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Is Dry Shampoo Causing Hair Loss And Breakage?

I’m a huge fan of dry shampoo. It has been with me through some of my hardest moments in life. Finals week in college, those hangover days when I have to meet up with relatives even though I have been out til early in the morning, but also some fun last-minute plans when I simply didn’t have the time to wash my hair. I have never used it on a regular basis, but from time to time it really has been a lifesaver. So it’s no surprise how shocked I was after a friend of mine told me that she thinks her hair loss is caused by overusing dry shampoo. I started to do some research in order to find out if there really was any truth to that.

Is dry shampoo harmful to your hair and scalp?

The gist of it is that most individuals can use dry shampoo sometimes without any problems. However, using it excessively or for long periods of time may harm your hair and result in scalp issues. Dry shampoo should only be used when you don’t have time or energy to wash your hair with shampoo and water. It won’t clean your scalp and hair, but the starch and alcohol in it will absorb the excess oils and make it appear cleaner.

That’s where the first problem is. Dry shampoo often contains a high concentration of alcohol. Even though they are harmless in most cases, when used too often, alcohol can dry out your scalp and hair strands. When you comb or style dried-out hair, the individual fibers may break and catch on one another, causing breakage.

However, your scalp can suffer too if you use dry shampoo too often. If there is a lot of buildup of dry shampoo on your scalp, or if you leave it on for extended periods of time, it can cause irritation and inflammation. You will notice that your scalp will start to itch, and if you are prone to seborrheic dermatitis, you could notice the symptoms getting worse as well. Remember that some scalp types, especially the ones that are prone to seborrheic dermatitis, benefit from frequent washing.

Can dry shampoo cause hair loss?

There isn’t enough evidence to say that certainly. However, there are enough indications that hint at the fact that frequent use of dry shampoo could cause excessive hair shedding in some hair types. An irritated and inflamed scalp has a hard time holding onto your hair. If you have seborrheic dermatitis, which is caused by a fungus called Malassezia, it feeds off the oils that are left on your scalp even after you use dry shampoo. Remember that dry shampoo doesn’t actually clean your scalp, it just makes it appear less oily.


As I already explained, I love dry shampoo. And I plan to keep using it. However, the one thing that sets me and my friend apart is that she uses dry shampoo on a regular basis, while I only use it occasionally. Just like with any other product, dry shampoo can cause buildup on your scalp. This can indeed cause inflammation and therefore additional hair shedding. However, if you just use dry shampoo from time to time and make sure you wash it off by the end of the day, you shouldn’t face any issues. Once to twice a week, with the additional use of hair oil to protect your dry ends, should be fine for most people.


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