The Right Way to Use Dry Shampoo to Extend Your Hair Style

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Today we’re talking about the right way to use dry shampoo to extend the time in-between washing your hair. I always get compliments on my hair (thanks, friends!).  But it may come as a shock to some of you to learn that I go six days without washing my hair!!! Yes, s i x  d a y s.

Let’s be real–I’m on the go 24/7, and I don’t have time to wash and style my hair every single day. Or every other day.  I know many of you don’t have that time on your hands either.  So today I’m sharing a post about the right way to use dry shampoo to extend your hair style using Eva NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo. Trust me when I say I have this down to a science.

For reference purposes, my hair in these photos hasn’t been washed for five days.

How to Correctly Use Dry Shampoo to Extend Your Hairstyle

How to Correctly Use Dry Shampoo to Extend Your Hairstyle

The Right Way to Use Dry Shampoo to Extend Hair Washings

First, spray the dry shampoo along your part and the roots at the front of your head.  When you’re spraying, you want to make sure to hold the can at least 8-10″ away from your roots. Make sure to use “enough” product.  If your hair is just a little oily, a couple of shots in each spot will do, but if it’s a lot oily, don’t be afraid to use more product.

How to Correctly Use Dry Shampoo to Extend Your Hairstyle

How to Correctly Use Dry Shampoo to Extend Your Hairstyle

Second, tackle your crown.  This, along with the area right above my ears, is that area that gets the oiliest for me. The great thing about dry shampoo is it also adds some texture and volume to your hair, which I often need in this area.

How to Correctly Use Dry Shampoo to Extend Your Hairstyle How to Correctly Use Dry Shampoo to Extend Your Hairstyle

The next step is optional, and depends where you’re at in the “I haven’t washed my hair in x number of days” journey.  If it’s earlier in your journey, then just spray your roots. If you are like me and go multiple days, and it’s towards the end of your journey, then spray a little bit of dry shampoo throughout the rest of your hair too.

How I Don’t Wash My Hair for Six Days

Since I go six days without washing my hair, my journey looks a little like this:

Day 1: wash hair

Day 2: no dry shampoo

Day 3: no dry shampoo

Day 4: maybe a touch of dry shampoo to the roots.

Day 5: shots of dry shampoo to my roots

Day 6: dry shampoo everywhere

If you’re only on two days of not washing your hair, try adding an extra day in there in the middle and not using dry shampoo on that day.  You have to train your hair to go more days in-between washings. This means your hair has to get accustomed to not being washed as often. Yes, this means you may have some days with more oil in your hair than you like, but the end result is worth it.

How to Correctly Use Dry Shampoo to Extend Your Hairstyle

Finally, after you spray dry shampoo, be sure to flip your head upside down and tousle your hair to work in the dry shampoo. This is how you avoid gray streaks and really distribute the product.

How to Correctly Use Dry Shampoo to Extend Your Hairstyle

Ta-da!  My hair is back to it’s bouncy fullness instead of being slicked down to my head.

How to Correctly Use Dry Shampoo to Extend Your Hairstyle

Using Dry Shampoo at Night When Your Hair Is Super Oily

Now, if you have super oily hair/are on the last day of your no-wash cycle, then I suggest spraying the dry shampoo in your hair at night instead of in the morning.  This gives the dry shampoo a chance to really soak up the excess oil. That’s what I did here.  And the trick is to pop your hair into a high bun to sleep on at night.  Actually, I pop my hair into a bun every night to assist in extending the days in-between hair washings, but it is especially important to do this if you use dry shampoo at night.

How to Correctly Use Dry Shampoo to Extend Your Hairstyle

What’s the Best Dry Shampoo to Use?

Now, all of this said, your success is majorly dependent upon the dry shampoo you use. Here, I’m using the Eva NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo. It retails for $11.99 Ulta and is currently on sale for $10,29 at CVS Pharmacy.Eva NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo has the key ingredient that I always look for in a dry shampoo–rice starch–because I find dry shampoos containing rice starch to be way more effective.  If you have had issues with dry shampoo not working in the past, I would almost guarantee you that you were using a product without rice starch. Eva NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo also contains Vitamin C to enhance shine, moisturize, and strengthen your locks.

How to Correctly Use Dry Shampoo to Extend Your Hairstyle

How long do YOU go without washing your hair?! Let me know in the comments below!

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Hi there! I’m Tif Fannin, the blogger behind Bright on a Budget, based in Lexington, Kentucky. Bright on a Budget is a Southern fashion and lifestyle blog where I share everyday looks, beauty, and travel, along with a behind-the-scenes look at my life as a working mom of two. I have a penchant for bright colors + good deals. Follow along for posts that are relatable to the everyday woman.

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  1. 7.18.17
    Popofstyle said:

    Thank you for this! Sometimes mine looks all cakey… Have a great week!

  2. 7.18.17
    Jessica Jacobowitz Weinberg said:

    I have never used dry shampoo before! Loved this tutorial!
    xo Jessica

  3. 7.18.17
    Maggie said:

    I can’t live without my dry shampoo! This sounds wonderful!

    Maggie @ Polished Closets

  4. 7.18.17
    Nataly Kimball said:

    I love dry shampoo! I can’t live without it! This one looks great!

  5. 7.18.17
    Ruthie Ridley said:

    Dry shampoo is a life saver!! Love this brand!!

  6. 7.18.17
    Kim Myers said:

    I can’t live without my dry shampoo! I’ll have to try out this brand asap!


  7. 7.18.17
    Casey said:

    I love your shirt! I need dry shampoo because my hair is so flat! It really adds a lift!

  8. 7.18.17

    I’ve actually never used dry shampoo — I know — but typically can go 7-9 days between washes!

  9. 7.19.17
    FashionFriesX FashionFriesX said:

    These tips were so good!!!! Eva is my number one favorite for dry shampoo!!!!

  10. 7.19.17
    Jess said:

    Interesting! I never knew about rice starch and often feel like dry shampoos don’t do anything for me. HMM… (I also probably don’t use enough product, as that is my problem with everything haha) Because my hair is thick and coarse, I try to go at least four days between washings, but it’s usually closer to six because I’m l a z y and hate having to deal with my mane!

  11. 7.19.17
    Dara said:

    I never would have guessed that you could go that long without washing your hair! I don’t know if my hair being curly is different, but I have some dry shampoo that I never use!

  12. 7.19.17
    Brittany S said:

    Wow!!! I am lucky if I can go 2 days without washing my hair!! I will definitely have to try this brand out!! Your hair looks amazing!


  13. 7.19.17
    Kay R. said:

    Your hair looks great!

  14. 7.19.17

    I love dry shampoo and you definitely have to train your hair to go more than a couple of days without, it took a while for me to get here, I can go about 6 -7 days if I want, but during the summer I’ve been doing it a little more often as I have been sweating a lot more than in the other seasons. But ideally once a week is my preference. Your hair is so pretty, I love it!

  15. 7.19.17

    haha twins!!!

  16. 7.20.17
    Liz said:

    Can you link to your shirt?

  17. 7.20.17
    Nina Provenzano Rand said:

    This is a product I definitely need to try!

  18. 7.22.17
    Mandy Baker said:

    I can’t believe you can go that long! I can normally go 3 days! Maybe I’ll try to train my hair before school starts.

  19. 7.22.17
    Veronica Urbaniak said:

    I can go 4-5 days thanks to dry shampoo, I love the stuff! But what often stumps me is how to style it as I go – do you have a weekly routine of hairstyles? Would love to get some ideas! I end up just curling or doing a bun most of the time.