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Why I Stopped Using Dry Shampoo

I’ve been dry-shampoo-free for a good couple of weeks now. I would consider myself to have gotten on the bandwagon quite late (probably two years ago or less?) but as it happens, I’m completely off it now.

The truth is, if you’re not careful, you can become very dependent on dry shampoo. It’s so easy. Too easy. I’m not here to tell you not to use the product at all by the way but as with everything else in life – moderation is key. And if high-school-me had discovered this product back then – gosh, I would’ve considered it my saviour and blessing.

I was that girl who’s hair would get greasy from the roots on the second day. Maybe even after a day and a half. It definitely didn’t help either that I had jet black locks and at one point – bangs.

It was one of the things that I was embarrassed by; and as luck would have it, I’d go into school half the week looking less than great but you can also say my looks were the least of my worries at that time. (Just my hair! And maybe acne.) My family, especially my brother would notice and I’d dread going out in public though I did anyway. What could a girl do? Even my mum said that as a child, my hair was always on the oilier side.

I learnt to avoid hair conditioners, as I found the addition of it made my hair greasier faster. (After a day?) To this day, I am still the same. Honestly, without it my hair is smooth, straight and shiny anyway. That stuff just seems to coat it and weigh it down which is not what I want.

The thing is, over the years I have come to know more about my hair type, thanks to self-study. My hair can be greasy – yes, though nothing like how it used to be. I wonder if hormones was a big factor? But now I control the condition with what I have full-control over – product selection. And as it happens, dry shampoo seemed like a perfectly marketed product especially for greasy hair – but not without its consequences.

Perhaps it is my bad too. (For using too much eventually.)

If you are a dry-shampoo user, you know how it works: You begin using it and you get excited because your hair magically looks better; sometimes, better than when it was freshly washed. Before you know it, you’ve gone 3 or 4 days without washing your hair which in retrospect – is kind of gross. Washing your hair on the daily is not recommended but on the other side of the spectrum where dry shampoo sits, it’s barely a  better choice either. You are quite literally adding more ingredients that nests inside your hair.

Dry shampoo ironically, dried out my scalp, and if you are a dandruff or dry scalp sufferer, I really wouldn’t recommend dry shampoo to you. I previously never had either case but months after I found myself suffering the consequences. For a product that was meant to make me feel a little more empowered through my hair, it actually made me feel more embarrassed. At times, it looked like I was spraying dandruff directly onto my hair which was hard to brush out (perhaps because the oils from my hair made it stick? Gross, I know).

Growing up, I have never had an issue with a dry scalp or dandruff but now that dry shampoo has triggered it, it has added another problem which I am still fixing and maintaining. Thus, another beauty battle is on. Will these battles end? Probably not. Will I use dry shampoo again? Whilst I cannot profess ‘never’, certainly at this time, I won’t be using it for a long while. For me, it was more hassle and gimmick than useful.

What about you? Have you ever ran into a product that was meant to make your life easier but instead it made it more annoying? 😝 Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. I definitely feel like I’ve started having scalp issues with dry shampoo & I never used it very often, only twice a month or do. I have dryness & pimples around the areas I do use it, I think I need to finally cut out dry shampoo as well.

    • I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one experiencing this! I’m surprised I haven’t heard anyone else speak of this as a problem…everyone else seems to praise the product to no-end.

  2. I wash my hair every day except Sunday! I have oily scalp and not only does my hair look limp, the “dirty hair” smell is a real thing for me! So many people caution to not wash your hair daily but I just can’t not. I only apply conditioner to the ends of my hair to avoid root build-up. On Sundays, that’s when I use dry shampoo – and even then, I do not like how my scalp feels unclean. I can imagine how dry shampoo can further irritate the scalp – once a week is more than enough for me.
    I’m trying to think of a product that does more harm than good… hmm, maybe lip balms? I think I’ve become really reliant on them and my lips lack any ability to self hydrate! 😛

    • Yes! I think that’s the thing that irritates me the most about dry shampoo (other than it irritating my scalp lol), the fact that it makes my scalp feel so unclean! If you think about it, the concept is truly bizarre because you are adding chemicals to dirty hair 🤔🤦🏻‍♀️ which let’s be real, doesn’t neutralise or become cleaner.

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  5. Totally with you on this. I’d never had any scalp issues until about 6 months ago when mine suddenly went all dry and flaky, my hairdresser put it down to my dry shampoo use…I have super thick hair so washing it is a hassle plus it doesn’t really get overly greasy would use a bit of dry shampoo. I guess I just didn’t realise the damage I was doing to my poor head. Despite not using it at all for over 6 months, I still can’t get my scalp back to its happy self 😦 x

    • Oops, don’t know how I haven’t replied to this yet – sorry for late reply!
      I am sorry to hear about your case but it’s great that you have shared your experience – I really felt like I was the odd one out! I would say I am the same – my scalp is a lot better than how it was but now and again, it’ll play up. It’s really annoying but I guess I just have to be patient, and maybe do more hair masks/treatments. All the best! X

