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Dry Shampoo And Their Benefits

Dry Shampoo And Their Benefits
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The concept of dry shampoo was born a few years ago but it has already become a beauty staple in many an early morning haircare routine. Nothing works best to save our bad hair days (and 6am starts), and keep our hair looking gorgeous than this little magical bottle.

Take a look at our best tricks to use dry shampoo like a pro, as well as some of our favourite products that we reach for time and time again.

How Does Dry Shampoo Work?

Dry shampoo is a powdery formula that contains Starch or Talc. It works by absorbing excess oil, dirt and grease in your hair without needing to use a traditional shampoo. It doesn’t need to be mixed with water or rinsed, making it an ideal choice when you are in rush but need to look your best.

Plus, this product happens to be a versatile must-have that can be used in a variety of situations.

  • It cleanses your hair and avoids oily locks in between shampooing
  • It refreshes your locks when you’re in a rush
  • It adds volume even to the finest hair
  • It’s a gym-bag essential if you go to work after the gym or have other post-workout plans.

What Is The Difference Between Dry And Clarifying Shampoo?

Unlike a dry shampoo, a clarifying shampoo is a liquid formula that has to be rinsed. Infused with purifying agents, it gives your hair a detox when you’ve used a few too many f hair styling products, and need to relieve your hair a little.

In a nutshell, it's just a regular shampoo that has a quick deep cleansing action and removes any product build-up which can cause dullness and dryness.

Why does Dry Shampoo Turn White?

The chalky, white finish you’ve probably experienced in the past is not caused by the product but by the application of the dry shampoo itself.  For instance, you’ll most likely see some powdery leftovers if you spray too close to your scalp or don’t massage the product into your roots.

Using too much product is also another common mistake. As it is easier to apply another layer than to remove product, don’t spray too much at first, and then wait a few minutes to see if you’ve deposited enough dry shampoo. That way, you’ll ensure to refresh your hair without making it turn white.

How To Apply Dry Shampoo

For maximum results, there are a few tips to keep in mind when applying dry shampoo.

  • Spray your hairline around your face first.
  • Then, divide your hair into sections, in order to separate the back and front part of your head. This technique helps you to spot all of your roots.
  • Next, take each section, spray the roots, flip it to the other side and move on to the next section.
  • With your fingers, shake your roots and blend the powder. You can also flip your head upside down if you’re looking for more volume.
  • Gently brush it out and run your fingers through your hair to finish off.

What Dry Shampoo Should I Use?

Find the best dry shampoo for your hair type based on some of our favourites below.

  • 1.For Straight Hair

    For Straight Hair

    For Straight Hair

    £29.95
    Dry shampoo can work as both a styling product and add a bit of volume to straight hair, for a full-bodied look. Working as a texturizer and volume booster, this Dry Shampoo from Balmain Hair is ideal to use before a night out. Plus, its formula contains Argan Oil and Silk Protein that refreshes and smoothes your hair, leaving it with a matte finish.  
  • 2.For Curly Hair

    For Curly Hair

    For Curly Hair

    3.33 Stars 12 Reviews
    £24.00
    There's nothing better than foam to enhance your curls. This new Dry Shampoo Foam is the cult product from the gorgeous Ouai Haircare brand, founded by the celebrity hair stylist Jen Atkins. Containing Volcanic Minerals and hydrating Panthenol, the formula revives curl patterns, and adds bounce as well as texture for a nice volume from the roots to the ends. Plus, it removes excess oils and eliminates odours, giving your hair a just-washed shine.  
  • 3.For Dry Hair

    For Dry Hair

    For Dry Hair

    4.5 Stars 2 Reviews
    £17.00
    You thought your dry hair wouldn't agree much with dry shampoo? Try this Cleanse Extend Translucent Dry Shampoo from Alterna Bamboo Style. Indeed, it is one of the most nourishing dry washes, thanks to its Organic Blue Yucca Root and Bamboo Extract. This exclusive formula cleanses your hair and gives it a radiant shine without drying it out.    
  • 4.For Oily Hair

    For Oily Hair

    For Oily Hair

    4.25 Stars 12 Reviews
    £23.00
    If your hair tends to get oily, look for a powdery texture that will really absorb excess oil. Go for Bumble And Bumble's Prêt-à-Powder, a multi-tasking formula that absorbs excess oil and removes any impurities. It also adds volume and refreshes your style between shampoos. This is a top product to keep in your gym bag, for a post-workout hair fix.  
  • 5.For Coloured Hair

    For Coloured Hair

    For Coloured Hair

    4 Stars 1 Reviews
    £25.90
    The Colour Lustre Dry Cleaner from Shu Uemura Art of Hair is definitely a must-have for colour-treated hair. Its translucent fine powders work to bring radiance back to your locks and eliminate impurities as well as odours. As soon as you try it you'll notice how it enhances colour vibrancy and leaves your hair feeling incredibly soft.
  • 6.For Brunettes and Black Hair

    For Brunettes and Black Hair

    For Brunettes and Black Hair

    4.45 Stars 22 Reviews
    £16.45
    Moroccanoil's Dry Shampoo for Dark Tones is  enriched with Argan Oil that enhances shine and maintains the vibrancy of dark and brunette tones. The lightweight formula provides UV protection and contains ultra-fine Starch to banish any product build-up or grease, keeping your hair clean and soft until the next shampoo.  
  • 7.For a Weekend Away

    For a Weekend Away

    For a Weekend Away

    4 Stars 5 Reviews
    £19.60
    The Shampure Dry Shampoo from Aveda has the perfect travel size. Plus, its handy pump bottle ensures easy application anywhere and anytime. The 99.8% naturally derived powdered formula delivers a subtle fragrance and refreshes your hair, leaving it perfectly soft and clean.
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