5 Ways Dry Shampoo Could Damage Your Hair

Dry shampoo can be a lifesaver, but it could also be damaging your hair.

Ever woken up in the morning, rushed to get to where you need to be, only to find your hair is slightly greasier that you’d hoped for?

Most of us reach for our trusty dry shampoo, however experts are warning it could be damaging your hair.

The Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy, and dermatologists Dr. Zoe Diana Draelos and Debra Jaliman say there are 5 ways the overuse of dry shampoo is damaging your hair and scalp in the long run.

  1. Grease is the Word

Dry shampoo actually makes your hair greasier. Although it is supposed to absorb the oil in your hair, it also absorbs the natural oils our hair produces that we actually need. To compensate for the abnormal absorption of oil, our hair ends up producing more oil than it naturally does to make up for the lack of moisture. The end result? Looking like a greaseball.

  1. Hair Colour

Dry shampoo dulls your hair colour. According to Debra Jaliman, dermatologist and author of Skin Rules“Since dry shampoo is meant to soak up grease and oil, the powdery formula creates a matte texture that makes your hair colour look less shiny.” Part of what makes our hair colour so vibrant is the shine effect so without this, our hair is left looking rather lack-lustre.

  1. Beware of Build Up

We love dry shampoo because it makes gives our hair that freshly washed, voluminous touch we love. But you have to remember: dry shampoo doesn’t actually clean your hair. It helps soak up oil and grease, but by coating the scalp, not by cleaning it.

Using dry shampoo for days on end, without actually washing your hair, causes major build-up of product on your scalp and hair follicles. This build up can block hair growth and ultimately may lead to hair thinning and loss.

  1. Hair Growth

Remember how we said dry shampoo essentially coats the scalp instead of cleaning it? Not only does dry shampoo clog the follicles on your scalp, and block new hair growth, it also dries out the hair shaft itself. This can cause strands to stick together, meaning strands that aren’t ready to be shed may unwillingly fall out with hairs that they are stuck to.

  1. Breakouts

If you really think about it, dry shampoo is just a spray we leave on all day and don’t think about. As it is just a product sitting on our scalp for hours, sometimes days on end, it is seriously clogging up our pores.

It continues to build up oils, dirt, and bacteria, which can cause acne and breakouts. Since this is your head, the build-up can trace down to your upper forehead where it may wreak havoc as well.


Let’s cut to the chase. The last thing you want to hear is that a product you rely on to get through busy mornings and last-minute hair fixes could be doing some serious damage. Trust us, for a team full of women who thrive on hair hacks, the thought that dry shampoo is doing more harm than good is driving us mad.

But thankfully, it is only damaging if you’re using dry shampoo as an everyday thing.

The hair experts agree that as long as you only use dry shampoo a max of 2-3 days in a row, you’re not likely to do any major damage.

Amie Maclaine

Amie is a self-professed make up addict with a larger perfume collection than anyone in the southern hemisphere. There’s not a night of the week you won’t find her without a face mask on, and cup of peppermint tea in hand. With a passion for all things food and wellness, she’s the first to jump on a new heath trend. If she’s not rocking one of her well-loved rugby jumpers, you’ll find her in her active wear, Almond Dirty Chai in-tow, ready to take on the day.

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