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Avoid the White Powdery Mess: Tips from a Pro for Using Dry Shampoo

Using dry shampoo

It’s easy to spray your hair into a white mess. Here’s how to avoid that complication.

Dry shampoo is probably the hair styling product most likely to strike fear into the heart of a woman. We’ve all heard this spray can work wonders, giving your hair volume, getting rid of oil, and even allowing you to skip days between hair washings. Let’s face it, that last reason is a technological wonder that all women love! But when you throw in the threat of looking like you’ve used George Washington’s hair powder, most women won’t even look at a can of dry shampoo.

There’s no reason to be afraid of dry shampoo!  Once you have the hang of using it, dry shampoo really can be a great volumizer, add needed texture, and save a lot of time in the morning.  I asked Celebrity Hairstylist Birgitte Phillipides for her favorite tips to get a professional result when using dry shampoo.

Phillipides recommends using “a high quality dry shampoo such as René Furterer’s Naturia Dry Shampoo or Klorane’s dry shampoo with oat milk. It will give you both volume as well as more body in your hair.” I use both of those dry shampoos but also have a list of my 10 favorite dry shampoos and will swap out for a different product depending on what results I need that day.

To start using dry shampoo, you should start at the most oily part of your hair, the root.  Section your hair, gently shake the can and spray the dry shampoo. Phillipides says that the ideal distance is 10 inches away from the hair. You should slowly move the can back and forth, while avoiding concentrating the product in one location. If you start to see the product build up in any one spot, you have applied to much to that area. Move on to the next section of hair until you think you’ve sprayed all of the areas on your scalp that are oily. Make sure you particularly focus on the front and top portions of your hair.

Once the dry shampoo has been in place for a few minutes you can brush it through your hair. This will help to evenly distribute the product and help remove any excess dry shampoo. Phillipides prefers to use a rubber-cushioned hair brush such as a Mason Pearson’s brush.

To get the most professional results, it is what you do after spraying that matters the most. “Afterwards, put your fingers in your hair and examine for any areas missed or any areas that have unblended dry shampoo. Add more dry shampoo if needed or brush through hair where it’s unblended until finished. Make sure to check that there is no white reside left on your scalp from the dry shampoo.”

“Your hair should now be noticeably more voluminous as well as easier to style and manage,” says Phillipides.

Have you used dry shampoo before? What’s your favorite tip to get a great result?

Read more from Christine on Babble and her blog, 15 Minute Beauty. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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