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Should You or Shouldn’t You: Dry Shampoos

Going one week without washing your hair may sound great, but it may not be as good for your scalp as you think it is. Let's settle this once and for all.

Can we just take a moment and remember all those times that dry shampoo has saved our lives? Perhaps it’s gotten your tresses ready in a flat five minutes for an event, or even saved your lazy bum some effort from heading under the shower. We love it, you love it, damn heck everyone loves it. We know some people who can go a whole week without washing their hair. (Disclaimer: we can’t do that, our hair is in a constant battle with Singapore’s weather.)

Well, here’s the bad news. If you’ve been using dry shampoo as a replacement for your actual shampoo, you need to stop RIGHT NOW. The reason is because every time you spray from that canister, you’re putting product right on your scalp. If you don’t cleanse and scrub that hair often enough, you might end up with pimples, cysts, or even hair loss. Eww, I know, but it’s the truth.

Another thing – don’t use dry shampoo if you have dandruff falling off from your scalp. The added dryness and product is only going to aggravate your condition. We know Christmas is just around the corner, but “let it snow” should never apply here. At the end of the day, remember that you’d actually wash your face rather than simply add powder to absorb the oil. The same rules apply to your scalp.

Now, now, don’t toss your stash of oil-absorbing aerosols just yet. Here’s the bottom line: just take note to actually shampoo your hair at least two to three times a week. We’ve also rounded up a couple of not-so-harmful dry shampoos, like this one from Ouai that comes in a foam. Or, maybe you still fancy a spray, like this one from Living Proof that’s free from sulfate, silicone and oil.

Vernon François Co-Wash Shampoo

Leonor Greyl Gentle Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

Philip Kingsley Flaky Itchy Scalp Shampoo

Rahua Voluminous Dry Shampoo

Davines Your Hair Assistant Volume Creator Powder and Brush Duo

Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam Travel Size

Living Proof Healthy Hair Dry Shampoo

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