The Lowdown On Dry Shampoo: Is It Bad For Our Hair?

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Dry Shampoo is undoubtedly one of the best online beauty buys to have on your person in times of crisis. We've all at some stage in our lives woken up after an overindulgent evening, only to face the journey home with slick, greasy hair which looks as bad as we feel. This refreshment had definitely saved me from embarrassment on multiple occasions, not to mention been my absolutely saviour at festivals, but is it actually doing our hair any good? Today we're covering how it is that dry shampoo actually works and busting the myths as to whether this top online beauty buy actually poses any health risks.

How Does It Work?

Dry shampoo works in a similar way to cornstarch by using dry agents and alcohols to soak up the grease and oil in your hair, leaving it looking soft, dry and grease-free. The same effect can be achieved by shaking corn starch or plain flower into your hair, but the aerosol options provided by companies like Batiste enable you to spread the product more evenly so you don't wind up with that rather ageing, grey hair effect. The shampoos only work on dry hair, unsurprisingly, so don't go spraying them into wet hair or you'll wind up with a rather unsightly, paste situation. For the best application the spray should be applied from approximately 6 inches away so the product doesn't build up too heavily in any one area.

Is It Safe?

If you read the ingredients to a bottle of dry shampoo, quite often you'll find a few words which sound a little unsafe to be applying to your head like "butanol" and "propane" which can be a little disconcerting. However whilst these products would be unsafe to rub into your scalp with gay abandon, these ingredients actually vaporise when the product is sprayed onto your hair and in multiple studies over the years have been found to pose no health threats, so you can breathe a sight of relief.

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Will It Dry Out My Hair And Scalp?

The purpose of dry shampoo is to soak up excess oils, which is good when you have an excessive amount of grease in your hair. However, like the skin, your scalp needs a healthy of oils to remain in good condition which is why using dry shampoo constantly can cause dry, irritated skin. Dry shampoo should ideally be used for occasional refreshment rather than as a way of cleaning your hair, especially since it won't actively remove dirt from your hair in the same way that shampoo does, it just covers it to mask the grime. Obviously in some circumstances it's unavoidable needing to use dry shampoo daily (Glastonbury 2016 anyone?) so if you have to rely on the spray for longer than desired give your hair a nourishing treat like this BC Moisture Kick Treatment from Schwarzkopf £11.75 which is a great online beauty buy for getting things back on track.

Can It Cause Dandruff?

Repeated use of dry shampoo without properly washing hair can result in the build up of product on your scalp, leading to blocked pores, pimples and potentially even cysts. By upsetting the health of the scalp this can lead to dry and irritated skin which can result in dandruff however, as previously mentioned dry shampoo is not intended to replace your usual hair washing routine so these problems should only occur if you stop washing your hair all together (never a good idea...).

Overall when used properly dry shampoo shouldn't result in any negative side effects and if you're experiencing any yourself, it may be because you're using the spray too often. When applied properly dry shampoo can be used to give amazing volume, gorgeous texture and freshen up your locks and when you consider that the product was first advertised by Twiggy herself, it certainly seems to be a product which has stood the test of time.

Looking to find your favourite fragranced dry shampoo? Check out the delicious range from Batiste here.

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