The dark side of dry shampoo

I’m a big fan of dry shampoo. I raved about it in one of my earliest articles for Project Vanity, and it has a permanent spot in my beauty routine. As much as I love how it sops up oil and adds volume to my mane, there are still some drawbacks that keep it from reaching HG status in my hair care. Before buying yourself some dry shampoo, make sure to read this quick guide first!

The dreaded white cast. It’s not a particular problem if you have light hair or are using a tinted dry shampoo. If you’re using white dry shampoo on dark hair though, you know that you can be in for an awkward gray root situation. On top of that, it can give your hair color the appearance of dullness since it mattifies your roots. The key to avoid these problems is to use the powder sparingly and blend it out carefully. An important thing to note when using this product is that a little goes a long way!

You can also  DIY your very own dry shampoo  to match your hair color!

You can also DIY your very own dry shampoo to match your hair color!

It can cause scalp dryness. As the name suggests, it's designed to zap all the greasiness from your scalp. Using this more than a few times a week though can lead to an itchy, flake-y scalp and being totally devoid of moisture. A dry scalp may not sound so bad, but is a leading case for dandruff problems.

If you don’t clear out the product build up, dry shampoo can clog your pores. If left blocked for a long time, this can lead to – wait for it – pimples, cysts, and/or bald spots. This is starting to sound like a real horror story, but wait up!

You have to note that these disadvantages are simply the result of the wrong usage of dry shampoo. As any dry shampoo user would tell you, the occasional sprinkle is totally fine, and can even give you healthier hair when used right! You can use dry shampoo in between washes but no more than two days in a row to avoid product build up. To ensure that you don’t clog the pores on your scalp, do give your hair a deep cleanse every week with clarifying shampoo. Remember this guide and you’re good to dry shampoo away!