It's hard to imagine our lives without dry shampoo. For all those days we've got out of bed 20 minutes late, went on spontaneous nights out or had inexplicably greasy hair, it's been there to save the day.
But according to one young woman, perhaps it's a little too good to be true after all.
Nicole Baxter recently went viral on Facebook after posting her horrifying experience with dry shampoo.
A regular user of the product, she had recently noticed a growing bald patch on her scalp along with some blisters and sores.
This is what her post said:
Anyone who uses dry shampoo please continue to read… Anyone who just wants a nosey, be my guest It’s a long one but work with me!
So I went to my GP at the end of last year due to having a bald patch on my head which kept getting bigger. Anyone who knows me knows I don’t stress and my diet’s alright so there didn’t seem any reason for this to happen? My scalp was also very itchy and flaky. I had wee red sores and blisters all over my scalp and a terrible burning sensation all over my head- to the point where I would wake up several times a night due to the discomfort/pain. She referred me to the dermatology unit in Belfast City Hospital where I had my first appointment in February. At this initial appointment I was immediately diagnosed with TRIANGULAR ALOPECIA (hair loss in one area of the head, usually in a triangle, duh). And was told I’d have to come back to have a scalp biopsy (injection straight into my scalp to numb the area, then a hole punch tool used to remove a part of it, then closed up with stitches) done to see what was causing these blisters and sores I had. The doctor asked had I anything on my hair at the minute, I said just dry shampoo. So she advised when I come back for the scalp biopsy to come with nothing in my hair and to make sure it was clean. I thought it was weird she said that, it’s only dry shampoo what’s that got to do with it? So I actually stopped using it all together from that day to see what would happen.
So today was the day for the scalp biopsy, I’ve been up to high doe all week at the thought of a NEEDLE GOING INTO MY SCALP . I’d googled the horror stories and everything- terrible idea. It was a different doctor doing the biopsy to the one who had prescribed it in February, so first thing I asked was ‘Why am I getting this done? What benefit can come from it?’. She looked at my file and said that it was to see what the blisters and sores were and could they diagnose a cause and straight away I’d realised that I didn’t have them anymore (I don’t know why I hadn’t realised before). So she compared my scalp today to the pictures that were in my file from February and asked what had I done differently in the last 6-7 weeks that may have helped it? I told her I’d stopped using dry shampoo and that was it, nothing else different. You’d of thought a light bulb went off in the woman’s head . She said it’s the best thing I could have of done for myself- if she had been at my initial appointment she never would have even prescribed the biopsy if I had dry shampoo in my hair that day and that a biopsy isn’t going to have any benefit because it can’t do anything for the bald patch. So I left the hospital with my scalp fully intact and a prescription for a bottle of T-Gel! Moral of the story- Dry shampoo caused me to now have this bald patch on my head (which I still have and it may or may not grow back, but nothing can be done) and a terrible scalp for ages. Just wash your hair people! It is not worth having this awful patch that I might be stuck with on the side of my head all because I can’t be arsed to dry my hair. Feel free to share or tag anyone who relies on dry shampoo too much…
After her post was shared more than 23,000 times and received a handful of criticisms, she also added this:
In the name of God, never in all my life did I think I’d have to explain my personal hygiene to 23,000+ people!! -I did not use dry shampoo instead of washing my hair properly -I’ve obviously had a more severe reaction than most people will -I’m sure other brands have the same/similar effects on other people, Bastiste is just the one I used -At no point have I said I don’t shower but people seem to think suggesting I shower would have solved the problem!!
I only meant for this to warn my friends that these are the symptoms I had and after I stopped using dry shampoo most of them cleared up (never imagined it would have 23k+ shares)Then AN ACTUAL DOCTOR told me it was down to the dry shampoo- not a bunch of people who suddenly gained indepth knowledge of dermatology and my personal showering schedule
Hairdresser Lee Stafford told Mail Online that "Dry shampoo is phenomenally popular, but it’s not designed to be used on a regular basis.
"It contains an oil-absorbing substance to soak up the grease, but if it’s used constantly it’s going to dry out the hair and the scalp and make it flaky.
"If it’s left on the hair too long it can also clog up the pores, leading to spots and sore patches."
This is bad news for the lazier of us. Greasy hair it is, then.
Feature image: Maria Morri