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Does dry shampoo cause hair loss?

Many of us struggle with getting out of bed first thing in the morning. It is not until our lips hit the first sip of coffee that many of us hit the ground running. Even so, it is not unusual to experience times when there just aren’t enough hours in the day–especially when getting ready in the morning. Dry shampoo to the rescue!

While dry shampoo can help when short on time, is it really a good idea? Does dry shampoo cause hair loss? Is it just as good as shampooing?

The primary purpose of dry shampoo is not to clean the hair. Instead, the idea behind it is that the powder soaks up the excess oil on the scalp. However, there are several issues that can result from the regular use of dry shampoo.

  • Dry shampoos often contain talc, a substance that has been linked to cancers when inhaled.
  • Dry shampoo can cause the overgrowth of bacteria and yeast, contributing to acne and dandruff.
  • Dry shampoo can cause the hair to stick together, resulting in more shedding of the hair in larger clumps.
  • Dry shampoo can cause conditions such as psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis to worsen.

With this in mind, many of our patients find themselves avoiding the use of dry shampoo and scheduling more time in their day to shampoo as needed to keep the scalp from becoming greasy, oily, and itchy. However, irregular use, in a pinch, shouldn’t cause too much of a problem for those who do not have scalp conditions that may worsen with use.

When should I use dry shampoo?

Dry shampoo is best used on oily hair when washing/shampooing is not an option, but not on a regular basis, and not for patients who have a history of certain scalp and skin issues.

Learn more about ways of caring for your hair and scalp

Dr. Martin N. Zaiac is a dermatologist in the area of Miami Beach, FL, who regularly works with patients in the community to help them with their skin, hair, nails, and body. If you are interested in finding out more about hair and scalp care, call 305-534-8480 to request an appointment at our state-of-the-art dermatology office.

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