Product Type: Batiste hair care products
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For beautiful, bouncy, hair that smells like a Thai curry
Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo
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Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo
Advantages: Really works, leaving hair revitalised and easier to style
Disadvantages: The awful coconut scent smells like curry when stale!
** Why not just wash your hair? **
A craze for dry shampoo seems to have started a couple of years ago, but I wasn't particularly interested at first - partly because I didn't see the point of it (why not just wash your hair if it's dirty?) and also because I have hair that's so dark it's almost black, and I thought the white shampoo would show up and look like dandruff.
Then a few months ago a friend with the same hair colour as me (and very nice-looking, shiny hair!) told me that she used it, and funnily enough, the same day I went to a new hairdresser who told me I was washing and drying my hair too frequently and needed to give it a day or two of rest in between washes if I didn't want to dry out or damage the lengths. She also warned that washing it every day would make my scalp produce more oil to compensate, which would it turn make my hair greasier and lock me into a vicious circle of daily washing. She suggested that I try dry shampoo to freshen up my hair in between washes, so off I went to Boots to see what I could find.
** The product **
The Batiste brand seems to have cornered the market in dry shampoo; it's been going for years and I remember the name from when I was a kid, but in recent years the brand seems to have upped its game and started targeting a younger audience. In the medium-sized Boots branch I went to it was the only brand of dry shampoo I could find. Out of a selection of scents I went for 'Tropical' in the 50 ml can, just so I could give it a try. It comes in a standard type of aerosol, which is yellow with a green lid and a pretty ugly green and white logo. It set me back £1.49 (a 50 ml can lasted me about 5 or 6 applications in total).
Batiste promises that this product will revitalise greasy, dull or lifeless hair between washes and leave it clean, full of body and with a beautiful fragrance. Up until I bought this product I'd got into the habit of washing, drying and styling my hair almost every day. I have fairly long, very soft, fine, straight hair which doesn't tend to hold a style for very long. After one day of not washing it's not particularly greasy, but it does look lifeless. I hoped that using Batiste the day after washing would give my hair back a bit of bounce and body without me having to wash and dry it so frequently.
** Application **
This is fairly simple - you just need to shake the can, hold it about 30cm from the hair and spray it on lightly. I only spray it on and around my parting as that's the only area where my hair looks dull and flat; the lengths usually look fine and I don't want to overload my hair with the product. The first time I used it I was shocked at how cold the shampoo was when I sprayed it on, but you soon get used to it! You then have to massage it in and leave it for a few moments (I usually leave it for half a minute) before brushing it out. I find it easy to massage; it's not sticky, like I was expecting the first time, and doesn't feel greasy, oily or soapy. It also dries very quickly. I was surprised, the first time, at how easy it was to brush out, too. Although it left a big grey patch on top of my head when I sprayed the shampoo on, the massaging and brushing soon got rid of that, and the product distributed itself well through my hair without leaving any white specks. My only warning here would be that you need to check the back of your head in the mirror in case you miss a bit!
** So did it work? **
I was really pleasantly surprised that yes, the shampoo did do the job. It restored the bounce and volume to my hair that I normally only achieve by washing and drying it. I personally wouldn't wear my hair loose after applying the shampoo, as I'm not confident that it looks clean enough (I only ever wear it loose if I've washed it the same day), but it looked fine worn in a ponytail, bun or in a clamp. In fact, when I put my hair up after using Batiste it actually looks better than if it's just been washed, and it stays in place better as well. The day after applying the Batiste I generally wash my hair, as I don't like to leave it too long between washes. However, one day I was in a real rush and just applied more dry shampoo after having already used it the day before. My hair just about looked presentable but felt dirty, so I personally wouldn't use the product two days on the run without a hair wash.
In case you're wondering, it washes out very easily with normal shampoo and doesn't leave any stickiness or residue behind.
** Any side-effects? **
Yes, unfortunately. While the shampoo doesn't irritate my skin whatsoever, I do find the fragrance overpowering. The first time I used it I was dizzy for about half an hour afterwards. I though I might be allergic to the product, but I think it's just because I wasn't using it in a well-ventilated area. There's no warning on the can, but now I'd always open the window before spraying it!
The fragrance is very long lasting, and I find that I get occasional whiffs of it during the day if it's in my hair. If you like the smell, then great, but I have to say I'm not a fan of the tropical scent. It's a little sweet but mainly very heady and coconutty, and a few times I've woken up in the morning, got a noseful of dirty hair with Batiste in it and been reminded of Thai curry!
** Would I recommend it? **
On my hair type it certainly does a good job. It's easy and hassle-free to apply and greatly improves the appearance of my hair. I don't like the coconut smell of Batiste Tropical, to the extent that I wouldn't buy this particular kind again, but I'll definitely try out the other fragrances before I reject the product completely. It's really handy for everyday use, and I'd imagine it would also be useful to take to the gym or on holiday. I've also since seen a brunette version, so those of us with dark hair have even less reason to worry about grey patches.
Summary: I'll try a different fragrance before I give up on Batiste completely
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