I've always been a big user of dry shampoo, as most women can relate, I don't have the time to wash my hair every day. I used to use the regular batiste dry shampoos, and also tried out a range of their different scents but the only off putting thing about them was the white colour which was very hard to get out of my black hair, no matter how many times I brushed it.
As expected, I was pleased to hear that coloured dry shampoos have been coming out so that this issue is no more. The first brown coloured dry shampoo I tried was by Lee Stafford, a pricey one at £5.99 but I was very pleased with the results, it was like adding the colour had made dry shampoo the perfect tool for me. The bottle ran out and went to superdrug to pick some more up, I originally intended to get some of the batiste brown coloured dry shampoo but at £3.99, I was feeling rather frugal that day and nearby I found a can of superdrug's own dry shampoo with brown pigment - chocolate brownie. Not only was it only £1.99, it had been reduced to 99p, which made it even cheaper than the mini travel bottles that superdrug sell for £1! I was pleased with the purchase, and had high expectations as I used to think dry shampoo was a product a manufacturer couldn't really get wrong, but after use I can see why it was reduced in the first place.
When I first sprayed, the smell was nice, it was slightly of chocolate, however my hair wasn't "drying up" as it normally does. My hair wasn't too limp that day so I just left it and went out for the day. However I soon found myself rather upset with how my hair looked, especially when I wanted it to look reasonable! My hair was soon very limp and frizzy, the exact opposite of what I was after. I even found throughout the day on my nails a dark, dirty looking substance, that was the pigment of the shampoo.
On second attempts I sprayed some onto my hand to check the colour, although it was impressively dark, it was a bit of a nightmare to wash off of hands anyway.
I decided to give this another final chance as I wasn't really intending to wash my hair that day and decided to go all out with the spray, all over my head. I even tipped my head upside down so it reached everywhere. On this intense overuse I may have achieved a little volume. Also the pigment had transferred to the brushes I was using.
I won't completely slam this product, it did slightly refresh the hair but not to a level you would actually want on a day you didn't want to wash it. Since the product is so cheap it might even be better off to use on the days you have actually washed it, just to keep it going. However this is only a suggestion if you have a bottle left to waste.
As a woman, and having been to 4 weekend camping festivals, I'm an old hand with dry shampoo and I decided to give this product a bash when I was restocking the stash with a poorly purse and I definitely will splash the quid or so extra next time because to be honest i was sorely disappointed!
It does smell pretty good, I will give it that!
It doesn't really do an awful lot to perk up your hair at all to be honest. It gives your hair a matte effect and it stays plastered to your scalp, so no improvements there! In fact it may be better do go with greasy hair because at least that has a shine to it!
I was drawn to it because it was brown and I thought that any lazy rubbing it wouldn't leave me looking like I had dandruff, which was a major bonus, I mean who wants to do the scalp scratch when they crawl out of a soggy tent on Sunday morning at Download? Not me.
But even with a crazy amount of hair rubbing and making myself look like a crazy scruff with nits it didn't do much to improve my look!
It's very harsh and I find that when i wash it out not only do i wash out the brown pigment of the dry shampoo but i actually end up dragging out some of the dye and it's left me looking like i've had a crap attempt at ombre hair! NOT impressed there. The brown pigment will also stay on your forehead and hands all day!
It also has a very dry damaging effect on the hair and I always need a good deep condition after use, which ends up being time consuming, ironically the very thing I was trying to save buying the product in the first place!
I actually thought Hey i'll give this a second try because I'm an idiot and also a bit skint, so i bought another for Reading festival and because i was so sick of looking like I'd painted on hair instead of growing it so i actually walked into the local town and bought a can of better quality dry shampoo!
Final Word: NO!
I only cottoned onto the benefits and time-saving properties (sleeping in and realising your hair did really need to be washed before you go to work, but you don't have time) last summer. Now, I am a fan and I do like to have a can somewhere in the house for those occasions. I decided to cut myself a fringe in summer too, and didn't realise the maintenance this would require- fringes want to be washed more than the rest of your hair and after sleeping, found to my horror that a fringe will settle itself into a bolt upright pose over night and will want to defy gravity for the rest of the day- two things are needed to arm against this-- dry shampoo and hair spray.
