Dry Shampoo For Thinning Hair

Dry Shampoo For Thinning Hair
April 2nd, 2011

dry shampoo for thinning hairI have a new tool to disguise my thinning hair – dry shampoo. I first purchased Tresemme dry shampoo to prolong days between shampooing my hair, and then I discovered it actually helps to add volume to my thin hair! For the last few months, every day I flip my head upside down and spray the Tresemme dry shampoo to the underneath part of my hair. Then I wait a few minutes and brush it out. It adds noticeable volume and gives the illusion that my thinning hair is a lot thicker than it is in reality.

Next I add Toppik hair fibers to my visible scalp to minimize my widening part. Finally I add a lot of hairspray to the top of my hair and my roots to make it look fuller on top, and to keep everything in place. What’s sad is that I spend a lot of time on my hair, but no one would ever guess because it doesn’t look good – just passable for normal-ish hair (for now). My new motto is: it takes twice as long to look half as good:( 

• Batiste Dry Shampoo vs Tresemme Dry Shampoo
The purpose of dry shampoo is to keep your hair clean between washings and to help you go an extra day or two before hair appears too dirty. While extremely affordable (less than $5), the Tresemme stuff did not work well to decrease oil in my scalp, and it left a powdery, sticky residue on my brown hair. Initially I had given up on the product, until I realized how great it worked at volumizing. In search of a dry shampoo that adds volume, and works well to freshen up my hair, I recently purchased Batiste Dry Shampoo because it’s also one of the cheaper dry shampoos (about $7) and overall it gets good reviews. You just shake the can and spray it onto your roots and wait a few minutes. Then you brush it out. Batiste dry shampoo does work a lot better than Tresemme to decrease greasiness and make my hair appear like it’s cleaner and fresher. It doesn’t leave that powdery or sticky residue and it brushes right out. It comes in several different scents, but I’ve only tried Blush (the pink can), which has a floral scent.

Unfortunately I haven’t had the volumizing success with Batiste like I have with Tresemme. I tried spraying Batiste underneath my hair and it doesn’t add much volume. So currently I use both products – the Tresemme for volume, and the Batiste to freshen up greasy hair. There are still several other dry shampoo brands I haven’t tried (Klorane, Tigi, Oscar Blandi, Suave, and Pssst!). Have you tried any of these dry shampoos? Have you had good results making your hair appear thicker, or cleaner?

I have one final note when it comes to not washing your hair often. When you suffer from hair loss, nothing is more agonizing that showering and seeing giant clumps of hair come out, so putting off washing your hair as long as possible is the natural reaction. I like to keep my scalp clean – especially with all the stuff I put on it, so I generally shampoo every other day. But on the off days I can have a reprieve from the dreaded hair washing chore thanks to dry shampoo. How often you shampoo is a personal decision, but if you hate doing it, dry shampoo might help you.

Do you have a volumizing trick to help with the appearance of thinning hair? I’ve tried lots of volumizing products in the past, and so far I’ve had the best luck with the dry shampoo and hairspray combo.

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  • Sasha
    April 2, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I’ve heard about dry shampoos so maybe I will try them. I saw an ad somewhere for the Suave dry shampoo so I’ll look for that or Tresemme since I know they sell both of those are drugstores and Walmart, etc

  • Rachel
    April 4, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I’m wondering….have you ever been checked for seborrheic dermatitis? You say your scalp is oily, a sign of seborrheic dermatitis, and hair loss is also a symptom.

    • Jeni - Hair Loss Hell
      April 4, 2011 at 10:36 pm

      I’ve had doctors tell me that I have it before, even though my scalp looks perfect to me. I used to have oily hair but I don’t really have oily hair anymore now that I think about it. I use shampoo a few times a week with zinc pyrithione in it, and I have used prescription products in the past but they didn’t help with my hair loss at all. I also have a current prescription topical steroid to use once every other week or so, but it makes clumps of hair fall out so I only use it once a month max. So even though my scalp looks fine to me, I could have seborrheic dermatitis/dandruff that is making my hair loss worse. Aside from the topical treatments, I try to eat healthy and don’t have other symptoms of yeast problems.

