So you stayed out late last night, and it being a Sunday, you've now overslept on the first day of your workweek, and need to get out of the house ASAP. You grab your dry shampoo and spritz it on your roots to help with your hair not looking too greasy, and giving it a little volume.
However, as much as dry shampoo can really be a great convenience, it's doing something really awful to your hair.
What The Atlantic calls "the best friend of the lazy-yet-vain," dry shampoo is actually really awful for your scalp and can lead to hair loss when used too frequently. Sonia Batra, a dermatologist in Los Angeles told The Atlantic,
“[Dry shampoo] deposits substances to coat the follicle that can build up. The resulting inflammation can weaken the follicles and increase shedding. These products can also cause hair follicles to stick together, so that a hair that would normally shed during brushing may take two or three strands along with it."
One woman in Belfast posted a photo of the effects her dry shampoo had on her scalp and hair. Her over-use of dry shampoo caused her to develop a bald patch.
Hair stylists have different recommendations about just how often is "too often," with the most conservative saying that people shouldn't use dry shampoo for more than two days per week. The most important thing that any dry shampoo you use should not have talc as part of its ingredients list, and it has been tied to cancer.
The other bad news? Skipping out on washing your hair won't help cure your overly oily scalp. Rebecca Kazin, an assistant professor of dermatology at Johns Hopkins told The Atlantic, "You either have an oily scalp or you don’t—just like your complexion."
Sigh. Better an oily scalp with hair than an oil scalp without hair, am I right?
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