In a recent survey, one in four women claimed they grab the trusty canister in the bathroom cupboard for an ultra-quick fix to refresh their hair. Dry shampoo is the ultimate saviour for many, but just how safe is it?
Given the rat-raced society we live in, it’s no surprise that hair care solutions like dry shampoo are becoming increasingly popular. Though occasional use is likely to leave you unharmed, relying on such a product to keep your hair fresh can come at a real cost.
The oil-absorbing substances found in dry shampoo soak up grease, leaving the scalp dry and flaky. The gritty texture is also likely to cause friction on the hair if it’s not washed out soon enough. What’s more, this can block the pores on your scalp, leading to pimples, spots and sore patches.
Drying out the scalp with dry shampoo can also cause chronic dandruff or dermatitis, particularly if you’re prone to dry skin. If that doesn’t put you off enough, severe dermatitis has been known to cause bald patches in some cases.
If you’re one of the time-pushed among us, using dry shampoo once a week – at most – shouldn’t cause you any major problems. For best results, apply to clean hair for styling or volumising, and try to wash it out as quickly as possible. Generally, as long as you use the product alongside real shampoo – not instead of – you shouldn’t suffer from any side effects.
It’s a common myth that dry shampoo cleans your hair. In reality, it simply deposits a talcum powder-like substance to absorb any oil found on your hair. So, while it may seem like quick fix, the end result may not be what you initially desired!