What is Dry shampoo? How to use Dry Shampoo?

Imagine shampooing your hair without using water – dream or reality? Dry shampoo is a reality and is increasingly being used by ladies as a means of a quick hair makeover. It is a boon at times when you are in a rush and do not have the time for a complete hair wash.

Dry shampoo can well become your beauty best friend if you have busy work schedules or want your hairstyle to last. If you have woken up late or don’t have time to shower, you can take a shortcut and use dry shampoo for quick results.

It’s a new product for Indian users, and it is worth a try. You will have to learn to use it. In this article, I will explain how dry shampoo works and how to use it. It can really be helpful at times when you want to show off your best but don’t have time for a full hair makeover.

What Is Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo results in quick hair cleaning as it absorbs oil and gives the hair a refreshing and bouncy look. It can easily be used between your normal shampoo routine. It is a product made of alcohol and a very fine powder of clay or other substances like starches or volcanic ash that absorbs oil.

Dry shampoo is not a new concept. Historically, people have used powders in their hair. Some products have also been marketed as a dry shampoo in the mid-1900s, as products that could be used during illnesses, or before a date. People could even use it if they wanted to maintain their hairstyles.

Today dry shampoo has become much better. It comes in various variations, and some do not feel like a powder at all. It is essentially a fast-drying spray and a water-free option for shampoo, which absorbs sebum and oil while freshening up your hair.

How Does Dry Shampoo Work?

Dry shampoos absorb the excess oil that is produced by the scalp. This helps keep the hair clean while maintaining your hairstyle.

Wet shampoo vs dry shampoo

A wet shampoo works by cleaning the hair and scalp. But a dry shampoo absorbs the excess oil to give your hair a fresh and bouncy look. Dry shampoo is used to preserve a hairstyle or for quickly solving the problem of fresh looks, but for cleaning, a wet shampoo must be used. You can delay, but not avoid, the use of wet shampoo by using dry shampoo.

How to Use Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is a new product as far as India is concerned. Consumers have to learn to use it. Since the powder tends to settle down, the bottle must be shaken well. It should not be used like a hairspray, but the hair should be lifted and the nozzle should be aimed at the hair, followed by a massage and brushing. Hold the container about 8-12 inches away from the head and spray on the roots. Start with the parting line, and subsequently divide the hair into smaller sub sections to cover the entire head. Use your fingers or a brush to part the hair.

Do not spray too close to the head. If it feels damp, dry it with a set a dryer without turning on the heat. Do not use too much of it nor should you use it too often. It should not be rubbed in but left on the scalp after spraying.

To use dry shampoo, you will have to look for a product that works for your hair texture. It is available in different colours so that the powder does not show. It is most helpful on oily hair. So if your hair appears too oily of flat, a dry shampoo will help absorb excess oil and give you a feeling of freshly-washed hair. Dry shampoos are lightweight and the powder sprayed is invisible. Choose one with a smell you like: such as a fruity or floral fragrance. A variety of products are available.

Dry shampoo is a unique product, a boon for a quick clean up. Here are its advantages:

  • You can shampoo less frequently - since frequent shampooing removes moisture from your hair, frequent use is avoidable.
  • For extending the life of hair styling or hair colour
  • Dry shampoo gives a fresh smell, getting rid of odour
  • It helps to add immediate volume and bounce.
  • It helps to quickly get waves or curls and adds texture
  • Dry shampoo helps save time: it is a quick way of getting great looking hair

Remember that dry shampoo is a quick fix product that helps you acquire great looks but does not result in cleansing. It is therefore not a substitute for regular shampoo. You can use it as a supplement to your normal cleaning routine. You must take care of the following:

  • Residue: Some dry shampoos will leave a residue. Choose one which is absorbed completely.
  • Stickiness: Your hair should not feel sticky on using dry shampoo. If it does, change your brand.
  • Fragrance: Choose a dry shampoo with a fragrance that you like.


 Although dry shampoo is called a shampoo, it does not work like one. Instead of cleaning, it absorbs excess oil from the hair, giving it great looks. A regular shampoo and conditioner would still be required for cleaning purposes. Further, it is not a hair treatment. It does not hydrate or provide nourishment. Nor is it a styling substitute, though it can be said that it is a style extender. But if you cannot shampoo for any reason, a dry shampoo comes in very handy. You will get the touch and feel of freshly washed hair by using it.

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