Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Batiste Big & Bouncy XXL Volume Dry Shampoo (review)

Batiste Big & Bouncy XXL Dry Shampoo
We've already tested the 'standard' Batiste Dry Shampoos in excellent value 400 ml sizes, and thought they were genuinely brilliant. Batiste is, afterall, one of the dry shampoo market's biggest players, so it's no surprise they're near the top of the leader board for performance. Tested here, though, is the first of Batiste's slightly pricier 'specialist' dry shampoos: XXL Volume for extra-big hair.
Having been impressed with TRESemmé's Instant Refresh Volumising Dry Shampoo I immediately switched to Batiste's rival version so I could compare the two more accurately. They're both 200 ml cans, but Batiste undercuts its rival on price, but it's just as good at volumising and refreshing lacklustre hair.

After massaging in my hair felt immediately thicker and had more texture. After a comb through and brush out my hair was fabulously big and bouncy. It's great for an up-do or to add depth and breadth to a loose style for more 'statement' hair.

There are two main differences between this and TRESemmé other than the price. The latter leaves my hair feeling a bit drier whereas the Batiste formula leaves a little extra softness in my hair after use, which is a welcome improvement.

The fragrance is stronger with Batiste, too, not overpoweringly so but it's better at refreshing hair than the somewhat weaker TRESemmé fragrance. The powder spray is quite a bit whiter, though, which is typical of Batiste products (it does massage in and brush out easily, though). It's not enough to put me off, however.

Some other reviewers complained this made their hair knotty and stiff, but I politely disagree – it's perfect for reviving normal to oily hair, although I concede it might be a bit much for drier hair types. Nevertheless, this is my new favourite volumising dry shampoo and I would highly recommend it to any fine or oily haired beauties!

Adds genuine volume and bounce
Would like this in Batiste's 400 ml can
Leaves her softer than some rivals

Very good price

Excellent availability


Brand: Batiste

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

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Butane, Isobutane, Propane, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Alcohol Denat., Silica, Talc, Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Linalool, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Chloride

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