Thursday, October 29, 2015

Batiste vs Colab dry shampoo - An honest review

Dry shampoo has become my hair saviour. It's always a mission to wash my hair, and it gets oily very fast meaning I often have to wash it everyday. Tara and I have both been using various bottles of Batiste Dry Shampoo for a good while now. However when I was over in Australia I picked up some Colab Dry Shampoo and so today I thought I would put together a little review and comparison of the two.

Oil absorption:
Batiste is definitely still a winner in this area. Both the 'Wild' and 'XXL Volume' options soak up oil instantly. The Colab options on the other hand were a little disappointing.  They do the job well enough, but I found myself spraying half the can into my hair to get the result I wanted. I also found as the day went on, the oil would come back in my hair after using the Colab one. 

The Batiste 'XXL Volume' definitely lives up to its name, the results with this are crazy! I think that is what attracts me the most to the Batiste shampoo. The 'London' Colab dry shampoo also has a little more omph in it (though not quite as much) and do want to try out a Colab one, I think this would be your best bet.

Stickiness and residue: 
Now this is where I am let down by the Batiste dry shampoo, though it gives a heck of a lot of volume, it does leave a lot of residue and can leave your hair feeling gritty. I have found the Colab is a lot better in this area, especially the 'sheer and invisible' model. It actually leaves your hair feeling quite refreshed, but as I mentioned it is not as powerful and long lasting.

White hair and the dreaded 'dandruff effect':
A lot of people complain about the white streaks you get from Batiste dry shampoos, however I find a quick brush through with you fingers fixes it. If it is an issue for you though, Colab only leaves the slightest of white streaks. I also find the Batiste can be quite irritating on my scalp (particularly the volumising one) and a little bit flaky making it look like I have dandruff. Because of this I have stopped using it as often. With Colab I still had this problem but on a smaller scale.

So which is better?
To be honest, neither of these dry shampoos are perfect. I think I had a lot of high hopes for the Colab dry shampoos and I was left a little disappointed with their performance. Although I don't like the way Batiste irritates my scalp, I think I'm going to stick with it for now, but I'll keep my eyes open for other options.

Do you have a favourite dry shampoo? let me know in the comments below, I would love to try it!



  1. I've been using Batiste lately, and I love it!
    I'm the same, my hair gets ridiculously oily super fast, and it's a pain trying to find a dry shampoo that works. Batiste works the best, although I still get greasy hair halfway through the day...sigh. But that's better than the other products I've tried! Others only hold up for like an hour or two against my hair. It's a monster, I swear...-_- Ugh.
    Great review!

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  2. I love this!


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