Product Type: Superdrug hair care products
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If only I'd read the reviews before buying this!
Superdrug Dry Shampoo Chocolate Brownie
Member Name: Holland1
Superdrug Dry Shampoo Chocolate Brownie
Advantages: It smells ok (although this doesn't last on your hair)
Disadvantages: Made my hair greasier, applies brown film to your hair, hair looked worse than before using
Like most people, I don't always have time to wash my hair on the days I'm supposed to, and to avoid looking like I've been dragged through a hedge backwards, I like to use dry shampoo on those days to make my hair look a bit fresher. I spotted this in Superdrug and was attracted by the name "Chocolate Brownie" (yes, ok I'm obsessed with food), and being brunette I thought this might be a nice one to try.
Firstly, I should say that when I looked at the product description on the can, it didn't state that the product contains brown coloured pigment. I wasn't too sure whether this was aimed at brunettes or they were just using a food description to get people's attention. It states on the packaging "suitable for brunette hair" which I took to mean that the product wouldn't leave white streaks which can sometimes happen with dry shampoo, so it wouldn't look like I'd applied talc. What it actually means, however, is that the shampoo leaves a layer of brown on your hair, something I didn't realise until I washed it after using it, and wondered why there was brown gunge all over my shower tray.
The product offers the usual promises to refresh dull and lifeless hair between washes without the need for water. In theory, this makes it a convenient way of getting an extra 20 minutes in bed each morning, however in reality what it should say on the packaging is "this product will make your hair feel like it is covered in sticky residue, and if it rains you're screwed because you'll have brown streaks running down your face". I've never been caught in the rain after using this product, but from the shower I can see myself in the mirror, and lets just say once the product starting to be washed out it immediately put me off using it because if you get caught in the rain it's not going to be a pretty sight.
Brown gunge aside, the effectiveness of this product is....well, non-existant. I applied in the usual way, spraying all over my hair and then styling as usual (i.e. vaguely brushing it), only to discover that this product actually drew attention to the fact I hadn't washed my hair. It leaves a film of residue which makes it feel so much more greasy than before using it, I debated being late for work such was the overwhelming desire for clean hair, but instead persisted and spent the day trying to avoid any mirrors. I have given this product three chances, hating to waste my money and hoping it might just be me, but each time the result has been the same.
Fragrance wise, it does actually smell really pleasant, almost fruity. However, this doesn't seem to last for long, nor does it neutralise odours on your hair, so if you're trying to disguise cooking smells you'd be better off spraying perfume and walking through it which is what I sometimes do when my hair smells of food. Maybe I should use the rest of the can as an air freshener as that is all this product seems to be good for.
Should you wish you try this product for yourself (why, why, why?), a 150ml can is priced at £1.99. I notice all of Superdrug's own brand dry shampoos are on a "buy 1 get 2 free" offer at the moment, which to me suggests they are struggling to sell this range. Owning one of these is bad enough, I am not about to clutter my dressing table with three useless products, although it would be interesting to see if the others perform any better. I notice from previous reviews of this product that I am not the only one who doesn't rate it.
On a final note, this product is suitable for vegans and vegetarians. I guess it's a saving grace that no animals were harmed to produce this horrendous product.
(Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
Summary: Don't waste your money