Listen, we get it – Dry shampoo is pretty much God’s gift to hair care, but is it too good to be true? It’s a source of instant relief on the days where life gives you lemons, and you just can’t seem to squeeze out a shower to wash your hair. Despite its impressive hair-saving history, rumors have been swirling about the potential danger it poses to our hair and scalp in the long term.
As much as I truly adore my dry shampoo, I knew I needed to get all the facts and ensure that I’m not causing irreversible damage (like hair loss *gasp*) because let’s face it, that sounds a lot worse than a bad hair day. So, this is me setting the record straight for the universal well-being of all hair types (ok, maybe that was a stretch, but you get my point).
Before I get into the specifics, let me just say this: After some extensive digging and research (with an unbiased eye, of course), I found that it all boils down to appropriate use. Dry shampoo works as a great hair product for combating excess oil while boosting volume and texture, that is when it’s used properly. In fact, the underlying issue has nothing to do with our hair at all; It’s all about the scalp and hair follicles. Overusing dry shampoo days in a row (or worse, using dry shampoo only) smothers the scalp, which is obviously bad for your hair as it leads to stunted growth and irritation. Well, well, well – If it isn’t the old ‘moderation is key’ rule that applies to virtually everything. Shocker.
Now, I’m sure you still have some questions and hesitations regarding the safety of dry shampoo but have no fear – I’m ready to tackle all of them and put your apprehensions to rest once and for all!
What Is Dry Shampoo?
Dry shampoo is exactly what it sounds like – A dry substance (usually alcohol or starch-based) that’s designed to clean your hair without water. This fast-acting, powder-based aerosol spray is meant to absorb oils and add volume when traditional shampoo and conditioner aren’t an option. Contrary to its widespread misuse, it’s not intended to replace washing your hair, but to extend the time between washes before you start looking like Raggedy Ann.
It’s important to note that while dry shampoo is an all-around champ at absorbing oils, our hair thrives with a healthy balance of natural oils. Sure, we all want a dry and full mane, but the fortune of our hair growth and hair texture depends on these vital oils.
How Does Dry Shampoo Work?
The process by which dry shampoo tackles oily hair isn’t really rocket science – When you apply dry shampoo, the active ingredients soak up oil and grease to leave you looking intentionally put-together.
Sounds pretty good, right? Well, that is until you start using it day in and day out to keep your hair clean. Then we have a serious problem. You see, the dry shampoo stays put, which leads to a combination of sebum (our body’s natural oil) and dry shampoo particles clogging our hair follicles. If you haven’t already guessed, that’s really bad for our hair and can result in stunted growth or loss.
Luckily, this only happens if you’re using it like all the time because you can remove the product buildup by washing your hair.
What To Use Instead Of Dry Shampoo?
As we’ve already discussed, if you use dry shampoo appropriately, you shouldn’t have any issues at all. Follow the directions and use your common sense to make sure your precious tresses aren’t at risk. Always use it on a dry scalp with dry hair – No exceptions. If you have dark hair and are worried about the possibility of embarrassing white residue ruining your day, brush your hair to remove any concerns.
If you want to get real crafty, there are some DIY alternatives to dry shampoo that don’t include washing. Some swear by all-natural ingredients like corn starch, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and essential oils to keep their hair fresh. However, there are dry shampoos out there crafted without harmful chemicals that deliver a hearty dose of nutrients directly to your scalp.
If dry shampoo is a part of your life that you can’t live without, I can’t stress enough the importance of finding an option that will help your hair down the road. With a good dry shampoo (*ahem* like Busy Beauty’s innovative product), I can rest assured that my dirty hair not only looks freshly washed, but it’s also healthy and protected.
The Bottom Line of using Dry Shampoo
Is dry shampoo bad for your hair? As it turns out, not at all if you’re using the right product and avoiding misuse. With all the ways dry shampoo helps us out, it’d be a crying shame to see it go, which is why I couldn’t be happier to spread the good word on its safe use. The reasons dry shampoo is actually bad are one hundred percent avoidable when you follow the instructions and don’t rely on it too heavily. If you wonder how dry shampoo is ruining your hair, then take a look at how often you use it and what the ingredients are!
Ever had a badass blow-out at the salon that you wanted to extend? Well, dry shampoo is your ticket to a blow-dry that won’t quit, or at least not for a couple of days. With this revolutionary strand savior, you can also extend the life of that expensive hair color by subbing in dry shampoo for a wash now and then. All that plus the day to day revitalization – I can’t imagine a life without dry shampoo, and fortunately, I don’t have to!