If you are drawn to the idea of using dry shampoo, it pays to take a look at some of the potential drawbacks to help avoid disappointment. These powder shampoos certainly offer a lot in terms of convenience and saving time. In fact, using these products can save you hours every week. As you might imagine, there is a downside to this convenience. The main problems people encounter with powder shampoo are application problems and using the wrong product for their hair type.

Let’s address the first issue: application problems. There is an art to applying dry shampoo. This is not said to scare anyone because you don’t need a degree in cosmetology to use this product but there is a good chance you might not get it right on your first try or even your second. It sounds pretty easy to just shake it into your hair and comb through but the reality is that you have to do this very carefully and use just the right amount.

When you apply too much, your hair will end up looking very powdery and quite possibly have a white cast. This is a look you definitely want to avoid. The best strategy is to start with just a small amount and then comb it through. If your hair still looks greasy, add more. This does take extra time but eventually you will get a feel for how much product to use and in the future you can put it all in at once. If you find that even small amounts are making your hair look too white, you might want to try a different product. People with black or dark brown hair sometimes find that colored hair powders give a more natural look and require less blending.

Another problem some people have is that they choose the wrong product for their hair type. It is overgeneralizing to say that you can use dry shampoo to make your hair look cleaner. That is like saying you can use shampoo to wash your hair. Yes, any product will get the job done but you have to find which one is the best fit for you. If you have fine or limp hair, you need one that adds volume as well because simply absorbing grease is not going to do anything in terms of adding much-needed lift. If your hair already has body to spare, these volatizing powders are just going to make your hair look even puffier so in that case you should avoid these types. If your hair tends to smell sweaty then you need to choose a product that has a nice fragrance to help mask the odor.

When shopping for dry shampoo, it’s important to keep all of this advice in mind. If you are new to using these products, you might want to start out with a cheaper product for experimenting until you get the application just right. That way you won’t waste a lot of money trying it out. This will also help steer you toward the ideal formulation for your hair type. Finding the right hair powder isn’t a difficult endeavor when you use a good strategy.

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