  • Q
    April 10, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Hi, I also suffer from hair loss, though, I don’t have Androgenetic Alopecia or thyroid problems (at least, I don’t think I do). I use products by http://www.davines.com/ from their Natural Tech line (the energizing shampoo). I don’t always use conditioner, if I do, it’s just my shaft that gets it, not my roots. I use this shampoo on my scalp and hair root, not my hair shaft. My hair dresser recommended it to me bc she said my scalp’s skin is weak so new hair follicles have a hard time staying. Most shampoos would agitate my scalp over time weakening the skin. I have been using it for 2 years now and it’s wonderful. It does not make your hair grow right away, but I have noticed that there’s plenty of new hairs slowly popping up. This shampoo is very mild, I buy mine for $65 at the salon, it’s 1L, and it lasts a year. I also go to the salon 4 times a year for scalp treatment, when the season changes, it can agitate my scalp.

    On another note, I also suffer from acne, but I thought Western medicine was a load of crap here. These problems, acne and hair loss, are just symptoms of a bigger problem. I read you’ve gotten over your acne, but you probably didn’t get rid of the root cause, so it still manifests itself with hair loss. I went to a traditional Chinese medical doctor who specialized in dermatology (at the time, i suffered from psoriasis) and she told me how it was the environment inside my body that was the real problem. I made lifestyle changes (sleeping before midnight, no diary, no beef, no shellfish, sweat drenching exercising) along with using her herbs. That was last year and my psoriasis (which has no cure in western medicine) is gone now, my acne is also a lot better (though not completely bc I stopped her treatment after 6 months since it was super expensive). Anyways, my point is, sometimes trying to fix the problem with harsh attacks makes the problem worse, esp if you’re not dealing with the cause of why this is happening. Like you, I tried for many years to fix my acne and hair loss problems with no successful, finally, I just stopped and sought to fix the cause from the inside. I’m kinder and gentler to my skin now. I think less about the problems too. This seems to be working.

    • Jeni - Hair Loss Hell
      April 11, 2011 at 10:29 pm

      I agree about trying to fix skin and hair issues from the inside out! My skin is good now, but no matter what I do, nothing has helped my hair. I’ve done almost everything I can to be healthier in the past 5 years, and while it’s lowered my cholesterol and made me feel like I’m healthier overall, my hair just keeps getting worse. That’s why I think my hair loss is mostly genetic at this point.

  • Molly
    April 11, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Hi Gals,

    I’m in the throes of dealing with hairloss as well and have found that Living Proof products (the full thickening cream especially) help amplify my natural curls and waves with natural looking volume. They sell it now at Sephora. My mom, who has very fine and not a lot of hair, clued me in and it makes her tresses spring to life!

  • Jaya
    May 24, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Wow! I’m so pleased I found this site! I’m 35 now and have been suffering with hair loss since my late 20’s. I have hypothyroidism and have just this week had my medication increased. I use Nanogen hair fibres and they do an acceptable job of covering up my thinning patches but it’s far from great..especially on sunny days and under the dreaded flourescent & bright lights! It really helps to know that I’m not alone with this.

    I use Batiste Dry Shampoo from time to time but because I have black (dyed) hair it tends to make my hair look a chalky grey colour so I only use it when I really have to. One pretty good trick I have found is to use Carmengirls mini crimpers which cost me something like £6 (I didn’t buy the Babylis Root Boost crimpers which were recently all over the magazines/TV here in the UK) I did try another brand previously but found that the crimp was just too big and didn’t add enough volume, which my hair desperately needs. It takes a little more time to style my hair due to crimping the under layers but the results are definitely worth it..and best of all the results last for 3 days or so(maybe longer but I don’t like to leave my hair too long without washing it) which means I’m wasting less time messing with my hair each morning.

  • Joe
    June 25, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Have you noticed that Batiste do coloured versions also – i bought their medium brown and it’s done a fairly good job of covering up my thin areas. I think because it’s on the scalp it cuts down the visible parts giving the illusion of thicker hair. I had to use a glossing spray on top as it made my hair look somewhat dry. Practice is needed!

  • Balding Celebrities
    July 14, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Hello, your blog is great. Anyway I have recently tried this dry shampoo stuff and agree that it works well. After an application of minoxidil the hair tends to look terrible and greasy, and the dry shampoo is also good at getting rid of this.

    • Jeni - Hair Loss Hell
      July 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      Hi. I looked at your site and it’s interesting how you’ve been obsessed with balding since a young age. I have too, which seems sort of weird, so I’m glad I’m not the only one!

