Can I Straighten My Hair After Using Dry Shampoo? [TIPS]

Wondering if straightening your hair after using dry shampoo will melt it down? As a hair expert, I’m here to help solve this dilemma.

Should you use it before or after the straightening process? Read more to find out!

Key Takeaways

  • Excessive heat can weaken hair proteins, leading to breakage.
  • Regular use without protection can strip hair’s natural oils.
  • Quality straighteners with adjustable temperature settings reduce potential damage.

Can I Straighten My Hair After Using Dry Shampoo?

Dry shampoos can be great hairstyle allies! But when do they become villains?

Dry shampoos are best used in the hair after using the heat tool, such as a hair straightener or a curling rod.

After you style your hair, spritz on some dry shampoo to hold the style, give your hair some volume and effectively remove any oil residue that may have been greasing up your tresses.

Most hairstylists recommend the use of heat tools on clean hair. When coming in contact with the starch or alcohol in the dry shampoo — which is already drying for the hair — you may further damage your beautiful mane when applying heat.

But that’s not to say that dry shampoos must always come after using heat tools. If you are on the second or third hair day, chances are you don’t have dirty hair and want to refresh your scalp.

You can spritz some product on the roots and go over the hair again with a hot tool to refresh the style.

As you navigate the world of hair care, delve into our informative articles on does straightener damage hair, can I use heat after dry shampoo, and the query does straightening cause hair loss.

What To Expect When Straightening Your Hair After Applying Dry Shampoo

Your hair feels more voluminous

Dry shampoo will not only remove the grease and oil in your scalp, but it is also a great product to add some volume and texture to your hair. Some stylists even use it on clean hair to give it some texture.

lady spraying her hair to make the curls set

Mark Townsend, stylist at Dove Hair says [1], “dry shampoo is great for styling because it adds texture and grit, allowing the hair to look less ‘done,’ while still holding shape.”

Overspraying will weigh down your roots

You have to be careful while spritzing some love on your roots. Overdo it and you’ll weigh your roots down, the opposite effect of what you want to achieve with your hair.

Your hair will feel dryer than natural

Using the product too often will inadvertently remove much of the hair’s natural moisture and oil.

Because of the alcohol or starch base, your scalp will be stripped of its oils, making your hair feel dry and fragile.

You may also notice that your hair breakage is higher than usual.

Dry Shampoo and Hairstyling: Other Things to Consider

How Does Dry Shampoo Work?

Dry shampoos are hair stylists’ favorite styling products that actively absorb grease and oil off your scalp, giving you the look and feel of clean hair.

They are usually made with a starch or alcohol base and come in a spray bottle.

This miracle product is best if you don’t want to wash your hair but don’t want to look like you skipped out on washing your hair.

woman spraying her hair

The product works great on the second or third hair day.

But beware of one of the most common mistakes: no hairstylist would recommend its use as a substitute for a good, mild shampoo [2].

How Do I Style My Hair After Using Dry Shampoo?

It is best to get the dry shampoo to penetrate deep into your hair strands so the roots feel clean.

Massage the product deep into the scalp and crown. When that is done, comb your hair thoroughly with a wide-tooth comb.

If you need extra heat styling with tools such as flat irons or curling iron, get that out and start styling. Use a heat protectant first, regardless of your hair type.



How Long Should You Let Dry Shampoo Sit?

At least 2 minutes. The powdery residue in dry shampoos doesn’t start working until the first 1 to 2 minutes.

Can I Use Dry Shampoo Before Curling?

You can use this miracle product before and after curling your hair. In doing so, you provide your hair strands with a bit of volume and keep it from losing its curls as the day progresses.

Can You Use Dry Shampoo After Working Out?

Yes. But it may be best to use a blow dryer on your hair first to help get rid of the sweat. Once the sweat is dried off, apply it to dry hair and say goodbye to your greasy hair from working out.

Can Dry Shampoo Cause Baldness?

No, it is safe to use and will not cause heat damage or cause you to go bald. However, it is best to keep the scalp free from excess product. Dry shampoo is not a substitute for shampoo.


It’s okay to straighten the hair after using a bit of dry shampoo if your hair is not super dirty, and you don’t mind the volume. Just be careful with the heat settings and don’t overspray!

This product will help you maintain a beautiful, frizz-free style for up to three days!


  • 1. Montes S. This Is How Celebrity Hairstylists Want You to Use Dry Shampoo [Internet]. Byrdie. 2022 [cited 2022 Feb 2]. Available from:
  • 2. Oliver D. This Is What Happened When We Didn’t Wash Our Hair For 3 Days [Internet]. HuffPost. 2012 [cited 2022 Feb 2]. Available from:
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