Does Dry Shampoo Cause Hair Loss?

Washing your hair everyday isn’t ideal, especially for those with long or unruly strands that require significant effort to maintain. Many women (and men) have found dry shampoo to be immensely helpful in cutting down on washing, drying and styling time throughout the week. While the product is essentially just powder-in-a-can, dry shampoo’s immense popularity has spurred a few unfortunate reports of widening parts and thinning locks.

Why might this be? For starters, dry shampoos deposit powder that coats follicles, essentially clogging the scalp with excess build-up. This accumulation can actually inflame and weaken the follicle, leading to shedding. In addition, dry shampoo elements allow strands to stick together, which means one pull by the hairbrush removes extra strands stuck together that may not have been ready to fall out just yet.

Dry Shampoo or More Shampoo?

Shampooing daily isn’t the healthiest option for your scalp and hair. Constant washing dries the hair of oils intended to lubricate and create a shinier glow. When you wash too often, hair is prone to becoming greasy faster. Dry scalps work overtime to keep up with the constant stripping from harsh soaps.

If you want to err on the side of safety, cut down on your dry shampoo applications and suffer slight greasiness throughout the work week. Over time, your locks will assimilate to the newly reduced washing schedule, and won’t produce as much oil to compensate for dryness. Some people simply have a higher oil production, typically shown on facial skin, so cutting down on shampoo time might still leave you with a greasy mane.

Keep in mind, washing hair at least a few times per week is important and dry shampoo does not rid the need to bathe regularly. However, dry shampoo is usually safe when used in moderation. Avoid excessive application of powders to the scalp, but keep a can in a pinch for those last-minute big events.

If you’ve suffered from hair loss after excessive dry shampoo use, Miami Hair can help you discuss options for restoration. Contact our office today to book an appointment.