Most of us will have a can of Batiste on our dressing tables for those days when we just cba, but what’s the deal with dry shampoo? When should you use it? Does it have any hidden talents? Will it make your hair fall out?! We’ve done our research and found that there’s a lot more to it than just extending your blow-dry. If you wanna know the ins and outs of dry shampoo, keep reading…

How do you use dry shampoo?

OK, let’s get back to basics. Dry shampoo is primarily used as an oil absorber, for those days when your hair looks as if it’s been dunked in the deep fat fryer. Simply hold the can at arm’s length over the roots of your hair and spray. Leave the product on for about 30 seconds, to give it time to soak up the grease, then rub any excess dry shampoo in with your fingertips. It can be a lifesaver when you’re short of time, but don’t use dry shampoo as a replacement for regular hair washing. You should still be washing your hair at least twice a week.

What else can you use dry shampoo for?

If you love an up-do or you’re into braiding, dry shampoo is a great way to get body into your style, especially when your hair is clean and inclined to be slippery and flat. You can also give your hair some volume at the roots. Spray the product into the roots, flip your head to the side and use the cool setting on your hairdryer (focusing on the roots), to give your barnet some bounce.

Can you use dry shampoo on natural/curly hair?

You can use it every now and then, but not regularly. Since dry shampoo absorbs oils on your scalp, and curly hair is naturally drier than straight hair, it can leave your ’do looking dehydrated.

Can it make your hair fall out?

Right, so this is the big one. There’s no yes-or-no answer to this because it depends on your scalp, your hair and your routine. If used too much, the powder can build up on your scalp and weaken the hair follicles, which may lead to hair breaking at the root or falling out. But we’re talking extremes here. As long as you maintain a regular hair-washing routine (at least twice a week) and keep your scalp in good condition, you’ll be fine.

Our favourite dry shampoos

Batiste Batiste Dry Shampoo Original 200ml £2.99 Buy Now
Superdrug Superdrug Dry Shampoo Exotic Flair 150ml £1.99 Buy Now
Aussie Aussie Mega Dry Shampoo 180ml £4.49 Buy Now