Nigella Lawson has revealed her genius dry shampoo hack and we’ve been using it wrong all along

We often turn to queen of the kitchen Nigella Lawson for her culinary wisdom, but it turns out the TV chef and food writer has more than just ingredient swaps and cooking tips up her sleeve.

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In her last ever Sunday Times Style magazine column, Nigella revealed her ‘four secrets to a happier life’, admitting that they verged more of the superficial than serious side because ‘the art of getting through life relies on smoothing a path through the everyday rather more than finding a solution to profound philosophical problems.’ We couldn’t agree more.

It turns out Nigella loves a life hack – ‘Lord knows I do love a life lesson’ – so picking just four must have been hard for the chef. You’d be forgiven for thinking they would all be food-related, but in fact only one of them was (a sanity-saving timings hack). The others were on the art of saying no, doing things straight away and a surprising beauty hack that quite frankly we’re rather annoyed we hadn’t thought of ourselves before.

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Nigella divulged that, rather than spraying dry shampoo onto your hair in the morning when you’re rushing for time and suddenly have to spend precious minutes attempting to get rid of that telltale white dusty residue dry shampoos tend to leave, this busy woman has other ideas. ‘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,’ Nigella explained. Genius, right?

She also admitted that she’s perfectly happy with the performance of low-budget dry shampoos – ‘a basic, low-cost can of dry shampoo is more than adequate for the job’ – however when she does want to splash out, she’s partial to the scent of Kevin Murphy’s ‘FRESH.HAIR’ Dry Cleaning Spray. Good to know.

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Kevin Murphy Fresh Hair Dry Shampoo, £20, Harrods