The disgusting truth about dry shampoo: How over-using this bad hair day saviour can cause dandruff, scalp pimples and even CYSTS  

  • Hair experts warn that using too much dry shampoo can be harmful
  • Overuse can lead to dandruff and interfere with styling hair
  • More severe side effects include scalp pimples and cysts  

Dry shampoo has become a staple product in many women's beauty cabinet.

The saviour of lank, flat hair that is perhaps a day past its date with the shampoo bottle, it promises to add volume, soak up grease and freshen locks.

So effective it is, that many women admit to being a little too dependent on the hair version of the 'shower in a can'... and hair experts have now revealed that over-using dry shampoo can have very harmful side effects. 

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Don't overdo it: While many women admit to depending on dry shampoo to refresh their hair between washes, hair experts have revealed the unsavoury and harmful side effects of overuse

Don't overdo it: While many women admit to depending on dry shampoo to refresh their hair between washes, hair experts have revealed the unsavoury and harmful side effects of overuse

Dandruff is one of the more minor, but certainly unpleasant side effects of coating hair in the powdery substance.

'Dry shampoo is designed to draw moisture away from the scalp so excessive use will definitely leave you with a dry and flaky scalp,' Sydney-based celebrity stylist Renya Xydis told Daily Mail Australia.

According to celebrity stylist Benjamin Mohapi, dry shampoo can actually do the opposite of refreshing your scalp.

'Overuse of dry shampoo can leave the hair looking dusty and a build-up of product on the scalp can lead to blocked pores - causing pimples or even cysts,' he told Marie Claire.

Bad hair day: Using too much of the product can lead to dandruff, interfere with styling, and blocked pores that cause pimples and cysts

Bad hair day: Using too much of the product can lead to dandruff, interfere with styling, and blocked pores that cause pimples and cysts

And while many of us depend on a spritz of dry shampoo to bring life back to a limp 'do, overuse can do the opposite, preventing you from styling hair properly. 

'The downside to using spray regularly also means it builds up a coating on the hair shaft which in turn means you can't style hair as you normally would,' said Anthony Nader, owner and stylist at Raw Hair.

Nader says less is definitely more. 'Go easy and start off with only a little bit of spray on the areas you need to soak up - keeping it approximately 10 cm away and then massaging it into your roots to soak up the natural oils.'

The big question is, how much is too much? 

How much is too much? Celebrity stylist Renya Xydis Xidis recommends 'using dry shampoo no more than twice a week, and washing product out thoroughly in between applications'

How much is too much? Celebrity stylist Renya Xydis Xidis recommends 'using dry shampoo no more than twice a week, and washing product out thoroughly in between applications'

Xidis recommends using dry shampoo no more than twice a week, and washing product out thoroughly in between applications - to avoid clogging scalp pores in the white stuff.

While the evidence is still out about the scientific cause, hairdressers can agree, when it comes to dry shampoo it's definitely about quality over quantity.

'I recommend using salon quality products over cheap supermarket brands - they are made from quality ingredients and last longer,' said James Burrows, owner and head stylist at Mr Burrows.

'It’s best to avoid any products that are overly powdery or heavily fragranced.'

Burrows also noted that pre-existing conditions or allergic reactions to cheaper, less reputable brands may also play a role. 

 

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