Why You Should Use a Dry Conditioner

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Dry shampoo took the industry by storm (if you’re like me, you’re pretty much obsessed and use them all the time), so it only makes sense that dry conditioner came next—here’s how they work and why you need one.

Think about it like this: in the shower, you apply shampoo to your roots and scalp and conditioner to your ends. The same applies to dry versions. “Dry shampoo works to absorb oil at the roots of your hair and dry conditioner works to smooth the lengths,” says Chelsea Lynn Miller, regional educator for amika. “It’s the perfect product to use on second-day hair to make it look and feel freshly washed.” 

For all you blowout lovers, celebrity hairstylist Serge Normant says a dry conditioner can extend the life of your perfect-looking locks. “A day or two after a blowout, the ends of your hair can start looking a little frayed, frizzy and dull. A dry conditioner can detangle, smooth flyaways and soften the feel of your hair while also adding shine.” 

So do you still have to use conditioner in the shower, too? Miller says yes. “While adding a dry conditioner into your routine won’t eliminate the need to condition your hair in the shower, the frequency of which you use regular conditioner can be decreased.”

Inside Tip:Some dry conditioners also contain anti-static properties, so they can be sprayed on the inside of your hat for protection against hat-hair,” says Miller. 

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