Product Type: Batiste hair care products
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Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo
Member Name: jeffjen
Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo
Advantages: Banishes oily roots
Disadvantages: Left my hair feeling dry and looking dull.
Having read and heard great things about Batiste dry shampoo, I was keen to try it. My daughters also praised this substitute shampoo, with my eldest stating it was a necessity to take to festivals and my youngest using it at home inbetween washes or to give her hair a quick boost when she hadn't time to wash it.
However, even though I had seen and heard good things about Batiste, I remained somewhat sceptical, thinking there could be no substitute for the look and feel of freshly washed hair.
My own experience with dry shampoo prior to trying Batiste was many years ago when I went on a school holiday and being told we wouldn't be able to wash our hair whilst there. As I was worried about my hair becoming greasy my mum bought me some dry shampoo, which I recall looked like a tin of talc and whilst it did help a little, I hated the feel of it on my hair. My hair felt dry, looked dull and also it was really hard to remove the whiteish grey residue from my hair after using it too. Indeed some of my friends at the time were actually using talc on their hair and it was near enough the same results as the dry shampoo!
Therefore, I have steered clear ever since of any dry shampoo products, always thinking back to that school trip and how awful my hair felt after using it.
I realise that hair care products overall may have improved since then and the market these days does seem flooded with a lot more hair care products than there was back in the early 80's when I went on my school trip, but I still never thought about trying a dry shampoo ever again.
I think it was my youngest daughter saying how good she found Batiste dry shampoo which made me decide to try it. I regularly do sleep-in shifts at work and thought it may come in handy to freshen up my hair the next morning before coming home from work and so I decided maybe I should borrow my daughter's Batiste and give it a try.
Before I could do this however, I was shopping in town and noticed various cans of Batiste dry shampoo on offer at a branch of Bodycare, which specialises in toiletries and perfumes etc at competitive prices. A standard 150ml can was priced at just £1.35 which was quite a saving when compared to the £3 price I had seen for the same size can at other shops. Therefore instead of borrowing my daughter's Batiste, I decided at that low price I would just buy a can and if I didn't like it I would give it to my daughter.
There were a few different cans of Batiste dry shampoo available. I had never realised this came in different fragrances and after a couple of minute's deliberation, I decided upon this Coconut and Exotic 'Tropical' Batiste Dry Shampoo.
Using Batiste dry shampoo is an easy process. You simply hold the spray 30cm from your hair and spray. I lifted my long hair up at the back and sides to apply to the roots and parted my hair with my fingers to reach the roots on top of my head and sprayed. The spray turned my hair light grey, which immediately reminded me of that dry shampoo experience of mine many years back. However, a quick massage into my hair with my fingers and brushing it through with my hairbrush soon got rid of that.
After one minute your oily roots are meant to have been banished and dull lifeless hair been given the makeover it needs.
Well I can safely say that Batiste does indeed banish the oily roots, however I would say my hair looked and felt dry and dull after using Batiste and I could still feel a powdery residue on my hair. Whilst my oily roots had gone, my hair still felt dirty and also felt dry. I wasn't really impressed at all.
I also did not like the very strong coconut fragrance, which I thought was sickly sweet and overpowering. I don't mind the smell of coconut, or I would not have bought this particular fragrance, but this was so strong it made me feel quite sick.
I experimented a few times with my Tropical Batiste, using less product and was still left with dry and dull hair. The only good thing is that it does get rid of my oily roots, but then my hair is left feeling dry and looking dull, whilst lacking any shine at all. I really can't bear the feel of it on my hair and can't wait to wash it out after using it.
I really won't be buying this again as it simply doesn't work for me. The advantages of it ridding my hair of oily roots is simply replaced by dryness and dullness which is equally annoying as having oily roots. Plus the fragrance of this one in particular is too overpowering and sickly in my opinion.
I am really unsure how to rate Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo as I know some people love this product and so it obviously works better for some folk, but I am sorry to say I don't like it at all. I am left with the same thoughts I had about dry shampoo when I first tried it all those years ago.
As it does banish oily roots I will rate it as 2 out of 5, but unfortunately, as I really don't like the fragrance and my hair is left dry and dull, I personally cannot rate it any higher.
I would say if you are thinking of trying Batiste, then go ahead. It may work for you, as I know there are many happy users of this dry shampoo. Indeed folk like me who don't really like it, seem to be in the minority, but maybe go for a fragrance which doesn't smell so strongly as this one.
Summary: Not a good substitute for washing my hair.