Friday, 19 October 2012

Batiste Blush / Original / Tropical Dry Shampoos (review)

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo
Batiste, one of the world's most famous dry shampoo manufacturers, offers a dizzying array of products (sixteen, at the last count) to 'banish oil', 'boost body' and lightly fragrance hair that needs a refresh.

Dry shampoos are great for trying something new with your hair, as well; they can add texture and grip to help put hair into an up-do, for example, or you can follow the celebrity route and use them to make your hair diva-sized. Most people, I'd imagine, use dry shampoos to get an extra day out of their hair style and therefore avoid the greasy teenager look.

This is where Batiste scores well. Those years of experience have allowed them to fine-tune their dry shampoos so they perform brilliantly.

 
Yes, the powder is pretty white, whiter than some newer rival versions – it turns my light auburn hair speckled grey – but rest assured, it does disappear when you take the time to massage in and brush out. It's so easy to do, too, and takes less than a minute, but if you need a little help, here's a video to guide you:


It's worth separating your hair into sections like the model did, as it is underneath where most oil accumulates. I hold the can about half a ruler's length away from my head and spray around my hair line, under the top layer of hair on the sides of my head, down my parting and a little all over the top. I leave it on for about a minute before massaging in, and find that does the trick.

I have to use a wide-toothed comb next, to detangle, before brushing out as instructed. There's no point in spraying the ends of your hair, as what little oil is there, isn't doing any harm, the trick is to reinvigorate the roots to boost your hair's vibrancy.

Batiste Blush / Original / Tropical Dry Shampoos
Of the three dry shampoos I'm testing here, the Tropical one is my least favourite, despite the brightly coloured bottle looking the most appealing to me. Quite simply I'm not a huge fan of coconut (tastes nice, smells weird!).

Blush isn't much better – it smells like cheap flowery perfume, and is very feminine, but at least, like all varieties of Batiste, it does disguise the smell of pollution from my hair. Blush seems to hang around in the air after use longer than the others, too. 

In my opinion, you can't beat Original, it's lovely, clean-smelling and fresh and not overpowering like the others can be. I think it also evokes memories from my childhood when my Mum used to use it!

I love that Tropical, Blush and Original are available in big, 400 ml sizes, because when you use dry shampoos as much as I do, the small sizes don't last very long. For travelling there's a mini 50 ml version. Batiste also make coloured shampoos with either dark brown, light brown, red or blonde dye pigments, an XXL version for extra volume (which won Bronze at the Pure Beauty awards in 2011 for best hairstyling) and numerous other fragrances.


YES!
NO!
There's bound to be a fragrance you like
Formula is quite white until you brush it out
Big value and travel sizes available

Class-leading oil absorption

Very easy to use




EFFICACY RATING
VALUE RATING
NATURAL RATING




Brand: Batiste

Website: www.batistehair.co.uk

Size: 50 ml
Price: £1.59 (£3.18/100 ml)

Size: 200 ml (regular versions)
Price: £2.99 (£1.50/100 ml)

Size: 200 ml (coloured/volumising versions)
Price: £3.99 (£2.00/100 ml)

Size: 400 ml
Price: £4.99 (£1.25/100 ml)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Butane, Isobutane, Propane, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Alcohol Denat., Parfum (Fragrance), Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Butylphenol, Methylpropional, Linalool, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Chloride

Alternative: Mark Hill Holiday Hair Beach To Bar Dry Shampoo

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