Monday, 12 May 2014

Mark Hill Holiday Hair Beach To Bar Dry Shampoo (review)

Mark Hill Beach To Bar Dry Shampoo
I have a sneaking suspicion that summer is almost upon us. I say this as it's raining outside, but it's definitely getting warmer! Maybe my Summer optimism is why I chose Mark Hill's Holiday Hair dry shampoo over the alternatives.

I've not used much Mark Hill haircare but have heard good things about it. It's not cheap at around five pounds but it is brightly coloured with a distinctive vacation-vibe to the design. It looks great but the white on dark orange writing isn't the easiest to read.

Unlike the Leo Bancroft Rapidly Revived Dry Shampoo used previously, this makes do without a ball bearing inside (used to help mix the propellant and product) so it's much quieter to use. The spray itself is even and direct and not too white. 150 ml doesn't go far but the compact size does make it easy to carry around in your bag for touch-ups.

Mark Hill suggest three methods of application...

  1. Spray on and leave in – this gives you a grittier, matte look and is great for more messed-up styles. The powder is almost invisible too, so you won't feel self-conscious.
  2. Spray on, work in and comb out – using a wide-toothed comb instead of a brush helps you keep your style; I found it's great for maintaining my natural waves.
  3. Spray on just-washed, dry hair at the roots – using this instead of styling powders give you much subtler volume, but volume nevertheless, as well as soft, touchable texture.

So it's an easy-to-use, multi-purpose dry shampoo that helps with styling and keeping oil at bay. It also smells amazing! Mark Hill claim this will also tackle hair affected by pool chemicals, sand deposits and salt water. I haven't yet been on holiday to test these claims (boo!) but they seem perfectly reasonable to me.

They've even gone to the trouble of including nourishing natural boswellia serrata extract, but in amongst the usual sinful aerosol ingredients there's no mistaking this for an ecologically-friendly choice.

My only issue is price, but there's a way round that. High street stores and supermarkets regularly have offers on designer haircare, such as 3 for 2, buy two for £X or buy one get one half price, which makes them far more attainable. If you manage to grab a bargain I'm sure you'll love this pretty much faultless dry shampoo!

Oh, and by the way...

Fearne Cotton loves it too: "I'm in love with Mark Hill's Holiday Hair 'Beach to Bar Dry Shampoo!' My hair is so long and thick that when I don't have time to wash and style it, it ensures my hair looks clean, thick and non-greasy." Quite right, too.

YES!
NO!
Smells great as it revives even the dankest hair
Kinda expensive
Handy, bag-friendly size
Needs much bigger value size
Lovely bright packaging puts me in the holiday spirit


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Brand: Mark Hill


Size: 150 ml
Price: £4.99 (£3.33/100 ml)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Butane, Isobutane, Propane, Alcohol Denat., Aluminium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Parfum (Fragrance), Dipropylene Glycol, Limonene, Boswellia Serrata Gum, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate

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