Dry Shampoo: A How-To Guide


Dry Shampoo: A How-To Guide

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally victimized by a defective alarm clock, a chaotic morning, or just flat-out exhaustion. 

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Maybe you’ve heard of dry shampoo. In case you haven’t, dry shampoo is a starchy hair product that soaks up any oil or grease in your roots and can make your hair feel and look freshly washed. Dry shampoo is typically in an aerosol can (similar to hairspray or deodorant sprays) and sold in almost every salon and supermarket. 

Also, it’s a miracle. It will give life to your messy bun and body to your hair. It can give the illusion that you washed, styled, and blow dried your hair. It’s a tool every mom needs in her arsenal to help mend a rushed morning or missed alarm clock.

Which dry shampoo should I buy?

That depends on what you like. No beauty product is one size fits all. If you’re looking for a more high-end product, Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo is great and you can find it at Ulta. My recommendation is Batiste Dry Shampoo. At nearly 1/3 of the price, this is a staple in my collection of beauty products. You can find Batiste products at Walmart, Target, and Ulta.  

How should I use it?

It’s pretty easy to apply. Hold the can 6-8 inches away from your roots and spray. You can spritz your hair in sections or even turn your head upside down and spray at the root for added volume.

Dry shampoo was recently a big and exciting feature in our Knoxville Moms Blog 2018 Favorite Things party! One of our contributors, Laura O’Brien, informed us you’re actually supposed to put it on BEFORE bed. Say what? She’s right! There are hundreds of beauty gurus from Vogue to Pureology who stress the importance of applying the dry shampoo the night before. 

If you’re like me and you decide to use dry shampoo as a spur-of-the-moment-because-I-maybe-overslept thing, it’s fine. You can use dry shampoo either way and make it work. It’s so versatile once you get the hang of it. If you’re applying it in the morning, after spraying use your fingers to gently massage the dry shampoo into your scalp. Sometimes I use a brush to help blend it into my roots before I style my hair for the day.

How much should I use?  

Go light. I repeat: GO LIGHT! When applying hair spray, you should always make sure not to spray too much or things can get gross. The same rule applies to dry shampoo. Too much of a good thing is a bad thing when it comes to hair product. Start with a very light spritz and add to it as needed. Trust me. If you go heavy on the spray, you will literally end up looking like someone dumped flour on your head.

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How often do you use dry shampoo? I would love to hear your favorite brands, tips, and tricks!

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I live in La Follette, TN with my husband Luke and our 3 children: Amelia (8), Lincoln (3), and Arthur (newborn). I'm a kindergarten teacher in the public school system and I absolutely love what I do. I'm very passionate about education and the well-being of children all over the world. I like to write about my experiences as both a mother and a teacher. Balancing both is really tricky, and I'm still getting the hang of it. My husband, who I truly believe is the world's best father, is an auctioneer at his family business Longmire Realty & Auction Co. While we love our jobs, we value family time the most. We spend a lot of time outdoors and love to go camping all over the east coast.


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