Is Hair Styling Powder Bad for Your Hair?
Are you curious to try out hair styling powder but don’t know if hair styling powder is good or bad to use on your hair?
FUN FACT — hair powders have existed for more than 200 years.
While the fashion trend has faded away, hair powder still exists today, and we’re bringing the movement back! Hair powder is used to add texture to your hair for styling purposes or make your hair look more volumized. Hair “chalk” is also sometimes used as a temporary hair colouring.
The short answer: Hair styling powder is not bad for your hair. You’ll need to wash your hair with shampoo every few days, but the powder is not damaging to your hair.
Some of the benefits of using hair powder:
- It makes your hair less greasy, like pomades and gels
- Saves you A LOT of time compared to using other products
- Gives you a natural matte look
- Holds your hair in place for a long time
- Makes your hair look thicker and volumized
Let’s get straight into it with a more detailed look at it.
Is Hair Styling or Volumizing Powder Bad for Your Hair?
Hair styling powder for volume or texture is considered safe for hair so long as it’s only left in one to three days and then washed out. It’s also not recommended for long-term, consistent use because it can dry out hair strands. However, used periodically and according to instructions, styling powders are considered perfectly safe for hair.
Any powder applied to hair will be drying but is acceptable for occasional use. Hair chalks are less damaging to hair than dyeing because the hair chalk sits on the surface. In contrast, dye opens the hair cuticle and can weaken it.
What Does Hair Powder Do?
We’ve laid out the functionality of hair styling powders for those unfamiliar with hair powder, so you know how it works!
Modern hair styling powders (commonly called texturizing powders or mattifying powders) are used to add volume and texture to your hair. It’s generally packaged in small shaker bottles. They’re a finely ground and usually white powder that feels a bit tacky to the touch. This is due to the silica silylate that is the primary ingredient. However, a little typically goes a long way in creating significant volume when styling dry hair.
Silica is part of the silicon family, but silicon hair products usually add a film that makes hair look sleek and shiny. By contrast, silica silylate has a rough texture, creating a matte look and increasing friction between hair fibres.
We designed OBRO Volumizing Boost Powder to feel like an invisible hold. Most hair styling powders on the market feel glue-like and extremely sticky in your hair. Our Volumizing Boost Powder is the total opposite. You can run your fingers through your hair freely and experience the comfort of your natural hair. We reverse-engineered the majority of the powders on the market today and made ours the best.
Some people refer to hair chalk as a “hair powder,” though usually hair chalk is packaged in a compact or as a bar–like a sidewalk chalk. This product is used on wet or dry hair to change its colour.
Volumizing hair powders work beautifully, but users are encouraged to use the products according to their directions. The instructions printed on the packaging will tell you how to use it. Generally, it would be best to wash the powder out of your hair within 1–3 days of use and not use it too frequently.