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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