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27.4.15

Overusing Dry Shampoo And How To Use It Properly

Dry shampoo is a godsend, as some would say. It allows you to go without washing your hair while keeping the oils at bay. But overusing it can cause minor problems, especially if you're not cleaning your hair properly afterward. How to use it may be a no-brainer, but there are a few people out there who use it a little too much, beyond what it's actually for. Sometimes accidentally. While this isn't great for your scalp, the only real dangers you face are cloged pores. Something that is easily controlled. While Marie Claire may have recently, unnecessarily, scared people out of using the stuff, I figured now would be as good a time as any to refresh the ol' memory, and give a little guide on properly (and safely) using dry shampoo. Just in case we've forgotten or gotten a little too excited with our use. 

As we all know, washing the hair too regularly is bad for it. You can dry your hair out, make it more oily and can make it brittle and easily prone to damage. It's recommended by every professional and guru that you at least skip a day or two. During these no-wash days, dry shampoo can help with oils, texture and volume to help refresh the hair and make it look good. And it won't damage your hair. 
It's designed to be used once between wash days as a refresher, used twice at the most

Overusing is when you're substituting washing your hair, with dry shampoo. Again, not doing this may be a no-brainer, but we've all been guilty of at least wanting to do this. Sometimes it's an accident, we've let our hair go for too long and it needs a pick-me-up. But, dry shampoo isn't supposed to be used more than twice in a row - at most. Ideally, it's for those days when you forget to wash your hair, or can't be bothered. It's for the days when your hair is a little too greasy in between washes. 

What overusing can do is obvious. Mostly, it doesn't work properly. Build up of dry shampoo just makes your hair heavy, and a barrier is created. So any additional use won't actually do anything for the hair. At most, it can block your pores and suffocate the scalp - that part was a great tip by Marie Claire. As we know, this aggravates the sebum glands and, ironically, your hair will just get more oily. It'll be itchy and feel gross, and possibly cause pimples. But that's really the only "damage" you're looking at. If you overuse and don't clean the hair properly. Cysts may occur, but they're really not that scary and with proper use, you don't have to worry about a thing.
Using dry shampoo properly, is easy as pie
Use it when your hair needs a little freshening up between washes, only using it once. It will work much better if it's used before your hair get's too oily. It works wonders on second-day hair, not so much after that. 
When it comes time to wash your hair (preferably on the third or fourth day), wash it out properly. Be generous with your sulfate-free shampoo, and gently massage it into the scalp to loosen and wash out all of the dry shampoo. Try not to let the dry shampoo sit on the scalp for too long.

Use a dry texturizing spray instead of dry shampoo, for when you want texture and volume. While dry shampoo does give you both of those things, it's only so your hair can look fresh and clean when you don't wash it. Using it only to acheive a desired look, creates unnecessary build up on the scalp that it doesn't need. Instead, just use a dry texturizing spray. Combine it with hair spray to hold it in place. 

You don't have to fear the dry shampoo. Sure it can backfire on you if you use it too much, but just remember restraint and you'll be fine. It's okay to wash your hair every second day with a dry shampoo spritz in between, and you won't be causing any more damage than you would by simply stepping outside. The goal is simply to not wash daily, practice restraint with the dry shampoo, and clean the hair well.


Photos by Sheree Grace

- Sheree

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