Rarely does a day go by that you don’t think about your hair. Enter dry shampoo, which, at first glance, seems to be a miracle product, allowing both men and women to maintain great looking hair while skipping the washing, drying, and styling for days at a time. But, does dry shampoo really live up to the hype or does it, in fact, cause hair loss? At HRC – Hair Restoration of California, we know hair and today are ready to help answer your questions and concerns about dry shampoo.
What is Dry Shampoo?
For those who don’t know or haven’t been introduced to dry shampoo, let’s begin with an explanation of what it is and how it works. Dry shampoo is a product which when applied to your hair, soaks up excess oil, leaving your hair looking freshly washed and styled in only seconds. Dry shampoo is most often found in an aerosol spray and uses alcohol or starch to rid the hair of excess oil. Don’t get the wrong idea, while dry shampoo makes your hair look clean, it doesn’t clean your hair. With that said, dry shampoo, when used too often can result in making your hair more prone to breakage. You hair is not only at risk from the overuse of dry shampoo, but so is the health of your scalp.
The Facts about Dry Shampoo
There is no denying that dry shampoo can make life a little easier. After all, when you need 15 minutes extra sleep on any given morning, dry shampoo can make it happen. Simply hit the snooze button, then wake up, get ready, apply dry shampoo, and you are ready to go off to school or work.
Of course, recent media reports seem to shout the news that dry shampoo is causing hair loss. Plus, a quick Google search of “hair loss from dry shampoo” can be equally startling, returning a plethora of related headlines and testimonials of those who claim dry shampoo caused excessive thinning and even balding.
But, before you toss your beloved dry shampoo in the garbage bin, let’s uncover the facts about dry shampoo.
- Dry shampoo, when used to excess, can cause unwanted breakage. If you are constantly using dry shampoo, you’ll likely start noting the damage at your hairline around your temples and forehead. Why? Those are the areas where dry shampoo is more heavily applied and more styling takes place, and those are the areas where hair strands are less strong.
- Dry shampoo can lead to irritation of the scalp when used often, like on consecutive days. Your scalp is covered in skin, and it needs to be cleaned regularly like the rest of your skin. When you skip ‘real’ washing for more than three days, your scalp becomes prone to itching and flaking, which can lead to hair loss.
- Most dry shampoos feature some harsh chemicals, like alcohol, and other ingredients like corn starch, talc, or other mineral powder. These can build up, weakening hair follicles and drying out the hair shaft. The result – your hairs are bound to one another by the dry shampoo. When you comb or brush, the healthy strands will come out with the weaker ones to which they are attached.
Dry Shampoo or Not?
While it isn’t necessary to toss out your dry shampoo, limiting your use is wise. For healthy hair and healthy scalp, limiting dry shampoo to two days per week or less is probably in your best interest. If you notice any hair thinning or excessive hair loss, HRC-Hair Restoration of California can help you determine the cause. We provide FREE consultations to find the reason behind hair loss or thinning and then work with you to find your ideal, custom solution. Contact us today to schedule your FREE consultation with full scalp analysis and take your first step toward a healthy head of hair.