Superdrug sell their own dry shampoo spray- I opted for this 'Chocolate Brownie' one because it was cheaper than the other dry shampoos on the shelf and because I have dark hair and it says on the tin this is specifically designed to be used on dark hair. One 150ml spray costs £1.99, but there are frequently offers on (ie 2-for-1) Superdrug also do a travel sized can (handy for my drawer at work for hair-emergencies!) for around 69-79p.
The product is really easy to use, shake the can- spray onto your hair (I have thick hair so spray it underneath my hair too), using your fingers- rub through/ basically shake your hair about a bit then comb it through and hey presto- within a couple of shakes and combs and re-sprays your hair should smell sweet and vaguely like chocolate and your hair should have more volume and feel less lank or should be more manageable (fringe- i'm talking about you).
*Does it work?*
I found I had to use a lot more of this than the Baptiste sprays I have previously bought. I also had to reapply and comb my hair through a few times before I could feel that I had used a dry shampoo. It does not provide the same instant-dry sort of refreshed feeling you get with other brand name dry shampoos.
Also worth noting is this spray is tinted BROWN, the nozzle of the can will end up brown and the spray leaves a brown covering on things such as your forehead. I have a plastic hair band (the sort that holds your hair back off your face, like a plastic alice-band) that is stained brown as I must have sprayed my hair forgetting I had a hairband in . My hands also get stained with this product after rubbing the spray through my hair as does the brush. So, steer clear of this if you have blonde or just grey hair unless you want brown streaks in your hair (the Chipmunk look? could be interesting). This does easily wash off your hands, but it is just a bit of a faff seeing as dry shampoos are marketed as 'on the go' products on the whole so you don't want to have to spend extra time cleaning you/ your brush/ the bathroom when you need to use this.
Overall, after using up my 2 for 1 cans over the space of about 8 months, I am switching back to the main brands as I think overall paying a bit more will be better value for money as I had to use a lot more of the Superdrug one and I am finding the slightly sickly sweet chocolate scent is now getting a bit annoying/ a bit sickly. Now there is no smoking in pubs and clubs/ restaurants, I don't think there is such a need for heavily scented dry shampoo as your hair is less likely to need de-stinking (for lack of a better word). I don't smoke so the main reason I buy a dry shampoo is to give my hair a volume boost- for my fringe mainly to turn a bad-fringe day into an ok-until-i-get-home-later-to-wash-my-hair day and just to soak up any excess hair moisture/ grease between washes.
The travel sized can in handy for popping in a handbag and as the scent is quite strong, if you used this on your hair, it may come across as if you had sprayed a body spray on yourself too (would not recommend actually using the spray as a body spray- but the smell will linger around you)- this could be an advantage. So this gets a very average 3/5 as it does save me from a bad bad hair day, but more is needed and there is the getting a brown spray on your hands/forehead etc to take into account.
I was rushing around a shopping centre a couple of weeks ago and I needed a couple of beauty products, in which instance I would normally go to Home Bargains which always has good deals on, but in this particular mall there wasn't one, so I went to the place I know to also be reasonably priced - Superdrug.
As I was in a hurry and was going out later on I decided to pick up some dry shampoo while I was there. I have always found dry shampoo very useful for a little pick me up for my hair between washes and usually buy the Batiste range which is great, but this time I was diverted by a good looking offer of 3 for 1 on Superdrug own brand dry shampoo.
I purchased one 'Chocolate Brownie', one 'Floating on a Breeze' and one 'Head in the Clouds' scented 150ml aerosol cans.
When I got outside to my car I sprayed my hair with the 'Floating on a Breeze' dry shampoo, which smells sweet and fresh and a little fruity, and thought 'mmm... lovely' but when I looked in the rear-view mirror my hair still looked limp and lifeless and I must admit a bit greasy. Normally, using the Batiste range, my hair would look fuller and lifted and clean (the whole point of dry shampoo!) but I was thoroughly disappointed, especially when I was hoping to get ready to go out later on without having to wash, dry and style my hair taking up time I didn't really have.
