Batiste Dry Shampoo Review: Does Dry Shampoo Work?

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I don’t believe that there is a hair-conscious individual who is unfamiliar with the concept of dry shampoo. It’s a staple in any early-morning hair care routine. And if it’s not, I would still put money on the fact that you use it once in a blue moon to get rid of those greasy streaks.

There’s nothing better than a quality dry shampoo to salvage a bad hair day or 5 am start in the morning– two things I avoid like the plague. If you’re reading this and still wondering what a dry shampoo is then kudos for getting this far without one. And secondly, I’m about to make your life ten times easier.

Dry shampoo is essentially an oil-absorbing powder. This means you can use anything from baby powder to a high-end powdered dry shampoo. These sprays soak up the grease in your hair while adding volume.

It’s is by no means a new phenomenon. In fact, there is evidence to suggest that women in Asia would use clay powder in their hair from as early as the late 15th century. By the late 1700’s starches were used in the United States to deodorize and color wigs. With this in mind, our technology and application have somewhat evolved, but the idea has remained the same. Nowadays, one of the most well-known brands of dry shampoo is a UK based company called Batiste.

Batiste Company Background Explained

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For a solution to your greasy hair, look no further than Batiste.

For over thirty years Batiste has been the UK’s number one dry shampoo brand. Their tried and tested formula offers consumers an easy solution to grease-free hair. By targeting excess oils, Batiste’s dry shampoos eliminate that stringy look from the roots, meaning that hair looks fresh without any water.

The “no water needed” shampooing technique has been perfected by Batiste and they have several different ranges to choose from! Whether you want fragrance, color or styling they’ve got the dry shampoo for you.

As if that wasn’t enough, their formula is also vegan. Being conscious of what I put on my hair (and my body in general) I love any company that educates their consumers about clean ingredients. That being said, Batiste, which is owned by Church and Dwight, make some ambiguous claims about being cruelty-free. They don’t test on animals themselves and say that the only way their products would be tested on is if it was required by law.

But then Church and Dwight don’t go on to clarify which countries they sell to. Most companies who are cruelty-free boast this status so it’s safe to assume, as PETA does, that unfortunately, Batiste is not cruelty-free. I guess being vegan means they’re taking one small step at a time when it comes to a quality dry shampoo.

Benefits Of Dry Shampoo Explained

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Convenience is one of the main reasons people use dry shampoo.

The biggest benefit of dry shampoo is not necessarily health-related at all. Dry shampooing is flat out convenient! It makes life easier when you don’t need to wash your hair regularly. I know it sounds gross, but we’ve all been there: you get home at midnight and its wash-day but you’re just too tired. You swear you’ll wake up early and shower in the morning but that doesn’t happen either. Enter stage right: your favorite Batiste Dry Shampoo to the rescue.

It should come as no surprise that washing your hair daily is a no-no for your hair health. It strips away your natural oils that keep your hair moisturized. If you’re reading this and nervously gulping, then don’t worry. This is once again where your Powder in Shining Packaging steps in, just skip a wash and use a dry shampoo instead! Skipping a wash is also a great way to prolong the life of colored hair since dyes fade with water contact.

As a result of less hair washing, dry shampoo can also lead to a reduction in hair damage. If you’re not washing your hair every day you’re using fewer chemicals and products on your hair. Using a dry shampoo can mean you end up styling your hair less regularly – it’s more of an up-keep than an up-do at this point. If anything, it can be doubled as a styling product (to save you double the time).

Spritz some on your roots to give your hair instant volume for an added boost – perfect for anyone with fine hair. That being said, another benefit of dry shampoos is that they can be used on all hair types! What’s not to love?

What Are The Ingredients Found In Batiste Dry Shampoo?

Chemical bottles on shelves.

Be careful of the chemicals found in a lot of hair care products.

There are lots of different options to choose from when it comes to a Batiste dry shampoo. Whether you prefer to make a decision based on fragrance or styling Batiste has something for you. Taking a closer look at the ingredients though revealed that this method of shampooing isn’t as nourishing as I’d like to believe it was.

The recurring substances I saw were mostly propellants, which makes sense considering dry shampoo is packaged in an aerosol can. The presence of Butane, Isobutane, and Propane, all of which are hydrocarbons raise some concerns. Most hydrocarbons are not innately harmful, but if the liquid gets into the lungs, that’s when issues arise.

With this in mind, spraying a significant amount of dry shampoo regularly onto your hair inevitably means that some of the gases will be ingested.

In the same vein the presence of Alcohol Denat, while not the worst alcohol, is not something I’d usually look for in my hair products. Alcohol dries your hair and has a tendency to strip the hair of its oils. It is what you’re looking for in a dry shampoo, to be honest, but not if you want to look after your hair.

A redeeming, and non-surprising ingredient in Batiste’s Dry Shampoo was Oryza Sativa Starch, which is more commonly known as rice starch. This is the absorbent for those greasy strands. It’s the white coating you get when you spray an ample amount of iton your head. Interestingly, it’s also used in cosmetics as a conditioning agent, so this dry shampoo does provide some nourishment for your non-washed hair.

Batiste Dry Shampoo Review: Before And After Results

Brunette woman holding a can of batiste dry shampoo.

The effects of batiste dry shampoo.

Before Batiste Dry Shampoo

It’s no great confession that before using a dry shampoo my hair is limp and lifeless. Grease can be seen from a good few miles away and no amount of styling is going to help. This is amplified by the fact that I often touch my hair, flipping it from one side to the other to keep it out of my face. By the second or third day post-wash, my hair is ready for some real TLC.

This is when I usually whip out my Batiste Dry Shampoo and just spray a generous amount all over the top of my head. I then split my hair into sections and spray the product right into my roots. Embrace those grandma streaks and brush them through. If you really work it through you should be getting rid of any residue.

After: Does Batiste Dry Shampoo Work?

Once I’ve sprayed enough dry shampoo I brush it through with a boar bristle brush. These brushes prevent oil build-up at the scalp by carrying sebum from the scalp to the end of each hair shaft. This helps along the dry shampoo to reduce any grease. They were originally designed to improve hair texture. This was before conditioners even existed.

Once you’ve brushed through all the white powder your hair looks fluffier and healthier. It’s important to note that dry shampoos are a temporary replacement for washing. This being the case, Batiste keeps you covered until your next wash.


If your hair is looking a little limp but you don’t have time for a proper shower, then dry shampoo is hands-down a savior. It’s is by no means a new phenomenon. Batiste saw a gap in the hair product market and ran with it. Since the launching of their first original dry shampoo, you can now find Batiste products with different fragrances.

Fragrances like Cherry, Tropical, or Wild. Also, if you’re looking for something that won’t leave your hair white as snow, then the Hint Of Color range has tinted sprays for darker hair. As if that wasn’t enough, they now also have a Plumping Powder to add volume for fine hair. If it wasn’t clear yet, Batiste has what you need when it comes to dry shampoos.

It’s important to remember though that dry shampoo is in no way a replacement for washing. It temporarily removes the oils from your hair. However, it’s nowhere near as cleansing as wet shampooing. Your hair gets a chance to make its own oils but over time the dirt and oil will accumulate.

Make sure you don’t substitute it for your regular shampoo. If you’re looking for a convenient way to salvage your hair every once in a while, then Batiste is the cheap, reliable way forward.