HAIR HACK: THE BEST WAY TO USE DRY SHAMPOO
I'm not gonna beat around the bush here guys: dry shampoo saved my hair game, 100%. Before discovering dry shampoo, I was washing my hair every day. Yes. Every. Single. Day. I know that sounds crazy, but that's just how I grew up, you know. Like my mom would make me take a bath daily (which is probably a good idea, ha!)... So I just took the habit of washing my hair every day, since it was wet anyway.
Fast forward to my teenage years, fast forward to my teenage years, I was still washing my hair every day. But you could never tell, because it was so greasy. Like it would look good in the morning and then at 2PM, I'd look like I dunked my head in a fryer. So guess what I did? Damn right, I started washing my hair twice a day. Crazy, I know. And it got even worse.
Until a few years ago, when the no poo movement started. Btw, side note, can we please, PLEASE stop calling it no poo? That sounds disgusting. Thanks so much! When I first hears that some people went a week without washing their hair, I honestly thought it was disgusting. Hell, the thought of not washing it one day was scary. But then, obviously, I did some research on it, and found out that washing your hair every day actually strips it from the natural oils that protect it and make it grow faster.
It's that simple, really: You wanna have long, strong hair? Stop washing it so much. Personally, I could only start doing that once I discovered dry shampoo. Oh, how it changed my life! Now, I wash my hair every other day, and sometimes, if I'm feeling it, I'll skip 2 days between washes. That tremendously helped my hair, and it no longer looks greasy after a few hours. Once again, thanks to dry shampoo.
So because I get so many questions about my hair, I wanted to share my tips on the best way to use dry shampoo. And by that I mean the best way to use dry shampoo to get super clean-looking, non-greasy hair that looks healthy and touchable. No powdery residue or stiff-looking hair, circa 1983, with an overload of hairspray here.
STEP 1: Start The Night Before
On nights when I don't wash my hair, I make sure not to wet it. Even if that means wearing a shower cap. Then, when I get out of the shower, I apply dry shampoo. I only spray it on my roots and the first 4-5 inches of my hair.I feel like if I overdo it on the length, that's when my hair looks chalky and stiff.
I hold up the bottle about 6-8 inches away from my hair and I spray it for about 5 seconds total. At this step, it doesn't really matter how you do it (head up, upside down, etc). You just want to make sure that your hair has time to "absorb" the dry shampoo overnight.
This takes about 15 seconds, and when I wake-up in the morning, my hair looks super voluminous, and requires almost no work. It's like the perfect just-f*cked bed hair, ha!
STEP 2: In The AM
When I wake-up with that hair, I still want to give it a little more oomph. By adding more dry shampoo in the morning, you're also making sure that your fresh, clean look is gonna last all day. I personally think a bottle of dry shampoo is WAY too big for me to carry around, so I like doing it all in the morning and calling it a day.
So right before doing my makeup, I put my hair upside down, and spray dry shampoo on the same first 4-5 inches of hair, starting at the roots. Then, I flip my hair back, and I spray 2 more sections while lifting the hair. First section is the hair on each side of my face, especially at the roots. Second section is the crown, on the back of my head. I lift it, spray it, and then "massage" the dry shampoo so it penetrates my hair.
Last but not least, I then brush my hair, and tie it in a topknot while I do my makeup. Not only does this take my hair out of my face, but when I let it down, it has tons of volume and it looks like mermaid hair. Super clean and fresh mermaid hair, that is.
Side Note: Choosing The Right Dry Shampoo
Now that you know all about the best way to use dry shampoo, you need the right dry shampoo. If you look at Sephora, you'll find TONS of dry shampoo options. That being said, I don't personally shop for dry shampoo at Sephora. Shocking, I know! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Sephora (a little too much) and I buy almost all my makeup there. But dry shampoo is one of these beauty products that I think you can get at the drugstore and still get an amazing product for less dollars. Then, you can spend that money on expensive skincare and makeup.
When choosing your dry shampoo, it's important to know that there are lots of different types. Not all dry shampoo are created equal. You'll find some of my favourite super affordable options below (I use the first one on repeat right now). As you can see, most of the options I like are specifically designed to add volume. That's just what I love... I already have thick hair, but I'm OBSESSED with big, voluminous hair. Like I would have been happy in the 70's, really.
But no matter what your hair concerns are, there's a dry shampoo for you. I feel like one of the plus sides of affordable dry shampoo is that you can try a few of them before choosing your ride-or-die. I used to always buy the one on sale (MAJOR cheapskate tip, LOL) until I found the ones that I really like to use. And honestly, I would do it all over again.
So that's it guys, these are my dry shampoo tips, and the best way to use dry shampoo, in my opinion. And the best part is, not only does it give you amazing-looking mermaid hair... But the whole thing takes literally less than 5 minutes total. Seriously, try it asap, and thank me later!
I would love to know what's the best way to use dry shampoo in YOUR opinion. Like, give me all your best tips! I love to try new things, and I'm sure there's more than one way! I would also love to know what your fave dry shampoo is! You can leave me a comment below, or come hit me up on Instagram @thehungarianbrunette, on my post about the best way to use dry shampoo, no less!
Also, if you're curious about my tips and tricks to grow LONG, STRONG hair, it's over here!
Love, Jenny xx