How Every Hair Type Can Use Dry Shampoo
There’s a reason dry shampoo has become the champion of hair products. Obviously, it keeps your hair fresh between washes, but it does a lot more than zap excess oil and debris. The magical multitasker can be used as a styling product to add mega volume, tease hair or even cover your grown out roots. But dry shampoo isn’t a one size fits all product. We all have our own hair types, so we should find the dry shampoo best suited to our individual needs. “Different hair (and scalp) types have different needs: One may need to refresh and absorb sebum, but have an irritation to fragrance,” explains Faith Huffnagle, Prose Director of Education and veteran stylist. “Another one may use dry shampoo on roots and lengths solely for volume boosting. Another may have issues with dandruff and sebum at the same time.”
So, what are you to do? Maximize dry shampoo’s benefits by using it according to your hair’s specific needs. Learn how every hair type can use dry shampoo, here.
Those with fine strands are often prone to limp locks, which is why looking for a formula that can pump up the volume is key. Fine hair can get weighed down with grease and dirt, so that’s extra motivation to keep strands as close to squeaky clean as possible. Add bonus points for a dry shampoo that delivers texture as well, which can help fake fullness. “Get a dry shampoo that can add volume and lift without leaving residue and a powdery cast,” advises Huffnagle. “It’s best to apply dry shampoo in sections at the roots, allowing it to sit for approximately 60 seconds to fully absorb sebum before massaging to disperse the product.”
Have a full head of hair? Your locks tend to be able to take on a lot more dry shampoo—but that doesn’t mean you should spray with reckless abandon. Just like fine-haired friends, it’s best to apply it in sections, according to Huffnagle. “Target oily spots such as the crown and hairline,” she says.
Parched strands need a little more TLC from their dry shampoo. This includes all textures: fine, medium, thick and coarse. Since none of these textures are exempt from an oily scalp, it’s best to concentrate dry shampoo at the root and avoid spritzing it on ends for fullness. Look for formulas with hydrating ingredients that won’t leave your hair even more thirsty and avoid ingredients that are extra drying, like alcohol and preservatives. After all, dry hair equals dull hair. Instead of the traditional spray formula, a powder tends to be much gentler on dry locks.
In theory, all dry shampoos should sop up that grease that is ruining your blowout. But just like every other hair care product, some are just better than others at getting the job done. Look out for ingredients that can be too absorbent and irritate the scalp, like alcohol denat and sea salt. Another trick for keeping the oil slick look at bay is buying a dry shampoo with a matte finish.
Color treated hair
Anyone who invests their time and money into their hair wants to preserve that hue for as long as possible. Sure, you probably suds up with a color-safe shampoo and conditioner, but have you given that much thought to the rest of your hair products? Shop for a dry shampoo that’s marked as color safe to keep your color game strong.
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