Nigella Lawson says we’ve been using dry shampoo wrong for years - here’s her advice

Will you try the Nigella Lawson method for dry shampoo?  (Photo: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
Will you try the Nigella Lawson method for dry shampoo? (Photo: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Dry shampoo is a staple for many - and most of us just give our hair a going over with it and hope for the best.

Well, it turns out that we’ve been using it all wrong, according to Nigella Lawson. Here’s how the chef thinks you should be using it.

How should I use dry shampoo?

In the last of her Sunday Times Style magazine column, the TV chef wrote about her four top tips for an easier life - and one was how to apply your dry shampoo.


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She advises that, instead of applying dry shampoo in the morning when you wake up, you should spray it on your hair before going to bed.

Lawson wrote, “Don’t spray on dry shampoo in the morning and then beat yourself around the head with your hairbrush trying to get it all out.

“Blast yourself with it before you go to bed and when you wake up in the morning, it will have disappeared, taking the grime and grease with it.”

Lawson also says that inexpensive brands of dry shampoo do just as good a job as the more expensive, high end ones.


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What else did Lawson advise in her column?

The chef’s other top tips for an easier life included being upfront about saying no.

“So you must learn, in the words of the late, great Ed Victor, ‘to give the second best answer: a quick no.’ Do it without prevarication or procrastination, so that whoever has asked you to do something has time to get someone else to do it, and to prevent your becoming mired in anxiety,” Lawson writes.

She also advised that “the most important thing you need to know about getting dinner on the table without driving yourself frantic is that not everything has to be piping hot.”


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According to Lawson, Italians eat much of their food at a warm-ish room temperature, “and it’s all the better for it.”

She says that this tip should especially be remembered when it comes to Christmas dinner.

Lastly, she finished her column by saying, “Do it now.”

She explained, “That’s the most important advice I could ever give, and I’m unembarrassed to say I give it often.


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“This holds as true for taking up that pile of laundry at the bottom of the stairs as it does for embarking on some thrilling new venture that fills you with as much trepidation as excitement.”