Grab that Valentine’s Day chocolate you’ve been hiding under your pillow, it’s going to be a lengthy one…
I sport 2 looks when I wake up in the morning: 1. The Scraggly Bird’s Nest (I tie my hair in a messy top bun before I go to bed and wake up with a thing that looks like something a rat had babies in) or 2. The Spalding (from American Horror Story Season 3). I can fix the former by sleeping with my hair down but then I would sport the latter hairdo every single morning…it’s a vicious circle.
You guys know how much I love my Batiste dry shampoos. I still remember the first day I discovered these beauties in my local Clicks store, I’m a sucker for cute packaging but was unsure of how it would work on my fine hair, so I decided to pop ‘Blush’ into my shopping basket. Obviously I’m going to pick the pink one first, because pink makes everything better (it’s like cheese…and bacon…hhhmmmm bacon…)
After purchasing my first Batiste dry shampoo, I went home to research exactly how to use it (dry shampoo was a newbie in the South African market back then) and didn’t wash my hair that evening. This meant the next morning I was already on third day hair. Now, this is a VERY rare occurrence for me because I have fine hair that tends to get oily by the stroke of midnight on day 1. I wash my hair every second day, and I am 100% honest when I say I have NO idea how I lived without a dry shampoo for so long. I cringe to think that I may have had oily roots on some days but was oblivious to that fact because I had no other choice. Washing my hair every single day was never an option for me either because 1. you strip away the healthy natural oils if you wash your hair every single day, and 2. styling my lifeless hair is no joke and using heat on your hair every single day when you have blonde highlighted hair is bad, bad, BAD! I was amazed at how easy it was to use and how it changed the look of my hair. I woke up with lifeless, rather oily hair and within a couple of minutes, it looked like I had just washed my hair (not even exaggerating). Plus my hair smelled way better than after using a normal shampoo.
What is a dry shampoo? Dry shampoo has been around since the 1960s but has enjoyed a recent rebirth of sorts. It can be used in between washes or in situations when water isn’t readily available – like when you’re camping (I personally don’t camp though). Dry shampoo is a super fine powder that comes in spray-on, dust-on and shake-on forms & works by absorbing oil from your scalp and hair, making it look and feel freshly washed again. The ingredients in the spray-on dry shampoo are usually a mixture of aerosol propellants, absorbing agents, solvents, conditioning agents and fragrance. A dry shampoo doesn’t take the place of regularly washing your hair with water, but rather serves as a means of lengthening the time between washes.
What Batiste says: Batiste dry shampoo instantly refreshes your hair between washes, leaving it feeling gorgeously clean and fresh with added body and texture. Simply spray your roots, massage in and style. Make every day a fabulous hair day with Batiste.
My review: I’m personally support the ‘less shampoo movement’ – as mentioned before I have dry and limp fine hair that cannot be washed every single day. I probably use the Batiste dry shampoos on my hair about 3 to 4 times a week, and let me tell you: It’s a total life saver! Not only does it refresh your hair, it banishes oily roots, adds volume and also gives the hair texture. If you have fine, slippery hair that is useless for the most part, spray a bit of dry shampoo all over the hair and you will have textured hair that you can actually do something with i.e. fishtail braid, updo, or even a normal ponytail that won’t slip out of the hair band. All you do is shake the can, lift your hair mid-shaft so that your roots are visible, spray an even layer of the dry shampoo around the different sections on your head, let the product sit to absorb the excess oil, give yourself a head massage (this will distribute the product) and comb / brush out.
Remember that dry shampoo will only help to absorb excess oil, it won’t necessarily clean out the dirt but will mask it with a pretty scent. Most of the Batiste dry shampoos disperse a fine, white powder but there are other tinted variants available suited for darker-haired girls (or guys). Dry shampoo is great for all hair types, including women of colour – if you are a woman of colour, though, I suggest using the Batiste dry shampoos for dark hair (if you have dark hair) mentioned at the end of this blog post.
