The Do’s and Don’ts of Using Dry Shampoo

We all know that over-washing hair can strip away beneficial oils while rinsing away dirt and grime, and this has led to recent increases in the sale and use of what are known as ‘dry shampoos’.

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What are Dry Shampoos?

On the market since the 1970s, a dry shampoo absorbs oil, removing grease and dirt without the need for wetting the hair. It also has other advantages such as adding volume to limp strands. Applying dry shampoo after a trip to the gym can refresh hair. Additionally, those with coloured hair may find that reducing washing and using a colour enhancing dry shampoo means a reduced need for recolouring, saving both time and money.

Common Mistakes

Dry shampoo comes in powder, liquid or aerosol forms, and each brand will differ slightly from the next. If the first one that you try doesn’t work for you, try another one, and keep trying different ones until you find the one that works for your hair.

Tinted products are available, so remember to double check that you are not accidentally using the wrong one.

Grease and oil comes from the scalp, and so only roots need treating. However, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application and if using an aerosol don’t succumb to the temptation to spray too close to your hair.

Once the product has been applied, leave your hair untouched for a couple of minutes as this gives the product the time it needs to absorb the grease and grime. Using this time to complete your morning make-up or to clean your teeth means you will hardly even notice it, but it will make a huge difference. Then rub it firmly into your scalp until any residue is removed and style to finish.

One final point – dry shampoo is not a replacement for wet washing. You are essentially coating your hair with a product, and in the same way as you wouldn’t leave make-up on from one day to another, ensure your follicles don’t get all clogged up by alternating dry washing and wet washing with a nourishing product such as KLORANE shampoo with mango butter, which is available from retailers including http://www.lifeandlooks.com/klorane-with-mango-butter.html.

Although dry shampoo is an essential part of any bathroom cabinet, it is not a replacement for wet shampoo.

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