How to Use Dry Shampoo the Right Way for Best Results

The ease and convenience of using dry shampoo are the main reasons why it’s become a go-to hair care product for many. For anyone who wants to cleanse their hair between showers or needs a pick-me-up for oily strands, dry shampoo can be considered a waterless shampoo, saving the day for every occasion. If you’ve been wondering how to use dry shampoo, it only takes three easy steps. The best way to use dry shampoo is as follows:

Step 1: 

Divide hair into sections. This helps the dry shampoo to reach the dirty/oily areas and cover more surfaces so it may absorb fully.

Step 2: 

Spray six to ten inches away from the hair. Start at the root where the hair is usually oiliest and work through to other oily or sweaty sections. When you see the white powder, you know it’s working!

Step 3: 

Allow the dry shampoo to absorb and clean the hair for at least 30 seconds. Then, use your hands or a paddle brush to massage through, removing any excess powder. Style as desired. 

Using dry shampoo as a way to clean your hair gives you time back in your day while still leaving your hair looking, feeling, and smelling good. It barely takes any time to transform your hair and keep it fresher for longer. If you don’t have time to use regular shampoo and conditioner, a dry shampoo can help reverse greasy hair, leaving behind shiny and gorgeous locks. No need to worry about oily hair between showers since dry shampoo is designed to absorb sweat, oil, and odor without drying out the hair.

When to Use Dry Shampoo 

Dry shampoo is most commonly used between shampoos in the shower to revitalize the hair. It limits how often you need to lather up, which helps to preserve your hair’s natural oils and reduces damage caused by hard water. By applying dry shampoo, your hair is left clean, healthy, and free of residue to simplify your hair care routine. 



After a Sweat Build Up

Use it after spending time outdoors in the sun, post-workout, or as the start or end to the day. The sweat that builds up along the roots can leave hair feeling greasy. A quick refresh with a spray of dry shampoo can leave hair feeling its best in under a minute. Make sure your hair isn’t too damp before applying the dry shampoo. If your hair is still quite sweaty, consider toweling off the excess sweat.
Dry shampoo is most commonly used between shampoos in the shower to revitalize the hair. It limits how often you need to lather up, which helps to preserve your hair’s natural oils and reduces damage caused by hard water. By applying dry shampoo, your hair is left clean, healthy, and free of residue to simplify your hair care routine. 

Between Hair Washings

When you don’t have time for a full shower or are skipping hair washings with water for the week, dry shampoo cleanses the hair and leaves it smelling great. This saves precious minutes spent washing, drying, and styling your hair. The convenience makes this dry shampoo product a go-to for anyone’s hair care routine.

There are several situations where dry shampoo comes in handy. Stash it when you’re on-the-go and make sure you have it whenever you want to skip shampooing for several days. 

Do’s and Don’ts of Dry Shampoo

Do make sure to shake the can first to get an even ratio of product. Powders can often settle to the bottom so be sure to shake well before each use and sometimes between sections for consistency.

Do allow time for dry shampoo to fully absorb. It takes approximately 30 seconds for dry shampoo to activate and cleanse. Before applying more dry shampoo product, give it time to absorb and work into your hair’s oily roots.

Do section your hair to get even coverage. The goal is to hold the canister at least six inches away from the head and apply the dry shampoo with a sweeping spray. For those with thick hair, separating the hair into sections allows it to get to oilier spots closer to the scalp that may be covered by other layers of hair.

Do pay attention to the ingredients. Not all dry shampoos are the same. For example, our Perfect hair Day™ dry shampoo uses a patented Healthy Hair Molecule that repels dirt and resists humidity to polish, protect, and smooth the hair.

Do carry it with you wherever you go. You never know when you’ll need to give the hair a refresh and absorb excess oil, sweat, or odor. Having it on hand will make you feel confident that your hair is looking its very best.

While there are multiple ways to benefit from a dry shampoo spray, there are some key dos and don’ts of using dry shampoo. So how do you use dry shampoo the right way? 


Don’t be afraid to use it with other products. Dry shampoo works well with other hair styling products like hairspray or hair oil.  Start with dry shampoo to absorb extra oil and odor. Then, apply your hair products as you regularly would to shape and sculpt the hair.

Don’t worry about seeing the powders. Depending on your hair type, you might notice a light-white, powdery residue after applying dry shampoo. If the powders are difficult to fully remove and you’re worried about scalp buildup from your products, use a bristle brush to remove the excess powder. If it still stubbornly remains, use a blow dryer on the low setting to easily remove the rest.

Don’t be afraid to reapply. Once you’ve allowed the first application to settle in and do the work, you may notice your hair still feels a bit oily. Use as much as is needed for your hair type and condition to achieve cleaner, healthier hair for longer.

What Makes the Perfect hair Day™ Dry Shampoo Different?

We previously mentioned that not every dry shampoo is the same. Some harsh dry shampoos can be a cause of dry scalp or other build up issues. But did you know that not every dry shampoo actually cleans the hair? Some soak up oil but don’t absorb sweat or odors. 

The Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo was designed with a Triple-Action Cleaning Technology to provide all of the benefits of shampooing your hair, giving you similar results as if you had washed it in the shower.

So how does dry shampoo work with us? Our dry shampoo has fast-absorbing powders that take care of oil and sweat and an odor neutralizer that leaves behind a fresh-smelling result. Our formula is also made to be easily brushed out. By using a patented Healthy Hair Molecule to help remove powders easily from the hair and repel dirt, the result is cleaner, healthier hair that lasts longer.

Making Dry Shampoo Part of Your Regular Hair Care Routine

Now that you know how to use dry shampoo to your benefit, give yourself back time in your day and skip the regular shampoos every time you shower. And with less washing, you can preserve your hair’s natural oils and reduce the amount of damage often caused by hard water. Not to mention, fewer washes with regular shampoo and conditioner allows you to maintain colored hair longer! The science supporting the PhD Dry Shampoo leaves your hair looking and feeling every bit as clean within seconds. Simplify the steps it takes to revitalize your hair and keep it healthy for longer.

Whether you want to work it into your morning hair care routine or carry it with you to refresh your hair during the day, dry shampoo is versatile enough to work with any situation. Since it only takes three easy steps to cleanse the hair and leave it looking and smelling fresh, it makes it easier to transform your hair whenever you need a boost. Think of it as your hair care best friend. It’s always with you when in a bind and there to help you shine.

Ready to bring healthy hair care into your daily routine? Browse our good-for-you, science-backed hair care products! From dry shampoo and sulfate-free shampoo to heat protectant sprays and hair damage repair, we have products made to bring your hair back to life with ingredients that revitalize your hair.