Dry Shampoo 101 – What It’s For & How to Properly Use It

Dry Shampoo – dry what?

Ya, that’s what I used to say about this beauty product.

I didn’t get the concept. I didn’t know how to use it. I didn’t bother.

Several months ago,  I was getting my hair done by  Valerie Star, Beauty Director at Caravan Stylist Studio (oh, and she used to do Amy Winehouse‘s makeup and that’s why Amy decided to sing “Valerie” – epidemically cool, right?) and she whips out some dry shampoo, and I’m all like, “Val, what’s with the dry shampoo?”

And she’s all like, “Pam, it’s totally an essential”.

And, I’m all like, “Fareelz”?

And she’s all like, “We’re totally having a 90’s moment”.

And I’m all like, “As if”!

Sidebar: The 90’s are coming back, people. Ultra-young Millennials be warned, you will not be able to fake your way through this totally awesome decade.

OK, so back to dry shampoo.

Valerie was kind enough to educate me on Dry Shampoo 101, and I’m sharing her knowledge with all of you. Now, can someone pass me the pink bubble gum?

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Pamela Pekerman: What does dry shampoo do?
Valerie Star: Dry shampoo is used to help extend your days in between shampooing. It helps to absorb the excess oils your scalp/hair creates. It freshens up any environmental scents that may be in the hair.

Pamela: Sweet, as a busy momBOSS, showering doesn’t happen every day.
Valerie: Well, dry shampoo can also be used as a styling product when the hair might be too flat or when you’ve freshly washed your hair and it’s too fluffy or full of flyaway.

Pamela: How do you properly use it?
Valerie: Dry shampoo should be applied to the roots of the hair by separating the hair to expose the roots and spraying the product directly onto the root area, working your way around the crown of the head and anywhere you have excess oil in your hair.

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Before and After Valerie Star, Beauty Director at Caravan Stylist Studio, does her magic on me.

Pamela: Then what?
Valerie: Once the dry shampoo has been applied to the roots, you should give it at least 5 to 10 minutes to work its magic before touching/styling your hair. The dry shampoo needs time to absorb the oils in your hair.  Rub it into the roots with your fingers to evenly distribute the product throughout the hair, this helps to blend the dry shampoo all the way through the hair.

Pamela: Are there any dry shampoo don’ts?
Valerie: DON’T drench your entire hair shaft with dry shampoo. The product works best when applied primarily to the roots. A very light misting can be applied to the entire length of the hair as long as it’s applied minimally.

DON’T forget to wash it out. Dry shampoo can create a buildup in your hair. A clarifying shampoo is a great option to use once in a while to strip out any lingering product buildup.

DON’T use a flat iron. The dry shampoo can burn and clump the hair where the hot tool was just applied.

Pamela: So, how many days can I go without washing my hair? A busy mom’s gotta know her limits.
Valerie: Well, you want to avoid layering it on day after day without a proper shampoo in between. This can cause too much buildup in the hair making it heavy/weighed down and texturally unpleasant.

Beauty Tips Dry Shampoo 101

1. ACURE Organics $8.49 ; 2. Moroccan Oil $26 ;  .3 Aveeno Active Natural $18.96 ;  4. Not Your Mother’s $6.19

Pamela: Any last-minute styling tips?
Valerie: Apply dry shampoo before you go to sleep, so that while you toss and turn it will work its way throughout the hair. When you wake, you’re one step closer to being ready. This is a helpful hint in the summer months when you may find yourself getting hot in your sleep.

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