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The Truth About Dry Shampoo

Listen, we get it. Life's busy, and dry shampoo is an unsung beauty hero that helps us feel more put together than we actually are. Whether you're running late to work or trying to squeeze in happy hour right after the gym, it can really come in handy. But, does dry shampoo actually work? Let’s go down to the facts.

So... How Well Does Dry Shampoo Work?

First off, you can stop blaming your hair for looking greasy when your scalp is who you should really have beef with. Overusing dry shampoo leads to one itchy, irritated (dare I say, flaky) scalp. Plus, all the gross stuff you're trying to hide accumulates around your hair follicles. This snowballs into not washing your hair as often as you should, and voila - greasy locks are born.

Dry shampoo comes in for the win by absorbing the excess oil with alcohol or starch, leaving hair so fresh and so clean (ok, well at least looking fresh and clean). In fact, one study demonstrated that dry shampoo removed 47% of excess sebum (the oil naturally made by our body), resulting in fresher, less greasy hair.

Dry Shampoo, how to use it?

How Should You Use Dry Shampoo?

  1. Work In Sections
Get down to the root of the issue, and spray that goodness where it counts. Side note: spraying a centimeter away from your roots doesn’t make it work better. Relax, and hold the canister at least six inches away from your head.
  1. Wait For It
It takes about two minutes for the dry shampoo to soak up whatever you've got going on. So go ahead and throw in a load of laundry, get yourself a cup of coffee, or just stare in the mirror and repeat “I am a badass” for two minutes.
  1. Brush It Out

This is very important. Start from the top and work your way down to avoid any embarrassing clumps that will blow your cover.

How Many Days Can You Use Dry Shampoo?

As with most things in life, it all comes down to moderation. Using dry shampoo is a great option for in between showers, and will undeniably make your hair appear less greasy, just don't go using it every day, or you'll have even more problems to worry about.
You don’t have to take my word for it - Beauty experts agree that using dry shampoo two days in a row is fine, but three is definitely pushing it.

If you want to go more than a few days of not washing your hair, I'd say it's time to start also perfecting your top knot.

The Verdict

As with many things in life, there’s a time and place for dry shampoo. I certainly don’t use it every day, but I can’t even tell you how many times it’s saved me from looking like a total trainwreck at work after a late night out.

So the next time you find yourself in a greasy situation, don't hesitate to let dry shampoo save the day - Just remember to give your hair a proper wash in the near future!


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