Since my last post which discussed different shampoos I’ve been using recently, my hair condition has improved massively. I can’t pinpoint what’s helped it so much, whether it’s the products I’m using or my diet or the weather, but I’m certainly not complaining about it! Because I still don’t wash my hair every day or even every second day (it’s currently every third day, which is working very well with my newly improved hair), on the third and sometimes the second day, I need some dry shampoo just to spruce my roots up a bit. I’ve been using a combination of two dry shampoos, depending on how much my hair needs it, and I thought I would discuss how I’ve found them, and the pros and cons of each.
(excuse my poor photo here!)
First up is the popular Batiste. I have the cherry one which is for all hair types. The price is £2.99 for a 200ml bottle, and you can buy it from Boots and Superdrug. Quite often you can pick up a deal on them as well, and there are many types to choose from, from a variety of different scents to choosing the most suitable type for your hair color and type. It lasts a really long time, even if you use it on your roots most days.
The biggest pro of Batiste? It actually works very well! Lacklustre roots are immediately more clean-looking and less greasy, and the volume is boosted as well. A little goes a long way with this product, and second-day hair is easily fixed without the need for emergency hairdos. The thing I find most frustrating about this product though is that it applies as a very opaque white powder if sprayed on too close to the hair. The downside to this is that you have to choose between being more accurate with where you’re spraying and how long you want to spend getting rid of the ‘it snowed on my head’ look. But before dry shampoo I used to use talc for the same purpose, so it’s a problem I’m well versed in – all it takes is some brushing and rubbing to get rid of the white areas.
The other product I’ve been using gets its strength from the fact that it doesn’t have the white powder problem. The TreSemmé InstantRefresh Dry Shampoo is a bit more expensive than Batiste, costing £5.25 at Boots for the same 200ml size of bottle and slightly cheaper at Superdrug at £4.79. I have the one for normal to oily hair. As I mentioned, the biggest pro to using this dry shampoo is that you don’t really ever have the white powder in your hair, regardless of how close you spray it. It can happen very sparsely, but then, you’re spraying a powder-type product into your hair at close proximity, so it’s inevitable sometimes. Still, it’s a great advantage for when you’re in a hurry and need to very quickly spruce your hair up without having to stop and deal with the fallout.
However, I find this product, despite its higher price tag, doesn’t work quite so well as the Batiste. It’s good for when you don’t need a whole lot of improvement, if your hair’s just looking a little limp but not altogether oily, but when you need a more effective result, Batiste will be your best friend. I like having both products to hand for when things are pretty grim – I use Batiste liberally and then use the TreSemmé in little spritzes afterwards to keep everything looking healthy. The TreSemmé adds a shine that the Batiste doesn’t – it doesn’t put a greasy look back into your hair, but since the Batiste can make hair look quite shineless when you’re done with it, it’s nice to be able to add something extra at the end.
All in all, the Batiste is the winner for me. I’ll be trying different types and scents to see if they will have a different effect. I’m not sure I’ll be repurchasing the TreSemmé unless I find it on sale, but instead I intend to try a few different backups to Batiste to experiment without being left high and dry on bad hair days!
Do you use dry shampoo? Which products have you been loving to spruce up your limp hair? Any particular recommendations?
Until next time,