Saturday, 16 February 2013

Girlz Only XXL Volume-Plus Dry Shampoo (review)

The sheer breadth of products on the market means I rarely buy the same product twice (I have to really love it to do that!). This is good news for Beauty Insignia, as it means there's a huge amount of variety on here and we can help you decide what works best for you, but for me it's frustrating when I buy something new and it doesn't work. Like this Girlz Only dry shampoo. There's not much to like, so bear with me...

Girlz Only XXL Volume-Plus Dry Shampoo

Firstly, the packaging. It's not a style criticism, the colour scheme looks fine, but good luck trying to read anything printed on the can. Pink writing on a pink-hued background doesn't work. It's not as if I'm old with poor eyesight, I'm not! But the combination of colours coupled with the tiniest font size I've ever seen is beyond ridiculous. I really struggled straining my eyes to read and copy out the ingredients listing, but to make it worse the writing goes right round the can, meaning you have to keep twisting it to read each line. 

So let me summarise the blurb for you: this is branded 'XXL', which is the volumising version. At £2.00 a can it's cheap, and is the same price as the blonde and brunette specialist varieties, but the basic range (see last paragraph) is fifty pence cheaper still making it one of the cheapest dry shampoo ranges I know of. Girlz Only promise XXL “breathes new life into dull, flat hair” and can also be used to “help create a glamorous up-do”. The reality is more disappointing.

The spray turns white once it's on your hair and needs extensive massaging in and careful brushing away to remove the tell-tale signs of dry shampoo, you have to put the work in or you'll be left with a pale grey top coat. More worryingly it leaves my hair looking dull. It's not just that whatever natural shine it had is covered with powder (that's fairly typical for rice starch based sprays) but it also fails to build the volume it promises, leaving my hair looking dreary and lifeless. If you use too much product to counteract the lack of oomph you risk making your hair go flat. Grip from this product, essential for up-dos, is OK; no better or worse than most other dry shampoos.

The direction of the spray is fine and the can is easy to hold. Like all dry shampoos it's also fragranced to help make hair smell fresh as well as look it (with any luck!) but this one is overwhelmingly strong. Even minimal use leaves your washroom smelling like a flower bomb has gone off; it's extremely potent and unnecessarily strong so you'll need to leave a window open or risk a coughing fit.

Not much to like, then, other than the price. If you still want to try the rest of the range, other than the blonde and brunette varsions mentioned above, there's the £1.50 selection with three different fragrances: Party Nights, Dawn Till Dusk and Hazy Days (which contain no coloured pigment or volumising properties). By all means give them a try, but I wouldn't get your hopes up.

And one other thing: 'girlz' only? Don't 'boyz' use dry shampoo?

Very cheap price
Disappointing performance

Fragrance is very overpowering

Difficult to read text

Powder is hard to blend


Brand: Girlz Only

Website: n/a

Size: 150 ml
Price: £2.00 (£1.33/100 ml)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Butane, Isobutane, Propane, Oryza Sativa Starch, Alcohol Denat., Parfum, Butylene Glycol, AMP-Isostearoyl Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, AMP-Isostearoyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, AMP-Isostearoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Courmarin, Eugenol


  1. Honestly, dear girl, I have no idea of what you are writing about. I have spent five cans of this dry shampoo and it is actually among the top two out of the entire range. I have not experienced, ever, a white or gray patch on my head any my hair is almost black. My husband even likes it and uses it. I never criticize reviews but your opinion is most definitely not consistent with my experience of more than 6 months with these dry shampoos.

    1. I'm glad it works for you, Selma.