I have since used the other two scents I bought and was equally disenchanted, I feel as though I have just purchased deodorant for my hair - pointless.
This is one occasion when a good deal is not as good as it seems.
Price in Superdrug at time of review £1.99 / 2 for £2.49
WHAT IS IT?
Dry shampoo that comes in a can for use when you do not have time to wash your hair.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
Spray the dry shampoo onto and around the roots of your hair from a distance of a few inches. Brush the powder through your hair until it has all dispersed and style as you would usually.
This dry shampoo has got a Chocolate Brownie fragrance and it is not very nice. It only smells slightly of chocolate and is very fake smelling and quite sickly because there is a bitter burned smell that is strong when you first spray it and then sticks to my hair for a long time.
WHAT I THINK
I do not like this dry shampoo at all and will not buy it again or use up the rest of this can. The smell is horrible compared to when I use Bastise dry shampoo and the powder feels very heavy when it lands on my hair. It is very white and thick so it takes a long time to brush it through my hair and even then I feel like I still have powder on my hair and head.
I have got blond hair so the white powder isn't very noticeable but if you had dark hair then it could make it look like you have dry skin on your scalp or even dandruff.
I also do not think it makes my hair look cleaner. Dry shampoo works by soaking up the grease in your hair that would be removed by washing but this one does not do this and just results in my hair looking very dull and lifeless. When I style my hair the hairspray reacts with the powder and leaves my roots feeling brittle and unhealthy.
1 Dooyoo Star.
I bought this product from Superdrug (obviously), I don't tend to buy many of their products because I don't very often visit an area with one of their stores but when I do I do like some of their products.
A couple of months ago I was having a mooch around the store and they had this product along with others on offer at 2 for £1.99 working out at 99.5p each, I decided as it was a decent price I would give it a go.
I wash my hair every other day however occasionally if I am on a double shift at work followed by an early shift the next day I feel like my hair doesn't look it's best and not having time to wash it I will use a dry shampoo on it which is usually from the Bastiste range.
The product is especially made for people with brunette hair and comes in an aerosol tin, the tin holds 150mls of product so isn't actually very big. The tin is silver, white and brown in colour with a picture of a woman and flowers on the front. On top of the tin there is a lid which simply pushes on and pulls off and covers the spray of the aerosol so if you were to carry it around in your handbag it wouldn't go off my mistake.
It states on the tin that it helps to refresh dull and lifeless hair between washes, to use the product you simply shake the tin and spray onto your hair before brushing through. I was quite surprised to find that this spray is actually tinted so rather than being white like others I have tried this is actually brown. The spray made my hair quite hair to brush and I felt it was left tangles and not at all soft. The spray wasn't good on my hair at all, I don't think it left my hair looking any better and to me it felt more greasy, if I ran my fingers through my hair which I often do I ended up with brown residue on my hands.
I do not recommend this product it doesn't do anything it is meant to do and my hair felt worse not better.
Like most people, I don't always have time to wash my hair on the days I'm supposed to, and to avoid looking like I've been dragged through a hedge backwards, I like to use dry shampoo on those days to make my hair look a bit fresher. I spotted this in Superdrug and was attracted by the name "Chocolate Brownie" (yes, ok I'm obsessed with food), and being brunette I thought this might be a nice one to try.
Firstly, I should say that when I looked at the product description on the can, it didn't state that the product contains brown coloured pigment. I wasn't too sure whether this was aimed at brunettes or they were just using a food description to get people's attention. It states on the packaging "suitable for brunette hair" which I took to mean that the product wouldn't leave white streaks which can sometimes happen with dry shampoo, so it wouldn't look like I'd applied talc. What it actually means, however, is that the shampoo leaves a layer of brown on your hair, something I didn't realise until I washed it after using it, and wondered why there was brown gunge all over my shower tray.
The product offers the usual promises to refresh dull and lifeless hair between washes without the need for water. In theory, this makes it a convenient way of getting an extra 20 minutes in bed each morning, however in reality what it should say on the packaging is "this product will make your hair feel like it is covered in sticky residue, and if it rains you're screwed because you'll have brown streaks running down your face". I've never been caught in the rain after using this product, but from the shower I can see myself in the mirror, and lets just say once the product starting to be washed out it immediately put me off using it because if you get caught in the rain it's not going to be a pretty sight.
