I am a lover of dry shampoo. I use it every day. Even when I’ve just finished washing, drying and styling my hair, I’ll put some in to give my hair some volume. I have to try hard not to use it. 

Can you relate?

I’ve tried many brands of the stuff, some dismal, some amazing. Go here to witness the show down between two of my preferred brands. I switch between Batiste and Colab (Moroccanoil too, but it just doesn’t make financial sense at the rate I go through the stuff) but I think I’ve added a new favourite to my repertoire. Why? 

  • It’s not as gritty as Batiste or Colab – sometimes I find my hair difficult to brush out when I use these brands. Not with Girlz only…
  • My hair is easy to brush out
  • It freshens up my hair instantly and I feel like I need to use less of it
  • It doesn’t leave a white residue (even if I spray it too close, the white patch is easy to brush out)
  • It’s more affordable than Batiste or Colab, which are priced at around R90, coming in at around R50. When you use it as much as I do, that makes a huge difference. 

The bottom line is that I’ve been pleasantly surprised by this brand, and I’m impressed by its quality and price point. If you’re a dry shampoo pro or a newbie, check this brand out. 

I tried Party Nights and Hazy Days . They both smell pretty, and I like that they have a range of different scents, as well as a dry shampoo for brunettes and one for blondes. I’m keen to try out the volumising kind, XXL.

The only downside to the this product (which comes off the back of the first pro listed above) is that because the product isn’t so gritty compared to Batiste or Colab, it’s almost not as effective. How I counter this is by using the different brands on alternating days, so there’s not a crazy build up.

Available at Clicks and Dis Chem. Find out more info online here.

When I was in New York a couple of years ago, I remember seeing the Kardashian Beauty makeup products in a bargain bin at a Ricky’s. I also remember the negative reviews they got. I don’t think anybody actually liked or used their products.

When I was invited to the Kardashian Beauty Hair launch I was a little skeptical and really didn’t hold out much hope for the products.

The event was a sparkly, stylish, cocktail and coffee laden affair, but my skepticism wouldn’t leave me. The entire range, from heat stylers to brushes, masques and serums seemed overpriced (compared to what they go for in the States – but hey, the Rand/Dollar exchange will do that to you) and a little cheap. The shampoo and conditioner were priced identically to well-established and well known brands and also smelled bad. I wasn’t having it. I was introduced to a number of their products as the night went on, but left empty handed.

Everyone but me seemed impressed with the Kardashian sisters’ latest offering, so when I got home, I jumped onto Youtube to see what the general opinion was. In Youtube land I found a split between haters and likers. I also found out that the sisters collaborated with Farouk Systems – the same company that developed Chi and BioSilk. The general feeling on the web was that the Kardashian sisters have gorgeous hair, so they know what’s up.

The next day I received a Zando voucher and decided it could go towards satisfying my curiosity for two of the products. I’m obsessed with dry shampoo, and their dry shampoo had gotten rave reviews from beauty bloggers and magazine editors alike. I was also really intrigued by the dry conditioner (because what is it?) as well as their teasing comb. Khloe has said theirs is the only teasing comb that works to give her mega volume because of the unique bristles. As luck would have it, Zando were selling a kit consisting of the Dry Shampoo, Dry Conditioner, the teasing comb and a hair band. For the price of R950, I got the Kardashian Beauty Take 2 Style Extend Set.

my thoughts

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The Take 2 Dry Shampoo promises to instantly refresh hair and help to extend the life of your style by absorbing excess oils that weigh hair down. It claims to be a fast drying spray, formulated with Black Seed Oil, that restores volume & lift to the hair with added texture.

I agree with everything that it claims to deliver. It instantly refreshes my roots and the best part about it is that it’s completely transparent! No white hair. Ever. I promise. It also doesn’t feel chalky. It comes out with gusto from the aerosol and adds texture and volume to my roots. It smells faintly floral and is very pleasant. Last, but definitely not least, can we just talk about the packaging for a second? It’s seriously gorgeous! Rose gold and black. Perfection.

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The Take 2 Dry Conditioner is described as a lightweight conditioning spray that revives dull or dry hair by adding shine and moisture to second & third day styles. This moisturizing formula contains small conditioning molecules that instantly hydrate and smooth your hair, leaving it incredibly soft & irresistibly smooth.  Nourishing Black Seed Oil provides added radiance & shine for the ultimate glamorous finish.

I was a bit confused when I first saw this product, and I wondered about the formulation. It’s essentially a dry oil that you spray onto your hair once you’ve finished styling it. I use it every day to add a bit of extra shine to my hair. It’s more convenient than a serum in that there’s no squirting into hands, rubbing hands, washing hands. You simply spray and you’re done! I don’t know why, but I feel so luxe when I use this dry conditioner. I feel like I’m pampering my hair. Even though it smells similar to the dry shampoo, I can’t quite describe the scent, but I can say that it smells really pretty. The idea behind this product is simple and genius: once you’ve sprayed dry shampoo onto your hair, it can end up looking a bit dry and lacklustre. By using the dry conditioner you add a bit of shine to your lengths. Remember to never spray it on your roots! Mid-length to ends only.

