Product review: Batiste Dry Shampoo With A Hint of Colour

By now you’ll probably know that I’m a big fan of Batiste products in general. They work exactly as described to refresh your hair and give too-clean hair a little extra body too, you can buy smaller sizes for travel, and they are very reasonably priced.

Naturally I was interested when Batiste sent me one of their newest products to review. It’s the blonde and light hair version of their new colour product, which is just right for my highlighted hair, in theory. It’s available in all major chemists for £3.05.

I tried it out before going out for the evening, just to give my work-day hair a bit of a boost. I was careful not to get it all over my clothes (it does wash off easily though) as it sprayed on the roots, then I rubbed it in and brushed out. It did give me that squeaky clean feeling and the scent was very light, which I much prefer. Now, the colour bit. It did give a tiny bit of help blending in the growing out roots of my highlighted hair, but it wasn’t a shockingly strong effect. There was a little left on my scalp too, but it didn’t show up too badly.

Meanwhile, I suspect that the darker shades might be more popular for a number of reasons. First of all, you’re less likely to get that chalky, dusty look in your hair that you can sometimes otherwise get if you spray too much on or don’t brush out thoroughly enough. Secondly it might well help to tone down a few stray grey hairs here and there. Thirdly, a little darker pigment remaining on the scalp might lightly disguise very fine or thin areas of hair.

However, if your priority is colour blending then this isn’t perhaps the product you would automatically reach for. There are other spray-on blending products that you might buy first, or you might prefer to buy a rapid root-retouch dye product instead. When my highlights start growing out and I can’t get to the hairdresser, I’m more likely do a running repair by mixing up half a teaspoon of highlight dye and tinting 8 to 10 very fine strands of hair with it.

What else can I say? It’s an effective dry shampoo with a very light and non-offensive fragrance, and it gives just less than half a shade’s colour difference on my roots. Primarily it is a dry shampoo, so be realistic in your expectations about the colour. If you’re a Batiste fan already, you might like to try a can of this next time you restock and I suspect it’s going to be more popular if you have dark, fine hair.

Are you thinking about trying Batiste Tones Light and Blonde? Have you tried this new product already? If so what did you think of it?

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