Greasy roots may be regularly showcased on the catwalks and used within high fashion shoots, but in reality they’re
unsightly and leave us feeling downtrodden. A little lift at the root
has the power to transform our look and ensure we bounce down the
street, happily swinging our hair behind us, so it’s no surprise that dry shampoos have never been more of a bathroom staple than they are now. This once unloved corner of the hair care market was
previously reserved only for camping holidays and blondes that didn’t
want to dry out their locks; however, with the increase in popularity of the
festival, paired with our ever growing busy lives, these cans of powdery
spray have become as much as staple in our routine as serums and
hairsprays. Used not only to absorb excess oil in place of a wet hair wash, but increasingly as a styling product to add texture and hold to a look, it’s safe to say that we’re collectively a little bit addicted. Although these sprays can offer a real solution to a problem, their chalkiness can be problematic – as can their incorrect or overuse. If you’ve ever wondered how you can get the most out of your can of dry shampoo, help is at hand. I recently spent some time with French hair stylist (and Klorane ambassador) Caroline Bufalini, who totally re-educated me on how to use the spray. Basically, we’re all doing it wrong so here are five top tips to ensure you’re getting it right every time!
TIP 1: Always apply your dry shampoo a hand-span width from the scalp, so you don’t overload the surface with product. Most of the problems associated with dry shampoos are because too much is applied to closely to the hair line. Spritz evenly in sections, separating the hair like you would if you were dying it.
TIP 2: Leave the dry shampoo to absorb oil for at least one minute before touching your hair. Often we’re too keen to get started on styling, preventing the product from getting to work and re-applying to get the benefit we need. That’s a waste of time and product!
TIP 3: Disperse the spray by brushing hair in all directions, leaving behind a refreshed texture and hair that’s full of bounce. Using a hairdryer to blast on a cold setting will also help remove residue; never use it on a hot setting as this will bring out more sebum to the surface, counteracting the good work of the dry shampoo.
TIP 4: If you’re concerned about residue appearing throughout the hair (or white marks giving the game away,) apply your dry shampoo before bed and sleep on it. Don’t brush your hair in the morning, but instead just use your fingers to comb through and add volume to the crown.
TIP 5: To counteract the dry feeling dry shampoos can often leave behind, use a small amount of leave-in conditioner on the ends to provide a hydration boost (using any excess on the top of the head for added shine.) This will help restore the texture you get from freshly-washed hair.
Caroline recommends the iconic Klorane Dry Shampoo (£8.00), which is possibly the most famous French brand you’ve never heard of – this year Klorane is celebrating its 50th birthday! The formula is enriched with an extract of oat milk to moisturise, soften and protect your hair (thanks to a healthy high content of lipids and vitamins,) whilst a blend of highly absorbent micronized powders soaks up dirt and sebum on the scalp. The formula is lightweight, leaves absolutely no residue and even comes in a brown tinted formula for those of us that are concerned about unsightly white marks. If your roots are exceptionally oily, there’s also a nettle-enriched version that helps to regulate the sebaceous gland activity – providing both an immediate and long-term solution to lank and greasy hair. So here’s to fabulous looking, smelling and feeling hair for longer!
Have you ever tried the Klorane dry shampoo? Have any of Caroline’s top tips surprised you?
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