Product Review – Batiste Dry Shampoos

Batiste Dry Shampoo

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.

Batiste Fruity & Cheeky Cherry

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.

The fragrances:

♥  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).

The tips:

♥  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?



  1. Anye
    14 February 2014 / 11:27

    OOO I love this dry shampoo! Great review! Best thing since sliced bread. I remember when it first came out I loved it so much and I was so afraid that it might be a temporary thing and I would after a while not be able to find it anymore. Thank goodness everybody loves it and it must be one of their top selling products. ( I also use is to hide my regrowth.)

    • Luzanne
      15 February 2014 / 13:07

      You said it so well: Best thing since sliced bread!!

      Yes, I hope it’s still around 2074! Hell, I hope I’m still around in 2074! 😛

  2. 14 February 2014 / 12:16

    “The Scraggly Bird’s Nest” Hahahahah – love your funny, beautiful and honest reviews.

    • Luzanne
      15 February 2014 / 13:05

      LOL! *blush*

      Thank you, Nicole! xxx

  3. Tjoppie
    14 February 2014 / 13:06

    I have been wanting to try this for a long time!Good review. The Hint of Colour sounds like a good choice for my hair

    • Luzanne
      15 February 2014 / 13:04

      You should definitely get a can, Mom! I think you will like the pink one! 😉

  4. Zahira M
    14 February 2014 / 13:13

    AHBsessed with this dry shampoo! I’ve tried others like the Tresemme one but it’s just not good enough!

    I have very dark hair and didn’t even know about the dry shampoos for darker hair, thank you, I’ll go check it out at Clicks this arvie.x

    • Luzanne
      15 February 2014 / 13:03

      I’m so glad I have introduced you to the dry shampoos for darker haired beauties such as yourself! I hope you found it, Zahira! 🙂

  5. Gina
    14 February 2014 / 14:00

    LOVE my Batiste dry shampoo – like you, I don’t know how I lived without it.

    I don’t know if you have tried the XXL one yet. I thought this sounded incredible and popped it in my basket on my last Clicks run. Unfortunately it makes my head feel like I have coated it in 90’s hair spray – it makes my hair feel sticky, straw-y and like its never going to move again… Definitely not the best in the range.

    Love the review – can’t wait to try out the Cherry ‘flavour’ one next time! x

    • Luzanne
      15 February 2014 / 13:02

      I have tried the XXL one and I agree, the amount of ‘texture’ it gives the hair is insane! It’s very much like the voluminising powders you get in the small containers, and I would imagine the feel it gives the hair definitely isn’t for everyone. I only use the XXL one when I’m going to a wedding or party and I want to give my hair some extra oomph, but can’t use it every day that’s for sure. 🙂

      The cherry one smells sooooo goooood! I actually used it on my hair this morning and I can still smell it in my locks. x

  6. Ronel Marais
    14 February 2014 / 14:57

    I must go get one of these this weekend, I have never tried a dry shampoo and am sometimes too lazy to wash my hair even on the second day…oops.

    Thank you for a great review, L.

    • Luzanne
      15 February 2014 / 12:58

      Give them a go, you won’t be disappointed! Thank you for commenting, Ronel. 🙂

  7. 14 February 2014 / 14:57

    My mom used to use dry shampoo when she was younger and I was so excited when it came back. I have the Tropical scent now and it smells good enough to make me not want to wash my hair. I have dark hair, but I haven’t had any residue problems.

    • Luzanne
      15 February 2014 / 12:57

      Hahahaha!!! I know what you mean, I am yet to find a shampoo & conditioner that will make my hair smell as delicious as the Tropical Batiste!

      Thanks for letting me know, Natasha – I’m going a bit darker with my hair these days (not a full-on brunette yet) and I must say, I also haven’t really had an issue.

      Thank you for popping by… 🙂

  8. Stephanie
    14 February 2014 / 17:19

    I would love to try this, but not sure how it would do with my type of hair.
    But I would love to try it!

    • Luzanne
      15 February 2014 / 12:55

      Maybe buy a travel-sized can before the full-sized one, but I’m pretty sure it will work for your hair. 🙂

  9. Clara Dinkelmann
    14 February 2014 / 18:11

    I’ve only ever used the TREsemme one and it makes my hair feel a bit funky but I still use it. I would love to give the Batiste ones a go because the scents sound divine.

    Lovely photos btw… Clara x

    • Luzanne
      15 February 2014 / 12:54

      I also think the TREsemme one gives the hair a little bit more texture. Give the Batiste ones a try, I’m sure you will fall in love with at least one of the scents. 😛

      Thank you, Clara! 🙂

  10. Caryn
    14 February 2014 / 22:25

    Love these dry shampoos, they are such life savers! I keep the travel sized ones in my handbags, I probably have one in each bag. Can’t live without it!

    I have found that if I use too much of the normal ‘white powder’ dry shampoos, it does give my hair a bit of a white cast. But one can always use a little bit less, or as you mentioned you can also use the ones designed for dark hair.

    Love your beautiful blog, Luzanne.


    • Luzanne
      15 February 2014 / 12:53

      The travel sized cans are very travel-friendly! When I go on holiday, I always take one of the small cans in my luggage and one in my handbag. 🙂

      Yes, I think it’s key to hold the can at least 15cm away from the hair and remember to rather start out with little spritzes.

      Thank you for commenting, Caryn!

  11. 14 February 2014 / 22:56

    The best!! Paisley is my favourite 🙂

    • Luzanne
      15 February 2014 / 12:50

      Paisley is a lovely scent, very different to the other ones! 🙂

  12. 18 February 2014 / 07:31

    I am obsessed with Batiste! They are total life savers when you are in a rush and don’t have time to wash your hair. I love the Cherry scent! I must try the Tropical scent soon, it’s always sold out…wonderful review Luzanne! xo

    • Luzanne
      9 March 2014 / 11:20

      You are going to L-O-V-E the Tropical scent dry shampoo, it actually really makes my heart happy when I smell it!

      Thank you, Lily! x

  13. hildegarde_k
    22 February 2014 / 16:35

    Great review as always! 🙂 I have the Original and two baby cans of Blush. My friend recently brought me back a can of “Sassy & Daring Wild” from the UK and I love the print and the smell!

    • Luzanne
      9 March 2014 / 11:21

      Thank you, Hildegarde! I must get my hands on the animal print one, can’t wait to sniff it!

      Thanks for commenting, it’s always nice to see your name pop up in my inbox! x

  14. 28 February 2014 / 08:56

    Great post!! I haven’t used dry shampoo before because I simply haven’t had the need to but now I really want to try it.
    Thank you!

    • Luzanne
      9 March 2014 / 11:23

      You should give it a go, Michelle! It’s always best to give your hair a little breather between shampoos, let the natural oils of your scalp nourish the hair. 🙂

  15. Michelle
    18 October 2017 / 14:37

    how long does the 500ml can actually last if you use it like 3-4 times a week?
    Running out of water in Cape Town and fewer hair wash days are definitely needed

    • Luzanne
      22 October 2017 / 10:46

      Shew, it depends if you have super oily roots and the thickness of your hair. I have fine hair (but a lot of it) and my roots tend to get oily by day 2 – if I had to use the 500ml 3 to 4 times a week, I’d say it’ll last me about 2 to 3 weeks…? Keeping in mind, I’ll only refresh my roots at the top of my head and around my face (not use it all over my head / hair). This drought in Cape Town is absolutely heartbreaking!

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