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Is Dry Shampoo Killing Your Hair?

Dry shampoo has gotten a bad rap as plugging up hair follicles and causing hair loss. Just the other day, Proctor and Gamble recalled 32 dry shampoo and aerosol products from brands such as Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, and more. But is our gym back must-have really that bad? We reached out to Dr. Steven Shapiro, board-certified dermatologist and co-founder of Shapiro MD, who shares his thoughts on dry shampoo and what you should be doing instead of spraying.

So, Does Dry Shampoo Cause Hair Loss?

Our real question is, does dry shampoo cause hair loss? “Dry shampoo is fine to use occasionally when you’re in a bind, but I wouldn’t recommend making a habit out of it,” says Dr. Shapiro. “Too much dry shampoo can lead to poor scalp health, which can cause hair loss. For example, too much dry shampoo can clog your hair follicles. This can lead to folliculitis, a fungal infection where your hair isn’t anchored securely within your hair follicle. When you are suffering from a condition like folliculitis, your hair is much more likely to fall out.” Yikes!

It also turns out that all that powder can collect on your scalp. “Additionally, regularly using dry shampoo as a substitute for normal shampoo can lead to a scaly buildup on your scalp. It can also lead to scalp inflammation, one of the main culprits of unwanted hair loss,” he continues.

The list of reasons why you may need to break up with your dry shampoo goes on. “Last but not least, dry shampoos (especially those that come in aerosol spray containers) often contain alcohol, which can be very drying for your hair. This can make your hair more susceptible to breaking and splitting, giving it a thinner, less healthy appearance overall.”

Dry shampoo is a mane culprit because it doesn’t actually clean the hair, despite its name. “While normal shampoo and water remove oil and buildup, dry shampoo temporarily masks it. Dry shampoos typically use starch and alcohol to absorb excess oil in your hair, making it less noticeable,” says Dr. Shapiro.

Should You Wash Your Hair More Then?

Instead of delaying wash day, suds up—your scalp and hair will appreciate it. “When it comes to shampooing your hair, the notion that ‘less is more’ is simply not true. While you should avoid washing your hair multiple times a day, using shampoo every day or every other day is the way to go. The trick is to use a shampoo that is gentle and nourishing.”

According to Dr. Shapiro, frequent washing is best. “I actually believe in washing your hair every day or every other day,” he explains.

Instead of relying on dry shampoo as a do-it-all fixer, “you want to use a mild-but-effective shampoo that is free of abrasive detergents called sulfates. Shapiro MD Shampoo uses gentle cleansing agents like coconut oil to lift oil, dirt, and buildup from your scalp without stripping it of essential moisture. This makes it ideal for daily use.”

Ultimately, the best way to keep hair strong and growing is to invest in good products. “If your hair is thinning, or you are looking to prevent future hair loss, upgrading your shampoo is a great way to start. After all, washing your hair is something you would do regardless. Switching formulas is not going to lengthen or complicate your regular routine. We developed Shapiro MD Shampoo with saw palmetto, caffeine, and green tea extract. These ingredients have been shown to block the effects of dihydrotestosterone (or DHT), a hormone that stunts healthy hair growth.”

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