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I’m probably the wrong person to ask because I don’t do a lot of teasing, but the Kardashian Beauty Back Comb gives a little more teasing effect than the regular teasing combs I own. I can only agree that the bristles have a lot to do with that. In terms of looks, this comb is a winner.

Would I buy again?

The Dry Shampoo is a tad on the expensive side for me. Because I use it every day on washed and unwashed hair, it runs out too quickly for my liking. If it was cheaper, I’d definitely continue buying it because I feel like it does offer something unique and different to other dry shampoos. The Dry Conditioner on the other hand, I love! A little goes a long way and I love the shine it gives my hair. I love it so much that I bought a second can on special from Retail Box. You can see if the special is still running here. The Back Comb isn’t a must-have for me.

You can get your hands on these at Foschini, Takealot, Zando and Retail Box. The dry shampoo and dry conditioner go for R395 and the back comb goes for R185.

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If you know a thing about me, it’s that I love dry shampoo. I love it because it’s a clever multitasker: it refreshes your hair between washes (because who has time to wash and style their hair everyday) and it gives you volume. My hair isn’t naturally voluminous, so I rely on my dry shampoo to give my roots a lift. The combination of dry shampoo + hairspray is a real winner!

A while ago I wrote an article featuring my favourite dry shampoos. I thought I had found a winner in Colab’s new range, but so far have had 3 dud cans, and am fed up with the product inconsistency. So when I was invited to the launch of Moroccanoil’s new dry shampoo, I was positively elated.

I love Moroccanoil products. The treatment oil was my first love and my second ever post. I love their hair masks too. It came as no surprise that when I first tried their dry shampoo, it was love at first spray.

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what makes this dry shampoo so incredible?

Moroccanoil’s Dry Shampoo instantly absorbs oil and product buildup (courtesy of a rice powder-based formula) without leaving behind any visible powder. When I say there’s no trace, I mean it. You will never know white patches with this product. GIANT heart eyes.  It protects against UV damage, features natural volumizing and deodorizing agents (that absorb any odors) and infuses hair and scalp with signature Moroccanoil fragrance. So basically clean, fresh, just-left-the-salon hair. Yes please!

There are two variants, developed to address different tonality needs. To bring out the best in light hair, there is Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Light Tones. The ninja aspect of the Light Tones variant is that it features subtle violet undertones to help balance brassiness. When the scalp produces sebum, it can create a yellowish effect at the roots (visible mostly on lighter hair colours). The invisible-to-the-eye violet undertones help to counteract any yellowness. If you have darker hair and have used dry shampoo before, you’ll know that some most dry shampoos leave that telltale white residue that diminishes natural shine. Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Dark Tones is formulated with ultra-fine rice starches that blend immediately upon application and has a as a subtle, non-messy tint that doesn’t dull dark hair or stain fingers or clothes and that maintains the richness and dimension of darker hair tones. Genius!

How to Use:

Position bottle 15-20 cms away from hair roots and generously spritz 2″ sections of hair. Massage into scalp with fingertips to activate the formula and distribute product. With a brush or thin comb, gently brush hair to fully work product into strands and deliver extra volume.

Available for R390 at selected hair salons.

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Whether it’s your go-to on busy mornings, a product you can’t leave your house without or your secret to prolonging your blow dry, there’s no doubt that dry shampoo really is the ultimate strand saver. By making a few tweaks and  using it correctly, your favourite powdered product can work even more effectively for you. Here’s how:

Use it at night

Make dry shampoo a part of your bedtime beauty routine and you’ll reap the benefits in the morning. Even if your hair feels clean, spritz it along your roots anyway as a preemptive measure. This will ensure that any excess excess oil and sweat (the glorious things that happen when we sleep!) will be absorbed while you sleep. In the morning, the likelihood that you’ll wake up with greasy hair will be slim.

Spray strategically

Correct application will yield way better results, so while it can be tempting to just spray any which way, it’s worth spending a few extra minutes to spritz smartly. You want to ensure that you blast the root area of your head, and not just the general crown area. The easiest way to do this is to take sections of  hair and spray at the underside of the roots. Repeat until you’ve covered your whole head. Hold the can at least 10-15 cm away from  from your head while spraying to ensure that you don’t get white roots and saturate your hair with too much product.

Use your fingers

Once you’ve adequately misted your roots, use your fingertips to massage the dry shampoo into your hair to work the product into the scalp where it can fully absorb oil and grime.

Be patient

While you should always finish by brushing through your hair to help distribute any leftover product (too much can make hair look matte and flat), resist the urge to start brushing immediately post-spraying. Wait a full two minutes in order to allow the dry shampoo enough time to do its thing (i.e. soak up the oil). Start brushing too soon and you’ll remove it before it’s able to get rid of that excess greasiness.

