What the hell did we do before dry shampoo?

Let’s get one thing straight before we go any further. I am lazy. LAY. ZEE. I also have stupid, fine curly hair. These two things do not go together. The amount of tweaking I do upon drying to get it all ‘woke up like this’ is ridiculous, so you can understand why I’d want to go as long as possible between washes. But once dealt with, the following days I really do just wake up like this, meaning on wash days I turn into Kevin the Teenager about it, but generally, because of this brilliant product, I bounce around all tousled and smug using my mornings to leisurely drink coffee and play on the internet before work.

Dry shampoo, you absolute bloody genius. But what the hell did we do before it and why weren’t we using it in the gallons were are now, sooner? I definitely remember Batiste in the Eighties, that strong-patterned can… As a young ‘un I always had long hair and remember my Mum discovering it and using it on me on emergency mornings when she had to get my brother and I out the door to school. It was in fact invented way back in the Seventies, so the super sleek Nineties probably killed sales meaning for two decades it was basically relegated to one taboo can on the bottom shelf in Boots next to the elderly violet shampoos and itchy, flaky scalp treatments. Man, could I have done with it in my teens. But hey, it’s totally acceptable now – well done everyone!

At any one time, my dressing table is overrun with various bottles of hair pop, completely betraying my outwardly ‘casual’ mad-ass mop. But I’ve got it down to three. Er, yes, three. My name’s Bree and I’m a dry shampoo addict. Having dark hair, I definitely need the brown-tinted Batiste, hands down the best and most bargainous (I refuse to pay extortionate amounts for high end versions), but it’s only failing is that it’s not so great on the fringe area as it deposits on your forehead during the day. For ages this was an issue as all others just made my hair revealingly chalky white. Then I discovered Toni & Guy Casual Matt Texture Dry Shampoo. This does a great job as it’s magically kind of invisible, also lovely for an overall light refresh as it smells delicious. It’s a bit more expensive but it’s a big can and lasts me twice as long as the others. Finally we have Batiste’s Heavenly Volume which, since it’s still white, I’ll use more carefully and closer to the root on the underneath layers if things are really lacklustre. They had one previously which was horribly sticky, just awful (XXL?), but this is way better, and completely great for a bit of backcombing/beehive action.

When people talk about their essential products, this MUST be top of their list, almost along with deodorant. I know it’s not glamorous, but lordy, it truly saves the day. All hail la poudre!

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Batiste Dry Shampoo in Dark Brown £3.99, Boots

Batiste Heavenly Volume £3.99, Boots (both usually on offer somewhere, I stock up when half price)

Toni & Guy Casual Matt Texture Dry Shampoo £7.49 (currently £4.99 in Superdrug)

(Now, Batiste, please could we get a dark travel-sized one? It’s the same only smaller. Cheers, love F/B xxx)