In an ideal world, we’d have freshly washed and sparkling clean hair every single day. But the truth of the matter is that we get sweaty, natural oils seep through, an expensive blow dry needs to be drawn out, and some mornings, a full hair wash routine is just more than we can handle.
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So when it comes to surviving second, third, fourth and dare we say it fifth-day hair without looking like an oil slick, there’s one companion that we always keep close: dry shampoo.
Now this is no *mic drop* moment, dry shampoo has been with us for some time now. But with its regular presence in our greasy hair rescue missions, we’ve collected a few unanswered questions over the years.
Representing Pantene to celebrate the launch of their new dry shampoo foam (yes, a foam. Your hair looks wet upon application and then just as you begin to panic, it suddenly looks fresh and dry. It’s wild, try it) and spray, hair stylist Brad Mullins weighs in on exactly how we can get the most out of dry shampoo, and how to avoid doing any damage.
Use it for va-va-volume
Aside from masking dirty hair dramas, dry shampoo is brilliant at adding volume to flat, lifeless locks. For some added oomph and texture that doesn’t require using a hairspray, Brad suggests to “flip your hair upside down and apply dry shampoo to the mid lengths and ends for that fabulous full look” or better yet, “spray it onto your brush and then comb through your hair”, hello volume.
Avoid powder residue
Often formulated with white, powdery residues, dry shampoos have primarily been suitable for blondes or lighter hair tones. However, Pantene’s Never Tell Dry Shampoo has been carefully crafted with a residue-free formula that eliminates any trace of its existence, no matter your hair colour. If you’re a brunette, you could also try a tinted dry shampoo like Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle Tinted – as an added bonus it’ll help to cover any greys in between your colour sessions.
Master the post-workout touch-up
If you’re a big fan of a lunchtime workout, chances are you’ve got a dry shampoo taking up permanent residence in your exercise bag. The good news? Brad approves of the quick-spritz-and-blow-dry-blast onto sweaty hair, however, he reminds us not to “leave the blow dryer too close to the hair for too long to avoid heat damage”.Main image credit: @bradmullinshairWhat is your fave dry shampoo? Do you have any application hacks?