Whether you’ve had a night out on the town and an early morning to follow, or you’re out camping at a festival listening to your all-time favourite bands, dry shampoo can often be your saving grace – a can of sunshine and rainbows for your hair. Whilst we here at HIS have been prone to using a can or two of the super-spray, we may have to find an alternative to our ailments. Why? Dry Shampoo can cause dandruff, scalp pimples, cysts, and today it’s been revealed it can even lead to moderate to severe levels of hair loss. Benjamin Mohapi Celebrity stylist Benjamin Mohapi has highlighted the seriousness of over-using dry shampoo claiming that it can leave your hair looking dusty and often leads to a build-up of product on the scalp that’ll most likely to lead to blocked pores – which essentially means you’ll be surrendering to the pain of pimples and cysts all across your scalp. According to Celebrity Stylist Reyna Xydis – whose clients include the likes of Nicole Kidman, Miranda Kerr, and Naomi Watts – you should only use dry shampoo two times a week if you want to preserve the healthiness and beauty of your natural hair and avoid the irritation and issues that come with it. Scientists are still working on the inordinate amount of miniscule details that interconnect dry shampoo with hair loss but it’s still a serious risk, especially if pimples and cysts are beginning to appear. Alopecia – the most common type of hair loss – is an umbrella of inconvenient hair loss problems that can range from patches of hair disappearing to losing all of your hair across the whole of your body. Ciatricial Alopecia The variation of Alopecia that dry shampoo may lead to is Ciatricial Alopecia – also known as scarring Alopecia – is a type of hair loss in which your hair follicles are destroyed and replaced by scar tissue. There are two sub-types of Ciatricial Alopecia known as Primary and Secondary. Primary Ciatricial Alopecia is caused directly by inflammation of the hair follicles, the causes of which are little understood. Secondary Cicatricial Alopecia, meanwhile, refers to scarring hair loss which occurs as a result of an event or process unrelated to the follicles, such as burns or infections. The cause of Ciatricial Alopecia is not well understood. What is known is that redness, heat, pain, or swelling occurs at the upper part of the hair follicle. That is the place where stem cells and sebaceous (oil) glands are located. Stem cells are cells that can develop into different kinds of cells. If the stem cells and oil glands are destroyed, the hair follicle cannot regrow, and hair is permanently lost. The form of the disorder caused mainly by lymphocytes is usually treated with medicines to remove the inflammatory cells. Oral treatments may include antimalarials, antibiotics, immunosuppressive drugs, and a class of diabetes medications called thiazolidinediones. Medicines applied directly to the skin include corticosteroids, topical tacrolimus, and other agents that suppress or modulate the immune system. Corticosteroids may be injected directly into inflamed, symptomatic areas of the scalp. So next time you wake up at 8am with minutes left to get ready and be out of the house, try not to reach for your good old friend the dry shampoo can and find something else. HIS Hair Clinics If you’re suffering from Citricial Alopecia, or any form of Alopecia, we here at HIS have got your back. Our world-leading scalp-micropigmentation treatment is here for you. SMP is a non-surgical treatment spread over several sessions which includes the insertion of specially designed pigments to create the illusion of a full head of hair. We’ve got over 100 different shades of pigments, sizes of needles, and session plans to suit all of your needs and wants. We’re accessible too – we’ve got 17 clinics in 9 countries spread across 4 continents.