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Dry Shampoo and When to Use It

Is it already time to wash your hair again? If your hair is looking limp and greasy before your regular hair washing day, dry shampoo can absorb the oil and make your hair look and smell clean. Dry shampoo is easily available at drugstores and salons—and once you try it, you’ll never feel gross between wash days again.

Here’s an overview of what dry shampoo is, when to use it and how. If you’re interested in trying it for yourself, make sure your stylist visits our salon supply store to pick some up!

What is dry shampoo?

Dry shampoo is a water-free product you can use to keep your hair clean. It’s usually in a powder or aerosol form, which may come out damp and dry quickly. Most of them include powders, which soak up the excess oil in your hair and help keep your hair looking and smelling great.

Dry shampoo is often available in colors that match your hair color. Some dry shampoos are light colored, which shows up in darker hair. If your hair is on the darker end of the spectrum, you may want to look for a product that won’t stand out against your hair.

When should I use dry shampoo?

You can use dry shampoo in between washes, on dry hair. Instead of washing your hair in the shower, simply spray the dry shampoo close to your roots. Allow it to soak in for a couple minutes, then thoroughly brush out with your favorite hairbrush. This should leave your hair feeling cleaner, and with a lot more body, which is a bonus for our fine-haired friends.

Tips and tricks for using dry shampoo

Here are some suggestions for getting started with dry shampoo:

  • Start slow: If your hair is looking or feeling particularly dirty, you might be tempted to put a ton of dry shampoo on your roots. Stop and slow down—a little bit of dry shampoo goes a long way. Only apply to the roots, not the whole length of your hair. Wait for the oil to be absorbed, then apply more later if absolutely necessary. Remember, some of the powder sticks to your hair even after you brush it out, so it can quickly feel “caky.”
  • Use before bedtime: If you want to save time in the morning, use your dry shampoo right before bedtime. This will give it a chance to absorb all the oils in your hair overnight, so all you have to do in the morning is style your hair as usual.
  • Try it as a primer: Even if your hair is clean, dry shampoo can be a great style primer. It texturizes and volumizes, so your hair will hold the style better.
  • Use it to rescue flat hair: Finally, if your hair is looking limp throughout the day, give it a quick spray. Dry shampoo can lift and texturize limp hair—humidity is no match for it.

If you’re interested in trying out dry shampoo, or buying it for your salon, visit your local salon supply store today. Aurora Beauty Supply offers a full array of salon products for wholesale. Call or visit to learn more about our selection.