Why Dry Shampoos Are Bad For Your Hair


I know, I know, dry shampoos are so convenient, they save time, energy and add a nice gritty texture to your hair. In a pinch a dry shampoo can be a life saver but using them regularly as “shampoo” really doesn’t support keeping your locks full and thick long term. 

Imbalanced oil, dirt and pollution accumulate naturally on a daily basis and need to be removed from the scalp and hair so the follicle can remain clear, balanced and unclogged. Hair is nourished from inside the scalp and pushes out of the follicle as it forms the hair shaft, continuing to strengthen and becoming the hair that you see. The follicle needs be clear, clean and stimulated to fully allow and support this continual, healthy growth process. Dry shampoos do not remove impurities and only smother the follicle in the interim. Attempting to mask dirt and pollution and only adding more grime and oil. This only feeds on itself attracting more of the same, as like attracts like, leading to excessive dirty build up and smothering of the scalp and follicle.  

Over time this weakens the follicle. Constantly smothering the scalp and follicle with corn starch, natural powders or aluminum in synthetic, conventional products can slow hair growth long term. Just imagine you use a dry shampoo for 3 days a week for the next 20 or 30 years; consider how many years of dirt and grime build up and constantly sit on your scalp and follicle and how that might contribute to weakening the strength and slowing the growth of the hair.  When you are in your 70’s and 80’s you might wish you’d taken better care of your scalp and follicles. I can guarantee you will want all the hair you can get in your later years. 

Even if you are using a natural, non toxic dry shampoo, you aren’t helping your hair follicle stay strong and healthy. 

Natural is better for many reasons but it’s still not “healthy” for the follicle and optimum hair growth long term. If you are using a synthetic dry shampoo, it can also be depositing a mixture of highly questionable synthetic chemicals and fragrance along with all the excessive dirt and pollution build up.

Dirty hair is covered in dust and pollution particles and does not reflect light and shine like clean, hydrated, well moisturized hair. 

Honor the long term health of your hair and shampoo as often as you can using gentle, natural cleansing agents. If you are using a conventional synthetic shampoo with sulfates and silicones - I wouldn’t recommend shampooing as often, as synthetic shampoos are not bio aligned with the scalps acid mantle/oil balance and remove too many natural oils, while relying on synthetic compounds and silicones to replace natural moisture and shine, which inhibits micro hydration and can cause build up and other issues.