How To Use Dry Shampoo Powder
Updated: Aug 3
I am one of those people who can barely make it through the day after washing my hair before it begins to get greasy. Over the years I had tried all sorts of things to deal with this, including stretching out the days between washes (which I mention specifically because it's been said to me too many times to count!), but nothing helped. I never liked the idea of aerosol dry shampoos so for years I made my own simple cornstarch and cocoa powder version thinking that was probably as good as I could get. I was wrong!
It's not an exaggeration to say this Dry Shampoo has been a little life changing for me. I have gained time every week I used to spend on hair care AND instead of so often feeling like I look kinda yuck or having to wear a hat to cover up greasy hair, I am happy with my hair most days and it makes me feel good! That's the biggest win for me.
The trick with powdered dry shampoo is how to apply it. When you're first learning, if you just tip and shake it all over your hair, it's easy to end up with a powdery haze. Read on for some tips for success!
How to Apply
Here's the quick rundown:
Section your hair and apply the dry shampoo to your roots. TIP: Try to avoid applying directly on your part line for the day. Instead, section and apply the powder on each side of your part, or apply sparingly.
If you have time, let it sit for a minute or two to absorb the oils.
Massage your head and tousle your hair with your fingers, brush or blow dryer to work the dry shampoo through. TIP: It can work well to flip your head over while tousling your hair. Also, using a brush or blow dryer is great for getting out any powdery areas where too much product was used, or run damp fingers through this area.
Use this Dry Shampoo between washes or as a volumizer any day! It is very versatile: apply a small amount for volume or if your hair is not very oily, or apply more if it's quite oily.
It can be applied in the following ways:
Powder Puff for small or multiple applications: Sprinkle powder into the palm of your hand and dab with the powder puff
Hairbrush for small or multiple applications: Sprinkle directly onto your hairbrush
Large Makeup Brush for small to large applications: Remove the shaker insert and dab the makeup brush into the powder OR sprinkle powder into the palm of your hand or lid and dab with the brush
Sprinkle Directly on Hair for large applications: Carefully shake sparingly over your roots
You can apply the Dry Shampoo before bed or in the morning. When applying in the morning, it’s good to do so before getting dressed or you can put a towel around your shoulders if you’d like. This can be especially helpful when you're just getting the hang of it or if you’re sprinkling the powder directly onto your hair. If you do end up with some on your face or clothes, just give it a wipe with a damp cloth and you'll be all set!
A note to avoid possible confusion - despite its name, dry shampoo is not a cleanser like regular shampoo and there is no water needed.
How to Choose the Right Shade
This silky Dry Shampoo powder is available in two shades, both with a dreamy fresh scent - light to medium (grapefruit lime) and medium to dark (mint). That's pretty self explanatory but there are a couple questions that may come to mind.
What about red hair? Unless you have very dark red hair, light to medium is generally the way to go!
What if my roots are a different shade than the rest of my hair? Generally, choose the shade that best matches your roots as this is where most of the powder will be. However, the shades are very flexible (keep reading!).
What if I like one scent more than the other? Having the two shades provides better coverage and less chance of a light powdery or dark haze to your hair, but they are quite versatile. Feel free to choose your favourite scent and see how it works for you!
This Dry Shampoo is Extra Awesome Because...
...it's made with completely natural ingredients - organic tapioca starch, organic arrowroot starch, bentonite clay, organic cocoa powder, activated charcoal (depending on the shade) and hair-loving essential oils. It’s not harmful when it absorbs through your skin or goes down the drain but actually has beneficial qualities for your hair and scalp!
...not only is the packaging zero waste, but it's also refillable! I've refilled my container quite frequently as I've been refining my recipe this past year and it still looks almost new!
...it's vegan and gluten free!
If you've never tried dry shampoo before, it may just be time to give it a whirl. Or if you're already hooked but want a natural good-for-you option, here it is!
(As always, other than links to my own products, the links included in this post will bring you to more information, not where to buy a product.)