Much like liquid liner or bronzer, shower-free hair products can backfire if used incorrectly. But once you have the hang of these products, you’ll realize they are total gamechangers. Dry shampoo rescues the most limp of second-day strands, while dry conditioner rescues parched ends and over-styled mid-lengths. To show you how to get the most out of these products, we created a handy gif tutorial with two faves, Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Nettle and amika Silken Up Dry Conditioner. Consider it our gif to you. (Get it?)
Dry shampoos come in a variety of formulas (learn more in our roundup of our top picks), while dry conditioners tend to be aerosol-based. As you’d expect, you should use a dry shampoo before using a dry conditioner—though you can apply them solo too!
Step 1: Spray
Dry shampoo is key for perking up second-day (read: dirty) hair. If you’re using an aerosol (like we are here), position the bottle 10-12 inches away from your roots. Lift hair up in two-inch sections and spritz lightly.
Step 2: Blend
Don’t let the white powder residue turn you off—a little blending is all you need. Use your fingertips to work any excess into strands. Bonus: This mini massage also helps to add texture and volume.
Step 3: Volumize
Next, use a slim hair brush with tourmaline bristles to further help work the formula into your hair. We’re fans of Spornette’s Little Wonder, which cuts down on static without flattening your strands.
With your blow dryer on a low heat setting, run your fingers through to further work the formula into your hair.
Step 5: Soften
Now it’s dry conditioner time. While the shampoo focuses on soaking up oil, this formula will make your hair more manageable as well as smooth rough cuticles and minimize the appearance of split ends. (Hint: it’s key if you regularly heat style your hair.) Holding the product 10 inches away from your hair, spritz lightly onto mid-lengths to ends.
Once you’ve blended both products and styled your strands, resist the urge to touch your hair throughout the day. We love a finger twirl as much as the next gal, but your hands’ natural oils can leave behind a greasy residue—the remedy for which, funny enough, would be an extra dose of dry shampoo and conditioner!