Is dry shampoo bad for your hair?

Haircare: Can using dry shampoo be bad for your hair?

Dry shampoo has become a popular hair product but with its usage, some concerns have emerged about its safety. Read on to learn more about this shampoo

Is dry shampoo bad for your hair? 

This product can be beneficial for some people but using it too often or for extended periods may cause hair and scalp problems. So here are some pros and cons. 


1) Dry shampoo does not clean your hair

This shampoo is a sprayed- or sprinkled-on starch and alcohol product that does not need water. So it does not remove oil and dirt the way a scrub with shampoo and water will.

2) It can clog hair follicles if you overuse it 

Experts recommend using this product no more than 2 days in a row since overusing it or leaving it in your hair for prolonged periods can produce a buildup of the product on your scalp. This can damage your hair and end causing an infection in the hair follicle known as folliculitis

Overusing dry shampoo may clog hair follicles // Photo by Actitudfem

3) It can cause hair breakage

Using dry shampoo too much can lead to hair breakage. This happens due to the fact that aerosol hair care products often contain alcohols, which can dry your hair. If your hair is dry, it can crack while you comb it, leading to breakage. 

4) Not washing your hair frequently may cause dandruff

If you leave the dry shampoo on your scalp, that will produce oil, which can cause dandruff and a red, scaly scalp condition called seborrheic dermatitis.

For some people, dry shampoo is a time-saver


1) For some people, dry shampoo is a time-saver. A few quick shots and that is all, and you can make it wherever you are.

2) Dry shampoo helps keep hair looking cleaner for an extra day or so between washes and you do not need to wash your hair so often. This functions for type 3 or 4 curls and coils, which usually need more moisture. 

How to use dry shampoo

  1. Hold the canister about 6 inches away from your head.
  2. Spray it directly at the roots. Spray just the areas where oil is the most noticeable.
  3. Use your fingertips to massage the product into roots and scalp.
  4. Then use your fingers or a comb to redistribute the product evenly through the oily areas.

Cathy Mason

Cathy has spent most of her professional life discovering homemade beauty remedies, old and new. Using her extensive knowledge of natural ingredients, Cathy will provide expert advice on how to tackle everyday skincare problems with straightforward natural lotions and potions. + info

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