gently brush it out instead.

DON'T go spray crazy.

Too much product dulls the hair, so apply it sparingly and only to roots.

DO use a hairdryer if you've applied too much.

A quick blast will help remove any excess product.

DON'T rely on it too much.

As tempting as it is to go all week with dry shampoo coming to the rescue, try not to use it more than twice between washes. This helps your hair follicles and scalp breathe, and won’t dry out your hair.

DO use your dry shampoo before you go to bed.

It will work overnight to absorb excess oil and sweat, and has the added bonus of helping you wake up with some extra va-va-voom.

DO pick the right color.

There is now a whole host of dry shampoos that are subtly colored to blend into your roots (which means no more white residue), so make sure you’re picking the right hue. Blonde dry shampoo on black hair? Just no.

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Now treat your tresses to one of these all-natural DIY hair masks.

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