Hair Hack: How to Use Dry Shampoo for Volume on Natural Curly Hair

by Laurscurls
1 Material
3 Minutes

Hi, everyone! So, today, I’m going to show you guys how to use dry shampoo for volume on your natural hair and how you can achieve your best big hair look.

I feel like a lot of people knew this already, but as someone with naturally curly hair, I missed this and maybe some of you have as well.

Today, I figured out that dry shampoo will give your hair crazy volume! Summer, winter—it doesn’t matter. Which is a huge benefit.

My hair shrinks during the summer because of the humidity where I live; my roots get wet and my hair flattens, so a volumizing dry shampoo is something I didn’t know I’ve always needed.

Here's how to use dry shampoo for volume on natural curly hair.

Tools and materials:

  • Dry shampoo
Does dry shampoo work on natural hair?

1. Spray onto the roots

To achieve the best look, you want to spray the dry shampoo directly on your roots. Not just on top of your hair, but lift your hair and make sure you’re spraying under as well. 

Massaging the dry shampoo into the roots

2. Massage the dry shampoo into the roots

Flip your hair over and massage the dry shampoo into your roots and scalp for about 30 seconds to a minute. 

To best illustrate how well this works, I decided to try this hack on only half of my hair.

For the other half of my hair, I used a DIY hair oil I make at home and had been using to attain volume before I heard about how great dry shampoo for naturally curly hair is. 

Volumizing dry shampoo vs hair oil comparison

This is what my hair looks like after using both the dry shampoo (left) and the hair oil (right). The difference is staggering! 

Another difference I’ve noticed is that, with hair oil, my hair tends to flatten out throughout the day and lose its volume.

But with dry shampoo, my hair keeps its shape throughout the entire day, which is so amazing! 

The best dry shampoo for natural hair

The dry shampoo I'm using is Renpure, but there are so many affordable ones out there so find which one works best for you. 

Pros of using dry shampoo

It’s important to know that there are pros and cons to using dry shampoo on your hair. Like I said previously, dry shampoo will maintain your hair’s volume and lift all day long.

If your hair tends to get oily throughout the day, or you have thinner curls, you won’t have to worry about your roots getting greasy with dry shampoo.

Cons of using dry shampoo

If you have dryer roots, I recommend using a hair oil instead since dry shampoo can be stripping. 

It also leaves a bit of a residue on your hair. It’s not terrible, but it begins to feel powdery and dry over time.

Additionally, if you miss your scalp when applying and get some on your hair, it can noticeably turn your hair white (not permanently, of course).

Oils are very nourishing for your scalp and provide moisture, so you have to figure out if you want to replace those benefits with dry shampoo.

How to use dry shampoo for volume

How to use dry shampoo for volume

Here’s what my hair looks like when it’s completely styled with dry shampoo! The lift dry shampoo gives me is amazing and I’m absolutely in love with it. 

A couple of tips when you decide to use dry shampoo is to aim towards your roots and scalp and avoid spraying it directly on your hair.

Massage gently to your hair and don’t be too rough! Otherwise, it can clump up and leave white flakes, which no one wants. That’s it! 

If you guys have any other ways of achieving volume, leave them down below! I’m always looking for new things to try. 

Suggested materials:
  • Dry shampoo

The author may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.

Join the conversation
 1 comment
  • Tiffany Tiffany on Jan 18, 2022

    Hi there,

    Just wanted to let you know that BTZ sells a product named "Dark Hair Dry Shampoo. As a natural-haired curly, I find that this gives me volume without any worry about white flakes. My local Sally's carries it, but I'm sure that you can find it online, as well.