Sunday, 19 January 2014

VO5 Refresh Me Quick Dry Shampoo (review)

VO5 Refresh Me Quick Dry Shampoo
The is the first time I've reviewed a dry shampoo since I bought Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo which left me with mixed feelings. It was a relief to finally use it up; I've never used any product so long I've actually got bored of it! Aerosol-style dry shampoos like VO5's on test here don't last anywhere near as long, so they're worse for the environment and for your pocket, but they're worth the extra expense for one reason: convenience. They're so easy to use, I doubt I'll ever go back to the fiddly, messier loose powders.

I like VO5's styling range, and the packaging is the same bright pink that you've undoubtedly noticed on the high street. It stands out a mile! Their Refresh Me Quick dry shampoo is designed for “normal to oily hair” to leave your hair “looking and feeling clean and fresh”, to “banish oily roots” and “revive dull and lifeless hair”. These are fairly standard promises and I'm pleased to say VO5 delivers on all of them.

But before we get to that, I like to acknowledge ease of use. While the spray nozzle is small, it's easy to press and distributes an accurate spray of powder just where you want it. The powder itself is white but almost disappears by the the time it sits on your hair. Only the best dry shampoos are this invisible which makes working in the product an effortless task. A quick massage with fingers is all you need to refresh and revive your hair, it's quick, easy and with the pleasant scent, enjoyable. Even very lacklustre hair can be made to look vibrant and bouncy after one application. I love it!

For a smoother look, after massaging in, you can carefully comb and brush through your hair which gave me a much sleeker appearance. There's no dryness, no obvious flyaways, just clean, neat looking hair that definitely has more volume. And because it gives you more volume (not to mention texture and grip) it's a great styling tool for up-dos and extra height. It's very versatile.

The extract of white tea, rice starch and water are the only obvious natural ingredients in this dry shampoo. From a natural point of view it's merely average for the class. And standards are low due to the number of propellants used throughout the dry shampoo industry. But I try to balance out my natural purchases. While I sin with dry shampoo and hair dye I try to choose more ecological cleansers, conditioners and moisturisers. I perform better if my hair is in good shape, so this dry shampoo – while more sinful than the Lush rival mentioned at the top – makes styling so effortless I've got more time, more energy and feel better. It's worth it.

Very little white residue
Not an eco choice
Good volumising and texturising properties
The pink packaging is a bit tacky, but it does make it easy to find in-store!
Not a bad price at all




Size: 200 ml
Price: £3.59 (£1.80/100 ml)

Manufactured: Italy

Ingredients: Butane, Isobutane, Propane, Alcohol Denat., Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Silica Dimethyl Silyate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cetrimonium Chloride, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Glycerine, Water (Aqua), Benzyl Alcohol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool

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