Product Type: Batiste hair care products
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Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo
Member Name: jo1976
Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo
Date: 29/12/12, updated on 04/01/14 (63 review reads)
Advantages: Inexpensive, effective at freshening dirty hair, lovely evocative fragrance
Disadvantages: Can leave white patches if not brushed thoroughly, no substitute for freshly washed hair
For anybody that has failed to miss the Batiste phenomenon, this product is an 'emergency' hair care product, designed to instantly refresh hair, particularly when it really needs a good old wash but you really don't have the time. The dry shampoo works by absorbing some of the excess oil that builds up on unwashed hair. It also freshens stale hair by adding a layer of fragrance which lingers for quite a while on hair after use, making it important to select the right scent for your tastes. This variety also claims to 'boost body', although that isn't really something that I look for in a dry shampoo. It may well be an advantage for anybody whose hair tends to look a little flat and lank between washes.
The instructions on the aerosol can are pretty straightforward and self-explanatory, even including a series of simple diagrams although I'm not sure these are strictly necessary. The dry shampoo needs to be shaken vigorously and then applied to the roots of the hair from a distance of around 30cm, as evenly as possible. It then needs to be massaged through the hair with fingertips and then left for around a minute, as it absorbs excess grease. The key thing is to brush thoroughly afterwards as the spray does leave a white residue behind which can be visible if it is not brushed through properly.
My hair is long, thick and very coarse and I have to be careful to be vigilant about rubbing thoroughly and brushing properly to ensure that I don't have any odd white patches that escape my notice. Fortunately, due to my naturally dry hair type, I don't tend to have particularly greasy hair, even after several days without washing but I do feel that my hair is even more difficult to manage if it does not feel clean and it can affect my confidence (particularly as my hair is the bane of my life at the best of times anyway!)
Once the spray has been left and brushed through, I do feel that my hair is slightly more presentable than it would otherwise be. This is by no means a long term alternative to a good hair wash but it is an acceptable emergency measure. I wouldn't particularly going out on a night out with Batiste in my hair but it is fine for the school run, particularly as I never seem to have the opportunity to wash my hair as frequently as I would like to. Even after using this spray, I always prefer to keep my long hair tied out of the way and out of sight but the fresh fragrance, particularly with this variety, do help to make me feel less conscious of my unwashed hair and happier to be seen out in public. The effects of the spray, regardless of the fragrance, can be quite short-lived and this is no real substitute for a good hair washing but it certainly makes my hair feel and smell fresher than it would do otherwise.
The scent is really the main reason why I choose to use Batiste on occasion and this Tropical variety is one of the nicest versions that I've tried so far. The can does state that this is 'coconut and exotic tropical' and it is the Coconut that is the most obvious scent here, evident from the very first spray and clearly apparent even by the end of a very long day. I personally love the smell of coconut and find it reminiscent of suntan lotion, long refreshing glasses of Malibu and holidays abroads. It is a really evocative fragrance and I find myself sniffing at my own hair throughout the day and I don't even care that I'm only using it because my hair is slightly grubby. Clearly, if you're not a fan of coconut, this one will not appeal at all. I could imagine that this scent could also be quite cloying for some people as it is very sweet, almost to the point of being sickly but it appeals to my sense of smell perfectly.
The Batiste range is currently on offer at Superdrug at less than half price, with a large 200ml can costing just £1.45 rather than £2.99. I think that is excellent value, especially as cans that large last me for absolutely ages as I only use this sporadically when necessary. I'm certainly tempted to stock up on this and a few other varieties whilst this promotion is on as that is really excellent value for money.
Having tried quite a few different fragrances within the Batiste range, this Tropical variety is one of my favourites and one I'm happy to recommend to anybody who loves the scent of coconut. Whilst I'd obviously prefer freshly washed and shiny hair, this is an acceptable standby for days when life just gets in the way. This scent helps to remind me of sunny days and former holidays abroad, which is always a nice little bit of escapism, especially during dark and dismal Winter days.
Summary: A lovely addition to the Batiste range