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7 Fascinating Things You Didn’t Know About Dry Shampoo
BY NIKITA RAMSINGHANI
Looking for a way to add volume to your curls? Dry shampoo is your answer. “A more practical use is to spray dry shampoo throughout dry curled hair or hair that has that beach wave style to give it a much more voluminous feel, as well as helping your style last longer,” says Colton. Our favorite volume-enhancing dry shampoo is Amika’s Perk Up Dry Shampoo. Its lightweight formula instantly adds both volume and texture to your hair.
It doesn’t eliminate odor
We hate to break it to you, but one thing that people need to stop believing is that dry shampoo masks odor. “I think that some people rely on dry shampoo too often!” says Colton. “At some point, they just need to wash their hair, as dry shampoo doesn’t absorb the odor from dirty hair.” Living Proof PhD Dry Shampoo neutralizes odors, and even has a built-in time-release fragrance that lasts a long time.
When you clients include it girls Alexa Chung and Natasha Lyonne, you definitely have a couple of time-saving tricks up your sleeve. Honey hairstylist Wesley O’Meara brilliantly uses dry shampoo to help his patients whose colored hair may be fading. “Colored dry shampoos work to fill in spots that seem to be on the finer side, and it’s also great for in-between trips to the salon,” says O’Meara. There are a lot of different colored dry shampoos, but we can’t get enough of Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk Natural Tint. It’s made with ingredients that are gentle on your hair, but it still gives your roots a nice color.
It comes in different forms
Dry shampoo doesn’t just come in a spray form—it comes as a powder as well. “Hair powder is really great if added to hair wax to give it more of a matte texture versus having a gloss finish,” says O’Meara. We recommend One Love Organics Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo Powder. It’s made with root-lifting rice starch and bamboo extract.
It doubles as an antiperspirant
We’re not kidding about this one. Stylist Sunnie Brook—who’s worked with Carly Rae Jepsen and Abigail Spencer—has used dry shampoo as an antiperspirant. “I’ve used dry shampoo to soak up oil/greasy spots on a shirt and as an antiperspirant for one of my clients on a hot day on set,” she says. “I’ve also read that if your hands get slippery in yoga to spray some dry shampoo to add more grip.” The DryBar’s Detox Dry Shampoo absorbs oil from your scalp and does the same when applied to your skin. Plus, it smells insanely good.
It’s not a daily-use product
Many people believe that dry shampoos are okay to use on a daily basis, but that’s far from the truth. “Dry shampoo really dehydrates your hair and can cause your scalp to be sensitive and your hair to become brittle, which leads to breakage,” says Sunnie Brook.
It’s a powdered-wig creator
Honey hairstylist, Tyler Colton, who works with Charlize Theron and Avril Lavigne, says he once used dry shampoo to create the perfect powdered wig (future Halloween idea anyone?). “I created a Victorian hairstyle, then sprayed dry shampoo, giving it that white powder effect,” he says.