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How To Use Dry Shampoo – The Ultimate Dry Shampoo FAQ

All Your Dry Shampoo Frequently Asked Questions Answered!

The Ultimate Dry Shampoo FAQ: All Your Questions Answered – Even the Ones You Didn’t Know You Had!

Excited to start using dry shampoo – but left scratching your head when it comes to figuring out how to actually use it?

Here at Strandatory, we’re always getting questions about dry shampoo – and here you’ll find some of the most common (and not-so-common!) natural dry shampoo questions we get, along with our expert answers.

Don’t see your natural dry shampoo question answered here?Contact us today to ask – we don’t bite!

What is Strandatory’s natural dry shampoo?

It is a natural clay and starch based product which is used in between shampoos as a way to help reduce the oil in your hair, to give a clean and refreshed look. (To know more about Strandatory's Natural Dry Shampoo, click here.)


The natural dry shampoo is supplied to you in a filled tub that has a dabbing dispenser on the top. You simply dab the applicator sponge along your root line and down your hair. It will automatically release the correct amount into your hair, you then just brush through as you would normally. It should only be used on dry hair.

How often do I use DRY SHAMPOO?

We find it works the best if you use a little each day, the day after your first shampoo, as it continues to work overnight. Some clients have found that they don’t need to apply it again in the morning, and this will depend on how oily your hair is.


Yes, and we have different shades available to match your hair.

Can I use STRANDATORY’S NATURAL DRY SHAMPOO with hair extensions?

Yes, we have many clients with hair extensions that use our natural dry shampoo. We advise to test it a little first just to make sure as there are many different styles of hair extensions.

What are the ingredients in the natural dry shampoo?

We use a mix of ingredients that are not just oil absorbing but also soothing and conditioning. Including tapioca starch, cornstarch, ghassoul clay, bentonite clay, colloidal oatmeal, amorphous silica, Mediterranean clays and essential oils.

The tub seems really small – is it going to last a month?

Yes! We have tested this with different lengths and types of hair, most of the time we find it lasts more than a month.

Strandatory Dry Shampoo Seems To Costs More Than Supermarket Brands, Why?

Unlike the supermarket dry shampoo brands, Strandatory Dry Shampoo is made using highest quality natural ingredients, that keep you and your hair healthy.

Also, the spray cans most other brands use run out SO FAST (typically at the worst possible time – we've been there!). Whereas a single Strandatory Natural Dry Shampoo tub lasts for a LONG time, typically a month. This is because our uniquely designed powder dispenser makes it much more precise to apply (with an added benefit that it doesn’t ruin make up like aerosols).

Can’t I just refill the tub and keep using it instead of buying another one?

As with any type of applicator, much like a makeup powder puff, as it is touching your natural oils in your hair, over time this builds up in the applicator. By renewing the tub after it has run out it ensures it keeps working at it’s best and continues to dispense the right amount of product.

I can’t see THE DRY SHAMPOO in my hair – is it really working?

This is the benefit of having a dry shampoo product that is not only colour matched to your hair tone, but also that dispenses exactly where it needs to be. There is minimal wastage, and the formula is created to be as invisible as it can be. The experience is different from using an aerosol style where it clouds up the room with the powder and all through your hair.

What will dry shampoo do to my hair?

Think of dry shampoo as your secret hair maintenance weapon – they’re best used between wet washes, typically when you need fabulous hair but don’t have time for a shower, or access to one. Our scalps naturally accumulate dust, dirt, and oil over time, and natural dry shampoo helps to clean all this away while adding some volume and even a light fragrance to your hair.

Which brand of dry shampoo is best for me?

There are hundreds, if not thousands of dry shampoo brands duking it out today, and each offers something different. Some you apply by hand, others are a spray – and that’s before you get to the world of fragrances!

Ultimately, what works best for you depends on what your own preferences are. We recommend only buying from reputable brands like L'Oréal Paris or Strandatory only, as quality and standards can vary across the marketplace.

Are there any other alternatives to dry shampoo?

If you don’t want to use a commercially-prepared dry shampoo, you can create your own (check out this list of our favourite DIY dry shampoo recipes!) at home.

Can’t I use baby powder instead of dry shampoo?

While talcum powder is great for sucking up unwanted grease in your hair, the white powder can leave you with another problem: a fine, powdery residue that passes more than a slight resemblance to dandruff! Also, you will actually smell like you have baby powder in your hair. Dry shampoo uses other ingredients to avoid this – and offer extra benefits to your hair health.

I’ve heard that dry shampoo can thin my hair – is this true?

This can happen – but only if you switch to using dry shampoo exclusively because of the build-up, brushing will become harder and your hair can break.

Dry shampoo isn’t meant to be a replacement for a full lather and rinse with a wet shampoo, just a booster in between washes. At Strandatory, we recommend cutting down on dry shampoo usage if you notice that your hair is thinning.

Will dry shampoo ruin my hair?