  • Yves
    November 17, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Wow, this page is resonating on many levels. I too have hypothyroidism and have had increasing hair loss since my mid-20s. Now in my late 30s and it’s bad but no one would notice either because I use Topik and hairspray. I also just discovered the joys of dry shampoo–what a difference. This month I accidentally bought Herbal Essences frizz fighter and was traumatised and crying when I saw my hair after (not realising it has mandarin oil in it and makes thin hair look 50% worse!). I have found that lightening my hair also helps (I naturally have black hair). When my hair is light brown it’s much harder to notice. Also, Flax Seed oil is great. It doesn’t grow the hair back but prevents the hair from falling out as fast (as it makes hair fibers stronger). I did not have the same luck with Evening Primrose oil–though Mary Shomon, the thyroid expert, said it was her saviour. I guess different things work for different people. I wish wish wish so badly that there was something I could take for hair regrowth. About 10 years ago I tried Rogaine and it did nothing. Does anyone know if they’ve changed their formula. I’m medicated for my thyroid but this hasn’t done anything for my hair!

    • Jeni - Hair Loss Hell
      November 18, 2011 at 2:22 am

      Thanks for leaving a comment. I’m sorry you’re dealing with hair loss and thyroid issues too! As far as I know Rogaine hasn’t changed their formula at all. They now have a 5% Rogaine Foam version, but otherwise they still have the standard 2% for women, and 5% for men version (in liquid, and in foam). I’ve taken flax seed oil and evening primrose oil off and on, but haven’t noticed it impacting my hair. But I take so many things that sometimes it’s hard if something is helping or not.

  • Karen
    January 29, 2012 at 12:37 am

    I use bumble+bumble hair powder in brown on my roots and it adds volume and disguises my thin spots (basically the entire top of my head). I can go a few days between washings with it. It will run if it gets wet.

    I wear it when I straighten my hair to go out and it looks great in fluorescent lighting too.

    The downside is it gets on your pillow and it gets under your nails if you scratch your head. Lighter colors would probably be less noticeable than the dark color I use.

    Also it’s pricey. I’ve found it’s cheaper yo buy it direct from bumble+bumble online than to buy it at Sephora or my local salon.

    If I don’t wear it, I wear a thick headband or a baseball cap.

    Sadly I know exactly how I can cure my thinning hair and severe acne which I’ve suffered from since my son was born 25 years ago, but I can’t find a doctor who will prescribe the Spironolactone I would need to correct my hormone issues, and I have no health insurance so I can’t really afford to go from doctor to doctor and show them what is wrong with me (yes I even have it in a book written by a doctor) and have them basically ignore what I’m saying and tell me to try things I’ve tried with no success for 20 years instead.

    It is heartbreaking to be treated like you don’t know your own body. Or act like it’s just something superficial so it’s no big deal. It’s a HUGE deal to feel like a freak. And cystic acne hurts, is not normal, and I think that is a medical issue, not a cosmetic one.

  • orange
    August 30, 2012 at 5:34 am

    I have been using different dry shampoos for about 6 months now (3 times a week) and I started to notice my hair is getting thinner on the top of the scalp, where I put the dry shampoo. I don’t use any other products there, so no doubt it’s because of the dry shampoo. Doesn’t matter which label, I tried a lot of them. I found a lot of comments of girls who had the same experience. Btw I’m 25.

  • Sunny
    June 21, 2013 at 4:33 am

    Ladies! This is not to scaremonger and I have only my personal experience to go by, and some testimonies from others: I used Batiste and Treseme dry shampoo regularly for 6 months and lost nearly half my hair, and I do not seem to be the only one! The more I think about it the more sense it makes to me: the powder you spray into the hair gets brushed out, but residue will always clog up the hair follicles, especially if you use it as a substitute for a regular wash like I did ( instead of washing daily like I used to, I used dry shampoo 3-4times and a wet wash 2-3 times a week. Clogging up can lead to hair loss and who knows if there are ingredients that also take their toll. These dry shampoos are becoming so popular I just feel people should be cautious, once the hair is gone, well, I’m devasted!

  • Paula
    June 19, 2014 at 1:19 am

    Can i just say… Dont use dry shampoos… They cause hair loss…!!!

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