Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Batiste A Hint Of Colour Vibrant & Red Dry Shampoo (review)

Batiste Vibrant & Red Dry Shampoo
Continuing our look at Batiste's 'premium' dry shampoos (which includes Big & Bouncy XXL Volume) here's a dry shampoo that specifically targets auburn or red heads. There are also coloured dry shampoos for blondes and light and dark haired brunettes, too, so all bases are covered!

It's worth remembering that red hair dye molecules are small, therefore they escape hair strands more easily than other coloured molecules. This means your dyed red hair will fade faster, and if you love bright red or auburn hair as much as I do, this is a frustrating travesty. Dying more regularly is an option, using colour enhancing rinses is another, or there's this coloured dry shampoo.

This works in the same way as regular dry shampoo but adds a touch of pigment; useful for enhancing all over vibrancy and also disguising any root regrowth. People need never know you're a fake redhead! Rest assured this should blend seamlessly with natural reddites, too.

It's certainly good value for money and is a cheaper option than regular salon visits or at-home colour boosting treatments. Unfortunately it is quite messy! I never realised until I used this spray quite how much powder gets onto my forehead. If the powder wasn't coloured I'd be none the wiser! You will need to cleanse after each use, especially around your hairline, over your ears and along any partings.

You'll also need to use it in a washable room, such as the bath/shower room. Surfaces near where you spray will need a quick wipe down after use because it gets everywhere, even if you're careful. My family weren't impressed when I forgot to clean-up once, as it really is that messy. You can rest assured that it does wash out of clothing and/or towels easily; it doesn't stain.

So after all that stress, is it worth it? I was impressed by its ability to brighten my hair up and I waited specially until I had natural blonde regrowth to check how well it can disguise roots, and here too it impressed me.

However, it's too messy for me. I don't like having to wipe excess powder off areas of my head and scalp that show up the red dye, and I don't like having to instigate a clean-up operation every time I use it. That defeats the time saving properties of using dry shampoos in the first place! Perhaps the issues covered here wouldn't be relevant to the blonde coloured version, but I'd be wary of the brunette dyes. I think I'll stick with the normal Batiste products!

Cheap way to disguise root regrowth
Room clean-up after use is annoying
Adds vibrancy to dull hair
Removing excess powder is a pain
Absorbs oil as all Batiste products do

Available in lots of places


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., Parfum (Fragrance), Distearyldimonium Chloride, Linalool, Limonene, Cetrimonium Chloride, CI 77491 (Iron Oxide)

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