Is dry shampoo really that bad for your hair?
Let’s face it, there’s nothing better than dry shampoo on a lazy day. But with rumours swirling around that it may not be all it’s cracked up to be, we sought out an expert to ask the important question: “Is dry shampoo really that bad for your hair?”
Redken’s Regional Education Developer Richard Nienaber answered us, saying, “Simply adding the word ‘shampoo’ to a product’s name doesn’t mean it has the ability to clean your hair, and dry shampoo is a case in point. You cannot expect it to function the same way a real shampoo does.”
Understanding Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo comes as either a fast-evaporating spray or powder, designed to absorb oils and excess sebum. The problem is that these products only work on hydrophobic oils, and will not remove any dirt particles or chemical residues from your hair.
We know what you are thinking: “Okay fine, so dry shampoo doesn’t work the same way as traditional shampoo, but can it cause damage?” Richard Nienaber had the following to say: “It won’t damage your hair, but overusing the product without including a full wash in your usual haircare routine will lead to unwanted build-up. This can block the growth of new hair, causing hair loss and an overall thinning of your mane.”
If you regard the health of your hair as important, then always opt for a traditional shampoo and conditioner to clean your hair thoroughly. Dry shampoo may seem like the ideal option for those of us who have little to no spare time to spend on our beauty routine, but practising a normal washing and conditioning routine is really the only way to go. By all means, use it in an emergency situation, when hair is oily or lifeless, and when there’s no time for a full cleanse.
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