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How much and how often do you use dry shampoo? 6 tips for healthy hair

How much and how often do you use dry shampoo? 6 tips for healthy hair

Dry shampoo is designed to clean your hair without putting you through the entire process of wetting it, lathering, conditioning, and then restyling. It almost instantly soaks up extra oil and greasiness, leaving you looking great. But that’s not all. Dry shampoo also adds texture and volume that can make your dirty hair look even better than it did straight out of the shower.

You’re probably familiar with all of the benefits of dry shampoo, which is why you use it religiously. Have you considered that you might be using it too much? 

Too much dry shampoo can lead to a chalky finish that makes your hair look dull and lifeless. Likewise, using dry shampoo too often can cause skin irritation and a build-up on the scalp. What else do you need to know about using your favorite dry shampoo?

Dry Shampoo Tips

1. Just the right amount

This is going to take a little practice on your part because each dry shampoo is different, and your hair is going to respond differently. The thing to remember is that a little typically goes a long way and if it’s still not enough, you can add more. If you start out heavy-handed, then your hair will look dull and discolored. It might even appear to have dandruff.

2. Even distribution

Blasting your scalp in one spot with dry shampoo will douse it with too much, which will leave a chalky look and will sometimes clump. Hold the nozzle two to three inches from your scalp when spraying, and move your hand, so it’s not all in one spot. 

If you’re using a dry shampoo powder, make sure to sprinkle it in, and then work it throughout your hair with your fingers. This breaks up the powder and disperses it appropriately. 

Even if you use a spray and not a powder, a significant amount of finger massaging is needed to disperse the shampoo.

But wait! One big mistake is putting your dry shampoo on and then immediately rubbing it around. It needs to sit for a couple of minutes to absorb the oil before you rub it around or comb through it. 

3. Just the roots 

Don’t worry about the ends of your hair because it’s the roots that get greasy. It’s likely that the middle isn’t too oily either. Focus your efforts on the roots, and see if that gives you the look you want with the lift you need.

4. Only once

While dry shampoos are especially useful for people looking to limit the amount of shampooing they do, or for people who prefer the no-poo or co-wash technique, it’s not a substitute. 

Dry shampoo should only be used once between traditional washes. Using a dry shampoo every day builds a thick residue that not only makes your hair look sad, but it can clog your follicles and impede hair growth. 

5. All-natural cleanser and conditioner

Try using Hair La Vie Shampoo and Conditioner between dry shampoo uses to cleanse and refresh your scalp. All-natural ingredients give your scalp and hair a boost of nourishment that cleanses and refreshes without ever causing damage. 

Together, this gives you a powerful hair revitalizing system that lets your hair grow with little effort.

6. Try as a texturizer

Don’t just think of your dry shampoo as a cleansing agent. It really doesn’t clean your hair; it simply absorbs some oils and dirt. It’s excellent at doing this, but it can do more. 

Use a spritz of your dry shampoo here and there when you would normally use a texturizer or mousse, or hairspray to get a little resistance and volume. It works great for this and can create a look that’s less weighted and heavy. Think outside of the box, and you might be surprised at the results.

Final thoughts

Dry shampoos should definitely have a place in your beauty kit. They’re fantastic at giving you a little refresh when you’re tresses are looking oily and lifeless. They can help you extend your whole routine of shampoo and conditioning to make your life easier and to support the health of your hair. Dry shampoo is also a fantastic styling aid.

Where you need a little caution is in the area of using dry shampoo too much. If you’re putting too much on at once, it can cause your hair to look clumpy, flaky, and lifeless. If you’re using it too many days in a row, it can also clog your pores and follicles and even stop your hair from growing correctly. 

Using these tips and relying on your dry shampoo only once, maybe twice, between regular cleaning routines will give you the best results and hair that’s gorgeous.

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