The Scary Downside to Dry Shampoo That No One Tells You About

Read at your own risk.

Look, I don't like this any more than you do. As a dry shampoo addict (first step is admitting you have a problem, right?), I use the product pretty much every day. Even when I have freshly washed hair, I find that sometimes I need a bit of oomph, volume, or texture—and with one quick spray I get all three. But apparently, the Wonder That Is Dry Shampoo isn't as harmless as one might think.

Benjamin Mohapi, founder and owner of Benjamin with Negin Zand salon in Hollywood, is here with a reality check: "Overuse of dry shampoo can leave the hair looking dusty and a buildup of product on the scalp can lead to blocked pores—causing pimples or even cysts." WHAT?

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It's true. And it gets worse—do you suffer from dandruff? Dry shampoo buildup will only exacerbate the problem.

"Since these powders accumulate on the scalp, they will also aggravate conditions like dry scalp, dandruff, or flaking," says Color Wow's cosmetic chemist, Joseph Cincotta, Ph.D. Dr. Cincotta has spent the past three decades formulating hair products, so the guy kind of knows his stuff. "The starches on the scalp can also attract dirt and pollution as well as be a breeding ground for bacteria."

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No, we're not done yet. Brace yourselves: Like Mohapi, Cincatta warns that dry shampoo clogs hair follicles, but also says that in addition to pimples and cysts, these clogged follicles can mean disruption of "normal hair growth." (Cue the freak-outs.)

Just when you thought all your hair woes had been solved...

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