Dry Shampoo—You’re Doing it Wrong.

Paul Mitchell Dry Wash ($22)

Dry Shampoo is what professionals swear by. It keeps color looking fresh and vibrant longer, adds volume, soaks up oilin some cases, it even doubles as a hair perfume! And according to the bottle, it’s easy to apply: just spray on, brush out, and get fabulous looking hair!

But, as you know, it’s just not that easy. One of the biggest complaints I hear from dry shampoo users is that their dry shampoo is not necessarily eliminating the oil at their roots. I then ask them to show me how you’re applying it. Pretend we’re in your bathroom right now, I say, and pretend like you’re spraying it in your hair. Almost every time, this is what it looks like:

Step 1: Sprays on roots and areas that are prone to oil.

Step 2: Waits for a minute.

Step 3: Brushes out.

But you need to do one more thing to get that life-saving look that can only be achieved with dry shampoo:

Act like you’re actually in the shower with your shampoo and scrub your dry shampoo into your head as you would with regular shampoo! It seems bizarre at first, but that won’t matter once you see the results.

I will work/massage my dry shampoo through my hair for one to two minutes, and then let it sit for an additional few minutes before brushing it out. This helps clean out even the most stubborn oil and sweat build up! Add this simple step to your dry shampoo routine for beautiful, fresh looking hair!



  1. I LOVE dry shampoo! I use it almost daily but it looks like I’ve been skipping the most essential step! YIKES! Well, good info to know and I can’t wait to try this new tip out tomorrow morning for even cleanier and fresher hair! Thanks for the advice, Beth!

    1. Hey, Brittany! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I’m glad to hear you found this blog helpful, and I would love to hear how this technique worked for another fellow dry shampoo enthusiast! (Some mornings, dry shampoo is the only thing that gets me out of the house on time! So, I absolutely love it, too.) Please stay tuned for more helpful beauty tips. ❤️

  2. Awesome ! I use dry shampoo almost daily too. Helps with volume and also when roots grow out 😊. Never thought of this step though . Will try in the morning 😊

    1. Hello, Cindy! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment! Glad to hear you liked the blog, let me know how this trick worked for you! ❤️

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