It was a couple of Fridays ago when I was talking with some girlfriends about dry shampoo that I decided to keep an eye out for a red one. I thought the idea of coloured dry shampoo was a good, and obvious, one, but hadn't actually tried it myself. So when I saw this one by Batiste whilst looking for eyelash glue – getting a bit lost in Priceline can lead to a heavier shopping basket than intended – I decided to give it a whirl.
I am a bit of a late comer to dry shampoo, having only used it for about 18 months or so, but I am very much a fan of the stuff. It was especially useful when I had white hair; the matte-ness and powdery paleness it can give was something I wanted, rather than avoided, as I would now with more my natural looking locks. Growing out my bleached hair has changed my need for it too, as now that the top half of my hair is so much healthier and barely lightened, it also gets, um, shinier (ok, greasier) much more quickly. Still, that's the price for silky, glossy hair. Swings and roundabouts. (Now I am waiting desperately for my hair to grow grow grow so I can chop the frazzled ends off.)
It's not only been very hot but very humid here lately, so my hair was basically getting feral far quicker than usual. I used this dry shampoo on the weekend, in hair that, when I woke up, needed it even more than I had expected it to. I say used, but perhaps abused would be more like it – I love the increased volume and grippy texture that dry shampoo gives and so spray it in there very generously.
And that's where I think this product falls down for me. It is called "vibrant & red" and it absolutely is – just as it should be. However, "a hint of colour" is a bit more misleading – this stuff is loaded with it. And that, combined with the way I like to put a LOT into my hair, is not ideal for me. The colour was patchy, and very difficult to blend in, and then kept seeming to come back. It also made my scalp (ugly word) go an orange-red, and no amount of brushing or finger-jhujing would clear it. Speaking of jhujing, a word of warning: it will get all over your hands. And will do all day, so don't touch your hair and then your face or your clothes unless you want a tango'd hand print. The texture it gives is great, though, and my hair was nicely embiggened, and stayed big, even in what was about 300000000% humidity. If you like just a little spray and want colour, this could be for you.
You can see the intensity of the colour here in the nozzle. It looks even redder on hair. I'm actually thinking about doing videos of trying out products, rather than the usual photos – would that be useful for you? Let me know and I might just bring out the video camera..!