The Perils of Shampooy Phooey

Emily R

Dry shampoo has been in the news lately. Back in April, Nicole Baxter from Northern Ireland saw a Facebook post go viral to 30,000 about how her use of dry shampoo had led to her forming a sore scalp and developing a patch of Alopecia. Now Emily Roberts, 25, (pictured) has come forward to say that she also blames the product (used every other day in her case) for her battle with Alopecia.

Dry shampoo is a tempting spritz fix for those in a rush to get to work in the morning and UK is one of the largest consumers of this product with up to a quarter of women estimated to use it on a regular basis.

Ironically dry shampoo can be a particular temptation for those with already-lank locks as it is said to boost the appearance of volume too.

However ‘dry shampoo’ is a misnomer, for this dry powder product does not actually clean the hair. It simply absorbs excess oil and grease making the hair look fresher, though it isn’t in reality.

Even the concept is not new as the Victorians employed arrowroot powder, corn starch and oatmeal for the same purpose, though one can imagine that the latter two might have been quite a hazard in the rain, transforming hair into either wallpaper paste or porridge!

Latter day dry shampoos have moved onto ingredients such as powdered rice protein, tapioca starch or clay produced in aerosol form.

However these are no substitute for real shampoos which genuinely clean the hair and scalp, so it is worth getting up that extra twenty minutes early in our view and not risking your scalp health with product build up.