Can Dry Shampoo Make My Hair Fall Out?

hair lossHave you read about dry shampoo in recent beauty blogs and magazines? Are some of your friends switching to dry shampoo? This season, dry shampoo is probably the hottest hair accessory.

As with any hair product you might be unfamiliar with, you probably want some basic information before you use it on your hair.

Specifically, is dry shampoo dangerous? Will using dry shampoo damage your hair… or even make your hair fall out?

The short answer is no. Dry shampoo is perfectly safe for practically all hair types. Here’s an in-depth look into what dry shampoo actually is, how it’s used and why it might be the best choice for you:

Dry Shampoo Explained

Like the regular shampoo you use in the shower, dry shampoo keeps your hair clean and fresh smelling. Unlike traditional shampoo, however, dry shampoo uses no water. You don’t wet your head before application or rinse with water after. In fact, dry shampoo should only be used on dry hair (otherwise you’ll end up with a bit of a goopy, although otherwise harmless, mess).

Dry shampoo works a bit differently than water-based shampoo. Regular shampoo removes dirt and grime from your hair, but it also removes oil from your hair follicles and scalp. Some of these natural oils need to be washed away, but others actually protect your scalp and hair.

Dry shampoo removes follicle oil while leaving helpful scalp oil. This leads to thicker, fuller and healthier hair. Your hair’s natural shine and strength are unleashed!

Dry shampoo can be either a powder or a spray. A powder tends to have a subtler scent, which makes it great for anyone with allergies or sensitivities. Sprays tend to provide better coverage, and are often a good choice if your hair is already thick and long.

Applying Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo can be applied quickly and easily while on-the-go. Many people take dry shampoo camping or keep a bottle at the gym. Of course, dry shampoo works whenever you want to freshen and clean your hair at any point throughout the day.

If using the spray, apply from about six inches from your hair. The powder is applied directly to your hair. Don’t worry – sometimes the shampoo is white, and that’s perfectly normal. Let the dry shampoo set for a few minutes. Then brush, comb or blow-dry the shampoo out. Your hair will be clean, full and fantastic smelling.

Is Dry Shampoo Safe for My Hair?

Dry shampoo does not cause hair loss. However, there is an important aspect to the use of dry shampoo. You do have to wash your hair with traditional shampoo on a regular basis.

Dry shampoo soaks up oils and removes odors. But only water-based shampoo completely cleans your hair and scalp. Without this type of cleaning, your hair can “clump up” and start to look thin. Fortunately, a single wash with a regular shampoo will get your back to normal. Hair care experts recommended a traditional shampoo for about every three dry shampoos. Beyond this, dry shampoos are safe for regular use on all hair types.

Looking for a quick, safe and easy way to freshen your hair all throughout the day? Try a dry shampoo, this season’s most popular hair care trend.


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About the Author

About the Author: My name is Kayla Evans and I'm the founder and editor of I've been OBSESSED with hair for about as long as I can remember. So for me, trying out dry shampoos and hair products all the time is the greatest job in the world :)