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If on any given day you just don’t want to wash and dry your hair but want that same clean and fresh feeling, consider it done. I’m not talking about shaving your head – just switch to dry shampoo!
But before we talk about how to actually use it, what is it?
Dry shampoo is a spray-in product that may be alcohol or starch based. This product claims to give you the same benefits as a wet shampoo would normally do when you lather over your head, like getting rid of the grease and oils in your hair while adding volume.
This product has grown more popular over time as the trend toward less frequent wet shampooing is more widely encouraged. What I do know right now is that dry shampoo is safe for all types of hair, but does using powder on your hair every few days keep your scalp and hair healthy? I’m afraid not. You can typically use all types of shampoos today safely, regardless if it’s wet or dry, without problems. However, you still need to clean out your scalp.
So how does dry shampoo work?
It’s simple. The way dry shampoo works is that the starch or alcohol in the product absorbs the excess oil in your hair which is why the results are close as how it would look with a wet shampoo. In earlier times, applying corn starch into hair can give you almost the same results, but most modern products deliver the drying agents via an aerosol spray.
The hair and scalp needs to be washed and rinsed sometimes to keep it clean. The scalp collects pollutants and chemicals both from the air and cosmetic care products. If you only use dry shampoo for long periods of time, the cleansing is only minimal but it does freshen the hair by removing oils.
Can you use dry shampoo forever?
Dry shampoos can make you feel clean, but it doesn’t mean residue doesn’t build up in your hair. In fact, the more dry shampoo you use, the more it can make your scalp feel and appear grainy or sandy. The dry shampoo and other products may also dry out your hair, making it brittle or fragile. Residue on the scalp can also develop into scales or scalp rash leading to inflammation that reduces hair growth if the product accumulates too much. And without proper moisture, the hair strands will break and you’ll only end up with a headful of split hairs.
There are some cases where dry shampoo is the preferable option though, like traveling or during hospital stays.
How do you use dry shampoo?
To each their own, but these suggestions will help minimize the appearance of the dry shampoo on your hair while letting it do its job:
- Only spray areas that are oily.
- Keep the canister at least 6 inches from your scalp while spraying.
- Massage your scalp to evenly distribute the shampoo down to the roots after spraying.
- Gently and carefully brush through any patches or areas that have too much dry shampoo in them.
- Don’t spray the ends! This will avoid extra dryness or static. A pea-sized amount of hair conditioner or coconut oil on the tips will do if they feel too dry.
- Don’t use dry shampoo more than two days in a row. Wash your hair with shampoo in between uses.
Don’t say goodbye to wet shampoo yet.
Shampooing hair is still necessary if you want to remove all that dirt, bacteria and yeast that have accumulated on your scalp. Consistently adding topical products to the scalp, like oil, clogs the pores and makes your scalp a nice breeding ground for bacterial infections and pimples. Leave on hair sprays, volumizers and other hair-care products also leave a film on your scalp that must be removed.
So in other words, dry shampoos can make you look and feel clean. However, it’s not a good idea to never use a regular shampoo for the rest of your life. Only a wet shampoo can truly cleanse your scalp and hair.
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