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The Rules Of Dry Shampoo

I thought it would be extremely fitting to commemorate my return to the hair salon I work at here in Toronto and first day of work in 2020 by giving all of you lovely readers a real inside look at what dry shampoo is and how it should be used. In the lead up to Christmas with the usual rush of a hair salon I had one client stop me and ask if the benefits were really as good as they were promised on the packaging because she had not seen much improvement. It suddenly dawned on me that because I, and many other hair stylists, have been trained on each of the products and know how they work and why they work then we should assume everyone else does and that really is not the case. I have always believed what makes a great hair stylist is not just being able to do an extraordinary job on a colour and cut, but being able to educate your client going forward with little tips and tricks they can use outside of the salon. That is why today I wanted to really dive into dry shampoo and give everyone a ‘behind the chair’ look at the benefits and why this is a great edition to add to your hair care routine and when used correctly you should see results instantly.

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What Is Dry Shampoo?

Dry Shampoo most frequently come in the form of a powder, paste or quick-drying spray that provides a water free option for cleansing your hair. The ingredients used in dry shampoo, most often starch based, essentially soak up any excess oils (such as the skins natural oil sebum) from the root area leaving your hair feeling and smelling cleaner. A true time-saver of an invention when you need immediate results and simply don’t have the time to fully wash, treat and blow dry your hair.

How To Use Dry Shampoo

  • Step One:
    Shake the canister well to disperse the ingredients evenly.
  • Step Two:
    Hold the nozzle 8-12 inches (typically the length of the bottle) away from your scalp. Spray on the roots beginning at your natural part line and then divide into smaller subsections to ensure your entire head gets covered.
    TIP: Less is more. You can always go in and add more if needed. Too much product will make your hair look dull and leave it feeling weighed down. You also risk a visible amount of residue on your hair or scalp.
  • Step Three:
    Wait 15-30 seconds to allow the product to soak up excess oils from the root area.
  • Step Four:
    Using the pads of your fingers begin massaging the product into your scalp.
  • Step Five:
    Finally brush your hair from roots to ends to disperse the product fully.

Benefits Of Dry Shampoo

Dry Shampoo should not be used in place of a regular shampoo and conditioner. While frequent use of shampoo can strip your hair of the natural oils and nutrients that is needed, this product has simply been designed to help spread the length of time between washes.
Dry shampoo can and should only be used 1 – 3 times per week.

Dry Shampoo can extend the life of a blow dry!
For many a trip to the hair salon for a professional blow dry and style is a once in a while luxury – and you surely want that fresh out of the salon look to last as long as possible. Two to three days after be sure to use the above steps when applying dry shampoo and you will be able to mimic the exact style you had when you first left the salon.

For adding volume and texture!
Silky smooth and sleek hair is great … sometimes. Other times however you just really want a little bit of grit to your hair, such as for doing messy buns or instagram worthy braids, and dry shampoo is a great tool to help you achieve your desired look. Plus the spray being applied directly on your root area will give you immediate volume – a real treat for those of us that wasn’t born with a lion’s mane.

Eliminate odour!
Many scents can intertwine with our gorgeous locks and while it may not look or feel dirty your nose might suggest otherwise. Maybe we spent a little too long in the smoking area on a night out or the scent of our delicious evening dinner is still hanging around overhead. Many dry shampoo formulas add a subtle and pleasant fragrance to help fight against and eliminate odours.

To soothe an irritated scalp!
A number of things can cause scalp irritation – colour and chemical services, product build up and the skin’s natural oils. The cooling sensation of a spray being applied plus the ability it has of soaking up excess oils can provide you quick relief from irritation.


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Above I have included some of my most favourite tried and test dry shampoo’s that I truly believe you will love. I have included a variety that can be tailored down to suit individual needs and set budget. Dry shampoo really was a glorious invention and can really extend the length of time between washes, which can extend the life of your hair colour and style! A true time-saver which I believe everyone needs to add to their routine every once in a while. Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section below.

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