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dry shampoo 101: why it’s your back to work essential

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After a year out of the office, we’ve all gotten a bit too used to that extra 30 minutes in bed. Is that impending commute filling you with dread? Save yourself a few extra precious minutes of sleep without compromising a fresh, just-washed feel with our dry shampoo. Check out our tips and tricks on how to use dry shampoo to get the most out of your second day style, you can thank us later.  

what is dry shampoo and what does dry shampoo do?

Wash day without the water, dry shampoo is the answer to all our lying-in prayers. Dry shampoo can come as a powder or fast-drying spray and targets those oily roots, absorbing excess sebum and leaving your hair looking and smelling fresh.

how to use dry shampoo

It may seem as simple as just pointing and spraying – but there are actually a lot of common mistakes that’ll leave you a white, powdery mess. To help you avoid ‘dry-shampoo-head’, we’ve shared our trade secrets on how to use dry shampoo for refreshed, residue-free locks.  

spray at least eight inches from the head

If anything’s going to leave you with a powdery cast, it’s spraying your dry shampoo too close to your head. To get the most out of your product, hold it around eight inches away from the scalp. This will make it easier to distribute and leave you with an evenly refreshed look.  

let it absorb

When it comes to dry shampoo, patience really is a virtue. Letting the product sit for a while and work its magic will allow it to absorb as much excess oil as possible. Trust us, it’s worth the wait! 

massage thoroughly into the scalp

Listen up, this one’s important. Once you’ve given it time to absorb, massage the dry shampoo into your scalp as you would with a wet shampoo to distribute the product evenly. Brushing the hair after application is also another way to keep the white cast at bay.  

dry shampoo 101

the best dry shampoo ever (we promise)

So you know how to apply it, but what is the best dry shampoo to use? Enter amika’s perk up dry shampoo. The ‘holy grail’ of dry shampoo, perk up can be (and should be) used on all hair types.  

Instead of the usual aluminum starch, we’ve opted for rice starch to restore the hair’s natural volume, and used plant oils and amino acids to nourish the hair from the roots.  

How to use: shake well, hold 8 inches from the head and spray onto desired area, focusing on roots. Wait 30 seconds for the product to absorb, then massage through as you would with a wet shampoo. Brush through for more even distribution.  


how often should you use dry shampoo?

Enriched with sea buckthorn, perk up creates an ultra-fine mist that’s layerable for days. Once wash-day rolls around, it’s time to clarify the scalp and  remove any build-up. The reset pink charcoal scalp cleansing oil is an oil to foam pre-wash that breaks down product build-up and refreshes the scalp without stripping away moisture.  

How to use: apply the cleansing oil directly to the scalp before washing. In the shower, gently massage the oil into the roots, rinse and follow with your favorite Amika shampoo and conditioner.  


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