Think beyond its intended use

Even if you’re a “I have to wash my hair everyday” type of girl, don’t think that dry shampoo can’t do anything for you. Dry shampoo can be used to boost volume (spray it along your crown when you want added height), to create a messy bun (spritz away along your ponytail, back-comb and then wrap into a bun) and for fixing bobby pins in place (hit them with a spray of dry shampoo before putting them in and they won’t slip out of your hair).

Read all about my favourite dry shampoos here.

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I have long hair and I don’t have time to wash and heat style every day. Also, I don’t want to. Because of this I am a dry shampoo lover. I use it every day whether my hair is freshly washed or not. I love the volume that it gives and the fact that it extends my hairstyle by a day or two. I have been a fan of the stuff since its humble beginnings. In the summer of 2011 and in NYC, I remember getting a brush-on organic powder sort as well as a crazily pigmented brown dry shampoo in a can (that, when you sprayed it, left brown graffiti spots on your head) because I couldn’t get my hands on the stuff here. When it did eventually arrive in SA, the offerings were slim, with most brands leaving white residue on your hair, rendering your hair somewhat grey, giving you that telltale dry shampooed look.

Fast forward to 2015 and there are SO MANY BRANDS TO CHOOSE FROM! From Kerastase to TiGi to Tresemme, there’s a dry shampoo for every budget.

Because of said obsession, I have pretty much tried most brands. For the longest time I have stuck with Batiste, having found that most other brands give you that dreaded granny hair look or are just too expensive for what you get.

Today’s epic battle is between two worthy competitors: Batiste Medium & Brunette Lightly Coloured Dry Shampoo and Colab Sheer & Invisible Dry Shampoo.

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° It refreshes instantly.

° It gives volume to flat hair.

° If you’ve missed your colour appointment, it acts as a root touch-up by giving your roots a subtle tinge of colour.

° No telltale granny hair in sight (unless you spray the stuff too close to your hair).

° It’s great value for money (at around R90 for a 200ml can, especially when Clicks runs their 3 for 2 promotions).

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°Be prepared for brown dirty fingernails any time you scratch your scalp. The underside of your nails will resemble those of a gardeners. Eeeeuw. Your hands might also get a bit dirty. And sometimes even your clothing…

° I’m not too enamoured by the smell. I mean, it’s not gross and it doesn’t linger. It’s just not my favourite scent.

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° Holy heavens! This product gives you so much volume, it’s insane. It contains starch, talc and silica and I suspect that the combination of these three aid in the amplified volume. If you want a messy bun or some height at your crown, simply spray away and get ready for some big hair!

° It has fantastic staying power and I find myself using it much less than I would if I were using the Batiste one.

° The different options smell fantastic! Monaco smells citrusy fresh like Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino, Rio smells pleasantly sweet and London smells more sophisticated. I love all them.

° There is no residue. At all (given that you spray from an appropriate distance).

° It’s great value for money (available at Clicks for around R90 for a 200ml can).

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° My roots feel super chalky. But I can deal.

° Once it’s applied, it’s SO difficult to brush my hair. The brush gets stuck at the roots and I have to fight to get it through.

° I’ve had three dud cans so far, and am starting to get annoyed and  pretty fed up with Colab’s inconsistency. Read more about it below in the updates.

 

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It’s a tie! I am super impressed with Colab’s dry shampoo, but also love Batiste’s. I use each one with a different goal in mind.

 

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° Begin by sectioning your hair. Hold the can about 15 cms away from your hair and spray.

° Once you are happy with the amount of product on your hair, brush or comb through to work it through your roots.

° If you have any white patches, wipe off the excess with a tissue and comb the product through to work out the whiteness.

° For the perfect messy bun, tease your ponytail, spray with Colab’s dry shampoo, a bit of hairsrpay and twist into a bun.

 

Now go forth and enjoy fresh, clean, volumized hair or read my article about how you can make your dry shampoo work harder for you here.

 

Update on 21 January 2016: I almost only use Colab now – it’s just easier, it smells better, gives more volume and pesky-brown-fingernail days are over! I’m officially declaring Colab the overall winner.

Update on 11 February 2016: I’m still using Colab but found that I have purchased a dud bottle. I’ve gone through the can really quickly, but that’s because it doesn’t contain the same amount of product per spray as the other cans I’ve used before. If this happens to you, just return it to Clicks because it’s defective.

Update 21 February 2016: I encountered another can of Colab that doesn’t perform. I am taking it back to Clicks. How do you know if it’s not working like it should? When you spray your roots, nothing really happens. If you spray too close, it should look like you have powder in your hair. When you take it back to Clicks, you can show them by spraying the defective can on your hand, versus one that works. The one that works will leave a small patch of powder. I am minusing points from Colab for this. Inconsistency and products that don’t do what they say is not okay.

Update 10 May 2016: Yet another can of non-working dry shampoo. Grrrr. Colab, get your act together.

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