The Dangers of Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo's allure lies in its ability to absorb excess oil, revitalize limp hair, and extend the time between washes. You might think of it as a handy fix in a pinch, and a simple way to avoid the full hair wash, but dry shampoo could actually lie at the root of your hair loss woes. Causing dry, brittle strands, clogging pores and suffocating your follicles, that spray-in ‘life-saver’ could be doing a lot more damage than good.
Dry shampoo is designed to absorb oil, but when used excessively, it can lead to product buildup on the scalp. This buildup can clog hair follicles, hinder proper circulation, and create an environment conducive to scalp issues, such as dandruff and itchiness, clogged pores and a compromised scalp. We know one of the most important things for healthy hair growth is a healthy scalp. By not cleansing your scalp properly and regularly and using a quick shortcut like dry shampoo it may be doing more harm than good.
Dry Scalp and Dandruff
It makes sense doesn’t it! Dry shampoo is designed to draw moisture and oil away from the scalp, so overuse will naturally lead to a dry and sensitive scalp. If you are already prone to a dry or irritated scalp, you want to be treating your scalp regularly with moisturising and nourishing products, not continuing to draw the oil and moisture away. Dry shampoos often contain various chemicals, fragrances, and propellants that can be harsh on the scalp. Prolonged exposure to these ingredients may result in irritation, redness, and, in some cases, allergic reactions. Individuals with sensitive skin or pre-existing scalp conditions may be particularly vulnerable.
Dull and Lifeless Hair
While dry shampoo can provide a temporary boost in volume, using it excessively can leave hair looking dull and lifeless. Most dry shampoo’s include powdered ingredients like aluminium starch and cornstarch. This powdery residue can accumulate on the hair shaft, weighing it down and diminishing its natural shine.
As the scalp becomes congested, it can block the hair follicles which in turn can disrupt that hair growth cycle and impede healthy hair growth. This can lead to hair loss, thinning strands and an overall reduction in hair volume.
What to Use Instead
If you’re concerned about promoting healthy hair growth, the best thing you can do is wash your hair and scalp regularly. This will cleanse your scalp and stimulate your hair follicles.
If you do suffer from an oily scalp and are looking for a product to help control the oil and boost volume it’s worth trying the Boost N Blend Hair Fibres. Made from natural cotton and available in 9 different shades, the fibres will help absorb some of the oil in your hair strands whilst also concealing thinning areas and boosting the volume.