Dry Shampoo Side Effects

A lot of health experts claim that washing your hair too much and too often can rob them of the nourishing natural oils in the scalp and the hair. So the more shampoos you use, the dryer your hair will get. This sounds logical and perhaps that is why sales for dry shampoos have been skyrocketing over the years. The fact is, though, that dry shampoos have their own side effects. It is true that they save you a lot of time and are quite convenient, but if not used correctly, they can do more harm to you than good.

Side Effects

Here are some dry shampoo side effects:

  • Dry shampoos have talcs as their main ingredient. It is the talc that absorbs the grease from your hair and leaves it looking fresh. However, some people’s skins are sensitive and cannot tolerate too much of talc. If you use the dry shampoo too often, you may experience itching and redness in your scalp due to allergies and intolerance of talc.
  • Though dry shampoos can have a blotting effect on your locks, and it can create the appearance of dry, oil free hair, it does not do anything to your hair’s texture. If your hair is flat, it would continue to be so. If you have an increasing wave a few days after washing your hair, a dry shampoo will certainly not be able to remedy that.
  • Product buildup is a nightmare that almost everyone who uses dry shampoos regularly has to face. The more dry shampoo you use, the more product will be built up in your scalp and its roots. When you finally do take a shower, you will realize how much of it was in your hair. Product buildup can never be good because it could clog the pores on your scalp. Also, unless you are using a completely invisible shampoo, you will be able to see a trail of powdered shampoo product along the partings in your hair.
  • Dry shampoo hurts the natural gloss of your hair. It makes your hair distinctly lived in and even frayed sometimes. Though it can help you prolong a hairstyle or a hair treatment, it would certainly prevent you from creating a new one.
  • If you skimp on washing your hair regularly, and use dry shampoo instead, your hair will not be truly clean. They will only be oil free and deodorized. If you have large, dry and voluminous hair, leaving them completely free of natural oils can be damaging to both your hair and your hairstyle.

Dry Shampoo Side Effects

Dry Shampoo Dos and Don’ts

With every beauty product, comes directions for its use. If you have a dry shampoo, you have to use it in the way it was intended to.


  • When applying the dry shampoo. Always spray from at least 6 inches away from your head. This would help spread the product evenly on your scalp and prevent clumping.
  • Do not begin to style immediately after spraying the product. Instead, wait for some time before going in with your comb and accessories. Let the product settle in so that you can style your tresses better. A few minutes after spraying, comb your hair and blow dry it through to settle in the product completely.
  • Dry shampoos add a matting texture to your hair. So apply them on the roots and the ends only in moderate amounts. If you use a lot of product, it would give your hair a rough texture.


  • Do not spray the product on wet hair. Since the primary ingredient of this shampoo is talc, wet hair will cause the product to clump and appear colored on your hair. Your hair will not look clean, they would end up looking even dirtier.
  • Try not to end up using too much products on the mid shafts. A dry shampoo is meant to be used on the roots and the ends of your hair. So if you use too much on the mid shaft, it would cause your hairs to become too textured.

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Neha started her career as a research associate with the Azim Premji Foundation and went on to lead several development programs with various NGOs. In her free time she loves travelling and writing.