People have been using dry shampoo for centuries to keep their hair looking fresh and clean without washing it. But, did you know this seemingly harmless beauty trick could result in hair loss?

The dry shampoos of today, which are typically made from corn or rice starch, are used to rid your hair of oil, debris and odor without using water. The most popular dry shampoos come in an aerosol spray, making them quick and easy to apply, which is why many people turn to them to shorten their morning routines.

However, dry shampoos are not meant to replace regular shampooing, and overuse could result in hair loss and inhibit hair growth. When used several times a week, the ingredients in dry shampoo can build up on the hair follicle. This build-up weakens the follicle and may cause inflammation, which can also increase hair shedding. The other downside of dry shampoo is that the powders they contain can cause hair follicles to stick together, so when a normal hair sheds, it may take a few extra strands with it.

Still tempted to reach for your dry shampoo? While they do have their benefits such as water conservation, convenience and hair color preservation, keep in mind that experts have differing opinions on how much is too much. For people with normal, healthy hair, occasional use is most likely fine. Limiting your dry shampoo use to one or two times a week, along with regular hair washing, is your best option. But, if you’re already dealing with thinning hair, it may be a good idea to skip dry shampoo altogether.

Shampooing regularly is important to the health of your hair because leaving oil, dead skin cells and sweat on your scalp can negatively impact your hair follicles. Rather than reaching for the dry shampoo, which can cause hair breakage and thinning, lather up your tresses daily or every other day to help maintain a clean scalp and healthy hair.

Dealing with thinning hair can be a frustrating process. There are many causes of hair loss in addition to overusing dry shampoo, including hormones, diet, genetics, and other medical issues. If you are suffering from hair loss, Hair Club can help. Contact us today to schedule a free, private hair analysis with a hair loss expert who will help you determine your level of hair loss and which proven solution is right for you.

For informational purposes. Only a Physician can determine the exact cause of hair loss.

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