All That Dry Shampoo Might be Stopping Your Hair from Growing

Step away from that can

Dry shampoo has become a sort of miracle product. A few sprays, and you can skip an entire day—or more—between washes. It even helps give you a little bit of that tackiness to hold styles in better. Thanks to its ease, most of us have become pretty dependent on the stuff. But it turns out, it might not be as good for our hair as we once believed.

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Really, when you spray dry shampoo onto the roots of your hair, loads of that powdery product settle right onto your scalp. Not only can this cause a massive buildup (read: limp hair and dandruff), but it also seriously clogs up the hair follicle. Rita Hazan, owner of the Rita Hazan Salon in New York City, tells POPSUGAR that she believes “not washing your hair is equivalent to not washing your face” and those clogged pores on your scalp can “lead to thin hair and hair fallout.”

Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips, trichologist at the Philip Kingsley Clinic, adds, “A clean scalp is a healthy scalp.”

So maybe it’s time to put down that dry shampoo can and hop back in the shower, especially if you’re trying to grow your hair out. If you’re really against the idea of frequent hair washes, though, checking the ingredients in your shampoo can help.

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DevaCurl Curl Master and Educator Cal Ellis advises to watch out for shampoos with sulfates that strip hair of moisture, and silicones that coat hair and don’t allow it to absorb moisture. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t feel an immediate difference in your hair, though. Ellis says, “If you’ve spent a lifetime drying your hair out with sulfates and silicones, it may take time for the oil glands to readjust to a normal level of distribution.”

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Long hair, do care.

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Jackie Kolgraf
Jackie Kolgraf

Jackie lives in the suburbs of Boston with her dachshund and corgi. She loves flowers, snow, One Direction, and bad TV. When she's not writing about pop culture, she's probably reading about it.