How to Add Volume with Dry Shampoo
Certain life hacks stay with us forever. If you haven’t discovered the genius time-saver that is dry shampoo, consider this your sign. Most people are familiar with the refreshing benefits of dry shampoo, but there are a range of transformative and regenerative abilities that come with this product now too.
Whether you’re hoping to extend time between washes or improve the feel and volume of hair, adding dry shampoo to your repertoire goes beyond giving new life to good hair days.
To understand what dry shampoo is, how to apply it properly, and why it’s so good at giving new life and body to our locks, read on.
What is dry shampoo?
You probably know dry shampoo best as a quick refresher. It mostly comes in the form of sprays but also powders, mists and pastes. Dry shampoo applies alcohol or starch-based ingredients to our roots, in order to reduce oil and sweat from our hair. The active ingredients work to soak up moisture, providing an alternative to wrapping hair in a bun between washes.
What does dry shampoo do to hair?
Over-styling and washing hair can wreak havoc on the balance of our hair fibres, scalp and strands. Our scalp produces sebum, a natural oil which is an important part of the hair cycle. Styling and washing can strip or add oil – leading to flakiness and dryness or oiliness and even dandruff.
Dry shampoo helps to ease this because it encourages waiting between washes and allows locks to retain volume without everyday styling. Dry shampoo doesn’t replace the need to wash hair, but it helps hair to stay looking and feeling fresh and clean in-between washes.
How can dry shampoo benefit hair?
Earlier versions of dry shampoo really only had one purpose: to reduce the look and feel of oiliness in hair. Nowadays, dry shampoos can include active and restorative ingredients like beneficial oils and vitamins to actually enhance the health of hair. We’ve listed the main benefits of this product below.
Refreshes oily or dry hair
When hair is feeling or appears to be tired, dull, or a little oily, dry shampoo is a time-saving and effective remedy. Oil or sweat is removed by its absorbent ingredients, like starch, silica, or clay. The result? Hair looks and feels both clean and refreshed. The compact size of dry shampoo also means that it can come along with you. That means no more greasiness from gym-trips or runs, and mid-day flatness in hair can be sorted easily.
Dry shampoo adds volume to hair
For those with naturally thinner or flatter hair, dry shampoo is a game-changer. Alongside providing a cleaner feel and look, the ingredients within dry shampoo can actually work to improve the volume of hair. Using dry shampoo as a volume-builder will make your hair look naturally thicker.
Provides texture to hair
Fine hair can feel hard to style. If you’ve spent the morning curling your hair just to have those waves fall out by midday, dry shampoo could very well be your solution. Through the formula of the product, dry shampoo provides texture to hair, helping it to hold on to and maintain styles throughout the day.
How to apply dry shampoo properly
The trick to gaining the benefits of dry shampoo is in the way you apply it. By using the right technique, dry shampoo can not only extend good hair but improve the quality of it. Start by shaking the product. Holding it around 15cm from your head, spray the product onto your scalp and roots. Flip your hair and brush to remove any excess.
For those wanting to add volume, quickly apply cool air from a blow-dryer directly after. To extend the life of a blow dry, use short bursts and work gently through hair.
Common misconceptions about dry shampoo
As always, too much of a good thing is a reality. It might be tempting to reach for dry shampoo in place of washing hair, but it’s not a total replacement. Although it can extend the time between washes and improve hair strength, dry shampoo isn’t your conditioner or shampoo. Make sure not to overuse it either – small amounts will go a long way in achieving shining, soft hair.
Fresh Affair Dry Shampoo
Our dry shampoo is suitable for all hair types – which means soft and voluminous hair for everyone! By using rice starch, our Fresh Affair Dry Shampoo absorbs excess oil from hair and the scalp for added volume and refreshed locks. Alongside this, our advanced formula contains Vitamin E to enhance the health of your hair, and provides a sparkling neroli fragrance to uplift you throughout your day.