Is Dry Shampoo Good for Your Hair? What You Need to Know Before Grabbing That Quick Fix for Your Crown
Hair doesn’t make the woman, but good hair definitely helps. In a society that has set standards for beauty and appreciates good looks, every woman has been caught up in the craze to keep up with the standards.
With the makeup and dressing to worry about each day, the recent emergence of dry shampoo has provided the much-needed relief on our daily struggle with hairstyling.
Dry shampoo isn’t actually your typical everyday shampoo. They come in spray or powder form and act as a quick fix for the oily or greasy hair saving up on washing, drying and styling time. Dry shampoo sucks up the oil and grease from your hair giving it a fresh look and a volume boost in seconds.
It also saves your styled hair from washing and re-styling. When applied to the hair, the product creates the impression of freshly washed and styled hair in a matter of seconds. After all, who wants to have a blowout done today and washed off tomorrow?
Sounds like a great deal right? I mean who wouldn’t want a few extra minutes to sleep in the morning instead of worrying about washing their hair and blowing it dry.
Well, this new, miraculous innovation in the name of dry shampoo is not all good as we may all like to think. Experts have warned that dry shampoo could be a ticking time bomb if used to replace the regular washing and drying of our locks. Here are a few reasons why:
- Dry shampoo can lead to hair loss. Dry shampoo, in its various forms, works by soaking up excess oil in your hair giving it a clean fresh look. While soaking excess oil, dry shampoo tends to irritate the scalp by creating a buildup that clogs the scalp.
The collection of dust, dirt and oil create a buildup on the scalp resulting in clogs and clumping of hair. These clumps are hard to untangle thus break during brushing and you end up losing a few extra strands that have been caught up in the clog.
The buildup also clogs the skin pores on the surface of the scalp interfering with the normal excretion process of the skin.
- Regular use of dry shampoo also leaves your hair with a dry unhealthy look. Aluminum starch or corn starch which are the main ingredients in dry shampoo have a matte effect on our hair. When used consecutively, dry shampoo tends to give the hair an unhealthy and thirsty look. The shampoo continuously dries up the hair by absorbing the oil in it leaving it looking thirsty and brittle.
- Powder shampoos contain talc. Talc is a product found in baby powder. Talc is the substance that has been the latest talk in town owing to its central position in a couple of lawsuits filed against Johnson &Johnson Company. The substance has been found to be a cause of cancer therefore you might want to give it a second thought before grabbing that powder shampoo and using it on your crown.
- Regular use of dry shampoo has also been associated with early balding. Users who used the product regularly have reported falling off of hair when washing it after several applications of dry shampoo. Large patches of hair fall off leaving visible bald spots. This could be linked to the clumping and tangling of the hair when the shampoo is applied.
- Dandruff and Psoriasis have also been associated with the use of dry shampoo. The absorption of excess oil from the scalp by the shampoo creates a dry scalp which is a good starting point for dandruff. The skin on the scalp is stripped off the moisture it needs to keep it healthy turning it into dry, flaky patches. These patches of skin when scratched cause inflammations and open sores that could lead to other infections.
Therefore, when the deal is too good you just might want to give it a second thought. Dry shampoo may have come off as the golden egg, but it should not replace your daily washing routine for your hair. If you want to keep those strands healthy, you might just need to rethink your choices.
This is a Guest Post by Lee Walthers.