We've Been Applying Dry Shampoo Wrong This Entire Time

When you're in a beauty rut, it's a little like looking in your closet and seeing absolutely nothing to wear. Sure, you have the bones to create a killer look — a bold liner here, a bottle of texture spray there — but sometimes you just need a boost of inspiration. That's why we created Short Cuts, a series of quick, easy-to-follow videos meant to educate, refresh, and excite the beauty nerds in all of us. Whether you're looking to learn something new or to refresh your current routine, there's a Short Cut for you.

Dry shampoo is a product that, while incredibly ubiquitous, is often applied completely incorrectly. By that we mean, you probably quickly spray a bit onto your part, maybe along your hairline, too, then massage for a sec and call it a day.

The right way to apply dry shampoo, however, includes lifting horizontal sections of hair and spraying just above the root (where it's not visible), massaging, then brushing hair with a natural bristle brush (or whatever works best for your hair type). The results will be more effective and eliminate any white residue.

Ready to give it a go? Watch the video above, grab your favorite formula, then follow the steps below.

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Step 1. Lift up a horizontal section of hair, starting at ear level, and blast just above the root with dry shampoo. Release.

Step 2. Grab a section just above the last and repeat until you reach your part.

Step 3. Massage roots.

Step 4. Brush hair with your favorite brush to distribute the product.
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