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Dry shampoo is an absolute lifesaver for those with straight or wavy hair. If you know, you know. And if you don’t know, what are you waiting for?

When your hair is getting greasy, but you don’t have time to wash it, dry shampoo is the answer. It’s especially useful if your roots become oily before the rest of their hair does – which happens to most people. Washing your entire head of hair simply because your roots are oily is unnecessary, and it makes the rest of your hair drier.

By allowing you to wash less often, dry shampoo can actually improve the health of your hair. Here are a few tips to make the most of this miracle product.

1. Only spray the dry shampoo onto your roots – NOT the rest of your hair. Your roots are where the grease is, so that’s where the shampoo needs to be.

2. To avoid wasting product, spray about 10 inches away from your roots. If you’re using a powder, you can dip your brush directly into it and then brush your roots.

3. Let the dry shampoo sit for 5-10 minutes. This gives it time to soak up all the oil on your scalp.

4. Then massage it into your scalp with your fingers. If you don’t massage it in, it won’t be able to reach your entire scalp!

5. Afterward, leave your scalp alone. Your fingers will simply make your scalp greasy again.

6. Use a bristle brush to finish distributing the shampoo into your hair, and brush it through. This will remove any remaining white residue.

7. If you still have a chalky color at your roots, use a blow dryer to take care of it.

8. For extra absorption power, apply dry shampoo before bed. This gives it even more time to soak up oil, and you’ll wake up with fresh, clean-feeling hair.

9. Choose the right tint. Tinted dry shampoo comes in all sorts of colors, so if you have dark hair, there’s no reason to use a chalky white dry shampoo. If you have light hair, definitely go with a pale shade.

10. Don’t overdo it! This is not a product that’s meant to be used everyday. It’ll build up on your scalp over time, clogging your follicles. That’s not the result you want.

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