  6. I have an oily scalp so I am curious what shampoo you use. I agree about dry shampoo. Years ago when it first became big, I couldn’t help but use it, even after washing. I felt that it gave me volume and bounce. But it actually made my hair too dry, it was difficult to get out and it irritated me with how dirty it made my hair brushes.
    I do wash my hair everyday and I know people say not too, but whenever I have tried to leave it for a while, it just gets worse and worse. x

    • I am currently using L’Oreal Extraordinary Oils Shampoo (it’s in my most recent favourites actually). I really like it. I wouldn’t say it’s the best shampoo ever, and that my hair never gets oily but it certainly controls it better and doesn’t dry out my hair. I have used some shampoos that just leave your hair unclean and worst yet, doesn’t cleanse the grease away. I have learnt to choose shampoos that moisturise/balance my scalp. That is the most important to me cos then I can ensure that any seeping oils will be better controlled. Any shampoos that leave your scalp dry is just dying to produce oil therefore oily hair. (At least that is the case for me.) To be honest, finding the right shampoo takes so much patience, analysis and testing so good luck!

      You hit the nail on the head about the hair brush! I relate SO much to it that I’m so happy to have put forward this post. Honestly, my hair brushes got really yucky from dry shampoo…they look like dusty, powdery particles? Awful.

      • Sorry for the late response and thank you for sharing. I get what you mean – some shampoos just make your hair feel so dry and then the following day you see more oil.

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    • I think some people might not react to it at all all their lives, like allergies. You could be fine throughout the years into your 20s and then suddenly, you’re allergic to something. It’s really bizarre. Just because you don’t see the bad symptoms on the outside, doesn’t mean the product is necessarily good for you.

      Thanks for reading! X

  8. LivingOutLoud says

    I am glad you wrote about this! I just started using dry shampoo a few months ago because I was trying to wash my hair less. I am a lot like you and my hair gets greasy at the roots. I was very curious especially since I have been working out. This week I decided to quit using dry shampoo. It made my hair very dry and am glad that I stopped.
    Thanks for sharing your experience! How often do you wash your hair now? I used to wash mine every day, but have wanted to give it a rest.

    ❤ Alana

    • I am glad I wrote this too actually! Ha, but no really, I didn’t realise there were so many people who had had very similar experiences. It’s been well over a month now since I made this post, and my scalp/hair is making the right progress since quitting. It is getting closer to how it was. I started doing coconut oil treatments too before I wash my hair.

      I wash my hair every other day. I only use shampoo, no conditioner. If you can withstand it, I’d recommend doing it this way too rather than everyday. Maybe you should try hair masking too? It could help with the balance of your hair. 🙂

      • LivingOutLoud says

        I haven’t tried shampoo without conditioner yet, but I will give it a shot. On Saturday night I did an Olive Oil hair mask by Carol’s Daughter then I added some olive oil and avocado oil to a hot bath. Afterwards I used sweet almond oil on my body and hair and it really seemed to help. I am going to try a coconut oil treatment this week. Thanks for the tips 🙂

      • The reason why I don’t use conditioner is because I feel that it makes my hair oilier quicker. As quick as the next day. Besides, I think people recommend to use conditioner just on the ends rather than your whole head.

        I think conditioner also weighs your hair down, because of the silicons that coat the hair (making it feel ‘smoother’). Therefore, I just never use conditioner.

      • LivingOutLoud says

        I definitely think you’re onto something 🙂

  9. I’ve never liked how dry shampoo textures my hair, and I only use it once every couple of weeks, if it’s an emergency. Glad I’m not used to dry shampoo that much as it does more harm than good.

    • I’m happy to have started this conversation up! It still baffles me as to why dry shampoo is popular. I honestly think people are under the illusion that dry shampoo gives them great hair and they don’t want to admit otherwise. Anyways, thanks for commenting! 🙂 X

  10. I have oily hair too. Rarely use dry shampoo though unless it’s an emergency. Haha

    Saw on Instagram a while back that someone washes her hair like twice a week after she trained her hair to deal with it, and I’ve been wondering how often we should actually be washing our hair (especially in winter). I have been washing my hair every alternate day, and oddly enough, my husband’s Head & Shoulder Classic Clean shampoo is the best at managing my hair and his.

  11. I don’t like dry shampoo, so I have never actually jumped on that bus. I don’t understand it really. It doesn’t do much for my frizzy, mega volume hair *LOL* I feel really gross if I don’t at least wash my hair every 2nd day. I love washing my hair day *LOL* It’s not good either, but I hate that dirty hair feeling.

    It sounds pretty bad that it dried out your scalp O_o Good thing that you’ve stopped then.

    • I think I need to do more hair masks from now on. Cannot be too low maintenance now! 😂 But yes, good for you. Keep it that way! 😀

  12. I saw a lot of advertising and a lot of advice from famous stylists about the benefits of dry shampoo. But I use it very rarely, only in case of emergency.

  13. I like dry shampoo but I don’t rely on it everyday to get me between washes. I only use it when I don’t have time to shower after a workout if I’m heading to work right after, and even then I’ll wash it out when I get home in the evening.

    • I think I did go through a phase where I did rely on it a little too much but that wasn’t all the time. I think it can get you into a bad unnecessary habit if you’re not careful which is probably what happened to me… I have eczema/psoriasis though so I figured I should completely cut it out! One of the best decisions I’ve ever made! ☺️

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