For a while there, we had a purely blissful relationship with dry shampoo. It was our scapegoat when washing our hair was the last thing we felt like doing. It gave us cool-girl texture without fail. It was our go-to, day after day after day after day...
But after the industry collectively reached peak dry shampoo dependence, everyone started taking a closer look at the downsides of relying so heavily on the blowout-prolonging elixir. And the revelations weren't pretty.
"Since these powders accumulate on the scalp, they will also aggravate conditions like dry scalp, dandruff, or flaking," explained Color Wow's cosmetic chemist, Joseph Cincotta, Ph.D. "The starches on the scalp can also attract dirt and pollution as well as be a breeding ground for bacteria." What's more is that these clogged follicles can actual disrupt normal hair growth, too.
But if going back to your dry-shampoo-less beginnings just isn't an option (we're right there with you), there is a solution: Exfoliate your scalp as you would your face to slough off all the dirt and debris. Naturally, haircare brands are jumping on the bandwagon of this new category, as scalp exfoliators are essentially an equalizer amidst the whole dirty-hair-is-cool movement.
Adding a pre-shampoo scalp exfoliation treatment to your regimen once a week—you don't want to overdo it and strip your natural oils—will not only help eliminate all the unwanted build-up from products like dry shampoo, but also promote healthy cell turnover and hair growth. Basically, it's like a spa treatment for your head.
So now that we've concluded that flaky, gravely scalps become no one, invest in one of these treatments so that you and dry shampoo can live happily ever after.
1. Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Dream Come True Wonderful Scalp Exfoliator, $32; sephora.com.
2. Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt, $52; sephora.com.
3. Alterna Haircare Caviar Clinical Exfoliating Scalp Facial, $36; sephora.com.