Last Updated on April 25, 2021 by Rei Ramos
Dry shampoo is one of those products that tend to catch a lot of attention lately.
Primarily because of the fast-paced world that we lived in today where people want to save as much time as they can.
The idea of washing your hair daily, waiting for it to dry, styling it, and then having to do it again the next day can be tiring.
That’s where this product comes in.
Dry shampoo makers claim that it’s an alternative to daily washing, cleaning your hair without it getting wet.
But is that true? Imagine how awesome it would be not to wet your hair every time you shower.
Or better still preserving that salon blow out forever!
Let’s get started!
What does dry shampoo do?
To understand what it does, first, we have to understand how the hair functions.
Your head is covered with follicles, about 100,000 of them on average. This follicle doesn’t just produce hairs; they also produce sebum. While sebum is not really a bad thing(It actually helps softens your hair and scalp) too much of it can make your hair appear greasy.
That’s where dry shampoo comes in.
Dry shampoo comes in two forms, the powdered form and the other is administered thru an aerosol can. It’s marketed initially as an alternative to wet shampoos, a product that can be used when your sick and stuck in bed or when you just don’t have the time to wash your hair.
Dry shampoo works because its main ingredient is mostly powder or alcohol that binds with the sebum and dirt you collected thru out the day in your hair, giving it a cleaner look.
Dry shampoo is often used by people who’s hair produces more than the usual sebum making their hair greasy most of the time.
A lot of hairstylists also claims that dry shampoo gives your hair a volumized look by spraying it near the scalp.
Is dry shampoo good for your hair?
The main thing that sells dry shampoo to people is the idea that shampooing daily strips the hair of its natural oils.
That’s not actually all true; a better statement would be shampooing with the wrong shampoo strips the hair of its natural oils.
It’s actually recommended to wash your hair daily because of all the dirt and buildup that you get throughout the day.
But you have to use the right shampoo if you’re worried about drying out your hair.
A lot of commercial shampoos on the market today contains harsh formulas to cater to a larger number of people.
But some people cannot tolerate all that extra harsh ingredients, making their oil glands go into hyperdrive, and they end up producing more sebum in the process.
This leads to that greasy look when you haven’t wash your hair for a couple of days.
Buying shampoos that are sulfate-free is recommended because it’s less harsh than regular shampoo. Sulfate-free shampoos are easier to find nowadays because of it’s growing popularity lately so you won’t have a problem finding one.
They usually advertise themselves as sulfate-free nowadays.
Another thing that you have to keep in mind while using dry shampoos is that the more you use it without regularly washing in between, the more it builds up on your hair — That’s why it’s recommended that you only use it when necessary.
Maybe you’re on a hurry, and you want to freshen up your hair quickly. Then a dry shampoo is the right choice as long as you wash your hair regularly, then the buildup of dry shampoo is minimal.
The bottom line is that it’s okay to use dry shampoos, just make sure that you’re not using it too much and relying on it to clean your hair on the long term.
Frequent washing using the traditional wet method is still the best way to rid your scalp of all the dirt and bacterias that it collected throughout the day.
What are the pros and cons of dry shampoo?
Lengthen your blowout – If you’re just not ready to wash your and you want to just have one more day with your fresh salon blowout then get your dry shampoo and do a quick touch up spray near the roots.
Gives volume – Dry shampoo can give your hair more volume, just lift your hair one section at a time, then spray away. Don’t use too much though!
Freshen up your hair without showering – If you’re on a hurry, a quick spray of dry shampoo can give your hair a fresher look.
Some brands provide extra shine – Some dry shampoo brands can add additional shine to your hair.
Can be damaging to your hair if misused – Using dry shampoo too much can cause a build-up of dirt and oil in your hair. Regularly washing your hair is still required to remove all the excess build-up.
It dries your hair and scalp – dry shampoo absorbs the sebum on your hair. Too much use can cause dry scalp/hair.
Costly – Dry shampoo is not cheap; the average price of dry shampoo is $25.
Can cause hair loss – While this is rare, it can happen. When you use your dry shampoo, it dries your hair, so if you have thin or brittle hair, additional dryness can cause breakage.
How many days in a row can you use dry shampoo?
While using dry shampoo every day is not recommended, using it for 2-3 days in a row shouldn’t be a problem. Just carefully wash your hair the next time you shower so that you remove all the build-up you acquire.
The problem with using it too much in a row is all the build-up. Dry shampoo doesn’t actually remove the dirt and oil in your hair; it just hides it.
The powder in dry shampoo binds with the sebum in your hair, making it appear clean.
That powder with sebum is not actually gone. It’s just there sitting in your head until you wash with regular shampoo.
Modern dry shampoos are fine to use for a couple of days on a row without having a problem.
Even celebrities use them. Their hairstylist even recommends using it.