Product Type: Batiste hair care products
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From frumpy to fresh in a flash
Batiste Original Dry Shampoo
Member Name: isobelj
Batiste Original Dry Shampoo
Advantages: Makes your hair feel fresh, clean, bouncy and easy to handle, smells great
Disadvantages: A little pricey, can leave you with not so sexy white roots if you don't pay attention and RUB!
Slightly oily hair is something I've suffered from since my teens, which is why Batiste is an absolute godsend for me.
Back in my school days when I didn't even know it existed, I used to (cringe) use talc instead - which, trust me, was not a good look! This is perfect for those days when you wake up late, when you showered the night before, when you have a surprise visitor in the middle of a duvet day or when you just can't be bothered to wash your hair.
All you do is spray the product from a distance of 30cm onto your roots, then rub it in to get rid of any residue. It leaves your hair feeling silky soft, and very light. It doesn't quite feel freshly washed, but it's not far off. It actually makes your hair much easier to style than it would be if you'd just washed it. You do have to make sure you rub quite thoroughly, though, otherwise you can get a white tint to your hair that isn't necessarily that desirable!
One bad thing about the product is its price. It will set you back about £2.50 for a fairly small can, and I personally don't think it lasts long enough to truly give value for money (NB: I'm quite tight). It would probably last me about 3 weeks, if I used it every 2 or 3 days. Of course, another way of looking at it is that if you washed your hair every time instead of using Batiste, then you'd spend a lot more than £2.50 on shampoo, conditioner, water etc and you'd spend hours drying and straightening, too. So it is cheaper than the alternative. Plus, the main competitors are more upmarket brands such as Lee Stafford or Tigi, which are even pricier.
Batiste is great for maintaining a healthy head of hair, because it saves you from needing as many styling products, or having to waash, brush, blowdry and straighten it as much. I've found that since I've started using it, my hair is looking shinier and has plenty of volume. It's also much easier to style, and the split ends stay away for a fraction of a second longer!
The smell of the product is really fresh and almost fruity. It's very pleasant and not dissimilar to many shampoos - there's no distinctive smell that makes it obvious to all and sundry that you didn't wash your hair that morning! There's a 'tropical' version of the product that smells fantastic too.
This stuff is incredible for people who are quite busy and/or disorganised (ie me) or who have hair that needs washing every day (um...also me) but it would be great to see a bit more competition in the market that might help make it cheaper for the consumer.
Summary: Keep it in the cupboard just in case!