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

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

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 Abbersteen

Lucy is a UK-based beauty journalist who has written for the likes of Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, OK!, Women's Health and more, as well as contributing to woman&home. Her work covers everything from expert skin and haircare tips to the latest product launches and the show-stopping beauty looks spotted backstage at London Fashion Week.


During her career she's interviewed some seriously famous faces, from Little Mix to Drag Race royalty The Vivienne, as well as chatting to the industry's leading hairdressers, dermatologists and make-up artists. When she's not got beauty on the brain you'll probably find her in the company of dogs, reading, or being shamed by Netflix's "are you still watching?" message. You can follow her on Instagram at @lucyabbers.