5 Uses for Dry Shampoo

If you asked me a year ago, dry shampoo wouldn’t have made my list of must-have beauty products. I was young and stupid, don’t hold it against me. Now that I’m so old and mature, I’m hear to tell you that dry shampoo is not only on my must-have list, but it’s also part of my just-about-daily beauty routine. The only days I don’t use it are the days I don’t get out of my pajamas. The last thing I’m worried about on those days is what my hair looks like, but let’s not digress.

I started off using dry shampoo for the obvious reasons, but then I got adventurous and expanded my horizons. Who knew dry shampoo could be used as a replacement for bush?! JK, that’s not true. Just trying to keep you on your toes. After some experimenting, I’ve found 5 main uses for dry shampoo in my daily life. I’m sure there are a bunch more (in fact I know there are), but I figured I’d share the ones I have tested with you here. Dry shampoo for everyone!

5 uses for dry shampoo

1. De-grease your second-day hair. This one is a given, seeing as saving your second-day hair is the most common use for dry shampoo. If I wake up to a head of greasy hair and don’t want to/have the time to give it a good washing, I spritz a bit of dry shampoo and voila! I’m good to go and no one needs to know that my hair is going on day 2, 3 or 4 of no washing.

2. Prevent your hair from getting greasy. IRL, this comes before use #1, but I figured I’d start with the traditional use. To make sure that I don’t need to worry about waking up greasy, I spritz some dry shampoo on my roots after drying my hair. That way, I can go to sleep without worrying about looking like a buttered turkey danced on my head in the middle of the night.

3. Add volume. If I’m short on time or simply being lazy, I’ll run a straightener through my hair and call it a day. However, this often times leaves my hair a bit flatter than I tend to like. To add a little oomph, I spry dry shampoo from my roots to mid shaft, brush out and bam. Instant volume.

4. Add texture and hold. This is going to sound like a ridonk, shallow complaint, but if I style my hair at all using heat, it can sometimes be too soft. I know, I know. I need to STFU. But hear me out. If your hair is too smooth, it can look limp and make it hard to hold a style. Plus, that whole tousled, textured look is super smexy. Too add a little texture to my hair, which in hand makes it easier for my hair to hold a style, I reach for my trusty dry shampoo. Just like the other uses, a couple of spritzes and my hair is no longer limp and on the verge of losing it’s style.

5. Keep your curls from sticking. This should really be use 4b, but alas. No matter how much I brush out my curls, they always seem to find their way back to each other. And any grown woman knows that Shirley Temple curls aren’t cute. To keep my bratty curls from merging into one giant tendril, I spray dry shampoo all over the place once I’m done with my curling wand to keep them from sticking. Good bye Shirley, hello tousled, sexy curls.

If you’ve been reading for a while, you know I LOVE Not Your Mother’s dry shampoo. It’s one of the few items I repurchase each time without even considering an alternative. If you missed that memo, you can read about my love here and here. I find it at my local CVS, so you should (fingers crossed) be able to find it easily. I also know it’s sold at Ulta, if you have one nearby, and Amazon.

Want some additional tips and tricks for dry shampoo? Popsugar and Cosmo have articles just waiting for you!

How do you use dry shampoo?

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