As with all things in life, moderation is key. Dry shampoo is designed to offer you a quick cleaning option when you can’t give it the full attention it deserves. Used per guidelines, it will not harm your hair. If you do decide to switch exclusively to dry shampoo, you will be neglecting your hair health, and this could lead to issues.

Is dry shampoo good for my hair?

In a nutshell, yes! Dry shampoo is made from natural ingredients, unlike commercial shampoos, which are often packed with chemicals and residues. These natural ingredients work to pull out the excess oil and dirt from your scalp while giving your hair that extra bit of volume and body.

Will bad things happen if I sleep with dry shampoo in my hair?

Not at all! In fact, many people apply dry shampoo before bedtime if they won’t have time to properly wash their hair in the morning, as it gives the formula more time to absorb hair grease. Simply brush and style in the morning, and you’re ready to go!

Will dry shampoo make my hair fall out?

Dry shampoos do not cause hair loss – if you do find yourself suffering from this issue, the best thing to do is to consult a trichologist (hair specialist) or dermatologist to get professional medical diagnosis and treatment.

Can I use my favourite hair dye if I also use dry shampoo?

There are plenty of people who dye their hair and use dry shampoo and if you get on in a shade of your hair, it will be more invisible. Just make sure you have completely rinsed and blow dried your hair after dying, as the ingredients can interact chemically with each other if you still have dye in your hair, to prevent your hair dye from taking on its usual appearance. If you have a lot of dry shampoo in your hair prior to dyeing we recommend washing your hair first.

What do I do if I get a dry shampoo build up on my scalp?

Dry shampoo can build up on your scalp over time, but you can easily eliminate this by using your favourite clarifying shampoo and conditioner.

If you’d rather stay au naturel, you can use the following household products to zap the build up:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Baking soda

Should I wash my hair every day, or is that a bad idea?

This does depend on your hair type. For instance, if you have dry hair, daily shampoo washing can remove your natural essential oils, leading to even more issues. With that said, a quick rinse with water won’t harm your hair. If you have oily hair that needs daily attention, dry shampoo allows you to remove the excess oil between wet washes, giving you great hair every day in just a few minutes!

What other products can I use for hair care instead of shampoo?

These days, many products on the market can help you with a regular haircare maintenance schedule, and many of them are natural. These include:

  • Dry shampoos
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Baking soda

Is it better for my hair to use dry shampoo at night?

Got a busy day coming up and little time to prepare in the morning? Applying dry shampoo the night before gives the formula plenty of time to get to work on nourishing your scalp – and also pulling out grease. While we wouldn’t recommend doing this every night, this is a great strategy if you’re in a time pinch.

Can I reduce hair grease without washing my hair?

Yes, dry shampoo was designed to solve this problem quickly and efficiently. Not only will dry shampoo suck excess grease and oils from your hair, but they will also cleanse your scalp of environmental impurities, giving you a refreshing feel and a ‘just washed’ look.

How many times a week should I use dry shampoo?

At Strandatory, we recommend using dry shampoo no more than twice between each wet wash. If your hair gets dirty, greasy, and oily often, then it’s a good idea to increase your wet wash schedule.

Can I use dry shampoo after I’ve had a shower?

Dry shampoo is there to refresh your hair when you can’t quite make it to a shower, so this is an unusual application! You may want to switch wet wash shampoos if your hair and scalp don’t feel fully refreshed post-shower. Otherwise, if you want to continue this regime, let your hair dry first because dry shampoos are not designed to work on wet hair.

Is it bad for my hair if I use dry shampoo every day?

Yes, it is. Dry shampoos are meant to be a part of your normal hair care regime, which should include wet washes. They are not intended to be used every day and doing so could give your scalp problems. If you follow the usage guidelines, then you will not face such issues.

What’s better: dry shampoo or a regular hair wash?

While these two things seem like they’re the same, they’re not. Wet washes offer benefits that dry shampoo can’t, and vice versa. For a deep clean, nothing can beat a lather and rinse with a wet wash shampoo – and for those times when you need to refresh your hair quickly, there’s no easier alternative than dry shampoo.

Should I use dry shampoo or not?

There are dry shampoos for just about every hair colour and type these days and offer significant benefits when used according to the guidelines. They are safe to use, and can help you to look fabulous, no matter what – so yes, we think you should! (Check out Everything About Natural Dry Shampoo to know more about Natural Dry Shampoo.)

I work out – should I wash my hair daily?

Getting hot and sweaty at a gym means a shower is pretty much top of the to-do list for all of us when a session’s over – but that doesn’t mean you need to wash your hair every time! If your hair feels greasy after a workout, dry shampoo is a fast, convenient way to look as amazing as you feel.

Is it true you can go bald if you wash your hair daily?

No, you won’t – this is one of those myths that people love to share! With that said, a daily wash isn’t the best idea either. While you won’t lose your locks, you will be removing your hair’s natural essential oils – which can lead to painful scalp infections.

What’s the safe weekly limit for using dry shampoo?

This answer varies for everyone because it depends on your hair type. In most cases, we would say twice a week is enough, with the occasional third for emergency situations. If you consistently find yourself using dry shampoo more than four times a week, we strongly recommend that you rinse your hair every second day to prevent build up.