♥ Clean & Classic Original – this one has a subtle citrusy scent, almost like a lemony-lime cocktail. This is the most refreshing scent out of the lot.
♥ Rich & Elegant Paisley – ever so slightly spicy, and in my honest opinion, a more mature scent.
♥ Floral & Flirty Blush – the scent of this one is a beautiful fresh & floral scent. Not overwhelming at all (I’m quite sensitive to overpowering scents) – think of a fresh, dewy flower garden in the morning.
♥ Cool & Crisp Fresh – this is their unisex scent which makes it suitable for guys and gals. I enjoy the occasional masculine scent and find this particular one gives you that ‘fresh out of the shower’ scent.
♥ Fruity & Cheeky Cherry – first of all, obsessed with the packaging! This is by far my favourite Batiste design. The luscious cherry scent reminds me of my childhood for some reason, I think I may have had a doll with hair that smelled like this. Cheeky Cherry’s scent lingers in the hair for the longest out of all the Batiste Dry Shampoos.
♥ Coconut & Exotic Tropical – and this is by far my favourite Batiste scent. Let’s face it, if I could live in a coconut, I would be the happiest girl alive!
The pro: The list of pros are endless – and if you skimmed through the first part of my blog post, I’ll you a short list of pros here.
♥ If you have short hair and bangs, this is your best friend. If your hair comes in constant contact with your forehead, naturally it’s picking up the oils from your face, causing the bangs to look ‘separated’. A spritz of dry shampoo will fix it in a flash.
♥ Dry shampoo gives added volume and texture to the hair, my hair always needs that extra oomph in the morning and this seals the deal.
♥ A dry shampoo extends the time between washes, this helps the natural oils to make their way down the hair shaft. The result? Healthy, shiny hair.
♥ If you use a heat tool to blow dry, straighten or curl your hair, you want to make it last as long as possible so you’re not overdoing it with the heat styling. This will save your hair in the long run.
♥ If you happen to be blonde, dry shampoo is an excellent method for lightening up the roots. Trust me, I have camouflaged my regrowth on many occasions.
♥ Dry shampoos are huge time savers – they add an extra day or two between labour-intensive blow dry sessions.
♥ Fewer washes means it takes longer for hair colour to fade, so fewer visits to the hair salon – saves time and money! Come on, you should be running out the door to Clicks right now…
The con: If you have very dark hair, the above mentioned dry shampoos might leave a white residue on the hair. This can be eliminated by using the Batiste dry shampoos called ‘Hint Of Colour’ for brunettes or deep brown hair as they are slightly tinted (but won’t permanently change the colour of your hair).
♥ Spray at least 15cm away from the roots, this will ensure the product is evenly distributed.
♥ Don’t spray on damp or wet hair – it’s called dry shampoo for a reason.
♥ Don’t worry if you get dry shampoo on the lengths of your hair, this gives extra grip to the hair.
♥ Don’t use the dry shampoo before you straighten or curl your hair as the dry shampoo powder tends to stick to the hair tool. If you have second day hair and you need to curl / straighten it, do this first and use the dry shampoo after.
The price: R 64,95 at Clicks stores.
I was sent these Batiste dry shampoos by PR but I was already in a fully fledged love affair with them before I even started blogging, so this review is not affected by the fact that I received these for review at all.
Other dry shampoos in the Batiste range includes one called ‘XXL’ which is the baby of a dry shampoo and a voluminising powder (it gives you serious volume, it’s like back combing your hair without a comb) and then you also get the dry shampoos for various hair colours. The ‘XXL’ and ‘Hint Of Colour’ dry shampoos retail for R 74,95 at Clicks.
I’m hoping Batiste will bring the ‘Sassy & Daring Wild’ dry shampoo to South African shores soon, it has animal print packaging and a spicy & musky scent.
Have you tried any of the Batiste dry shampoos? What are your thoughts?