If you’re like us, you pretty much worship dry shampoo. Whether you oversleep and don’t have time for a full shampoo, or simply need a pick-me-up between washes, this humble product has the potential to improve lives.
But not too long ago, our dry shampoo bubble burst when we heard rumors that the miracle powder might actually be — gulp — bad for us. Last year, rumors swirled that our waterfree savior might actually be a cause for hair loss, among other health concerns.
The first thing you should realize: Dry shampoo is not actually shampoo — in that it doesn’t do anything to actually clean your hair. its sole hygienic purpose is to soak up extra oil.
Unfortunately, dry shampoo leaves deposits behind, which coat the hair follicle. In turn, this buildup can inflame the scalp. And that can cause follicles to weaken and fall out. Additionally, product residue can cause hairs to stick together, so when one hair falls out, it may take one or two more with it. No, thank you.
Sadly, that’s not the only downside to frequent use of dry shampoo. Some formulas contain alcohol, which can dry out hair, as well as train it to stop producing the natural oils that are necessary to keep it healthy. Yikes.
If you color your hair, there’s another downside: dry shampoo may be sabotaging all the time and money you put into maintaining your dream hue. Powder creates a matte texture, which makes your hair appear less shiny. It can also dull your hair color, so if you’re a regular dry shampoo-er and not using color protecting shampoo, your color might not look exactly like you want it to.
Finally, this stuff can worsen existing scalp issues. Dermatological concerns like psoriasis and dandruff can get worse if you don’t wash — yes, actually wash, with soap and water — enough. Daily cleansing assists your skin’s natural shedding process. Caked-on dry shampoo not only irritates your scalp, but inhibits hair growth as well.
WAIT, is natural dry shampoo better?
OK, don’t kill the messenger but: even natural versions of the product can wreak havoc on your scalp, since most of the issues that arise from overusing dry shampoo don’t really have anything to do with the ingredients list.
However, if you’re going to use dry shampoo, choosing a non-synthetic formula without added alcohol is better for you. One good option? One Love Organics Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo Powder ($29), which uses highly absorbent natural ingredients like Georgia Kaolin Clay, hyularonic acid, and silica rich bamboo extract.
So the moral of this story? Lay off the regular dry shampoo if you want to prevent hair loss, retain your ideal hair color, and have a healthier scalp (so, everyone). But once you’ve cut back, there’s nothing wrong with keeping a little of the natural stuff in the back of your medicine cabinet for a day when you’re running super late. In sum, while we’re definitely telling you to cut back, a little sprinkle here and there on occasion will not be the end of the world!