Review: Cedel Dry Shampoo for dark hair

Cedel Dry Shampoo for dark hair

The good:
Now let me make it clear that I am not a dry shampoo person at all. Mainly because I just don’t get it. If I have 5 minutes to apply the dry shampoo, let it sit, and brush it out – I have more than enough time throw my head underneath a tap and lather on some shampoo. I guess I’m just a clean hair person. I’d rather pop it up in a wet bun than attempt to hide oiliness with product.

That being said – I have definitely tried my fair share of dry shampoos. They always sound like such a great idea! Not so much for a full day, but if I’m going straight out from work and my hair is looking a bit flat, I’d love a quick fix to give it a bit more life. And that is exactly what the Cedel Dry Shampoo* achieves.

It’s a waterless shampoo, and simple enough to use. Shake the can, spray onto the roots – and continue until you feel comfortable (which is only about 5 sprays for me; more than that and it has the opposite effect, weighing it down with product). The can says “Leave for 2 minutes and brush out thoroughly” – which I did, and to be honest I wasn’t overly excited.

The I went one step further. I left it for 2 minutes, spent 30 seconds massaging the dry shampoo into my roots, then brushed it out. Voila! It was like magic. My hair looked fresh and clean, and it even had some of that elusive volume I keep hearing about! Not since Dynamo have I seen such a great trick (and that dude is legitimately magic, nothing will convince me otherwise). And of course it felt a little dry, but it wasn’t crunchy or stringy so I was really happy.

And the main selling point for this is that it’s specifically formulated for dark hair. No more white-tinged, dandruff looking roots! I was impressed that it actually delivers on this promise.

The bad:
Is also the colour. While applying, I didn’t have too much to complain about. Even brushing it out, there wasn’t any brown residue. However, if I apply after work, and then wait until the next morning to shower and wash my hair – my hair is runs brown for a minute or so, and my pillow is definitely a shade darker. So if you use this, you will definitely need to wash your hair at night.

The smell is also slightly off-putting. Cedel claim that it will leave your hair “smelling fresh”, and I have to disagree. It has a very strong chemical smell, mixed with Impulse (and nobody uses body sprays after 16 years old). It doesn’t linger too much though, and you can drown it out with perfume!

Cedel Dry Shampoo for dark hair closeup

And the packaging:
The colour confuses me because light blue doesn’t equal dark hair to me. But that aside, it’s a pretty generic spray can. The size is appealing because I could throw it in my bag if needed, and it’s a reasonable price for 70g, although I’d love a bigger option (150ml like the Batiste dry shampoo would be perfect).

And the nod to being a proud partner of the National Breast Cancer Foundation is wonderful, I do love a brand with a conscience.


The fine print:
Cedel Dry Shampoo for dark hair 70g
RRP $7.99

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  • Mands

    Haha! This is very good. I love your post it’s quite funny. I am a big fan of dry shampoos. Basically, my hair is impossible to wash every day; what a hassle! It’s thick & unruly and takes ages to wash and comb all the tiny knots out. Then takes ages to dry. I’m one of those ‘pop it in a bun’ people.. Dry shampoo is great but I’ve never left it on for more than a few seconds. I spray on affected areas and immediately rub in with fingertips. Try this, it works a treat. Thanks for the post.

  • I love dry shampoo but I have dark hair and suffer from the dreaded white streaks on occasion. Not sure I’ve tried this, will have to look for it.

  • I’ve never tried dry shampoo. I used to wash my hair every morning but now that I am growing it out, it takes a good 10-15 minutes to dry. Add shampoo time and detangling/brushing time, that’s 30 minutes a day. I would like to dry shampoo if possible. I have black hair though so worried about how it would look. I would be mostly using them on my bangs which seem to get oily where it touches my face. Would this be useful for black hair? Or just for brown?

    • I can definitely see the benefits of using dry shampoo if you have long, thick or curly hair! And I can’t say for sure, but I recently dyed my hair to a much darker brown, and the Cedel dry shampoo for dark hair still works perfectly. Let me know if you try it!

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