Dry shampoo tips for amazing second day hair

This post is sponsored by Dove Hair Care but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

When it comes to my beauty regimen, dry shampoo is definitely on my list of must-have, can’t-live-without hair products. For someone with thick, curly hair like me, dry shampoo is a total game-changer. With it in my arsenal of hair products I can typically go three to five days without washing my hair. Yes, you read that correctly- three to five days! I’ve had people say they can’t imagine going even a single day skipping the shampoo, but with a little practice and the right dry shampoo you can definitely extend the length between your wash routine and rock some amazing second and third day hair!

Third day hair- I heart my dry shampoo!

First, here’s what my typical wash routine might look like for the week:

Day 1- wash/condition hair. Blow dry & either flat iron or curl with styling wand.
Day 2- touch up w/ flat iron/wand- wear down.
Day 3- dry shampoo & touch up w/ flat iron & wear down or put up.
Day 4- dry shampoo & wear up or w/ headband
Day 5- wash/condition hair. Blow dry & flat iron or curl & wear down.
Day 6- touch up w/ iron or wand & wear down.
Day 7- dry shampoo & touch up.

Keep in mind- just because you’re not washing your hair every day doesn’t mean you’re not showering or bathing regularly. If I’m showering and skipping the shampoo, I simply throw my hair in a top knot with a nice and stretchy, wide headband on so that my hair doesn’t get wet from the water spray. Shower caps are another great option if you want to keep your hair completely protected from the water and humidity in the shower to tub.

New to dry shampoo? Whether you’re using it for the first time or if you’re obsessed like me, it’s important to use it properly for best results. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for getting the most out of your dry shampoo:

Shake, shake, shake. Be sure to shake the can before and during use. This one is important and keeps the contents mixed and evenly dispersed. You don’t want all of the good stuff settling at the bottom of the can, so shake before using and shake again while you’re using it.
Don’t use too much. Hold the can 8-12 inches so that it sprays out in a fine mist. You don’t want to saturate or blast the hair! You can always add more if your hair still looks oily. Too much product is going to leave your hair feeling stiff and looking dull.
Focus on your roots. Don’t spray the dry shampoo all over your head. Instead, focus on the root area- all the way down your part, around your hairline, with special attention to the bang area and around your ears. If you’re going to be putting your hair up don’t forget to get the back nape area. Lift the hair and spray near roots and just the first few inches of hair.

Let it sit. Don’t just spray and go- let it sit for a few minutes and really suck up all of that oil. I like to do my dry shampoo first, before I do my makeup, and let it sit until I’m completely done with my face so it has time to do its job.


Massage it in- don’t brush. Finally, use your finger tips to massage and work the dry shampoo into your roots. I find brushing brings back the oiliness pretty quickly, so skip the brush and just use your fingers to work the product into your hair. Re-style as needed or simply tousle with your fingers and you’re done.


Dove’s Volume & Fullness dry shampoo is definitely my favorite for reviving my second and third day hair. It’s light and fresh and smells divine!

This weightless formula cleans and refreshes my hair by instantly absorbing the oil on days I don’t want to wash it (or can’t bring myself dry it). All of that blow drying and heat styling is so damaging to my lightened locks, and my hair takes forever to dry and style. Dove’s Volume & Fullness dry shampoo lets me go a few extra days in between shampoos and I can skip the daily blow drying and flat ironing, save time, and do less damage to my hair. When I need it, just a few quick sprays transform my hair from limp and lifeless to fresh, clean, and full of volume and body.

On wash days I’ve been using Dove’s Thickening Ritual shampoo and conditioner. It smells amazing! It’s made with lavender and rosemary and it’s nourishing yet light at the same time. I found it at Walmart for less than $5 when I went to pick up more of my dry shampoo and decided to give it a whirl. My hair has been through the wringer lately and I needed something to help repair some of the damage and abuse my hair has taken over the last few months. Just one wash made it feel thicker, fuller, and softer.

Are you as dry shampoo obsessed as I am? I hope these tips help you extend your wash routine and rock that beautiful second and third day hair!