There are no scientific studies that directly link dry shampoo to hair loss. However, if you frequently use dry shampoo, it can accumulate on your scalp, stripping away oils that build up and keep your scalp healthy. This can lead to clogged follicles, which damage your hair and can eventually lead to hair loss or hair thinning.
Clogged hair follicles result in minimized oxygen to your scalp, which inhibits growth and weakens hair growth. This can also lead to possible infections, such as folliculitis, a result of inflamed hair follicles. In severe cases, the scalp can develop seborrheic dermatitis, resulting in inflamed skin and excess dandruff.
Dry Shampoo Overuse
Though not directly tied to hair loss, dry shampoo, like any product, can cause damage when overused. Excessive usage can leave hair brittle and more prone to breakage. Additionally, dry shampoo is designed to absorb moisture, and overusing it can leave hair dry and irritated.
Ingredients to Avoid
Make sure your dry shampoo doesn’t contain harsh, abrasive ingredients that can dry out hair or irritate skin. Avoid the following:
- Sulfates: SLS can easily remove too much sebum on the scalp, causing flaking.
- Parabens: There are many different types of parabens, but Butylparaben in particular is more likely to cause skin redness, irritation, pain, and itchiness.
- Talc: Naturally occurring asbestos has been known to contaminate talc during the manufacturing process.
- Synthetic fragrances: Artificial scents can be hazardous to sensitive skin, triggering allergies, eczema, headaches, and more.
- Alcohol: Alcohol can severely dry out your scalp, resulting in dandruff, clogged pores, and dry and irritated skin.
- Polyethylene glycols: PEGs can be contaminated with toxic impurities like ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which are linked to cancer and organ system toxicity.
Can You Use Dry Shampoo on a Receding Hairline?
If you have a receding hairline and also suffer from dandruff, irritated skin, and/or dryness, you should avoid dry shampoo, especially if you overuse it. However, occasional use of dry shampoo should be fine, as long as you refrain from using it excessively.