How To Dry Shampoo Your Hair–The Right Way

How to Dry Shampoo Your Hair The Right WayOkay ladies, we need to have a chat about dry shampoo. We all know that it’s a godsend and it’s totally changed the way we think about washing our hair, but let’s be real–we’re all really picky about our dry shampoos and our routines.

If your hair type is anything like mine–dark, fine, oily hair, you probably feel the need to wash your hair frequently. I used to wash my hair every day but thanks to dry shampoo, I only need to wash my hair every 2-3 days. It’s crazy how much time it saves. Needless to say, I love using it.

Finding the right dry shampoo for my hair wasn’t easy though. It took me a while to get a routine down and to change my routine depending on the season. There are formulas out there we absolutely adore and others we despise and nearly cry over for making our greasy hair somehow look worse.

So, let’s talk about dry shampoo and cover the basics!

I’m going to go with the assumption that you know the basics, but if you don’t, here’s the simplified version of how to dry shampoo your hair:

For aerosol sprays, spray 10-12 inches away from the hair and scalp. Wait a minute or two and then massage the product into your hair and brush out any residue.

What type of formula should you use?

Good question. There are plenty out of choices out there–white powders, dark powders, clear formulas. Personally, I’ve had great luck with Klorane’s dry shampoos. Out of all of them, I prefer the non-aerosol Klorane Dry Shampoo since it doesn’t run out as quickly as the spray formulas. Dry shampoo tends to be quite expensive, so it’s good to save where I can.

Do some research on what might work for your hair and definitely read customer reviews. More expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better dry shampoo.

You could also sign up for beauty boxes that provide dry shampoo samples. I tried out quite a few dry shampoos from Birchbox before landing on the Klorane one that I like so much.

Aerosol Vs. Non-Aerosol?

Aerosol formulas are easy to apply. They work just like hairspray. Non-Aerosol dry shampoos require a little more work. You need to use your fingers to massage the powder into your hair and scalp. It’s a little messy, but the bottles tend to last much longer than aerosol bottles. In my experience, I could finish an aerosol bottle in 2-3 weeks, while a non-aerosol dry shampoo lasts me 6-8 weeks.

Apply more dry shampoo to areas that are heavily visible (the top of your hair) and areas that tend to get greasy quickly (roots, hair close  to the face). You should definitely concentrate how much product you use in areas you KNOW get greasy!

When should you dry shampoo your hair? (If there is one thing you take away from this post, let it be this)

According to my stylist, you should use dry shampoo the same way you use deodorant–before you smell or sweat. It’s best used to prevent greasy, flat hair.

That means that yes, you should apply dry shampoo to your freshly styled hair on day one. Depending on your hair, you could probably add dry shampoo daily while getting ready for the day in between washes. If you have extra oily hair like me, it’s also great to apply before going to the gym, or before going to bed.

If I don’t dry shampoo my hair correctly on day one, I may end up washing my hair sooner than I would have liked.

This is the key to making the most of your dry shampoo!

Help! My hair and scalp are getting dry!

Since you aren’t exposing your hair to much water and you’re using a powder to soak up excess oil and grease your scalp naturally produces, this is actually a common issue. Use a light oil to massage into your scalp before your next wash. Also, you can gently apply some oil to the dry ends of your hair to give them some life and moisture.

You can also purchase some dry conditioner to go along with your dry shampoo, but there aren’t to many on the market, and generally a hair oil does the trick.


There you go–those are some of the basics behind dry shampooing your hair the right way! Do you have any tips to add?

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Life Lately — December 5, 2016

It’s December! I think it’s safe to say that we are all full swing into holiday mode! Black Friday damage has been done, gifts have been purchased, plans are being made, and the Christmas tree has been decorated. Before I get totally caught up in the holidays, I have to share with you all more of the fun things that happened in November.


Blue Bottle Coffee in Berkeley:

Before heading to a The Big Game (Football: Cal vs. Stanford) on the rainiest day ever, we made a stop at the new Blue Bottle location in downtown Berkeley. The logo is nondescript on the storefront, and it actually looks a lot like an Apple store, especially with students lining the windows with their MacBooks and iPads. The store is very clean, and the baristas are nice and friendly. There is limited seating and their cafe is more suited for a quick coffee stop, but that works in a busy place like Berkeley.


To go with my latte, I ordered a liege waffle which was delicious and I highly recommend getting this sweet treat to go along with your coffee. There are also some toast options that are a little pricy and probably not too filling but hey, they’re available.


Gilmore Girls on Netflix:

On Thanksgiving, I FINALLY finished watching all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls, just in time for A Year In The Life. I watched all four seasons the very next day instead of going out to do some Black Friday Shopping.  It was really nice to have something new to watch every day for about three months. And yes, I do feel a little sad now that there are no more new Gilmore Girls episodes for me to watch. Now that it’s finally over, I’m having trouble settling on a new show to watch, but I’m leaning towards watching Silicon Valley on HBO.

Black Friday:

Speaking of Black Friday–is it just me or were there just not as many good deals to score this time around? I just ended up doing a lot of shopping online, picking up quite a lot of workout gear.

I know it’s a busy time of year and I keep promising you all some posts but I really truly am hoping to write some good stuff for you and not just give you life updates.

Hope you are all having a great holiday season so far!



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