WHAT DOES DRY SHAMPOO ACTUALLY DO: dry shampoo is a powder that usually comes in an aerosol spray can, that absorbs the oil/hair dirt (sebum) from your hair. It also adds volume, and gives your hair a fresh and clean appearance without water. It works particularly well in blonde hair and lightens up the roots.
WHEN SHOULD YOU USE DRY SHAMPOO: dry shampoo should really only be used in SOS situations. Or, on a Monday morning at 6.53am because you didn’t plan ahead and wash your hair on Sunday night! It is important that you do not replace your normal shampoo/cleaning routine with this product. It is designed purely for intermittent use between normal shampoo washes. Depending on the frequency of your ‘normal washes’, it is ideal for a second or third day touch-up between.
*SJM ADD-ON! – I personally find when I wear my hair down I need to wash it more frequently. I’m sure this has something to do with the frequency in which I touch/re-style my hair. If I know I am going to have a busy week, or can’t be bothered washing my hair, I will tie my hair up and refrain from touching it – buns are great for this.
APPLICATION TIPS & SIDE EFFECTS: there are many ways to skin a cat, but, here are my tips from experience. The first step is to comb through your hair to get rid of any existing tangles. Then, spray the aerosol can approx. 15 – 20cm from the desired area (hair line, hair part, behind the ears – oily prone areas). I found when I sprayed the powder directly onto the scalp it caused severe irritation and left a white residue (similar to dandruff). Once you have sprayed the shampoo onto the desired area (from a small distance), either with a brush or your hands, give it a good comb through. This will spread out the powder and evenly absorb any oil.
*SJM ADD-ON! – the one negative I have experienced using dry shampoo (with all brands except Batiste!) is that I have been left with a very itchy and flaky scalp. This got so bad with some products I needed to purchase mild psoriasis scalp treatments from the chemist – so please, use in moderation!