Brown gunge aside, the effectiveness of this product is....well, non-existant. I applied in the usual way, spraying all over my hair and then styling as usual (i.e. vaguely brushing it), only to discover that this product actually drew attention to the fact I hadn't washed my hair. It leaves a film of residue which makes it feel so much more greasy than before using it, I debated being late for work such was the overwhelming desire for clean hair, but instead persisted and spent the day trying to avoid any mirrors. I have given this product three chances, hating to waste my money and hoping it might just be me, but each time the result has been the same.
Fragrance wise, it does actually smell really pleasant, almost fruity. However, this doesn't seem to last for long, nor does it neutralise odours on your hair, so if you're trying to disguise cooking smells you'd be better off spraying perfume and walking through it which is what I sometimes do when my hair smells of food. Maybe I should use the rest of the can as an air freshener as that is all this product seems to be good for.
Should you wish you try this product for yourself (why, why, why?), a 150ml can is priced at £1.99. I notice all of Superdrug's own brand dry shampoos are on a "buy 1 get 2 free" offer at the moment, which to me suggests they are struggling to sell this range. Owning one of these is bad enough, I am not about to clutter my dressing table with three useless products, although it would be interesting to see if the others perform any better. I notice from previous reviews of this product that I am not the only one who doesn't rate it.
On a final note, this product is suitable for vegans and vegetarians. I guess it's a saving grace that no animals were harmed to produce this horrendous product.
(Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
Having recently returned from camping and being introduced to the wonders of dry shampoo on the go, I stumbled across this product in Superdrug and was drawn to its affordable price, attractive packaging and the thought of mouth-watering chocolate brownies. However, using the product for the first time I was left largely disappointed and I have returned the can to the shelf ever since. If you're going to buy dry shampoo, I would not recommend this product and would urge you towards Batiste dry shampoo instead. The superdrug brand retails for about £1.99 a can and so it undercuts Batiste by about £1.00 per can. However, Batiste produces a much better result and would be a much better investment for your travel bag.
Heavenly aroma? -
Although the smell of the product isn't in itself unpleasant, it certainly doesn't smell like chocolate brownies fresh from the oven. The main thing you notice after you've sprayed the can is the toxicity in the air so if you're going to use it, doing so in a ventilated area is largely advised! From bitter experience I have found myself having a minor coughing fit after spraying a less-than-generous amount of the product into my hair and I have also had to vacate the room after doing so as the heavy air lingers for quite some time. I would hazard a guess to say that this would probably not be the best product for asthmatics!
Clean as a whistle? -
The biggest disappointment about this product was the result it had on my hair. I have a normal hair type which is not particularly prone to being greasy and I used the spray having not been able to wash my hair when I was away for a weekend. I found the product made absolutely no difference to the feel or look of my hair at all; my hair didn't feel or look any cleaner in the slightest. The only real difference that I did notice after using the product was (after I had regained my breath and left the room!) that my hair smelt slightly better than before - but even then it didn't smell like it had just been washed or what I would described as particularly 'fresh'.
A touch of colour -
A novel thing about this product is that the spray itself contains some kind of pigment whereby you're spraying a bit more brown into your hair. Presumably this is to give your hair a bit of a fresher look (similar to the principle behind henna enriched shampoos) however I didn't actually notice any difference to my hair from the pigment. The packaging doesn't make reference to the pigment at all and I only accidentally stumbled across this aspect of the product when I noticed that there was a build up of brown residue on the aerosol after it had been sprayed. This seems a good idea in principle but lacks in execution. It also means of course that this product is only suitable for brunettes - not good for sharing with your mates while your away if they all happen to be blonde!
Superdrug produce some really good products as a cheaper alternative to main line toiletries however this is a real let down which simply doesn't do what it says on the can!
I find that dry shampoo is a great thing to have. I always find it comes in handy. So walking around superdrug I found this dry shampoo on offer. It was two bottles for £1.99. I bought the chocolate brownie and away with the fairies dry shampoo. Being as it was from Superdrug I was expecting a little more from the product.
