10 Unexpected uses for your dry shampoo

Thursday, 10 September 2015


Dry shampoo is a God-send for anyone who wants an extra 20 minutes of sleep in the morning, but besides for the obvious – mattifying roots and making not-so-clean hair look clean – it has many other uses. Here are ten things you can do with your dry shampoo:

  1. Dry shampoo is great for creating volume, so double it up as a texturiser by spraying it though waves or curls.
  2. If you’re using bobby pins to secure an updo, spray them all over with dry shampoo to give them more grip and prevent them from slipping out.
  3. Roots growing out and your salon appointment is only next week? Opt for a tinted dry shampoo (similar to the shade of your coloured hair) and work it into the roots to conceal them.
  4. If your fringe tends to stick to your forehead in the summer moths, lightly spay a thin film of dry shampoo to its underside – no more sticking!
  5. Tame unruly eyebrows by spraying a tiny bit of dry shampoo onto your finger and smoothing it over the length of the brow. It does wonders to make them appear thicker, too.
  6. If you’re braiding or plaiting your hair, finish the look with a few spritzes of dry shampoo – it’ll seal in any flyaways and keep the little pieces that usually fall out, in place.
  7. Sneakers not smelling so fresh anymore? Spray their insides with dry shampoo and leave outside overnight. They’ll smell fresh as new in the morning.
  8. It’s been suggested that dry shampoo acts as a carpet shampoo too. Spray it on the carpet stain and leave for half an hour before vacuuming the area. Apparently it works wonders, but we’ve not yet tried it, so be cautious!
  9. Struggling to hold onto a bar at gym? Spray some dry shampoo onto the palms of your hands for extra grip.
  10. For some added volume, spray a bit of dry shampoo to the underside of your hair and let dry for a few seconds before you tease it or back-comb it.

Other articles you may be interested in:
How to: Use dry shampoo
When to shampoo your hair
Should you be ditching your shampoo?
The BeautySouthAfrica team’s favourite shampoos
Budget beauty buys: Hair

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Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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  1. Samantha Williams

    This is something new and interesting. I need to try this because I can’t deal with my hair always falling out of my updo hairstyle when using bobby pins. I need something to hold it.

    3 years ago •


    My eyebrows tend to get unruly so will give this a shot. What’s a good brand to use?

    3 years ago •

  1. Zakiyyah Jogi

    One of the best ways to create lasting volume

    3 years ago •

  1. Reginia Mentoor

    at what shop can i buy dry sjampoo

    3 years ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      Clicks sells a variety of them, as well as Dis-Chem :)

      3 years ago •

  1. Cookie Nandlall

    The article interesting tips. No sure I will use this product. More comfortable with my daily shampoo and conditioner. Perer washing my hair

    3 years ago •

  1. Bath Lover

    Dry Shampoo is just amazing for getting an extra day between washes and yes it works to improve volume…need to try the carpet cleaning trick, will let you know.

    3 years ago •

  1. tans

    I have a can of dry shampoo that is dying to be used. Thanks for all these amazing tips :)

    3 years ago •

  1. Candice Petersen

    I had no idea dry shampoo can be used for so many things

    3 years ago •

  1. Dinola Monise Pillay

    I am afraid to try dry shampoo cause my hair is so thin and fragile, I cannot afford for anything to happen to it as I have so little

    3 years ago •

  1. natasha.minderon@gmail.com

    I wash my hair everyday, as I gym and sweat. Wonder if dry shampoo will help?

    3 years ago •

  1. Salmaa Moosa

    Haven’t tried dry shampoo yet, a bit scared though as I wash my hair everyday, cannot stand when my hair starts looking oily.

    3 years ago •

  1. Siobhan Hughes

    I love spritzing some of the Batiste XXL Volume into my hair before I put it up in a ballerina bun – it helps the hair to hold the style, and smoothes down any fly aways!

    3 years ago •

  1. Tanya Lawrence

    Thank you for the advice, I think I’m going to try it as I also have very thin fine hair and I wash my hair every second day. I think this will help a lot.

    3 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    I enjoy the idea of increasing the volume on the eye brows with the aid of dry shampoo.

    3 years ago •

  1. lubbe.m

    Love Dry Shampoo. It makes life for someone like me with thin and fine hair so much easier and keeps the oiliness at bay.

    3 years ago •

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