Dry shampoo is getting more and more popular these days as it seems to be a good solution for those who do not have much time to wash their hair properly. It just takes a few minutes to use dry shampoo: apply it to the hair, massage the scalp a little bit and then the dirty and greasy hair will become fresh and volumized. The result is as impressive as the traditional way when you wash your hair with water and use the dryer. It is undeniable that dry shampoo is very convenient and it helps to save a great amount of time; therefore, it is really a great “savior” to many women in this busy life. And there is also nothing wrong if they want to have a perfect hairstyle in minutes.
However, some people tend to depend too much on it. According to trichologists and hairdressers, the overuse of dry shampoo can lead to many big issues, such as the flakiness and itchiness of scalps, blisters or bumps and hair loss – even on a large scale that can leave you bald patches.
Lee Stafford, a celebrity hairdresser from the UK, stated that dry shampoo was not a product that could be used regularly. According to him, the oil-absorbing substance in dry shampoo can make the hair and the scalp dry when people use it too often. Moreover, it can cause the flakiness of the scalp and when the pores are blocked because the shampoo remains on the scalp for too long, pimples and blisters can appear.
Dry shampoo makes the users believe that it cleans their hair; in fact, it doesn’t. It just leaves a substance like talc and starch to soak up the oil. Iain Sallis, a trichologist from Farjo Hair Institute, Manchester explains that dry shampoo actually coats the hair and it doesn’t help to kill the microbes on the scalp. When the shampoo is not washed out, the scalp can get flaky and sore, especially for those who are likely to have dandruff and dermatitis. And if people continue to irritate their scalp by using dry shampoo regularly, they also have to face the risk of losing hair.
Nonetheless, those symptoms only happen when people overuse dry shampoo. If it is used reasonably and occasionally, it won’t be harmful to users. Iain believes that dry shampoo should be used not more than once a week. Besides, it should not be considered as a replacement of proper washing. Just use dry shampoo when you don’t have time to wash your hair.
Of course you can also use it as a “styling tool for clean hair”. Jonathan Long, a super-stylist co-founded top London hair salon Lockonego, agrees that dry shampoo can be a good way to style hair when the hair “keeps falling out of the style”. However, don’t become too dependent on it if you don’t want to suffer from undesirable effects on your hair and scalp.