Can I use dry shampoo after highlights? Yes, but don’t go overboard

woman applies dry shampoo to hair with highlights

  • You don’t need to use dry shampoo immediately after getting highlights. This is because the hair salon will already have washed your hair after applying the highlights and toner.
  • However, two days after you get your highlights, you can use dry shampoo a maximum of twice a week, alternating it with your regular shampoo. I’ll tell you later about the perfect routine for washing highlighted hair.


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How long should I wait to wash my hair after highlights?


As you can see,  as a professional colorist, I’m not an advocate of using dry shampoo immediately after you get highlights. 


Why not? Because you don’t really need it. Once you leave the salon after getting your highlights, your hair will be clean and free of any product residue, like toner for example.

So why would you want to wash your hair? Just enjoy your new highlights!

clean hair after highlighting in salon

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Now, after two or three days after you get highlights, you will obviously feel the need to wash your hair. And that’s when you can use dry shampoo.

Because  the dry shampoo will not alter or fade the color of your highlights . This shampoo acts externally.

What do I mean by this?


When you wash your hair with water, shampoo, and conditioner, your hair absorbs moisture because your cuticles open. That’s when the shampoo can fade the color of your highlights.

Because since the hair cuticles are open, the hair retains water, and the color escapes. This is why  it’s not recommended you wash your hair after highlights or any type of coloring. 

woman applies dry shampoo to hair with highlights

However, dry shampoo acts externally. That is, it will clean the dirt, encapsulating the grease from your roots and scalp without penetrating the hair fiber. Therefore, it won’t modify the color of your highlights.

Now, it’s important not to overuse dry shampoo to wash your hair. I recommend you use it at most  twice a week .

How should you use it? That’s what I’ll talk about next.

Hair care routine using dry shampoo for hair with highlights

batiste dry shampoo

The first thing you should know is that  you can’t use dry shampoo every time you wash your hair. 


I recommend using dry shampoo if your hair is very oily. This way, you will reduce washing your hair with traditional shampoo. You’ll also prevent your scalp from generating more greasiness.

You can also use it in an emergency if you don’t have time to wash your hair with water and shampoo.


However, I recommend you use dry shampoo twice a week at the most. For example, you could wash your hair in the normal way twice a week and use dry shampoo just once.

Here’s how to properly wash your hair with dry shampoo.

  •  Always apply dry shampoo at a distance of 10 to 15 centimeters  away from your hair for better distribution.
  • Don’t just concentrate on one section. Make a circular motion over your roots as if you were drawing a crown.
  • Wait for 2 to 5 minutes for the shampoo to dry completely.
  • Comb through your hair several times and shake your head to remove any remaining dust.
  • Never apply dry shampoo on wet hair.



I don’t recommend you use dry shampoo immediately after doing your highlights because your hair will already be clean. Your hairdresser would have washed it at the salon to remove any toner residue.

If you still want to use dry shampoo, don’t worry because it won’t fade your highlights.

And if you want to include it in your hair care routine, remember you can use it up to twice a week, alternating it with the traditional way to wash your hair.

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