Drybar's Founder Talks How To Use Dry Conditioner

by Sienna Fantozzi

You may have heard about dry conditioner, but if you're thinking it works the same as dry shampoo — think again. Though they are both dry sprays, they're intended for very different uses, and that means you do not apply them the same way. Wondering how you use dry conditioner? I've got some tips straight from an expert so you can make sure you're getting the most out of it.

First of all, if you aren't exactly sure what dry conditioner is, it doesn't absorb oil like dry shampoo. Instead, it's a hydrating formula to help condition and nourish your hair between washes (also, it's great to use in conjunction with dry shampoo, which can dry your hair out). So how do you use it, then? I spoke with Alli Webb from Drybar, and she gave me the scoop on how to apply dry conditioner. "Spray [dry conditioner] at a downward angle from mid-shaft to ends. This reduces frizz and helps to smooth and calm down unruly ends," Webb says.

Sounds simple enough — so can you use it on your roots like dry shampoo? No — absolutely not! "Detox Dry Conditioner is not intended to be used on the roots. It helps to hydrate, detangle and nourish dry, frizzy ends using Mango Butter and Argan Oil. It leaves ends feeling super silky," says Webb.

So there you have it. Avoid your roots and stick to mid-shaft and the ends and you should be good to go! Want to try dry conditioner? Shop these seven to keep your hair hydrated between washes.

1. Drybar

Detox Dry Conditioner, $23, Dry Bar

This product uses Mango Butter and Argan Oil to smooth and nourish your hair between washes. Plus, Webb swears by it.

2. CHI

Dry Conditioner, $19, Ulta

If you're flat ironing a ton, use this dry conditioner to help keep your hair hydrated.

3. Oscar Blandi

Dry Conditioner Spray, $20, Lovely Skin

This spray adds shine — but don't worry, it's weightless!

4. Kardashian Beauty

Take 2 Dry Conditioner, $15, Target

If anyone gives off major hair envy, it's the Kardashians, so you're definitely going to want to try this product.

5. Pureology

Fresh Approach Dry Conditioner, $10, Skincare

Have color treated hair? You might want to try this dry conditioner formulated for it.

6. Hempz Couture

Haute Mess Dry Conditioner, $15, Amazon

Not only will this hydrate your hair, but it will also smooth out any split ends.

7. Eva NYC

Forget Me Knot Dry Conditioner, $12, Amazon

If you're prone to tangles, try out this dry conditioner.

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Images: Ulta; Drybar