This is the last thing you wanted to hear about beloved dry shampoo



This morning I wasn’t running late for work. In fact, I was up earlier than normal and I still skipped washing my hair. I skip washing my hair as much as I can. As much as I like having clean hair, I hate the effort of having to double wash and condition, and then there’s the whole drying and styling process. I am fatigued just writing about it.

Over the past few years, skipping hair washing has been easier than ever thanks to dry shampoo. No warm water left? Use dry shampoo! Going to a festival? Dry shampoo! Need a lie in? You know the answer. Dry shampers is the answer to pretty much all of life’s hair washing dilemmas. And it’s a good styling aid too.

It’s also probably causing a helluva lot of damage to your hair.


It’s true.

When the two sides of her hair “looked like they were slowly drifting away from each other at the part”, serial dry shampoo user and writer Olga Khazan of The Atlantic reluctantly concluded that her thinning hair might be the curse of the must-have hair product.

Olga’s research brought her to the dark side of Google, with images of bald patches and sad people, and a Belfast woman saying, “just wash your hair people!”. But, isn’t over-washing hair bad for it too? Olga got to the bottom of it by conducting a poll of eleven hair experts and dermatologists, and in kind of good news, only three definitively agreed that dry shampoo makes hair fall out.

What did Olga discover? Find out over on