How To Properly Use Dry Shampoo, And Why This One Is My Favorite

Dry shampoo has become one of those must have beauty products. This sort of stuff didn’t exist when I was in high school, or even college. Instead we either put our hair in a big messy bun, or took a damn shower.  Times have changed and dry shampoo is part of my beauty routine. I just can’t imagine not having this in my beauty arsenal. Dry shampoo is great to help combat excess oil and can also revitalize your hair and help make it smell great. But my question to you is, are you using it correctly?

Over time I’ve tested and tried out lots of brands and have a growing collection of favorites.  You can check out this post on my favorites as they vary from price point and results.  I will tell you though, there is one stand out brand that I swear by, Klorane Dry Shampoo.  As in, if I was stranded on a deserted island and I had to pick one dry shampoo, this would be it. It does the best job of absorbing oil and smells amazing.

While restocking this product a few months ago at Sephora, the girl sat me down and showed me the right way to use it. Sure you are just spraying dry shampoo in your hair and rub it in, right? Sorta. There are a few key steps to ensure you’re getting the most out of this product and really making sure your hair looks its best. Plus, since it’s so pricey, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the most out of the can and not wasting any product.

Fun fact though, this product lasts a very long time. As in years it seems like. So although the price tag is a little shocking, be aware that you’ll be using it for months and months to come, if not longer. I always keep a full size bottle on hand, but never travel without their little travel size ones which you can shop here.

How To Use Dry Shampoo

First let’s chat about HOW to use dry shampoo. There’s definitely a way to use it to get the best results and so you aren’t going through can after can of this stuff.

1. Begin by separating your hair around your face

2. Shake your can vigorously

3. Spray about 8-10 inches away from your head in small bursts

You don’t want to get TOO close to your scalp so be sure to leave some space. Also, you don’t need a TON of product. Spray, then move on to the next section.

4. Move to the next section and repeat these steps until each section has basically turned white

Most dry shampoos will turn white, it’s totally normal. I have dark hair and although you can buy dark dry shampoos, I don’t like them one bit. I’ve had only bad experiences with them as they can dye your skin or clothes with the color. If you’re using dry shampoo correctly, as in following step 5 and 6 below, you won’t mind the white on your dark hair.


Yup, don’t touch it. Just let it sit there for about a minute.

6. TAP It In

Yes, tap! You want to tap your head until the dry shampoo has absorbed. If tapping doesn’t get all the white residue absorbed, you can gently rub it in. However, I always recommend tapping it in first. You can also brush it out if you like to remove any residual white powder. For someone with nearly black hair though, Klorane doesn’t leave any white residue after I follow these steps.

The key here is separating your hair and really letting the product sit and do its job. It has to absorb excess oil and if you just spray around your hair, and not directly into the hair line, you won’t get the most oil absorption that you’re looking for. See below for photos on how I use my favorite dry shampoo.

Why You Don’t Want To LIVE On Dry Shampoo

You’ll hear some people say that their life is just dry shampoo and coffee. Right? They use it every single day and rarely wash and blow dry their hair because of it. They think that they’re practicing better hair care by saving their ends and growing it out. Wrong. Adding a ton of dry shampoo to your hair every single day is actually DAMAGING your hair. Here’s why.

You Need Oil

Your hair and scalp NEEDS oil. It’s there to hydrate your skin, nourish the folicle and keep your scalp from getting dry and itchy. If you use dry shampoo every single day, you’re just drying out the oils. Which, yes, it’s what the product is supposed to do and is fine to use to extend a day or two. But using it every single day in place of hair washes with a heavy hand over time will do more damage than good.

Dried Cuticles Aren’t Fun

Because you’re removing all the oil with dry shampoo, your cuticles will get dried out. When the cuticle gets dried out the hair isn’t as healthy and strong and it can break off. So the whole thought process of less washing, more dry shampoo means longer hair since I’m not putting heat on it is totally wrong! Just wash your hair and try an overnight hairstyle to keep heat off.

My beautician recommends you should wash your hair every 3-4 days. So if on day 3 you need a little dry shampoo that’s fine. But she doesn’t recommend adding it for 3 additional days so you can go a whole week out of your style.


Photos by Sydney Bruton Photography

Jessica is an Atlanta life and style blogger. Aiming to bring practical tips to your every day life. Tips that you can easily tackle and make your life feel just a tad more 'put-together'.

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  1. 1.24.17
    uptown18 said:

    Dry shampoo ? Sound interesting i have not try yet

  2. 1.24.17
    Laura leigh said:

    LOVE dry shampoo! It is the biggest lifesaver. Need to try this brand out for sure.

    xo Laura Leigh

  3. 1.24.17

    Nothing better than a great dry shampoo! I still stand by Moroccan Oil…so good!!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

  4. 1.24.17
    Inez said:

    Interesting. I wonder if dry shampoo will work for my hair type.

    Inez | My Small World