We’ve all been there… As soon as you step in the shower, your baby will either:
- Wake up from her nap and start screaming
- Stop whatever it was she was doing and come looking for mommy
- Get hungry
- All of the above
And then sometimes there are days when you can’t even think about washing your hair because there. is. just. not. enough. time.
But you still want to look great! Solution?
DRY SHAMPOO. It takes less than a minute (seriously!) but your hair will look instantly refreshed. It can go from greasy and limp to full of body and clean-looking. Nobody needs to know you haven’t washed it in a few days, wink wink 😉
I first read about dry shampoos in a beauty magazine (that was before I had Baby Pumpkin and still had time to read beauty magazines). They recommended two brands: Batiste and Oscar Blandi, so I went ahead and purchased both to compare. Please note that the prices mentioned in this post are current at the time of writing and may differ.
After trying each, here is a breakdown on how they compare in my book:
Scent: Oscar Blandi’s “lemon verbena fragrance” was a bit strong for me, and it kept following me around for good several hours. Batiste Original, on the other hand, barely had any fragrance at all (it did mask my natural “dirty hair smell” very well, though). From what I understand, Batiste has other fragrances besides original (Cherry, Blush, etc.) but I’m not a big fan of scented hair products so I haven’t tried them. Winner: Batiste.
Hair look: both dry shampoos worked extremely well. Neither Batiste nor Oscar Blandi weighed my hair down, and both made it look clean and fresh while adding extra volume. Winner: tie.
Ease of application: this is where Batiste wins hands down. I still can’t figure out how to apply Oscar Blandi’s “dry powder” to my hair correctly, it just doesn’t want to come out of the bottle the way it’s supposed to, and I always end up with powder everywhere except for my hair. Considering the cost per ounce, it seems like a huge waste of dry shampoo. Batiste, on the other hand, comes in a spray form – just lightly mist your hair, work it in with your fingertips and brush! Voilà – you are all done! Winner: Batiste.
Cost per ounce: it’s hard to compare since Batiste comes in a liquid form vs Oscar Blandi’s powder, but the can of Batiste is huge (6.73 fl oz) and it lasts forever. Oscar Blandi Pronto dry shampoo comes in a tiny 2.5 oz bottle, it costs more than a can of Batiste, and half of the product ends up being wasted (see above). Winner: Batiste.
And the overall winner is… drum roll… BATISTE DRY SHAMPOO! It works great, it’s cheap and it makes my hair look great.
NOTE: my hair is light. I’ve had friends with very dark hair complain that some dry shampoos leave residue, but I’ve never had this problem. That’s probably why Batiste makes dry shampoos for all hair colors, from brunette to dark and deep brown. I can’t comment on how well those varieties work as I’ve only used the Original but I’d imagine they work great as well (please feel free to leave a comment if you’ve used any of the “color” varieties – I’d love to know how well they work!)
As great as it is, even dry shampoo has one drawback – you still need at least a minute to apply it and brush it in. On the days when one minute seems like pure luxury there is always another solution: a hat! I have never worn hats as much as I do now after I became a mommy. But this is a totally different story…
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