is dry shampoo bad for your hair

Is Dry Shampoo Bad For Your Hair?

Here's what you should know.

Refreshing your hair with a spritz of dry shampoo will work wonders if your tresses look a little lackluster. So, as a hard-working hair essential, could there possibly be any downsides to this does-it-all product? Dare we ask: Is dry shampoo bad for your hair?

Much like caffeine, WiFi and Instagram, dry shampoo is without doubt, a modern-day essential we’d find almost impossible to give up. A life-saver on days when you don’t have time to wash your locks, or to refresh your strands after a workout at the gym, dry shampoo also doubles as a handy styling tool with instant results.

Want to know how dry shampoo actually works and what impact it has on your strands? Keep reading to learn what we’ve discovered.

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Take note: Dry shampoo can be used on pretty much all hair types. Photo credit:

Should dry shampoo be used on all hair types and textures?

Absolutely! But, when choosing your product, it’s important to pick a formula that’s designed specifically for your styling needs.

Fine hair that needs more volume, for example, and can quickly be weighed down when there’s too much oil in the hair. Use a dry shampoo that also helps in the volume department to give your strands the refresh it needs. Love Beauty and Planet Volume and Bounty Juicy Grapefruit Day 2 Dry Shampoo not only absorbs grease to refresh your ‘do, it can also be used to build up the appearance of fullness at the roots. Leaving you with a visible boost of bouncy, long-lasting volume.

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Thinking about skipping your shower in favor of a spray? Photo credit:

Should I use dry shampoo instead of washing my hair?

Dry shampoo should be used to help refresh the appearance of hair, not as a substitute for your usual wash and care routine. The product is designed to remove grease and sebum from hair for a refreshed look. It doesn’t clean hair as effectively as a normal shampoo. Therefore it is key to use dry shampoo on days when you’re not washing your hair, but not as a swap for a traditional shampoo.

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Is dry shampoo bad for your hair? No, but you do need to wash it out!

What’s the best way to wash out dry shampoo?

Dry shampoo does deposit starch onto the hair which can be easily brushed away. However, when using any styling products, it’s important to cleanse your scalp completely on wash day.

We suggest using a fortifying combo like TRESemmé Purify and Replenish Shampoo and Conditioner. Lather the shampoo onto your scalp and using circular motions, massage it into the hair. This will help trap the dry shampoo and allow it to be washed out fully when rinsed. Formulated to thoroughly remove build-up while nourishing the hair, this shampoo and conditioner combo is suitable to be used daily.

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Dry shampoo is a fine-haired gal’s best friend. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

So, how should I be using dry shampoo?

In order to get the most out of the formula and protect the health of your hair, it’s important to apply dry shampoo properly. This means, firstly, sectioning your hair before you apply or as you go. The nozzle should be directed mostly at the roots holding your hand about six inches away. After applying the product, keep the scalp exposed and wait for around 30 seconds to let it soak in. This will stop extra product transferring to other sections of your hair.

Finally, run a boar-bristled brush through your tresses to disperse the product, or you can finger comb with your hands. This will help spread the formula evenly throughout the hair.

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Is dry shampoo bad for your hair? No way, but if you don’t have any to hand, follow these hair hacks. Photo credit:

No dry shampoo? Try these fresh hair hacks instead:

1. Spruce up day two (or three!) hair with a fancy braid. If your hair is looking a little flat, try a crown or milkmaid braid. Not only will this disguise oily roots, it will also stay in place longer thanks to the texture of unwashed hair.

2. Use hair accessories to hide limp locks. A  headband will work wonders if you’re trying to update less-than-fresh tresses. Pulling the hair back off the face and giving your locks extra styling points, a ribbon, bobby pin or cute clip can work wonders in this situation.

3. Opt for a classic messy hair hero like the top knot. When all else fails, pull your hair up into an It girl messy bun and call it a day.


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