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As a girl, a lot of attention and care goes into our tresses, but there are just some days where we feel too lazy to hop in the shower and lather our hair in five different products. So, what's a girl to do? Rock that 3-day grease ball on top of our heads or go the dry shampoo route? The answer is simple as beauty pros already praise dry shampoos for their ability to soak up oil and disguise unwashed hair. But here's another kicker: they also create texture on slick hair, build up volume on defiant locks and encourage bold hairstyles to live up to their potential.

Make dry shampoo your beauty ally with our tips and get the volume you deserve!

How to use dry shampoo

The easiest way to use dry shampoo (we love Batiste!) for volume takes just minutes and adds dimension to the lower layers of hair and around the crown of the head. Flip your hair forward over your head. Spritz some dry shampoo on the exposed layers near the roots. Flip your hair back up, and you should see more volume from the boost to your lower layers.

Pick up a 2-inch section of hair at the crown of your head and hold it straight up. Spray a very light layer of dry shampoo to the roots of this section and hold it upright for a few extra seconds. Release the section and gently comb to produce a little extra heft near the top of your head. Repeat this process a few times until you have the volume you desire.

Aside for adding volume, dry shampoo can also be used as a texturizer. This is especially helpful when you want to add a braid or topknot to just-washed hair, which tends to be smooth and slick. Spritz some dry shampoo onto your strands, focusing attention on the center of the strand rather than the roots or the tips.

Allow the dry shampoo to sit on the strands for a minute to set and then voilà! Begin your hairstyling process. The dry shampoo creates a slightly clingy texture and a little bit of volume for fuller, bounteous braids and buns.

Quick tip to adding volume to fine hair

Teasing is the oldest volume-boosting trick in the book, but if you have particularly fine strands then backcombing can often dissipate or fall completely flat after a few hours. Keep that volume in place by spritzing some dry shampoo midway down the shaft before you begin the backcombing process. You only need a light spritz since dry shampoo creates a texturized film on strands that helps them hold shape.

Dry shampoo tips

Keep the application light, no matter where you spray, to avoid an ashy, powdery layer on the top of your strands. Be sure to rub it in unless you want to see what you would look like in 50 years time. Spoiler alert: gray locks are just as beautiful.

While dry shampoo is often utilized for two- or three-day-old hair to remove oils and refresh strands, this beauty product can also be applied right after you wash your hair and before you style for a big volume boost. Apply the dry shampoo to your hair evenly from root to tip, when it is just damp. Remember to keep the application even and light!

Continue with your styling routine, such as blow-drying and curling or using foam rollers for bouncier, longer-lasting volume. This technique works best on thin to medium hair and adds a subtle boost of dimension without layering on the product.