June 18th, 2013

Angela Hix

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Product Review: Batiste Dry Shampoo

Hi there readers!

I’ve got something a little different for you today, it’s hair related instead of makeup. I’ve been trying out some different dry shampoos and trying to stretch my color just a little longer by not washing it every other day (I know that sounds gross). I don’t have greasy hair and it doesn’t get oily really, but where I like a nice vibrant red hair color it’s hard to maintain the vibrancy. I’ve never been a “wash it every day” type and have always found that “every other day” has always worked for me pretty much all my life. Within the past few years I found my ultimate red color combo. Thanks to my bestie, Jillian, I rock Redken Reds in color fusion. It’s hard to maintain this awesome red having to wash it as often as even every other day and trying to stretch out my color vibrancy to 4-6 weeks.

I had heard a lot about dry shampoo lately and though it’s no ‘new’ product to the realm of the bueaty industry many are still in awe as to what dry shampoo actually is. Here’s the wikipedia insert:

Dry shampoo:
Powdered shampoos are designed to work without water. They are typically based on powders such as starch, silica or talc, and are intended to physically absorb excess sebum from the hair before being brushed out.

Now that we’re up to speed, it’s not uncommon to hear about the dry shampoo buzz whenever you go on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook or even open a magazine that’s up on today’s current trends, but dry shampoo has been around since the 70’s and was even used to help make those big do’s of the 80’s. It fell out of favour the more we got into the 90’s and big hair fell to the Rachel fringe, beachy blonde locks or short Meg Ryan cuts. It wasn’t until more recent years when beauty experts, stylists and dermatologists started recommending we wash our hair less. In fact before the 70’s it was common place to wash your hair once a week to even once a month! Thus the resurgence of dry shampoo.

(TIP: the sebum (oil) creating glands in your scalp will produce MORE sebum if you wash your hair every day causing it to feel greasier than usual. They’re trying to makeup the loss of sebum we strip from our hair with every day washing)

With all this buzz I had to jump on board and try it. I’ve since tried a few different brands but they’ve at the drug store level and I have to say I’m on board the dry shampoo train. My only complaint is that I find the drug store brands to be too concentrated with both powder and floral scents. I’m not a fan of the drugstore brands.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a rep at NailPolishCanada.com to see if I would be interested in reviewing a can of Batiste Dry Shampoo of my choice from their website. I was replying quicker than a cheetah taking down a gazelle in the safari. It was exactly what I wanted to do, try something that wasn’t drugstore! I chose the Batiste Dry Shampoo in Original. In less than a week of declaring my choice to the rep it was in my hot little hand.

PRODUCT:

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo

WHAT:

Dry shampoo with a clean & classic fragrance. For all hair types. Batiste Dry Shampoo is perfect to use between washes. A quick burst revitalizes hair and removes any excess grease. Hair feels gorgeously clean and fresh with added body and texture.

HOW:

Shake vigorously before use. Keeping nozzle about 30cm from hair, spray into roots. Massage through with fingertips. Brush and style.

PRICE:

$9 CND @ NailPolishCanada.com

MY EXPERIENCE:

As having only used lower end brands prior to Batiste this is a step up without even using it once. I know it’s a drug store/lower end product everywhere else in the world, but when the only way you can get it in Canada is to order it online it’s a step up.

I have played with Batiste on and off over the last two weeks and I have to say I’m impressed. The first day I used it I couldn’t figure out the ‘spray on roots’ and was spraying it more on my scalp. I also didn’t really wait for it to absorb any oil/grease. I thought it was going to be a flop. My hair didn’t look re-vigoured at all!

By the next few applications I had a better handle on the application and was hitting the roots. I was waiting for it to do it’s magic and then brushing the “white” out. FINALLY! I got the magic of dry shampoo.

OVERALL:

I’m hooked! I love the fresh light scent to this product. It’s not florally that overpowers like most low end brands and though at first it smelt a little “aerosol-y” I realized I had been using it wrong. Now that I know what I’m doing it’s a great scent, easy to use and a great in between washes product! I am no longer an every other day hair washer, I can happily state I get 3-4 days wear out of my hair now. The red is extra vibrant as of late. I went from 4-5 washes a week to 2-3.

Another plus for this product is that the instructions are not only written on the back of the can, but there are visuals! I’ve only ever seen the more “complicated” products out there with visual aids on them and more often they are in a pamphlet inside.

8/10

I really enjoy this product and would recommend it.

6/10

I enjoyed the application, but it took a few tries even with visual instructions.

9/10

I love this scent! It’s not suffocating like a field of flowers!

8/10

It lasts a fairly long time. At least an 8 hours shift’s worth.

9/10

Definitely on the lower end and worth every penny!

The DO’s & DON’T’s of Dry Shampoo

DO:

spray at least 6-7 inches away from your roots. This ensures even distribution and cuts on the product build up.

DON’T:

use when you’re hair is wet. It’ll just end up being a nasty mess. Think mixing too much flour in too little water. It’s ‘dry’ for a reason.

DO:

wait about 2-5 minutes before styling. Some dry shampoos are ‘white colored’. Don’t freak if your dry shampoo comes out white. You have to let it sit to give the product a chance to work it’s magic, aka suck up that oil and grease ladies! Take your fingers and rub your roots all over, brush out or even hit your roots with a quick blast from your hair dryer and brush any excess product out.

DON’T:

apply directly to your scalp or rub the dry shampoo too much into your scalp. It can dry it out too much and get itchy.

DON’T:

worry about getting it anywhere other than the root. Mid shaft is a-ok. You’re going to work the product down towards this area anyways and most will fall out. If anything this gives you a  little more volume for your style. Just don’t overdo it and avoid it if you can. The odd spray mistake here and there is nothing to worry about, but not something you want to do regularly.

DON’T:

forget it’s an in between washes fix. Dry shampoo is only to extend your look a day or two extra. If you’re pushing it past 3 extra days you may want to wash your hair.

DO:

use it after the gym. If the showers at the gym scare you and you want to use them as little as possible, skip washing your hair there, try some dry shampoo and you’re on your way!

Well readers, I hope you enjoyed my review on Batiste Dry Shampoo in Original.
Checkback soon for more reviews!

xxoo, Angela

PS:

CHANCE TO WIN!

Yup that’s right!

NailPolishCanada.com  is giving away 4 Batiste products of YOUR CHOICE!

The contest is only open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) and ends June 7th so get those entires in ladies and gents!