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The Surprising Dry Shampoo Trick for Mega Volume

Dry shampoo is nothing new, but its inventive uses (beyond its grease-killing call of duty) are constantly evolving. While you typically reach for the stuff a few days after a blowout, you probably haven’t tried it on just-washed hair. Here’s a neat little way to use it as a volumizer.

What you need: A can of your favorite dry shampoo (an aerosol spray is better than a powder formula in this case) and a blow-dryer.

What you do: After showering, let your hair air-dry until it’s about 75 percent of the way complete. Then, spray sections of hair with the dry shampoo from scalp to ends, making sure to keep the can at least six inches away from your head so it’s not too concentrated on any particular spot. Blow-dry to finish.

Why it works: When you use dry shampoo on oily strands, it sops up excess grease. When you apply it to still-wet hair, it binds to each strand, thereby increasing the diameter of each one. (Hence, increasing the volume.) Unlike other volume-building styling products (like gel or mousse), dry shampoo doesn’t have any hold to it. The result: Light-as-air lift that doesn’t look--or feel--like there’s any product in your hair.

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