The Dos and Don’ts of Dry Shampoo

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Dry shampoo can be a life saver. Used correctly, it disguises greasy roots, gives great texture and allows us to rock second-day hairstyles effortlessly.

But if you’re wondering why everyone else is so obsessed (since it’s never worked for you), it’s probably because you’re not using it quite right.

Here’s every do and don’t for your best dry shampoo experience yet.

DON’T Spray Too Close

Most dry shampoo instructions say to spray from 10-15cm away to ensure an even application and avoid any chalky spots.

Best practice is to spray from a fair distance away, then leave for a minute or two to allow the dry shampoo to soak up excess oil, before styling.

DO Brush It Through

Spray it and leave it? You’re asking for residue. Always brush it through after applying to distribute the dry shampoo through the hair.


DON’T Use It For Days On End

Your scalp, like the rest of your skin, benefits from being cleansed. While dry shampoo is the ultimate hair refresher and will keep your style lasting longer than usual, it doesn’t replace the benefits of a hair wash.

How long you can go depends on your hair and scalp. In general, dry shampoo can postpone a wash for a day or two.

DO Blast It With Your Hairdryer

Following up your dry shampoo application with a blast of the hairdryer will help distribute the product away from the scalp and a little into the mid-lengths. It also helps with volume and removing any visible residue.


DON’T Just Spray The Top of Your Hair

A common mistake people make is to only spray the visible part of their roots or even just along the parting of their hairstyle.

But to get the most out of your product, you should section the hair once or twice (more if you’re blessed with thick locks) and spritz the roots in between each section.

This will give you more volume and do a better job at mimicking an all-over hair wash, rather than only absorbing oil from the top layer of your hair.


DO Use It To Add Volume

If you thought dry shampoo could only be used on dirty hair, you were wrong. If you have thin, fine or limp hair, it can also make for a great volumiser.

Try spraying it at the roots and then backcombing for a serious lift effect.


Don’t Sub It For The Real Thing

Dry shampoo is not a cleanser – it absorbs excess oil. The only way to really cleanse sweat and oil is to use real shampoo.


Our Favourite Dry Shampoo

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Here at Reds we love KEVIN.MURPHY’s Fresh Hair. Fresh Hair is a dry cleanser for the hair that gives body and texture, removes odours, excess oil, and all your sins from the night before. And as an added bonus, for every can of FRESH.HAIR sold, a financial contribution is made to help reduce global carbon emissions.



Dry Shampoo 101

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Dry shampoo is a powder that you can spray or sprinkle on your hair to soak up excess oil and make your hair look clean without washing. Perfect for people who want to keep their colour looking vibrant for as long as possible, and for those who don’t have time to wash and style their hair everyday, once you have the hang of dry shampoo, you’ll realise it’s a  total game-changer. But much like liquid liner or bronzer, shower-free hair products can backfire if used incorrectly, so here’s our master class on dry shampoo, to rescue even the most limp of second-day strands.

1. Spray

Dry shampoo is magic for perking up second-day hair. If you’re using an aerosol like L’Oreal Professionel Techni Art Fresh Dust, position the bottle about 20cm away from your roots. Lift hair up in 5cm sections and spritz lightly.

2. Blend

Don’t let the white powder residue turn you off—a little blending is all you need. Use your fingertips to work any excess into strands. Bonus: This mini massage also helps to add texture and volume.

3. Volumise

Next, use a slim hair brush with tourmaline bristles to further help work the formula into your hair.

4. Heat (optional)

With your blow dryer on a low heat setting, run your fingers through to further work the formula into your hair.