Is Dry Shampoo Bad For Your Hair?

Don’t include me in your today’s plan, I have to take a head bath. This is more common than you can think. The whole procedure of washing, drying, and then styling your hair is a tiresome task. This is no surprise that more often than not we all have planned our whole week according to our head bath schedule.

Regardless of how much time you spend planning out, there will always be an unavailable situation. That too when your hair is in the worst possible condition. How you wish you could escape this situation. But alas! There is not even a remote possibility for that.

The only option we’re left with is dry shampoo. However, do you ever wonder what it does to your hair and are there any benefits or not?

What is a Dry Shampoo?

There is hardly anyone of us who doesn’t keep a bottle of dry shampoo as a backup option. However, have you ever got curious about how this backup option miraculously cleans your hair without you even stepping anywhere in the radius of your shower?

Your hair looks so greasy a few days after the head wash. After how many days your hair starts looking greasy depends on the texture of your hair, your scalp, and the head wash routine you follow. The reason why grease appears on your hair is because of follicles of your hair produce sebum. Sebum is a natural oil that protects your skin as well as softens your hair. 

Moreover, some routine tasks like going out, touching your hair, or sweating may result in the accumulation of oil in your hair. This oil goes away when we wash our hair.

 The secret of dry shampoo is that contains starch or alcohol-based ingredients. These ingredients soak the oil in your hair. Therefore, making your hair look clean even when they’re not!

Dry shampoos are usually full of pleasant fragrances to make your hair also smell fresher.

Types of Dry Shampoo

This hair care magician is most commonly available in the form of an aerosol or dry shampoo powder.

If you may remember as a child, your mummy sometimes used to put baby powder on your head. She did this to remove the grease from your hair. This was a cheap hack and an alternative to dry shampoo.

However, in case you have dark hair, blending it in can be quite difficult.

There are so many nonaerosol dry shampoos that are based on various colors. This way these become user-friendly. Just working it with soft hands in your roots is enough to get the results.

The aerosol type of dry shampoo has to be simply sprayed in your hairs, specifically in the areas where you feel the greasiest.  Generally, the greasiest areas in your head are your hairline, the nape of your neck, and course the crown.

Some of the dray shampoos may also contain different types of chemicals. Wait! There is good news, now you have an option of using organic dry shampoo.

Go for dry shampoos with natural and cruelty-free ingredients to get a more hair-friendly and ethical way to handle your hair.

There is no need to point out this fact but let us make it clear that dry shampoo isn’t only for women.

Men’s dry shampoos are gaining popularity lately. These are fragrances that best suit the male consumer base.

Is Dry Shampoo Bad for Your Hair and Scalp?

The answer for this in one line is that it’s safe for most people when they use it occasionally. However, if you use it regularly and for a longer duration can damage your hair and cause scalp concerns.

No need to wash hair after dry shampoo

Let’s get this straight, dry shampoo isn’t a shampoo. The sprinkled-on or sprayed alcohol and starch products absorbs the oil. It looks oil-less prominent. This doesn’t wash away the dirt and oil from your hair the way traditional shampoos with water do.

Dry shampoo results in hair breakage

Alcohol is often an important ingredient in aerosol hair care items. It could be drying for the hair. Taking dry hair, the single fibers could crack and snag on one another whenever you style or even comb your hair causing breakage.

Regular use clogs the follicles of your hair

Using dry shampoo regularly or leaving it on your head for more time the products collect on your scalp. It will make you feel itchy. You may also experience folliculitis. This is a condition of bacterial or fungal in your hair follicle.

Can Dry Shampoo Cause Hair Loss or Stunt Growth?

No research has been done yet that concludes a direct relation between dry shampoo use and hair loss. Though, some studies link hair loss with poor scalp health.

If hair is coming out from a follicle that is damaged due to fungus or bacteria, the hair fiber no longer anchors strongly inside this follicle. The new hair will probably fall out.

How to Use Dry Shampoo?

If you don’t want the dry shampoo to damage your hair and scalp, don’t use it for more than 2 days consecutively.

Let’s see how to use it:

  • Keep a distance of almost 6 inches between your head and the canister
  • Spray it on your hair and not on your scalp
  • Spray only those areas on your head where the oil is most visible. 
  • Use a comb or your fingers to get rid of extra spray around your roots, evenly spreading it throughout the oily areas.


You can’t clean your hair with dry shampoo. Rather, the alcohol and/or starch present in it just absorbs the oil from your hair. This makes your hair look cleaner and fluffier also.

Most people don’t experience any sort of concern when they use it occasionally. Your hair can be prone to breakage if you use dry shampoo regularly. Your scalp’s health is also affected.

It is advisable to use it only once or twice a week to maintain the health of your hair and scalp.

Nowadays organic dry shampoos are also available which are free of harmful chemicals.  

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