It might be the first thing you use whenever you want to go an extra day without washing your hair, but is dry shampoo really good for your hair?
Dry shampoo can be considered a true lifesaver by the ones who are tired of washing their hair on a daily basis, but regularly using this product isn’t going to keep your hair healthy. Dry shampoo doesn’t remove impurities, it just masks them. Dirt and sebum accumulate naturally and your hair needs to go through a natural removal process from the scalp by using regular shampoo so that the hair follicle can breathe and grow naturally.
By using dry shampoo, you are only masking the effects of greasy hair. Considering that your scalp is already clogged by oil and dirt when your hair is greasy, using dry shampoo will only add more build up to it and it will damage your hair in the long run.
One of your body’s natural functions is to produce sebum, and both your hair and your scalp need oil. Of course, having greasy hair doesn’t necessarily make you feel good, but whenever you’re using dry shampoo, the product sucks the oil out of your hair but also stays on your hair, and now you have a combination of sebum, dirt and dry shampoo that sinks in your hair follicle, damaging it.
Long-term usage of dry shampoo will clog your hair follicle so bad that you can experience unwanted hair loss or prevent it from growing.
Naturally, your hair won’t have the same properties as you age, so why add unnecessary damage to it?
Even if you opt for a natural or even an expensive product, the damage is still there. Of course a natural product is always preferred, but the effects are approximately the same.
Dermatologists even say that continuous use of dry shampoo can cause serious problems. The buildup on your scalp when you use dry shampoo can lead to fungal overgrowth and seborrheic dermatitis, which is a very unpleasant skin condition. You might get scaly patches, itchy skin, dandruff and irritation. The same buildup on your scalp can cause bacteria growth, which can lead to hair follicle inflammation causing pimples or cysts which can lead to hair loss.
Moreover, using dry shampoo for more than a day in a row is the worst thing you can do to your hair. Going to sleep with dry shampoo in your hair is the same as sleeping with make-up on your face. Just like your skin, your scalp needs to breathe.
All in all, the damage you will do to your hair by washing it daily is way less than the damage you will do by using dry shampoo. We know it’s fast and convenient, but it’s really damaging your hair and you want to keep your hair healthy for as long as you can.
You might be asking yourself ‘what can I do, I really love dry shampoo’ – there’s no easy answer, but it would be preferred for you to wash your hair as you did before using dry shampoo. Greasy hair covered in sebum and dust AND dry shampoo can’t even compare to clean, hydrated hair. We know it might take an extra 30 minutes of your day, but you have to make this effort if you want long, healthy hair for a longer time.
If you’re still opting to use dry shampoo every once in a while, choose a natural, even organic product in very small quantities and please, don’t make a habit out of using it! We love long hair and we assume that you do, too, so try to maintain it healthy for as long as possible!