The Truth About Dry Shampoo: Dandruff, Pimples and Cysts

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d1e6790d1ac3cb5e53fe68fc210d2b58Lots of women rely on dry shampoo to take care of their hair on what would otherwise be a definite “bad hair day.” Hair that’s due for a shower can usually rely on dry shampoo to add volume, soak up grease and freshen a look. Apparently, it works so well that women have become a little too dependent on the product. Hair experts, in response, have decided to speak up about the possibly unwanted side effects of over-using dry shampoo.

Among the more benign side effects that “a shower in a bottle” can cause is dandruff. The unsightly flakes of dead skin can be a result of  shampoo’s drying effect – it is, after all, specifically designed to grab moisture away from the scalp. It has the opposite effect of moistening the skin of your scalp, which is what we should all, ideally, be doing.

Aside from leaving hair looking dusty, excessive use of dry shampoo can cause blocked pores in the scalp’s skin, much as poor-quality makeup could do to one’s face. These blocked pores could then lead to pimples or even cysts, in the worst cases.

Hair care experts and stylists recommend using a “less is more” approach when it comes to dry shampoo on day-old hair: no more than twice a week. Make sure to also wash your hair thoroughly between uses, to avoid the clogged pores the product can cause. Furthermore, try and find better quality products with safer ingredients; avoid those with too much perfume or powder.

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