WHY DRY SHAMPOO IS “BAD” FOR YOUR HAIR

WHY DRY SHAMPOO IS “BAD” FOR YOUR HAIR

Dry shampoo is a saviour for many people! For most, “second day” hair is usually not the best. Not to mention the time required in the morning to wash, blow dry and style your hair when dry shampoo can save up to 30 min off your morning routine. But there’s still a big dilemma about whether or not dry shampoo is doing more harm than good. It is no secret many women over-use dry shampoo, which results in scalp dryness, hair loss, and YES even scalp pimples. 

So, is dry shampoo really bad for your hair? The simple answer is no, but it’s not that simple. 

DRY SHAMPOO IS NOT ‘SHAMPOO’

Here’s what you need to know if you use dry shampoo: If you’re spraying product and powders near your scalp, you have to wash it out  at some point.

Dry shampoo does not cleanse your scalp, and should never be used as a substitute for shampoo. It simply works to ‘mask’ and absorb oil and odor. That is what makes your hair look cleaner the next day. But dry shampoo does not get absorbed by the scalp. It is simply designed to coat the scalp and hair, and it needs to be washed out within 2 Days…yes we are putting a time limit on dry shampoo. It should not remain on the scalp for longer than two days.

 

PRODUCT BUILD-UP IS THE REAL PROBLEM

What happens if you don’t wash out dry shampoo? Trouble, that’s what. 

The real problem is when the dry shampoo powders + dirt + oil sit on your scalp for days at a time. Even when brushed out, some of the powder particles will remain on your scalp and hair strands. This will build-up and  irritate your scalp, but it also clogs your hair follicles, which lead to  dermatitis, pimples, scaly patches, and even hair loss. 

So you see, it’s not the dry shampoo that’s bad for your hair, it’s extending the usage period that is bad for your hair…it is not designed to be a substitute for shampoo.

 

Basically what I am trying to say is don’t scare yourself out of using dry shampoo, especially if you’re using something with all natural formulation. It is the best time-saver and is a great way to help train your hair to need less washing. Just make sure you’re using it correctly and not causing product build-up at the roots!

If you have any tips about using dry shampoo, or have experienced problems with dry shampoo before, let us know in the comments below.

 

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How to Hide Thinning Hair Naturally

How to Hide Thinning Hair Naturally

Believe it or not, hair loss occurs in women too. Many women are embarrassed and don’t talk about it because they think it is socially unacceptable. Hair thinning can also occur earlier in life due to stress, wearing a tight ponytail on a daily basis, or using harsh hair products and treatments as well.

 

What Is The Main Type of Hair Loss?

The most common type of hair loss occurs in postmenopausal women. As many as two-thirds suffer from thinning hair and bald spots, while at least one-third experience total hair loss (alopecia) at some point in their lives.

 

How Does Hair Grow?

Our hair grows in what are called anagen phases. Androgenic alopecia occurs when the anagen phase is shortened. In other words, hair loss occurs when your scalp sheds more hair than the amount that it grows.

 

What Can I Do About Hair Loss?

There are many complicated and expensive procedures available to solve this problem whether it be a wig, hair extensions, or a hair transplant. However, I understand that this is not an option for everyone. Therefore, I decided to share my favorite way to naturally hide thinning hair spots on a budget.

 

before and after covering hair loss

Photo by Flickr.

 

How to Use Dry Shampoo for Hair Loss

I suggest using a natural powder dry shampoo because fixatives in aerosol sprays can be harsh on fine hair, which will cause breakage and further hair loss. You may have also heard that you should avoid heat from blow dryers since it can damage your hair, but it actually helps expand the hair shaft and add volume. 

We created our takesumi detox overnight dry shampoo which are lightly-tinted in two shades to help easily blend into your hair. It is also a super lightweight powder formulation that won’t weigh down your hair unlike wet volumizers, hairsprays, or pomades and give it a natural hold. This is ideal to give the appearance that you have more hair, effortlessly.

 

blow drying hair to hide thinning hair

Photo by Wendy Wei.

 

A Step-by-Step Guide To Adding Volume To Hair

Here is a step-by-step process on how you can achieve voluminous hair to cover up hair thinning spots using only a few items: a round brush, a blow dryer, and a lightweight powder dry shampoo.

 

STEP 1: If hair is wet, wait until your hair is 60% dry before blow drying. If your hair is dry move on to STEP 2.

STEP 2: Using the low heat setting on your blow dryer to avoid heat damage, section the hair and use the round brush curling down and into the scalp to create the “hair bump”.

STEP 3: When your hair is 90% dry, you’ll get lasting volume by giving each section of your hair a shot of cold air (some people never use the cool button, but it can be handy in this instance) before taking the brush out.

STEP 4: Spray the dry shampoo onto multiple sections of the hair closest to the scalp. This will help hold the volume to last all day long.

 

Other Things to Keep In Mind

If you’re using this process with dry shampoo to conceal your hair loss, it’s important to wash your hair and scalp every second day since dry shampoo powder can suffocate your hair follicles. Since your hair is already quite delicate, remember to only use a small amount of product when you are washing your hair.

If you have any other suggestions on how to deal with thinning hair spots, we would love to hear from you.

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An Unsuspecting Reason Why Your Hair Is Thinning

An Unsuspecting Reason Why Your Hair Is Thinning

Eating less red meat is an undeniable trend of 2019. Reasons vary from cutting out inflammatory toxins in your diet, to wanting to lower your carbon dioxide footprint, to deciding against unethical farming practices.

 

However, cutting out red meat from your diet also means you are likely eliminating your main dietary source of iron. 

 

Having sufficient iron in your system is critical to hair, bone and nail health (to name a few things). When your body lacks iron, it cannot make hemoglobin (the protein in your red blood cells), and cannot transport oxygen around the body for growth and repair. 

 

So if you switch to a vegan or vegetarian diet, you may experience thinning hair as a result.

 

Luckily, there are many iron-rich plant-based solutions! Incorporate more beans (like lentils, soybeans, kidney beans) and leafy greens (such as spinach, swiss chard, kale) in your diet to increase your iron intake from non-meat and non-dairy sources.

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