Why Dry Shampoo is "Bad" For Your Hair | kaia naturals

 

Clean beauty industry maven Mary Futher founded kaia naturals® after spending 20 years working for global beauty companies. Mary now shares her weekly column, delivering a quick fix, home remedy, or clean beauty product suggestion for a variety of human discomforts that some may find too embarrassing to discuss.

Dry shampoo is a saviour for many people! For most, “second day” hair is usually not the best. Not to mention the time required in the morning to wash, blow dry and style your hair when dry shampoo can save up to 30 min off your morning routine. But there’s still a big dilemma about whether or not dry shampoo is doing more harm than good. It is no secret many women over-use dry shampoo, which results in scalp dryness, hair loss, and YES even scalp pimples. 

So, is dry shampoo really bad for your hair? The simple answer is no, but it’s not that simple. 

DRY SHAMPOO IS NOT ‘SHAMPOO’

Here’s what you need to know if you use dry shampoo: If you’re spraying product and powders near your scalp, you have to wash it out  at some point.

Dry shampoo does not cleanse your scalp, and should never be used as a substitute for shampoo. It simply works to ‘mask’ and absorb oil and odor. That is what makes your hair look cleaner the next day. But dry shampoo does not get absorbed by the scalp. It is simply designed to coat the scalp and hair, and it needs to be washed out within 2 Days…yes we are putting a time limit on dry shampoo. It should not remain on the scalp for longer than two days.

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PRODUCT BUILD-UP IS THE REAL PROBLEM

What happens if you don’t wash out dry shampoo? Trouble, that’s what. 

The real problem is when the dry shampoo powders + dirt + oil sit on your scalp for days at a time. Even when brushed out, some of the powder particles will remain on your scalp and hair strands. This will build-up and  irritate your scalp, but it also clogs your hair follicles, which lead to  dermatitis, pimples, scaly patches, and even hair loss. 

So you see, it’s not the dry shampoo that’s bad for your hair, it’s extending the usage period that is bad for your hair…it is not designed to be a substitute for shampoo.

 

Basically what I am trying to say is don’t scare yourself out of using dry shampoo, especially if you’re using something with all natural formulation. It is the best time-saver and is a great way to help train your hair to need less washing. Just make sure you’re using it correctly and not causing product build-up at the roots!

If you have any tips about using dry shampoo, or have experienced problems with dry shampoo before, let us know in the comments below.

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