Dry Shampoo Can Wreak Havoc On Your Scalp

You can now file dry shampoo under things that are now bad for you (like everything else that you enjoy).

Dry shampoo has been found to not only thin your hair out, but also dry out your scalp and lead to dandruff. However, you don’t need to worry if you’re a casual user of dry shampoo. According to Redken Master Stylist Courtney Risse, these issues will only occur if you use dry shampoo more than you wash your hair or if you substitute washing your hair regularly with dry shampoo.

Dry shampoo uses aluminum or cornstarch to give your hair a matte-look, according to the celebrity colorist, Rita Hazan. It is this matte-look that provides a visible dullness to your hair that makes it seem that the oiliness of your hair has disappeared upon spraying your head with dry shampoo.

Risse told Jezebel the reason why these scalp problems arise. She said, “If you’re using a substance every day that doesn’t allow those [hair] follicles to breathe over time, the buildup could cause more hair shedding, which is why I recommend that everyone should use a clarifying shampoo at least once a week.”

Ken Anderson, MD, spoke to Refinery 29 and explained that regular use of dry shampoo can affect your scalp’s natural shedding process. He said, “Like hairspray, [dry shampoo] holds the hairs against your scalp. If it makes [the hair] sticky, it could tangle the hair, causing you to inadvertently pull some healthy hair out when you brush.”

In short? Just wash your hair every day. You’re not doing your scalp any favors by regularly using dry shampoo. It’s probably just best to forgo the dry shampoo entirely and just wash your hair on a daily basis. Yeah, washing and re-styling your hair is a pain, but your hair smells better with a daily wash, anyway.

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