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Hair Tutorial: How To Properly Use Dry Shampoo And Stop Looking Like A Grease Monster

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Approximately 30% of my energy goes into looking like I’ve washed my hair even though I haven’t. Lately, in particular, the temperatures have been positively freezing in New York to the point where nobody wants to leave the house–and probably shouldn’t–but for those of us with jobs away from home, we simply must. Growing up in Syracuse, I learned that you need to either wash your hair at night or deal with having less-than-pristine hair the next day (blowdrying is my least favorite thing in the world to do myself, so that’s off the table). My favorite tool to be sure the latter doesn’t result in an awful look? Dry shampoo.

Dry shampoo is a wonderful tool full of magical possibilities. No matter where you are, you can easily give your hair volume and texture while not looking like you haven’t washed your hair in 3 days, which you haven’t. Your hair will officially be full of lies–and secrets.

So, how do you properly use dry shampoo? Here’s an easy how-to:

Step 0: Start off with your gross hair down, obvs. I apologize for my own being extra icky; I had it in a hood all day.

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Step 1: Shake the can of dry shampoo gently, then hold it approximately 10 inches from your hair. I picked Eufora Touch Up in Clear for this tutorial.

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Step 2: Start spraying at the root, where you hair is at its oiliest and shiniest. I part my hair in the middle, so that’s where I started, but you would presumably begin wherever you part yours. Be sure to keep your spritzing fairly even; applying too much product could actually make your hair look more weighed down.

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Break: I strongly recommend splitting this into two mini-processes, as that allows for the dry shampoo to absorb into your hair better. So, if you’re doing this in the morning, spray the product prior to making coffee, eating breakfast, applying makeup and the like, then come back to it about 10 minutes later.

A lot of people skip this step and in my opinion, this doesn’t allow the product to work as effectively. I put on some theBALM Lipstick in Mia Moore and some Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion, then applied Clinique Brow Shaper in Shaping Taupe because my eyebrows have looked really odd lately.

Check out our tutorial on how to use dry shampoo!

Step 3: Massage the dry shampoo into your roots the same way you would with normal shampoo in the shower.

Check out our tutorial on how to use dry shampoo!

Step 4: Now brush your hair and enjoy those full, somewhat-sans-oil strands. I also swept my very grown out bangs to the side, but in retrospect, I’m not sure I love the look. But tada, nonetheless!

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Sorry for the blurry picture, all the rest came out awful and embarrassing, but here it is nonetheless. It’s not as full as I’d like, which could be due to how much I desperately need a haircut, but the amount of shine and oiliness is significantly reduced. I can officially exist around my boss and not feel like bowing my head (or covering it, I guess) in shame.

What’s your favorite dry shampoo? And as always, if you have a question or request, let us know in the comments!

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  • elle

    Are you going to start doing hair tutorials too? If yes then I want a tutorial on how to do Amy Adams American hustle hair, her more glammed out spiral ones modernized please, but I wouldn’t object to her everyday curls. If not can we get Mandie Williams on it please? And I just use baby powder for dry shampoo.

    • Samantha_Escobar

      I love how baby powder works BUUUUT I hate the scent of it. It drives me nuts. It’s the same reason I can’t use most scented deodorants intended for women; the powdery smell stresses me out.

      I will try to do that tutorial! I think it’ll be fun, and holy shit, her hair is so nice so I’ll actually have a reason to go out after.

    • elle

      See I love the smell of it, maybe cuz it reminds me of when my son wad a baby? Yeah basically everything about Amy Is perfection in Hustle-clothes, hair, makeup, that freaking macrame swimsuit they need to start selling so I can buy one, everything.

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      Baby powder doesn’t work for me, either. I don’t enjoy the smell, and as someone with super dark hair (kinda like yourself) I can never get the whiteness out. It looks like I dropped a container of flour on my head before leaving the house. Not attractive. But my blonde little sister swears by it.

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      I have two words for attaining all day curls – hot rollers. They’re the only thing that works for me.

    • elle

      I’m seriously starting to think I need to break down and buy some. The crazy thing is I have naturally wavy hair but sometimes I just want more of that controlled look like I put effort into doing it you know?

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      I have the same kind of hair. Naturally wavy but not the controlled curls that we really want, lol. Hot rollers always seemed so, I dunno, 1970s-80s to me, but they work wonders. I got mine at a swap meet (seriously) and they’re awesome.

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  • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

    My all time favorite dry shampoo is the Dove one. It’s cheap as all get up and it’s the only one that’s worked for my wonky hair without either making it feel funny or smell too strong, etc. As a fan of the blunt bang (you will pry it from my cold, dead, hands), it works wonders to not make me look like a grease-ball by noon.

  • Mandie

    Not Your Mother’s dry shampoo is my jam. I think they changed the scent but it used to smell like key lime pie. Now it just smells sort of inoffensively soapy, which is still good as far as dry shampoos go.

  • Amanda Lee

    I use Batiste Dry Shampoo. Comes in different scents and there is one for brown hair and blonde hair that are tinted slightly to blend better. Haven’t tried those yet.

  • Lindsey Conklin

    WHOA! thats amazing!!!!!!!!!! I’ve always wanted to know how to properly use this!