Post sponsored by Lunchbox but all opinions are my own. Seriously, I love this stuff.
When I discovered dry shampoo a few years back, my head nearly exploded. Where the HECK was this all my life? So many bad hair days could have been avoided, so many styles saved. It immediately became one of those beauty products I never dare run out of.
Dry shampoo is so much more than it seems— there are actually a ton of different ways to use it that make it a must-have in every beauty arsenal. But, finding the best dry shampoo can be tricky. I personally look for those that that never leaves white residue behind, preferably one that smells great, and is lightweight.
I only recently started using the new Dove Refresh+Care Dry Shampoo but it’s already the one I’m stockpiling for when I run out. First and foremost, the spray applies completely invisible. As someone with dark hair and dandruff, this is the number one thing I need in a dry shampoo. It also smells sweet and refreshing, which is great when I’m using it on 3- or 4- day hair (don’t judge). Lastly, while it adds texture and volume, it simultaneously gives my mane a light feeling as it absorbs the oil weighing my hair down. All in all, the Dove Dry Shampoo is perfect, and they even sell them in a 3 pack at Sam’s Club so I can hoard them even easier.
How do I use dry shampoo? Let me educate ya’ll.
The most obvious way to use dry shampoo is to refresh oily, limp hair on days when you don’t want to wash it. Dry shampoo absorbs oil and gives you a freshly-washed scent so you can prolong your style (or just avoid washing) for another day or so. Since I have miserably dry ends, I only wash my hair about twice a week. Dry shampoo helps me keep my roots looking and feeling clean.
2. Add Texture
On the flip side, you dry shampoo can actually help out clean hair, too! Sometimes clean hair can be hard to style because it’s slippy, especially with braids. Using dry shampoo can help add texture and grip back into your hair so they hold styles better. I particularly like the Dove dry shampoo for this, because it adds texture while still leaving your hair soft.
3. Add Volume
I’ve been using dry shampoo for this the most lately— whether my hair is clean or dirty, I always spritz some dry shampoo on to boost volume without having to backcomb or add heavy product. It gives it just the right amount of lift while still looking natural and feeling weightless.
4. Make Bobby Pins Stick
Here’s a great beauty hack for you! If you’re having trouble getting a bobby pin to stay in place, spray it with a little dry shampoo and it should stick still! This is especially handy for thin hair, which tends to have this problem a lot.
5. Keep Curls Casual
If you’re looking for more natural looking, piece-y curls, spray a thin layer of dry shampoo all over after curling your hair with an iron, then finger comb through the curls once they’ve cooled down. The dry shampoo keeps them from clumping up into sausage curls and in turn also gives your hair extra body.