Dry shampooing might be convenient, but is it good or bad for your hair?
Dry shampoo might be a life saver to make the hair look a little bit better when it’s feeling a little bit greasy, but it’s not a great idea to use it all the time, and certainly not a replacement for your regular shampoo that’s for sure..
I personally use dry shampoo because my hair can get oily quite fast. I do like the feeling and the way my hair looks after a proper wash using my regular shampoo or clarifying shampoo, which I use about every 2 weeks or so.
But sometimes having a dry shampoo at hand in the time of nee is good. I usually stick to dry shampoo brands which have natural ingredients and are cruelty free.
There’s also Batiste, which are a popular brand that a lot of people like when it comes to dry shampoos.
dry shampoo: good or bad?
Well, let’s just first say that dry shampoo itself is not bad. The ingredients used in dry shampoos are pretty safe and don’t tend to cause damage directly to the hair itself. There are however many different pros and cons that I think are definitely worth mentioning, so you can better decide if you want to give dry shampoo a go.
The pros of using dry shampoo
- Washing your hair every day with shampoo products which strip away all of the oils from the hair is not great, so using a dry shampoo to lengthen the period between washes might actually be a good thing.
- It helps increase volume in the hair. If the hair feels weighed down and a bit flat, using dry shampoo can help boost the volume of your hair so it looks better. This is great for women and men who have fine hair especially.
- You’ll probably be using less heat on your hair. Using hair dryers, flat ironing and other things when styling can damage your hair.
- It’s just simply convenient. If you don’t have the time to wash your hair all the time, especially if you’re active, the dry shampoo can help.
- It’s good for people who have trouble washing their often because of a physical reason.
The CONS of using dry shampoo
- The main con of using dry shampoo is that it really doesn’t clean the hair properly and remove all of the build up that you have in your hair. So therefore, as I said, it’s not a an adequate replacement It should just complement your regular wash routine.
- Not great for those who suffer from scalp issues like dermatitis, dandruff, and other problems. It can, if used frequently, make the problem worse.
- Dry shampoos can cause the scalp to start producing less oil over time. You’re basically training your scalp to produce less oil because it’s not being washed properly.
- Some shampoos leave some residue behind and flakes. Not a great look!
- It can make the hair look dull if you get into the habit of using it all the time without properly washing your hair with regular shampoo.
Should you use a dry shampoo?
Well that depends. If you’re an active person and you sweat a lot, plus you have oily hair in general, then sure, I think having at hand and using a dry shampoo can be convenient and useful for times when your hair looks bad, but you don’t really have enough time to wash it. My hair tends to get oily a little fast, so for me having a dry shampoo is super useful.
If your hair is a little on the dry side, and you don’t need to wash it all that often anyway, then I’d say you probably don’t need a dry shampoo as part of your hair routine unless you’re lazy when it comes to washing your hair or you don’t think you’ll have access to a shower or bath for some time . 🙂
If you do decide to try out a Dry Shampoo product, then the things to look out for when buying a dry shampoo are the following:
- Make sure that it has natural ingredients and doesn’t contain anything that will irritate your scalp.
- Avoid products with parabens and other toxic ingredients.
- I usually go for the cheap brands and save my money for more expensive shampoos and conditioners. However, this is entirely up to you. There are some good cheap options available, which I think are fine. But you can also try the more expensive salon brands.
How to use the dry shampoo
To get the best results from the shampoo, you want to make sure that you’re using it correctly.
- Don’t use it on wet hair.
- Spray at a distance of at least six inches from the hair. You don’t want to concentrate it too much in one part.
- Try to section the hair and make sure it’s sprayed equally all over.
- Bush your hair afterwards so you can help spread the powder across the hair shafts.
- And of course, always best to read the instructions.
Also one last thing… because the process of shampooing your hair allows you to essentially exfoliate the scalp and remove dead skin, consider adding a product that will exfoliate the scalp like a hair mask.