How did we ever get through life without dry shampoo? It's a lifesaver for day 3 (more like day 2) hair, and personally as a member of the greasy-haired club, I will always have a can in my beauty stash.
That's why Nicole Baxter's story terrified us. In a post on her Facebook, Nicole shared how she developed a bald patch potentially from using dry shampoo.
Nicole explained that she went to her doctor after noticing a bald patch in her hair, that was getting bigger. "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." Eek.
After the initial appointment with her doctor, Nicole was diagnosed with Triangular Alopecia (hair loss in one area of the head). Nicole was referred for a scalp biopsy and advised her hair would need to be completely clean for this procedure. "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."
Over the next 6-7 weeks Nicole quit dry shampoo completely and the results were pretty astonishing. On the day of her biopsy the doctor examined Nicole's hair. "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."
Nicole still has the bald patch and is unsure whether the hair will grow back but the condition of her scalp has greatly improved. "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 bothered to dry my hair."
While the majority of us are lucky enough to never experience such a severe reaction, it's definitely made us wary about skipping those showers.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.