Think you know all there is to know about this strand-saver? Check out these five fun facts that will make you rethink the way you look at—and use—dry shampoo.
1. It’s Not Just for Daytime
While you may think of dry shampoo as a go-to for busy mornings, it’s worth making it a part of your bedtime beauty routine, too. Spritz it on before you hit the sack and it will go to work overnight, absorbing any excess oil as it crops up (translation: you’ll wake up with less greasy hair). Similarly, try spraying it on before you head into class; it’ll do its thing while you ride or pulse, so your hair won’t get as sweaty or greasy. Follow-up with another quick spray post-class and you’ll be good to go.
2. How You Spray Matters
Sure, it’s tempting to haphazardly mist it on, but a little strategic spraying is a good move when it comes dry shampoo. You want to be targeting your roots, of course, but it’s important to get the undersides of your hair and not just the top. To do so, separate hair into two to three inch sections and lift each one away from your head, then spritz underneath. Bonus: Not only does this technique make for maximum oil absorption, it also adds a little volume.
3. Patience is Important
Yes, dry shampoo is a serious time-saver and works fast, but its effects aren’t necessarily instantaneous. For it to do fully do its job and thoroughly sop up gunk and grime, you need to let it sit on your hair for at least two minutes before brushing it out. We suggest spraying it on, then touching up your makeup or organizing your gym bag before finishing your hair style.
4. It Can Do More Than You Ever Thought
Don’t underestimate the power of this multi-tasker! Bobby pins constantly slipping out mid-class? Hit them with a shot of dry shampoo before pinning them in to ensure they stay put. Or, work a couple sprays through your ponytail to transform it from limp to lush and completely appropriate for any and every occasion.
5. A Brush is Your BFF
Nothing’s worse than feeling like dry shampoo has left a residue in your hair. After spraying it on, wait at least two minutes (see #3!), then give your hair a thorough brushing. By combing it out you’ll remove any excess, which can not only feel gross, but also leave a tell-tale white residue on dark hair if you’re not using a clear formula.