How to Properly Apply Dry Shampoo, According to an Expert

If you've yet to use dry shampoo—it's a total game-changer.

Unless you're bald, you don't need to know about all the glory of this magical hair product. But, if you do have a set of locks atop that beautiful head of yours—listen up. Dry shampoo will take your oily hair and make it look brand spankin' new again. It will even add some much-needed volume! We spoke with hair connoisseur and salon owner, Annagjid "Kee" Taylor, all about dry shampoo. Keep scrolling for the full interview!

Sweety High: What exactly is dry shampoo?

Annagjid Taylor: Dry shampoo is a hair product that helps reduce greasiness in the hair without water, typically in a powder form. It's usually composed of some kind of starch to help absorb the oil from the scalp and hair.

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SH: When should you use dry shampoo?

AT: You should use dry shampoo when you feel like your scalp or hair is getting greasy, but it's really up to your personal preference! Some people prefer to use dry shampoo before bed, others like to use it before a workout to minimize buildup.


SH: How often should you use dry shampoo? Is there such thing as using it too much?

AT: It depends on your individual hair. Obviously, everyone is different, but I typically recommend to not use dry shampoo more than two times before your next wash day. It's definitely possible to overuse dry shampoo (I've seen it!). As dry shampoo is a leave in, you can create a buildup of dry shampoo, which is the opposite of why you're using it.


SH: What does dry shampoo do?

AT: Not only does dry shampoo absorb grease and oil, but it can help you build texture and volume in the hair, so there's some styling benefit as well.

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SH: How do you apply dry shampoo to your hair? 

AT: I prefer applying dry shampoo directly to areas where there's more greasiness. If you're using an aerosol, make sure to keep the can about six inches away from your head when you spray, as to not apply too much. Once you apply, you can brush it through the hair. Always avoid your ends—dry shampoo will dry them out!


SH: Are there things people do wrong when applying dry shampoo?

AT: Definitely overuse! I know we all love to skip a wash day, but you still need to clean your hair and scalp.


SH: Do you have any favorite dry shampoos you'd recommend?

AT: The Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo ($25) is great because it's talc-free (a lot of dry shampoos contain talc—read your ingredients) and leaves no white residue.

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