Should you use dry shampoo before or after styling your hair?

woman applies dry shampoo before styling

  • You should style your hair before and after using dry shampoo.
  • That means that the first step would be to brush out your hair, use the dry shampoo about 8 inches away from your hair, wait for the shampoo to dry and then go ahead and finish styling your hair.
  • That way your hair will look clean and bright without any of the residue from the dry shampoo.


Do you want me to tell you a secret?

Although I spent a lot of time reading and learning new things back in my days as a student, I think I study even more these days than I did back then.

And you’re probably asking yourself why that would be.


It’s because there are always new hair products out there, and of course, us stylists must know about them down to the smallest little details.

And one of the products that has appeared in the past few years is dry shampoo. It’s a product that I recommend to all of my clients with oily or greasy hair.

I also recommend it to the clients that want to  wash their hair less often to protect their hair color. 


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And when I recommend dry shampoo, they always ask the same question: “Alejandra, what’s the right way to use dry shampoo?” or “Alejandra,  should I use dry shampoo before or after styling my hair ?”


And I totally understand their uncertainty.

After all, 15 years ago it was unthinkable to be able to clean your hair without using water and liquid shampoo.

But, things change. Some things are better and others not so much, but that’s another story.

What I am 100% sure about is that dry shampoo is a wonderful invention and today I’ll tell you about how to use it correctly.

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Wanting to use dry shampoo? Style your hair before and after using it!

clean the hair without wetting it

Because dry shampoo is an astringent product.

What does that mean?


It means that dry shampoo remove the excess oil in your hair and scalp. 

I’m sure that after a few days of not washing your hair, you’ve noticed that it gets heavier and greasier, especially at the roots.


And that’s the case because your scalp emits oil or sebum, which is essential to keep your scalp hydrated and your hair healthy.

The human body can do awesome things, and that includes your scalp when it emits that natural oil to give itself nutrients, moisture and proteins.


But, if you don’t wash your hair for a few days, you’ll see that it becomes opaque, hard and it might even smell bad.

So, some of those brilliant people out there who are always working on new ideas to improve our hair’s health, invented dry shampoo.

And they left clear instructions for how to use it correctly.

Because  if you don’t use dry shampoo correctly, your hair won’t look clean or shiny. 

And that takes us to the next question.


What’s the right way to use dry shampoo?

wash the keratin treatment out

Using dry shampoo is easy and it won’t take you too long. I even have clients that use it to wash their hair after doing exercise before heading to the office.


There are many brands of dry shampoo. Some recommend leaving it in your hair for five minutes, while others recommend leaving it in 10 minutes.

I personally always recommend my clients  to leave it in their hair for 10 minutes  to allow the product enough time to fully remove the unwanted oil in your hair.


What do you need to use dry shampoo?

  • Dry shampoo
  • Tail comb
  • Brush



use between washes

  • Brush out your hair until it’s fully detangled.
  • Shake the dry shampoo before using it so the product is fully mixed and the right consistency.
  • Separate out small areas of your roots with the help of the tail comb,  then spray the shampoo in small puffs onto your hair. 
  • Remember to keep the nozzle 6-8 inches away from your roots.
  • When you’ve covered your entire scalp,  leave it in your hair for 5-10 minutes. 
  • Once the time is up, run your hands through your hair to make sure there are no areas where the shampoo has accumulated.
  • Brush your hair out again so the shampoo distributes evenly from your roots to the ends and to get rid of any leftover dust or residue.


And now take a good look at the results because your hair is fully clean!

Now, what happens if you have a party coming up and you want to wash your hair with dry shampoo because you don’t have time to wash it the normal way?


You should follow the same process.

That means,  you can’t style your hair and then use dry shampoo. 

The steps will be the same that I described above: brush your hair, use the shampoo, then brush your hair again, and finally go ahead and work on the style you’re planning.

You can’t use dry shampoo on hair that has already been styled for a few reasons:

  • You won’t actually clean your hair
  • You’ll end up with dusty residue
  • Your hair won’t shine


If you want your hair to look perfect, you should brush it before and after you use dry shampoo.



If you want to use dry shampoo correctly, it’s important to style your hair before and after using it, to fully distribute the product and be sure that no dusty residue is left over.

Remember that you should spray the product from 8 inches away from your roots.

Dry shampoo won’t hurt chemical treatments like a perm or keratin, nor will it dry out your hair.

It’s best to alternate between a traditional wash with shampoo and conditioner and cleaning your hair between those washes with dry shampoo.

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