Beauty & Fashion

Use dry shampoo sparingly

Imagine going to the hairdresser and getting an amazing blow wave and then having to wash it out the next because of the grease in your hair.

Enter dry shampoo. Dry shampoo works simply: the alcohol or starch in the product soaks up the excess oil and grease in your hair, giving it a cleaner, fresher appearance.

However, this is only a temporary solution and should not replace regular hair washing.

Shampooing hair is critical to removing the dirt, bacteria and yeast that can build up on the scalp. Repeatedly adding topical products to the scalp, such as oil, clogs pores and creates opportunities for pimples or bacterial infections. Add in hair sprays and other hair-care products, and the scalp develops a film that must be removed.

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If you do choose to use dry shampoo, here are ways to minimize its appearance and impact on your hair:

* Only spray oily areas.

* While spraying, keep the canister at least 15 centimetres from your scalp.

* After spraying, massage your scalp to evenly distribute the product down to the roots.

* Carefully and gently brush through any patches that have too much dry shampoo added.

* Don’t spray the ends to avoid extra dryness or static. Add a pea-sized amount of coconut oil or hair conditioner if the tips feel too dry.

* Do not use it more than two days in a row.

When used properly, not only does dry shampoo remove excess oil from your hair, it also adds texture and volume to your locks. Dry shampoo is the perfect hair pick-me-up to take your “do” from day to night.

Try not to go overboard with the application. If you happen to apply too much to one spot, don’t worry because it can be fixed. Simply add a touch of a lightweight serum to the spot and gently blow dry the area or you can brush out the dry shampoo until it is completely absorbed.

If dry shampoo is new to you, don’t freak out if your hair gets a little white at first. Let the product sit for a few minutes before styling and the white residue should go away. If it’s still a bit chalkier than you’d like, comb it through your hair with your fingers.

Information obtained from www.health.clevelandclinic.org.

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