Beauty trends come and go. There was once a time when chunky highlights were all the rage and on the heads of every major pop starlet. Then there was the iconic haircut known as The Rachel that helped actress Jennifer Aniston land her iconic role on the sitcom Friends and as a result became highly requested among women who wanted the same flattering look. One beauty trend that has been around and does not concern hairstyles is the beauty product known as dry shampoo.

The product, which admittedly sounds like an oxymoron, is supposed to help the people who purchase it stretch out the time their hair spends between washes by freshening it up. On some levels dry shampoo seems like a good idea. It can help give busy people some reprieve from the process of shampooing, conditioning and detangling their hair. But according to an op-ed published on Racked.com dry shampoo is little more than wishful thinking.

In an article called Dry Shampoo Is Absolutely A Scam, a writer explains why she feels as though dry shampoo does not deliver on its promises. She notes that the product often claims to absorb the residue that makes hair look less than clean but points out that because the hair it’s used on actually has not been washed it is just adding to the problem rather than solving it. The writer makes the declaration that “dry shampoo is a fundamentally nonsense product” that is more about wishful thinking than it is about actually helping the user to have truly clean hair. Dry shampoo makes the people who use it feel better about not washing their hair and does little else. For some people who have looked to the product to give them hair that feels more clean this revelation will likely come as a disappointment. It would seem that dry shampoo like far too many beauty products is actually about selling a dream than it is about being a solution to a problem.