Even though most of us have been using it since we were, like 15, there’s a large chance we’ve all been applying it wrong this entire time. Cause many of us dry shampoo users either apply way too much product way too close to our scalp, just pile it all on one spot, or not massaging it in fully. And it’s really bloody bad for your poor scalp. Uneven application can result in s**t things like product build-up, causing your scalp to become irritated, flaky, itchy and everything you don’t want.
1. Part hair into sections.
To apply dry shampoo the correct way, you’ll have to divide your hair into sections. Annoying, we know – but it’ll give you the most solid finish. “Yes, it can be a little more time-consuming, but parting hair into sections when applying product is key to a natural-looking finish,” said April. “There’s nothing worse than big white patches of overloaded product shining through on someone’s mane.” Cause we don’t have time to overcomplicate things (with combs, clips, and all that jazz), the best way to do this is to slide your finger through your hair to lift a section, and spray at the roots. Basically, just repeat this in sections moving from the top of your scalp.
2. Give yourself some distance.
Alright. This is a biggie. “Whilst you do want dry shampoo to target the roots of your hair, spraying it too close to the head can mean you’ll have excessive product that then needs to be re-distributed,” said April. “Instead, spray a couple of centimetres away from the head, allowing product to land on scalp, roots and top of the hair. Take your time to evenly apply your dry shampoo, focusing on the roots where most of the hair’s oil will appear.”
3. Use fingers instead of a brush.
Once you’ve sprayed dry shampoo evenly throughout your roots, it’s time to blend it all in by massaging the product through with your fingertips. “Brushing product from the roots down sounds like a good idea however if you’ve applied too much product or have product build-up on your scalp, you can risk flakiness,” said April. “A way to avoid flakiness from having product build-up on your scalp is to use your fingers to style and distribute the product. This is also a good way to allow you to assess your hair and see if you’ll need to apply more product, or if you can get away with just a few pumps at the roots.” Wanna add a little more volume? Just flip your hair upside down and shake out your roots.
4. Embrace the tousled look.
You should totally just embrace that cool-girl second-dayness texture! Suits you. “Dry shampoos lend themselves to the perfect no-fuss, undone look. Try to embrace a tousled style that looks less ‘done’ rather than an overly manicured look. Too much primping and preening with dry shampoo can sometimes risk you looking more Stepford Wives than effortless chic,” said April.
5. Opt for a multi-tasker.
Do you know what we love? A solid multi-tasker. And there are some real good options out there. These days dry shampoo can do everything from adding volume and fighting frizz to boosting colour, soothing sensitive scalps, and adding a kick of hydration.
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