The packaging is really simple, it's brown and silver with a picture of a woman in front, easy to read instructions on the back, and is in a 150ml aerosol can. Also what was nice to know is the product is not tested on animals.
Using the product is simple, quick and easy. Hold the can upright and spray the hair, approximately 15cm away and brush through. Make sure you shake the can well before use and if course don't get into your eyes. There's no water required.
The product promises to freshen your hair leaving it smelling clean and fresh. Now is this what I got from the product? No. After applying the product I found that my hair felt heavier and it felt even more greasier. Brushing it through left a strange residue on my hands too.
After Using other dry shampoos I felt very disappointed using this one. The only thing they had going or both cans is the smell I the shampoo. They are cheap, but now I know why. I won't be buying this product again
I bought this last weekend from Superdrug as their dry shampoos were on offer at two bottles for £1.99. Dry shampoo always comes in handy and I usually use Batiste, but as these, which are Superdrug own brand were on offer I decided to try them. There were a few different types available and I ended up getting two of the 'chocolate brownie' ones as these are specifically for brunette hair, plus the name really appealed to me!
The dry shampoo comes in an aerosol can which is small enough to fit in my handbag and gym bag without taking up a lot of room. The can contains 150ml of product and the colour scheme is brown and silver. The packaging is basic but nice enough and it is clear what the product is and what it does from the branding on the front of the can. There are directions for use on the back of the can and the lid is eay to pull off. The product is dispensed in a thick mist by pressing down on the plastic nozzle attatched to the top of the can.
Superdrug claim that this dry shampoo 'helps to refresh dull and lifeless hair between washes with no water required' and they say that it quick and easy to use. Like all Superdrug own brand products this is not tested on animals and it is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. One thing that is not made clear on the packaging is that the dry shampoo is tinted - I know that they make it clear that it's suitable for brunettes, but I had expected it to be white or clear.
The fact that this is tinted is a huge disadvantage. Yes, it looks reasonably nice (no white flakes like normal dry shampoo can sometimes leave) on my hair and it adds a subtle shine, but when it comes to actually rubbing it into my hair, my hands end up covered in dark brown, sticky residue which is a real pain to get off, making the product very inconvinient. It doesn't leave my hair feeling any fresher/cleaner and all it does is make my hair feel quite dry and heavy. The smell is not what I was expecting - it doesn't smell of chocolate at all. It has a very artificially sweet scent which smells like vanilla.
After applying this I found that my hair was awkward to brush and reddy brown bits of residue were coming out of my hair and onto my brush and clothes, so I washed it out. Luckily it came out reasonably easily and I will not be using it again!! Overall, I do not recommend this as it made no difference to the cleanliness of my hair, it doesn't smell particullary nice and it left greasy brown residue on my hands! I do not recommend this and I give it 1/5 Dooyoo stars (I'd give it 0 if I could!)
Taken in by the pretty chocolate colour packaging and a newly brunette fresh from the hairdresser, I thought to keep the colour better and avoid daily washing, I'd pick up some dry shampoo. In Superdrug, who's own products I generally enjoy using, I decided after some debate upon trying their dry shampoo. Chocolate Brownie is especially formulated for brunettes, so you don't end up with that white powder residue that you can never seem to get rid of around your crown! It depicts on the small can a picture of a smiling female with luxurious, soft brown hair.
The first thing that hits you is the smell, far from chocolate brownie, more musky and heavy. The actual spray itself is a murky brown, and covers my roots splendidly. Initially I don't apply much, finding the smell overpowering, and begin to massage it into my roots. Instantly wish I had just washed my hair instead.
My hair became thick, but not pleasurably so. It took on quite a coarse quality and I found it very difficult to tug a brush through it to remove the powder excess when I finished. As I looked in the mirror and ran my hand through it, I felt and saw how dry it had become. I left it for several minutes, seeing if anything changed, but decided that I was going to wash my hair properly. It was intensely difficult to shampoo and condition, handfuls actually coming out where it had become so coarse and tangled.
I really wouldn't suggest anyone trying this product, it was painful, and a waste of my money and time.