Three surprising uses for dry shampoo you didn’t know about

Dry shampoo is so much more than just a hair refresher...

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Arguably one of the best beauty inventions of all time is dry shampoo – a miracle product in a can on hand to save the day when you don't have the time or energy to wash your hair.

In the last four weeks, haircare brand Moroccanoil has seen dry shampoo sales increase by a massive 183% – so we’re clearly relying on it all the more despite spending significantly more time at home.

And although its primary use is to refresh greasy roots without having to jump in the shower and do a full-blown wash, it has several other styling benefits, too.

Intrigued? Below, Moroccanoil Educator Laura Bell has shared a few alternative uses for this wonder product. 

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1. To add volume

Think of dry shampoo as a 2-in-1 cleanser and styling product, as it can also add lift to limp and lifeless strands. “When massaged with fingertips into the roots, it helps with volume and lift creating full-bodied and healthy looking hair. This makes it a great styling product as it adds texture whilst also working in its traditional sense by absorbing oil."

2. To conceal roots

One that’s specific to the brand, Morocannoil's dry shampoos are tinted to suit light and dark hair colors – so it won't leave telltale white streaks if you have dark hair.

“It works really well as a root concealer to cover greys and light roots in dark hair and to brighten up darker roots in blonde hairs. This makes it the perfect product to tide you over between salon visits and create the illusion of fresher color.”

Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo for Light Tones, $26, Sephora (UK £15.45, All Beauty)

Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo for Light Tones, $26, Sephora (UK £15.45, All Beauty)

Tinted dry shampoo for lighter hair colors.

Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo for Dark Tones, $26, Sephora (UK £15.45, Lookfantastic)

Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo for Dark Tones, $26, Sephora (UK £15.45, Lookfantastic)

Tinted dry shampoo for darker hair colors.

3. As a preventative measure

Got hair that gets greasy very easily with movement? Dry shampoo can be used as a preventative measure before bed or exercise. ”This allows the dry shampoo to act as a barrier between the hair and the greasy effect that both working out and moving/sweating in your sleep can cause.”

Who knew dry shampoo had so many different uses? We love a multipurpose beauty buy!

Lucy Abbersteen

Lucy is a UK-based beauty journalist who has written for titles including Marie Claire, Glamour and OK!, as well as contributing to woman&home. Her work covers everything from expert skin and haircare advice to beauty trends and reviews of the latest products. During her career she regularly speaks to the industry's leading hairdressers, dermatologists and make-up artists, has covered backstage at London Fashion Week and interviewed many a celeb about their beauty routine.