Talcum powder on hands

Hitting the snooze button one too many times often means skipping the bouncy blowout. One secret to a good hair day on rushed mornings isn’t a fancy updo or salon product -- it's baby powder. Baby powder is the original dry shampoo, soaking up oil and giving your hair grip whenever you choose to break out the hot tools. This bathroom staple can help you achieve voluminous locks without sacrificing your beauty sleep.

Wash your hands to remove any oils that could transfer to your hair. Dry them completely.

Shake a container of baby powder over the palm of your hand three times. Rub your hands together to disperse the product.

Use your hands to massage the baby powder through the roots of your hair. Concentrate on the crown and behind the ears, because these areas generate the most oil.

Brush your hair from root to tip with a natural-bristle brush. The stiff fibers of a natural-bristle brush will help to coat your hair evenly in baby powder, allowing it to absorb the powder and generating volume. The stiff brush fibers will also move any remaining oils through your hair for a healthy look rather than a greasy one.


Baby powder works best on blond and other light hair. Those with dark hair will need to spend extra time working it into the root so it blends, or reach for a tinted dry shampoo instead.