(GoHealthier.com) – One of the first things that someone notices about us is our hair. More so than style or length, hair’s appearance or condition stands out. Most of us want healthy-looking hair that’s free of oil. But due to busy schedules or the need to make a hairstyle last longer, we often skip a shampoo or two.
One option we might consider is dry shampoo, which can help us freshen up in a matter of seconds. It’s a quick fix for most hair types, absorbing oils and grease from the hair and scalp. But are there some drawbacks? Read on to see if this hair hack helps or hurts.
Is Dry Shampoo for Everybody?
Sebum benefits the hair and gives it a natural sheen to prevent it from drying out. But when sebaceous glands go into overdrive, they produce more oil due to age or hormonal shifts. Using dry shampoo may benefit the hair by absorbing excess oil. However, if hair is already dried out and flaky, dry shampoo may not be a good option.
Best Time to Apply
Most people have a healthy scalp. It isn’t overly oily or dry unless it’s affected by the environment or a specific hair product. After a wash, hair looks lustrous and shiny. As the day progresses before the next shower, hair naturally becomes slightly oily due to the buildup of sebum on the scalp.
When using dry shampoo, apply it only when the hair appears greasy, like after a long, sweaty, strenuous workout. Dry shampoo may help dry up the sweat and oils on the scalp. Use your fingers to blend it in for a natural appearance.
Great for In Between Washes
Whether we get our hair styled at the salon or we just don’t have time to wash our hair, dry shampoo is a great alternative. Most have an attractive fragrance. Dry shampoo uses starch-based ingredients or alcohol to target and soak up oil and sweat. By spraying the roots where oils typically build up, the product will dry up the scalp, giving hair a fresh look.
Perfect For Hair Flops
Ever head out the door with the perfect do, only to get caught in a rainstorm or humid environment? Dry shampoo might help out in a pinch. It can dry hair out just enough to give limp ends a little boost. Work the dry shampoo in at the roots and help reposition hair. A little spray on wet areas helps retain some stability.
A Few Pitfalls
While dry shampoo is relatively safe, it does contain aerosol. Use it sparingly, and avoid breathing the fumes, which can be harmful in large amounts. In rare cases, people experience adverse reactions to the ingredients, with one woman even experiencing hair loss as a result. Since allergic reactions are possible, it’s ideal to test using only a small amount at first — especially for those with sensitive skin.
Overall, dry shampoo can be a real lifesaver, as long as conditions permit. If your hair is naturally non-greasy and easy to manage, you may want to keep dry shampoo around for emergencies. Otherwise, it’s generally regarded as safe and effective to use frequently. It’s portable and smells fantastic. When you need a quick fix on a bad hair day, it might be just the right solution!
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