Product Type: Batiste hair care products
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Batiste Original Dry Shampoo - don't be a grease ball!
Batiste Original Dry Shampoo
Member Name: QueenM
Batiste Original Dry Shampoo
Having very long, thick hair, it isn't realistic to expect to be able to wash it everyday - nor is it good for my hair to be stripping it of essential oils every single day. I typically wash my hair 3 times a week - I can hear the gasps of disgust already, but I constantly get compliments on my hair, so I must be doing something right - however if I've used a lot of hairspray or done a particularly strenuous workout then I'll wash it a little more often. For days that I don't wash my hair but still want to give it a little lift and freshness, I use dry shampoo. I first purchased this when the dry shampoo craze started a few years ago around festival season and it has been a staple in my bathroom ever since.
I'll be reviewing Batiste Original dry shampoo today, but it does come in multiple other fragrances and formulas for coloured hair etc, I'll talk a bit more about these later in case the original isn't for you!
The dry shampoo comes in an aerosol can similar to a hairspray can. The simple, yellow, mint and green striped design gives the can a bit of colour without making it look cheap or boring. As I only ever buy the travel sized version (50ml) to fit into my handbag, I'm not sure if there are any differences between this and the larger can. The front of the can explains that it is clean & classic and an instant hair refresher whilst the back of the can gives directions and ingredients.
To use the dry shampoo you simply shake the can vigorously to mix all of the active ingredients, hold the can roughly 30cm away from your head and spray the product into your roots. Now, I don't know about you but holding something 30cm away from my head doesn't usually give me much control over where the product lands so I do hold it a bit closer to my hair to ensure it gets right in at the roots and no where else. Then I just massage the product in with my fingers before brushing it through.
The idea of the dry shampoo is for the powdery spray to soak up any excess oils and give the hair a bit of a freshen up with the "clean" scent, however this formula smells exactly like a bathroom spray that my Grandad used to spray after someone left a bad smell in the toilet. Saying this though, it's the best smelling one out of the lot, so I stick with this one.
My hair is never left to get greasy, so I can't comment on how it would work on greasy hair, but you know yourself when your hair doesn't look quite as fresh as it should and needs a little something to perk it up a bit. This dry shampoo really gives it what it needs. Not only does it soak up any oils, but it gives it some added volume - something that a lot of dry shampoos don't do when they really should. Luckily for me, the scent doesn't linger in my hair for very long so I don't have to worry about smelling like Grandad's bathroom all day.
The girls at work often compliment me on my hair after using this, asking what shampoo I use. They're always baffled when I tell them I haven't washed my hair that day and have just spritzed some dry shampoo in to give it a bit of a lift.
I've also started using this in place of hairspray when teasing my hair for extra volume. I'm not someone who goes crazy with a teasing comb, but I do like to give it a bit of a boost and the dry texture of this mixed with the added volume really works for backcombing. It's not until I've got the style that I want that I then use hairspray.
You do have to watch that you don't use too much of the product as it is a fine, white powder spray. You can always tell when someone has a gone a bit nuts with the dry shampoo as their hair has a bit of a grey tinge to it at the roots and nowhere else. A little really does go a long way with this, but if you're unsure, you can always add more but you can't take it away without washing it which would defeat the purpose of ever using it in the first place!
Batiste Dry Shampoo is readily available just about anywhere that sells beauty products and hair care products. I often buy mine from Boots where a 200ml can would cost £2.99 and a 400ml can would cost £4.99. As mentioned previously, I buy the travel size which is 50ml and varies in price every time you go. It can usually be picked up for around £1-£1.50
The other varieties are as follows...
Blush - described as a floral, flirty scent but really smells like my grandma's house.
Tropical - described as coconut & exotic but smells to me like a pineapple that has gone a bit off.
Dark & deep brown - brown in colour to avoid the powdery grey look that can come from overusing dry shampoo.
Light & blonde - for blondes. Not being a blonde, I have no idea what colour this would be, although I assume it's a creamy colour.
Then there are a few newer ones that I've just discovered and would love to try, big & bouncy xxl volume and cherry. I'm still kind of sceptical about trying the cherry although it's my favourite scent simply because the others are all very unappealing.
As you can tell, I've been fairly unimpressed with the other formulas and I like to stick to the original. No, it doesn't have a delicious juicy scent, but the scent doesn't linger anyway so it doesn't matter. At the end of the day it gives my hair a bit of a freshen up and a bit of volume which is all I could ask for from such a cheap dry shampoo. 5 stars for Batiste!
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