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I had run out of my usual Batiste dry shampoo and when I checked my local chemist, they were charging £2.99 for the 150ml can, which I thought was a bit expensive. I hadn't heard of this brand before, but at £1.49 for 150ml (the same as I normally spend on Batiste shampoo in B + M) I thought I'd give this one a go, and the name was intriguing as well.
The brand seems to specialise in dry shampoos, and have two varieties available, the classic one that I have tried, and another called carnival, which is described as having a scent of summer fruit with exotic sandalwood. The classic scent is described as is a clean, fresh, fruity fragrance which I would say is quite close to how this does smell. The brand promise salon quality at an affordable prices, and seems to be aimed at those leading busy lives.
As I have hair that has a tendency to look lank and greasy the day after washing it, but I don't want to wash my hair every day, dry shampoo is an essential piece of kit for me. Dry shampoo probably isn't the right name for this product, I would say it's more of a hair refresher and is ideal for those days where you either can't wash your hair, or don't want to (I can't be the only person who has those days?). Dry shampoo can also be used to add volume or texture to clean dry hair, although I don't do this myself.
The packaging is slightly chaotic, although the name and the contents are displayed prominently on the front of the tin. The back does seem to have a lot of information about the company's tagline and other information.
To use this just shake the can and spray onto hair, holding it about 7 inches from your head, .and making sure to massage the product into your hair after straying. Leave to dry for around 2 minutes before brushing through thoroughly.
This dry shampoo has a pleasant, fresh scent and the scent does seem to last. It's not as strong a scent as Batiste shampoos, but I think this is a good thing, and I can still smell a hint of it a few hours after application.
I wasn't expecting much from this, but I was very pleasantly surprised. To me, this does what I feel a dry shampoo should do, it not only left my hair looking less greasy, but also brought out my highlights and my hair looked brighter and cleaner. While not as good as having freshly washed hair, this does make a positive difference to my hair.
Mine cost £1.49 but it is available online from as little as 99p. Even at £1.49, I think this is a fantastic price for such a great dry shampoo.
Check out http://www.hot-tin-roof.com/classic.html for further information.
I thought that I had tried just about every brand of dry shampoo going, but I recently discovered the Hot Tin Roof brand. I bought it chiefly because it was being sold on a buy one, get one free basis in the 99p store. This means I got one 150ml spray for 50p, which is quite a bit cheaper than the dry shampoos I normally buy.
I had never heard of this company before buying the shampoo. I googled them to see if they offer other hair care products but it seems that they specialise in dry shampoo. Their website lists just two products - the classic dry shampoo which I bought, and a "Carnival" varient which is supposed to have a summer fruits and sandalwood scent. There isn't a list of stockists on their webpage which is a shame because I liked the product and would like to know if it available elsewhere on the high street. There are a number of online sellers including Amazon however.
I am sure most people have tried a dry shampoo by now, but if you haven't, I would describe them as a shampoo in the form of a powdery spray that is used to freshen hair without adding water. I have yet to find one that produces results as good as washing my hair in the normal way, but they do provide a handy quick fix when you are in a rush. My scalp gets greasy quickly, so I use dry shampoos often, to save me having to wash my hair every day. Hot Tin Roof describe their product as "salon quality" at an affordable price, although I am not sure that many hairdressers would get away with spraying you with one of these if you came in for a hair wash! They say it will clean, refresh and revive your hair, and that it will be quick to use.
This dry shampoo is used like others. You just need to shake the can, hold it a little distance from your head, and spray on to the roots. Then you are advised to massage it in, leave it for 2 minutes to dry, and then brush it out thoroughly. The can produces a good fine spray that lands evenly on the hair. It feels gentler than some products I have used, which can leave the hair feeling excessively wet for a dry shampoo! My scalp did feel slightly damp, but it did dry very quickly, and it did not look dark after I had brushed the product out. The key thing for me about dry shampoos is whether they leave a powdery residue on the hair. Being made usually of corn starch and similar powdery substances, all dry shampoos that I have used give at least a temporary grey look to the hair. What is important for me is how easy it is to brush the powder out. I am pleased to say that the Hot Tin Roof shampoo produces little whiteness and what is there seems to vanish into the hair by the time it has come to brush it. I have found it easy to comb and style my hair afterwards, and there is absolutely no stickiness left behind.
The product is supposed to have a fruity scent, which I would call citrusy. It is fresh and pleasant, and more subtle than similar scents from Battiste. This may be a good or bad thing depending on your point of view. I could smell it on my hair if I sniffed it, and this is enough for me.
Whilst I don't expect a just washed feeling from using dry shampoo, I was impressed at how fresh my hair felt. My scalp area seems much less flat, which helps to disguise greasiness too. It really does look and feel freshened, and gives me the confidence to go out without wondering if my hair looks like I haven't washed it! I have felt happy to apply this in the morning and then wait until the next day to wash my hair. I have tried using it on 2 day old hair, which for me is greasier than it is likely to be for most people, purely to see if it would work. The answer is yes, but not nearly as well. I would use it on very greasy hair only in a dire emergency to give me a few hours grace, but the same could be said for the other dry shampoos I use. I can honestly say that this performs just as well as Batiste in the short term though.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS SHAMPOO?
I would. It does a good job of making my hair both feel and look considerably fresher. It is a quick and easy to use product, and it has the edge over some brands in the sense that it is faster to brush out. I like the scent that I have tried, although those wanting a very strong perfume may find it on the weak side. I would love to try the "Carnival" scent should I see it for sale. This lack of availability presents the biggest down side of the product for me. Prices vary online between suppliers quite a bit, with the can I bought starting at about £1.50. A 75ml size is also available. I would head down to the 99p store and see if it is in stock there, because at their current offer price, it is an absolute steal! I have since found that it is available in B&M too, for £1.
[This review also appears on Ciao under my user name.x]