What will happen if I wash my hair every single day?

You might think you’re doing the right thing – but unfortunately, your scalp won’t be thanking you as it is repeatedly being stripped of essential oils. These oils protect your hair and provide nourishment – without them, you risk itchy scalp infections and worse.

Will dry shampoo really clean my hair?

Dry shampoo pulls out dust, dirt, and excess oil from your hair and scalp, but it does not offer the full cleanse of a regular wet wash shampoo. It’s intended to be used between washes to refresh your hair, not to replace your regular hair care routine.

Will dry shampoo make my hair smell better?

You bet it can! Some dry shampoos are packed with natural essential oils, and their light fragrance can add a lovely scent to your hair that won’t overpower your typical daily fragrance.

Which dry shampoo is best for me?

This depends on your hair type. There are many different brands out there to cater for all styles of hair, and you should be looking for those which use natural ingredients. It’s recommended to use reputable and reliable stores like Strandatory, as then you can be sure you’re getting a carefully formulated and tested dry shampoo. (Check out What's the best Dry Shampoo in Australia? )

How do I use dry shampoo to wash my hair?

You don’t “wash” your hair with dry shampoo – that’s the job of a wet wash! Instead, dry shampoo offers a cleaning experience that requires no water. Simply add dry shampoo to your dry hair, wait a few moments, then brush it out and style. No need to add water!

Is dry shampoo good for my hair?

Are you looking for a clean scalp, a refreshed feeling, easy styling, and extra volume? If so, dry shampoo is great for your hair, especially when you’re in a situation where you want to look your best – but you don’t have time for a proper shower. (Check out Is dry shampoo good for hair? to know more.)

Will dry shampoo damage my hair?

If you don’t follow the usage guidelines for dry shampoo, then yes, you do risk damaging your hair. The most common damage comes from using dry shampoos too often, or not applying it correctly. Strandatory dry shampoo has full guidelines on usage, and you can always reach out to us if you need more guidance!

When is the best time to use dry shampoo?

No specific time is ‘best’ for dry shampoo usage. While dry shampoo shouldn’t replace your regular wet wash shampoo haircare regime, it is an excellent way to combat hair that feels oily or greasy when you don’t have time for a shower.

Is it OK to wash my hair just once a week?

If your hair doesn’t get dirty very often, then washing it just once a week is fine – and even a good idea, as it protects your scalp’s essential oils. Dry shampoo can help you to feel clean and give your hair a little boost, but you shouldn’t use it more than twice a week.

Is it OK to wet my hair daily?

Yes, just using a little water on your hair daily is absolutely fine! Problems arise when you use wet wash shampoo daily, as this can lead to a dry scalp. Don’t forget, you can use dry shampoo on dry hair to clean it between wet washes!

Will dry shampoo take the colour out of my hair?

Natural dry shampoo won’t change your normal hair colour – but check the labelling, because not all dry shampoos are made equal. Some dry shampoos contain harmful chemicals, which may affect the colour of your hair, especially if you use hair dye.

Can baking soda help hair to grow?

Baking soda isn’t just good for making delicious cookies – it’s also renowned as a hair and scalp rejuvenator that cleans away impurities, leaving you feeling clean and fresh. There is also some evidence that baking soda can help your hair grow when used with other dry shampoo ingredients, too.

Does dry shampoo give people dandruff?

Dry shampoo will never cause dandruff. The reason some people think it does is because some dry shampoos leave a powdery residue – which you can easily remove with a hairbrush. If you do suffer from dandruff, you should consult a trichologist or a dermatologist, as dandruff is associated with scalp health issues.

Will dry shampoo dry out my hair?

No, dry shampoo doesn’t dry out your hair; its job is to remove the excess build up of oil, grease, dirt, dust, and sweat that accumulates over time while leaving your natural essential oils intact. On the other hand, excess wet wash shampoo can dry out your hair as it removes these essential oils – which nourish and protect your hair.

Will dry shampoo thicken my hair?

Dry shampoo doesn’t thicken hair, but it does add volume and make styling easier – the effect comes from temporary air that is added during the process, and this can also add some texture.

Will dry shampoo clog my hair follicles?

Used correctly, dry shampoo won’t clog your hair follicles. However, if you don’t brush it off correctly, then the particles can block your hair follicles. The simplest way to avoid this issue is to brush your hair well after each dry shampoo session.

Can I use dry shampoo before dying my hair?

Yes, you can! In fact, this is the best time to dry shampoo if you use hair dye. You should never dye your hair when it has dry shampoo on it, as the chemicals can interact and interfere with one another, affecting your final colouring. Always make sure your hair is clean and free of dry shampoo before applying hair dye, and you’ll get fantastic results, every time!         

Phew – that sure is a lot of questions! If you didn’t see yours answered, don’t forget that you can contact us directly for professional assistance. We understand that dry shampoo can be confusing if you’re just starting out, so ask the experts!



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