HOW TO USE DRY SHAMPOO
THE RIGHT WAY BASED
ON YOUR HAIR TYPE

HOW TO USE DRY SHAMPOO THE RIGHT WAY BASED ON YOUR HAIR TYPE

JANUARY 2023 | 5 Minute Read 

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A quick search online will tell you that there are many ways to use dry shampoo. In fact, I also get many questions from consumers about how they should be using dry shampoo ever since I developed the takesumi detox® overnight dry shampoo. Before I continue, I want to be clear that dry shampoo is not a one-size-fits-all product. As you read on, you will see how dry shampoo should be catered to your hair type and scalp condition. 

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I HAVE OILY HAIR. WILL DRY SHAMPOO WORK FOR ME?

People with oily scalps need to wash their hair more frequently as they are prone to scalp and hairline zits due to higher sebum production. The combination of an oily scalp and using dry shampoo frequently results with a congested scalp and can cause pimples. With this in mind, usingdry shampoo should not be a substitute for shampoo as its main purpose is not clean your hair. Dry shampoo is best used as if it is a “blotting powder” for oily scalps so that it absorbs oil and also refreshes your hair from odor. Because of this, it is key that you use only use dry shampoo intermittently in between your hair washes. I recommend using the dry shampoo no more than 2 days in a row to prevent powder buildup and/or an itchy scalp. 

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HOW DO I PROPERLY USE DRY SHAMPOO WITH OILY HAIR?

Dry shampoo should be used overnight if you have an oily hair type. Most dry shampoos are made with starch and since oil production occurs at night, you should give the starch enough time to absorb the oil in your hair. The takesumi detox overnight dry shampoo has time-activated ingredients, so using it at night ensures its maximum impact. Also, don’t wait until your hair becomes oily, apply dry shampoo to clean hair as it will act pre-emptively to absorb oil as it is produced on the scalp. 

Another hack for oily hair is to apply dry shampoo before a workout instead of after to keep your hair in shape. Use a little after exercising for additional absorption. For those with moderately oily hair, you should wash your hair with shampoo at least every second or third day instead OR rinse with water in between washes to stop the hair follicles from clogging. 

I HAVE DRY HAIR. SHOULD I WORRY ABOUT USING DRY SHAMPOO?

People with dry hair have less sebum production, so washing your hair less is ideal in this situation as it prevents overdrying the scalp and from producing flaking and itching. Washing your hair weekly or once every other week can be enough for people with a dry scalp. Rinsing the hair with water in between washes and adding conditioner can also keep it looking fresh without stripping your hair of moisture. 

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HOW DO I PROPERLY USE DRY SHAMPOO FOR DRY HAIR?

I know I mentioned previously that you should use dry shampoo at night, but it is not all that necessary if you have dry hair. I recommend using dry shampoo when you want to eliminate stale odors or use it as a styling aid to keep your hair smelling fresh. 

Do not apply dry shampoo directly to your scalp as it can get too dry and itchy when your scalp is already dry. If you are using it for styling purposes, spray at the crown or the back of your head to avoid the roots. For volume, lightly brush the dry shampoo into the root of the hair to give it lift rather than spraying directly into the region. 

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HOW CAN I ADD VOLUME WITH DRY SHAMPOO FOR FINE HAIR?

Fine hair tends to look limp and lifeless, so washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner can be done every other day or less since this type of hair looks best on the second day. 

You should be selective about the type of dry shampoo you choose when you have fine hair. To add volume to fine hair, you should select a fine powder dry shampoo with no aerosol propellants. A lightweight volumizing powder can help you dry style your hair to amazing volume and keep hold unlike wet volumizers, hairsprays or pomades, which can weigh down your hair. I personally have fine, short hair, so I must admit I ensured that our non-aerosol all-natural powder spray has a secret volumizing ingredient that I can use every day. 

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CAN DRY SHAMPOO WORK FOR CURLY AND TEXTURED HAIR?

Though curly and textured hair types are less likely to be oily and typically wash their hair one or two times a week, they are still prone to experiencing scalp odor and this is where dry shampoo can be key. Using dry shampoo on curly hair can be a great way to extend the freshness of your hair until the next wash 

For the curly and oily types, dry shampoo can be a savior for extending your curls while avoiding that greasy look and scalp odor. 

WHAT IS THE RIGHT WAY TO USE DRY SHAMPOO ON CURLY HAIR?

If you have a dry scalp condition, then focusing the dry shampoo on the hair instead of the roots is a great way to add freshness. If your scalp is oily, then focus on the roots. My best tip is to use dry shampoo on clean hair before it gets oily to get maximum oil absorption and the most time between washes. In either case for curly hair, the best technique for dry shampoo is to spray it in lightly, then use your fingers to gently massage it in so as not to disrupt your curls. 

THE TAKEAWAY

Dry shampoos only become problematic if they are used as a substitute for real shampoo or if overused. As long as you use it according to your hair type, your scalp and hair health will improve at any age or any scalp condition. 

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