Today, we’ll have a look at Batiste Dry Shampoo. But first…
I took Petunia, who I’ve taken to calling “Pet” or “Little Tuna” to the vet for her first round of shots today. Husband and I were joking that if it turns out that she’s a boy, we’ll call her Jim Halpert. The emergency vet that we took her to when we found her couldn’t *quite* tell her gender for sure, which is the reason for the possible switch. As it turns out, she is a girl, and sweet Petunia she shall remain.
As I was sitting in the waiting room of the low cost vet clinic, an adorable older man came in with a little kid and a wriggling Yorkie. He sat down next to me and I, of course, could not resist the puppy. She happily hopped over into my lap (we were on a bench) and began jumping back and forth between the man and I.
The man pulled out his phone and, with a narration of broken English, began showing me photos and videos of his other dog. It was a lovely moment. A woman then entered, who was clearly with them, and began signing them in. As the Yorkie settled into my lap, however, I noticed something. She reeked. And not like dog. This pup smelled like some sort of doggie perfume.
Now, I understand that people don’t love the smell of “dog.” But putting a dog perfume on a dog to cover up the smell just makes the dog smell like perfume-covered-dog. It’s not great. T
They brought Petunia out and we settled up and left. Unfortunately, the Yorkie’s perfume was now firmly attached to my clothing, so I had to change and shower. Moral of the story? Please stop putting perfume on dogs.
Onto our topic du jour, Batiste Dry Shampoo.
I’ve tried other dry shampoos and liked them, for the most part. But Batista has a bit of a cult following going. Urban Outfitters is carrying it behind their counters, and I see it pop up in my Facebook ads from time to time. So when I ran out of my last bottle of dry shampoo, I decided to give Batiste Dry Shampoo a go.
First of all, the packaging is adorable. It reminds me of a ’60s mod party with a dash of hippie and a smidge of ’70s disco. I know, that’s a lot. But I see it all in that packaging. The spray has the typical fire-extinguisher-esque quality to it, as do a lot of dry shampoos. Why do they have to spray so hard? I should probably do some research into that; there has to be a reason.
I feel as though I should drop a disclaimer in here. A lot of articles have been popping up recently disparaging dry shampoo. People are saying it’s making their hair break, fall out, and causing permanent scalp damage. I feel very bad for these people. But I have been using dry shampoo fairly regularly for a couple of years without issue.
That all being said, I don’t use dry shampoo every day. I don’t even use it every other day. Dry shampoo, for me, is reserved for pretty specific occasions when I a) haven’t washed my hair in more than 2 days or b) need some extra volume on day 2 of a blowout before I set my hair in rollers.
By using dry shampoo fairly sporadically, I hope to avoid having my hair break off or fall out. Plus, I have a very oily scalp, and if I go more than every other day without washing it, my hair gets kind of greasy. I know you’re supposed to wash your hair as little as possible, so sometimes I make it to day 3. Very rarely, but it happens.
Now, there are some pros and cons to dry shampoo. It soaks up the oil really well, if your scalp is oily. And if you need texture for an updo and you just washed your hair, it works really well. But in my experience, it leaves hair feeling kind of…dirty. I prefer to use dry shampoo when I’m planning to wear my hair up. If there’s an occasion which requires my hair to be down, good old-fashioned shampoo and conditioner is my go-to.
If used correctly, though, Batiste Dry Shampoo is a stellar choice. And I’ve found if used sparingly, it can be a good sub for shampoo, in a pinch.
Cost and Where to Buy
This is the best part of Batiste Dry Shampoo. You can find it at Target or Walgreens for just $5.99! Or if you’re feeling hipster-ish, you can wander into your neighborhood Urban Outfitters and pick some up. Also, there are a variety of formulations of Batiste Dry Shampoo, ranging from different scents to Hint of Color formulations to Strength & Shine. Lots of options!
I’d give Batiste Dry Shampoo a solid 8 out of 10. It’s a great product at an awesome price. It does leave me feeling like there’s a sort of film on my hair, which is why I’m docking points. Overall, though, a solid brand and a solid buy.
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