Washing your hair can be a laborious task, especially if you're not blessed with natural beach waves and have to spend an age drying, straightening or curling every time.

So thankfully someone invented dry shampoo - a beauty essential most of us would struggle to live without.

As well as dealing with all that oil and hiding those greasy roots, a quick spritz can fake that perfectly textured blow out.

While most of us use it more regularly than we should (don't worry, we won't judge), it turns out lots of people aren't actually using it correctly.

Batiste expert Val Benavides shared some of her top tips and tricks with Glamour readers, and we can't wait to try them.

Dry shampoo can disguise a greasy scalp or give that extra bit of volume to limp hair

Firstly, make sure you always hold the can 10-15cm away from your roots. Any closer than this and the concentrated area is too small and could end up wet - not a good look.

Another tell-tale sign that you're using it too close is if it goes white, making it look like you've aged about 40 years.  

To avoid those white chalky marks, section your hair and spray a small amount at each part, so the top of your head is free of product. 

When it comes to whether you brush the dry shampoo out or leave it in, it all depends on what look you're hoping to achieve.

Batiste expert Val advices spraying your dry shampoo 10-15cm away to avoid that white chalky build-up

Wanting to hide your oily roots? Brush it through the lengths of your hair to stop product build-up.

But if you're looking for more volume, stay away from the hairbrush.

And for that extra va va voom, back comb each sections too.

Another way to evenly distribute the shampoo is to give your hair the once over with your hairdryer, after you've applied it - apparently it helps to spread the product across the mid-lengths too.

Although we stand by anyone looking to snooze the alarm, we don't recommend using dry shampoo for days on end. 

Product build-up can have an adverse affect, like applying a fresh face of make-up on top of yesterday's leftovers would. 

It can leave your head feeling itchy, and even cause dandruff, dermatitis or folliculitis.