I don't really know what I did before dry shampoo.
I seem to remember trying to use baby powder, as well as various other household items to add some life to my third-day hair.
When Batiste first entered my life it seemed too good to be true - something which saves time, energy and a bad hair day sounded like a dream. Not something you could buy from Superdrug.
However, Batiste was quick to become been a bottom of the bag, night out, morning after saviour; a frequent last minute purchase before the nearest Boots closes.
So when I got to test out their newest release - a dry shampoo and conditioner - I was all over it.
So what's it designed to do?
- Provide 18-hour conditioning, ideal for dry and damaged hair
- Target excess oil, without leaving a white residue
- Hydrate hair and give smoothness
How do you use it?
Much like dry shampoo, you give the can a little shake and spray it all over the lengths of your hair, before shaking it out.
However, with the conditioning aspect, you're instructed to avoid the roots.
I've added a poorly edited video to illustrate this.
So what did I think?
First of all the scent.
The one I tried was cocoa and cashmere, which smells divine and seems a little more grownup than the usual Batiste scents (I need all the help I can get).
One of the key marketed benefits of 2 in 1 is the lack of residue. Whilst my blonde counterparts had little problem with the original dry shampoo, it would leave me looking like Morticia Adams before brushing out (I'm a closet goth, so not an issue). True to word, this leaves no residue in my hair, nor any indication of what I'll look like in a couple of decades time.
Texture wise, my hair does feel a lot softer and smoother, as well as giving it a little boost. I spent yesterday on a TV set with my hair covered in hair spray and this seemed to hydrate my hair to a satisfying degree.
One thing I would say is that it doesn't give me the same amount of volume I'd get from original dry shampoo - although that's not what it's designed for, I think I just associate Batiste with volume.
However, if it's smooth and hydrated hair you're after, I would definitely give this a whirl.