Dry Shampoo VS Dry Conditioner- What Are They And Which Is Best?

Charles IferganProduct, Styling

It’s often recommended to wash your hair less often to keep it soft, shiny, and healthy. Shampooing too often strips away your natural oils and leaves your strands parched, difficult to manage, and vulnerable to damage. But how do you keep your strands from getting greasy and gross between washes? Well, for that you have a couple of different options- dry shampoo and dry conditioner. Each one has its own benefits, so it can be difficult to decide which one is best for your mane. Let’s take a look at the benefits of each one to help you decide.

Dry Shampoo

What Is It?- Dry shampoo is a hair product that reduces oil and dirt in your hair without the need for water. It’s applied to your hair dry, usually at the crown where it absorbs and removes excess oil, sebum, and sweat that can make your hair look greasy. Dry shampoo also usually contains fragrance to keep your hair smelling fresh between washes. Anyone can use dry shampoo. It’s not just for oily hair.

How To Use It- Start with dry hair and remove any pins, hair ties, or other accessories. Hold the can about six inches from your crown and spray a small amount onto your roots. Give the hair at the nape of your neck and above your ears a spritz as well, pretty much anywhere that tends to look a bit oily. Gently massage the dry shampoo into your hair and scalp with your fingers. Comb or brush and allow to air dry or give it a cool blast with your blow dryer to add some extra volume.

Benefits- Dry shampoo refreshes and cleans your hair while preserving your style. It adds volume and texture to your hair and can prevent excess oil before it starts. It gives pins and barrettes more grip, and colored formulas conceal grown-out roots. Teasing holds better, and it avoids overdrying your hair to keep it healthy

Dry Conditioner

What Is It?- Your traditional leave-in conditioner is a liquid product. It’s great for adding extra moisture to your hair, but must be applied when your hair is damp or it will ruin your style. A dry conditioner is a leave-in conditioner that dries on contact. And while dry shampoo’s job is to soak up excess oils, dry conditioner’s job is to reduce frizz, boost hydration and give you a smooth, finished look without destroying your style.

How To Use It- While dry shampoo is applied mainly at the scalp, dry conditioner should be applied from the middle of the hair shaft to the ends since that is the part of your hair that tends to be the driest and needs more hydration. You should avoid applying dry conditioner to your scalp where it could cause your strands to take on a greasy appearance. If you’d like you can use a blow dryer to do some light heat styling and better distribute the moisturization. Use as frequently as needed between washes to keep your lovely locks smooth and hydrated.

Benefits- Dry conditioner hydrates and nourishes your hair. It reduces frizz, adds shine, and revives limp hair. A dry conditioner prolongs the life of your blowout because it allows you to treat your hair without water. It can also do double duty as a finishing spray.


So which is better? The answer to that depends on the look you’re trying to achieve as well as what your hair needs at that particular time. Today your hair may need an extra shot of moisture on the ends, and tomorrow your roots might need some extra oil removed. It’s a great idea to keep both on hand, and Charles Ifergan Dry Shampoo and Dry Conditioner are perfect for the job. Both will prolong your style and give your hair just what it needs right when it needs it. You’ll find that over time as you lather up your strands a little less than your hair becomes healthier and more manageable, and that’s something we all want.

Come see the amazing stylists at  Charles Ifergan and leave us with the most amazing hair of your life. Whether you need to update your style or color, change your texture, or give your mane an instant boost with extensions, you can trust our team to treat your hair right. We have three convenient locations to serve you in downtown Chicago Oak Street, Deerfield, or Oakbrook. Download our free mobile app from iTunes or Google Play, or schedule your appointment online today