Dry Shampoo: Pros & Cons of Quick Styling
- When time runs out in the morning, dry shampoo comes to the rescue
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Spray-on freshness! Dry shampoo is considered a styling miracle cure. Why is this trendy product so popular? Freshness from the spray can is simply ideal for making your hair look fresh with added volume and grip when you are in a hurry. We have step-by-step instructions for the handy dry look
Running late in the morning, leaving no time for wet hair, blow-drying and styling? No problem, the magic word is: dry shampoo! The name promises hair that looks freshly washed, but without washing. How does it work? Silicate as the basic ingredient extracts excess oils from the hair.
Does a dusty image come to mind? Wrong. Trendsetters, hair stylists and beauty bloggers all reach for this product as a matter of course in the meantime. Not only is dry shampoo enjoying a major comeback, it has become an indispensable part of the styling line-up today. Whether you want to freshen up your hair in between washings or prepare for an elaborate hairstyle – it provides an express freshness kick. Fast freshness for your hair is especially handy when things get hectic or while travelling. Simply spray away an unattractively greasy hairline. Ingenious. Yet there are critics. Some believe shampoo from the spray can could damage your hair. Is that true? We have the answer. But first, the benefits at a glance:
Advantages of Dry Shampoo
Like freshly washed! Clearly the best thing about dry shampoo is that it gives hair this easy, quick feeling of freshness, even three days after washing your hair and with repeated application. New formulas with cotton and aloe vera extract (from Schauma for instance) gently degrease your hair and lend it a wonderful fragrance while also moisturising the scalp. The latest products even meet various hair needs. Volumising dry shampoo makes even fine hair appear fuller and lends instant grip. Anti-grease products transform a greasy, flat hairline, making it look healthy, loose and well-groomed. Today’s dry shampoos are even tailored to different hair colours. That bridges the time before the next hairline colouring. The turbo-cleaner is also an excellent styling tool. It gives the mane added hold and grip (even with freshly washed hair, by the way). Prepared this way, the popular messy look is within your grasp. Curls, braided styles and sophisticated updos hold better and last longer.
Disadvantages of Dry Shampoo
What could speak against the miracle cure’s application: using it too often? Dry shampoo is certainly no replacement for washing your hair. So avoid using it continuously. Your hair needs conventional shampoo and water regularly. If you fail to use the powdery spray correctly – for instance by putting on too much at once – expect small residues at the hairline, making the look appear powdery. This affects darker hair in particular since dry shampoo is usually light in colour.
Spray & Go: Dry Shampoo Basics
You really can’t go wrong with using dry shampoo. By following a few simple rules, there is little risk of a whitish powdery mane even with dark hair.
How it’s done:
1. Wrap a towel around your shoulders and brush your hair thoroughly.
2. Briefly shake the can so all the active ingredients are thoroughly mixed and then apply the dry shampoo in brief bursts from a distance of about 20 cm.
Hint: Apply dry shampoo to the fringe from underneath so nothing sticks to your forehead. This loosens your fringe up nicely at the same time.
3. Allow the dry shampoo to work on the oily sections for two to three minutes. This gives the powder time to absorb all dirt, grease and styling residues.
4. Then gently massage it in with a towel. If none is available, you can also use your fingertips.
5. Thoroughly brush out your hair so no reside remains.
Hint: Brushes with natural bristles such as wild boar work best. They are especially gentle for brushing oil and dry shampoo residues out of your hair. Sharp plastic bristles on the other hand can cause split ends. You can also briefly blow out your hair with a hair dryer while brushing.
6. For styling support: Apply dry shampoo to freshly washed hair. Immediately after blow drying, spray a bit on your hairline. That adds volume and also slows the build-up of oils.
Dry Shampoo: When Is It Time For Water Again?
As handy as dry shampoo may be, it can never entirely replace proper hair care and washing with water. Products like shampoos, conditioners, masks or care sprays applied to damp hair are fortified with smoothing, replenishing and nourishing active ingredients, which means they ensure ultimate hair care in addition to cleanliness. No dry shampoo can do this much. Yet it is simply ideal for bridging the time between hair washings, maintaining a well-kempt appearance.