Does Dry Shampoo Keep Your Hair Clean?
Often, dry shampoos are alcohol- or starch-based sprays that claim to nix the grease and add volume. It may also seem that they help to follow the trend of less frequent washing without many sacrifices. They are considered to be ‘safe for all hair types’, but in reality, does they help to keep your scalp and hair healthy? Dermatologists agree that most shampoo brands are today designed by major cosmetic houses, and the high percent of them are safe; shampoos (no matter wet or dry) are compounded for using them without problems. Nevertheless, the answer will be definite ‘NO’, at least not for long.
Specialists also claim that dry shampooing should have its place in the hair care routine, but at the same time, no wet shampooing has no place. If you want to keep your hair and scalp clean, you should shampoo them with traditional wet shampoo. Just imagine, your scalp collects chemicals and pollutants from the air, care cosmetic products often clogs pores making your hair look greasy. If you use dry shampoo, it will only help to remove excessive oils your scalp produces, but all products and chemicals build-up will remain in the scalp and hair.
Nevertheless, there are some cases when even people who are against dry shampoos have no choice but to use it. For example, there can be no better option than dry shampooing when you travel and need to have a fresh look and the shower is not available; or when you are in the hospital and are unable to bathe. In such ‘emergency’ cases, this product can be really safe your look, and you can boldly use it, but only for a little while.
How does dry shampoo works?
Generally speaking, the ingredients in the product help to get rid of the excess oil and grease by soaking it up and providing hair with a cleaner, fresher appearance. Traditionally, corn starch was shaken to get the effect of the desired effect; nowadays, most shampoos use alcohol as the soaking ingredient. Most of the popular brands gave their preference to a more convenient form of applying – the drying agents are delivered via an aerosol spray.
If dry shampoo is so good, why cannot it be used forever?
The first reason for using dry shampoo only for a short period is that it can make your scalp feel and appear sandy and grainy; it happens because these products tend to build up a residue in your hair. Moreover, the residue on the scalp can lead to inflammation that reduces hair growth and cause hair loss. Second reason is that being an alcohol-based product, it may dry out your mane and make it prone to brittleness and frangible. If your hair is already dry, and there is no any moisturizing component added in the dry shampoo, you will get a head full of broken locks.
Dermatologists advise to go for dry shampoo no more than three months and use it not every day.
How to spray the dry shampoo the proper way?
If you still want or need to use dry shampoo, we propose you a list of tips on how to spray it the right way.
1) Always try to spray only oily areas (roots) and avoid spraying hair.
2) It is advisable to keep the canister at least six inches from your head while spraying.
3) After you finish spraying, massage scalp with circular moves to help the product distribute evenly.
4) If you notice any patches with too much product applied, brush it gently to get rid of excessive amount.
5) Never spray your ends with dry shampoo. They are already the oldest and most brittle part of your hair, so you will make it even more dehydrated.
6) If the tips of your hair feel dry after you use the spray, add a pea-sized amount of coconut oil or hair conditioner to retain moisture.
7) Try to use it no more often than two days in a row.
So, wet or dry?
I advise avoiding repeatedly adding trendy products to your hair care regimen, as it may not provide the desired effect and make the situation even worse. Every day we use hair sprays, volumizers, and other hair-care products than can build a cover on our scalp, and as the result, we can get clogged pores and the opportunity for pimples or bacterial infections to develop. In such cases, dry shampoo will help to mask the appearance of debris and can serve only as a temporary solution; there is no other remedy to help then simply wet shampooing. It plays its critical role in removing the bacteria, dirt, and yeast that can build-up on the scalp.
I hope this article has helped you to understand the pros and cons of using dry shampooing method and common wet shampooing one.