Are You Making These Dry Shampoo Mistakes? Here's How to Fix Them

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In news no one wants to hear, oil is actually good for your hair.

Aesthetically, not great. Greasy roots can go away. But our hair follicles release sebum (oil) because it's the scalp's way of moisturising itself, and strengthening and protecting the hair.

So, what do you do about oily roots? You use dry shampoo, the stuff that usually comes in a can and soaks up grease like nothing else.

That said, dry shampoo isn't perfect. Sometimes, it looks chalky or white or like a dusting of dandruff on your shoulders. Other times, it can leave your hair looking and feeling greasier than before.

That's because many of us aren't using dry shampoo correctly. If you think that might be you, keep scrolling for how to get the best out of your dry shampoo.

Oh, and my expert dry shampoo recommendations.

Dry Shampoo Tips.

It's dry shampoo... how hard can it be, you ask? Not hard at all!

But after many, many years of using dry shampoo on myself and when I worked as a hairdresser, here are some tips I've learnt.

You can watch me sharing my dry shampoo tips in this YouTube video below, or read on for the quick version.

1. How to Use Dry Shampoo Properly.


If you usually spray half a can in your hair hoping for the best, only to end up with white roots and hair that feels even dirtier, read on...

How to fix it:

1. Section some hair where you want to apply the dry shampoo (usually around the roots and the front sections of hair).

2. Spritz your dry shampoo from around 6cm away.

3. CRUCIAL: Let it sit for a couple of minutes. This gives the formula time to properly mop up any oil from the scalp. Trust me, it's a game-changer.

4. Massage the product into the scalp - this is what will give you a flawless look, without any chalky residue or white patches. Plus, it'll give you a little boost of volume.

2. Bargain Dry Shampoo vs Bougie Dry Shampoo.


Supermarket shampoos generally contain a higher percentage of talcum powder. Nothing wrong with talcum powder, it does a great job of soaking up oil. But these dry shampoos can be quite white and chalky, which shows up more in the hair.

How to fix it:

If you have darker hair, I would stay away from talcum-based dry shampoos and upgrade to something within your budget that will do the job and give you the desired result.

Professional dry shampoos are more expensive - you're paying for the formulation, the ingredients and the experience of using it. But when you step up to a higher quality product, you might find you get less of that residue, and you don't have to use as much to get a good result.

That said, there are some great dry shampoos under $25 (more on those in a bit).

Side note, you can learn more about the difference between supermarket and professional hair care in this episode of the Beauty IQ Uncensored podcast below.

3. Using Dry Shampoo When Your Hair Is Already Greasy.


While filming the YouTube video on this topic, our videographer asked me if it's wrong to use dry shampoo once your hair is already oily.

It's not wrong... but my very best dry shampoo tip is to use it before the hair gets greasy. Think of it more as a preventative measure, rather than doing damage control afterwards.

How to fix it:

Spritz your dry shampoo into the hair before bed, and on the night before you know your hair usually gets oily.

For example, if you usually get greasy hair on the second day post-wash, apply dry shampoo on the first night. Wake up greasy on day three? Apply on day two before bed.

Not only will your scalp feel less oily, but you're going to wake up with incredible volume and your hair is going to feel just as clean as when you first washed it.

Plus, you only need to apply dry shampoo to the specific parts of your scalp that get oily, rather than dousing your entire head. This helps to keep your hair feeling fresher for longer, too.

Which Dry Shampoo Is Right For You?

When you think dry shampoo, you're usually thinking about the ones that come in an aerosol can. But did you know you can get dry shampoo powders and dry shampoo pastes?

Here's a quick breakdown of which dry shampoo to choose depending on your hair colour, personal preference, budget and the look you're going for.

1. Klorane Nettle Dry Shampoo, $15.99.

Klorane Nettle Dry Shampoo is such a hidden gem. It smells herby and contains nettle, which is great for oil absorption. It's also heavy duty and handbag friendly, plus it comes in the Klorane Nettle Dry Shampoo - Tinted version for darker hair colours.

2. ELEVEN Australia Give Me Clean Hair Dry Shampoo, $24.95.

I do not stop yapping on about this dry shampoo. ELEVEN Give Me Clean Hair Dry Shampoo smells amazing, and you can't beat this price-wise at under $25 for 208ml. It's also vegan and cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

3. Mr. Smith Dry Shampoo, $37.

Mr. Smith Dry Shampoo 120g is one of my favourites. You can't go past the minimalist packaging, and it smells incredible. This dry shampoo isn't as heavy duty as some, but it does make the hair feel and smell nicer.

4. TOGETHER BEAUTY Shampoo Paste, $38.

Dry shampoo pastes aren't for everyone. They're the black sheep of the dry shampoo family, but they still have their place.

Use them like a styling paste by warming a tiny bit between your fingertips and working it directly into the scalp. Dry shampoo pastes like TOGETHER BEAUTY VA VA BOOM DRY SHAMPOO PASTE are great for anyone with shorter hair like a pixie crop wanting a textured finish.

5. IGK Dry Shampoos, $42.

IGK FIRST CLASS Dry Shampoo and IGK DIRECT FLIGHT Dry Shampoo are my absolute favourites. I mean, the packaging is gorgeous. Direct Flight is the lighter option, while First Class is more heavy duty. They are super effective and make the hair look really great.

6. R+Co Skyline Dry Shampoo Powder, $44.

If for whatever reason you prefer not to use an aerosol, R+Co Skyline Dry Shampoo Powder is one is one of my all-time favourite dry shampoos and styling products. It's a finely-milled powder so you don't need a lot, and it disperses over the scalp much nicer than an aerosol.

Plus, you get way more body, volume and oomph! And it brushes out of the hair beautifully. But it can be a bit messier. I'd apply this before putting on your clothes.

7. Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo, $68.

I love everything about Oribe products, from the packaging to the formulas. Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo makes the hair and scalp feel amazing. But it's the bougiest of the bougie (i.e. very luxe).

It's not in everyone's price range (including mine), but it is a dry shampoo and texture spray in one. It gives a really nice finish and lots of volume at the roots that still feels soft.

Now, all you have to do is decide which dry shampoo is right for you. And your roots. Godspeed!

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