I never realized that dry shampoo was a common product until I hit my early 30’s – I guess I was just that clueless. I often used baby powder to get the same effect of absorbing day(s) after wash hair. So, it wasn’t until the last few years until I started trying dry shampoos.
For a little background on my hair: it is thin, straight, flat, and never holds a style. Due to this, normally I wear it up or suck it up and wear it down all boring like. I am always quite skeptical of volumizing hair products simply because they hardly ever work for me, so when I was chosen to review and sent a bottle of the new Batiste Heavenly Volume Dry Shampoo thanks to a ChickAdvisor campaign, I was hoping to find a winner, just as I did with my last campaign for Baby Dove.
The product is packaged in a bright and colourful metal aerosol can. The nozzle is textured on top for a nice grip when spraying and I found (so far) that it has not allowed product to excessively build up and clog from use. This is a scented product, so be aware of that if you normally avoid those. It has a light sweet and powder smell to it, which does linger on your hair.
A concern when using dry shampoos is always the white cast the product leaves when spraying it on your hair. The Batiste Heavenly Volume Dry Shampoo is no exception to this concern. If you have blonde hair, you might not have an issue, but if you’re a brunette, like myself, or any other hair colour, you’re going to notice this. With that being said, you can still work with it and be fine. In fact, I found the only real problem with this (for me), was the amount of static my hair had when using this.
The first time I used this Dry Shampoo, I used it on 2-day hair. It worked well to add a bit of volume while I wore my hair down. I didn’t mess too much with styling or teasing to just see the effect of a small amount. Since my hair wasn’t entirely oily yet, I didn’t notice any cons other than needing to work to make sure the white cast didn’t linger, and that it was slightly staticy.
When this first arrived, I was on day 3 hair (2nd day without washing). There was a white cast, which went away after allowing the product to absorb and working it into the roots. It worked well to add a bit of volume and I loved the amount of oil it absorbed. I didn’t mess too much with styling or teasing to just see the effect of using it. There was volume that stuck around through the day, even without teasing. Overall, it ticked the boxes of volume and oil absorbing. I didn’t notice any cons other than needing to work to make sure the white cast didn’t linger, and that it was slightly staticy. My hair smelled great too!
I normally can go about 2 days after washing and using product before my hair starts to become oily. This time I waited those two days and then used the Batiste Dry Shampoo again. So here we were on day 3 again and I wanted to try keeping my hair down. I could do so but it took quite a while to get my hair manageable. After rubbing the product into my hair after allowing it to absorb oil, I was left with slightly tangled and textured hair, but not in a cute I can leave it this way and be fine kind of way. I had to brush the ends and there was SO MUCH STATIC to my hair! I tried combing the opposite sides ends and same thing. I was forced to use anti-frizz product, which took a lot of the volume back out of my hair, but at least I didn’t look like Cousin It had touched a light socket.
Front view of static – left on photo is without brushing ends of hair, right is brushed
Side view of static (after brushing ends of hair)
I am torn about this product, but I think I will continue to work with it because I love the volumizing results and have the time to correct the downfalls. I can see myself using this for creating more updos, but when not styling and staying home, I think it will be of benefit as well. I would still recommend it, as my experience might be different to yours, as far as the static goes, which was the only real negative for me. Below is my quick breakdown, as well as some tips.
This is the volume I got after allowing to absorb 2 minutes and massaging into roots.
Even with the volume loss from using hair oil to tame the static, I was left with a lot of volume (for me) – yes my hair is THAT flat. xD
Lovely light and fresh smell
Volume promise fulfilled
White cast (workable if you use properly)
Static (perhaps only for certain hair types?)
Scented (downfall for some who don’t like fragranced products)
Tips to remember:
Spray a few inches away from your head
Spray in short bursts
Let the product sit on your hair for 1-2 minutes
Massage into scalp – bonus volume if you flip your head over while doing so
Avoid heavy brushing/combing if possible to retain more volume
Thank you again to Batiste and Chickadvisor for giving me the opportunity to test this dry shampoo product complimentary in exchange for my honest opinion.
Do you use Dry Shampoo? Let me know what brand you recommend!