Friday, January 4, 2013

Batiste Dry Shampoo: A Comparison between Blonde and Blush

I have been using and loving Batiste dry shampoo in the "Blush" scent for years now. Before I found Batiste, I tried Oscar Blandi, Klorane, and other high-end dry shampoos, but was never 100% happy with any of them. I find the loose powder ones difficult to use, and the Klorane one that basically sprayed powder out of a bottle was great in theory but the sprayer would often get clogged and wouldn't work at all. Batiste dry shampoos spray out of the can evenly and conically just like hairspray, but immediately set to a powder finish upon hitting the hair. Super simple! I prefer to only wash my hair every 2-3 days and I always use dry shampoo on the off days to keep my hair looking fresh, so I go through a lot of dry shampoo and it's important to me to have one I feel looks natural on me. For that product to be inexpensive, like Batiste dry shampoos, is just an added bonus!

A few months ago I was prowling around Ulta with my sister when we stumbled across a new tinted version of Batiste shampoo. There was a light blond one and a dark/deep brown one, and looking online now, it looks like Batiste also makes tinted ones for medium brunettes and redheads. Of course, being the product junkie that I am, I HAD to try the blonde version. My hair is naturally dark blonde, with no added/artificial color.

Here is what my hair looks like 24 hours after shampooing - note the slight greasiness at the roots:

And here it is after I've added the Batiste Blonde dry shampoo, let it sit for a few minutes, then thoroughly brushed through my hair:

As you can see, it works fairly well at soaking up the oil while still remaining natural-looking. Now, here is a picture of my hair on another day (months ago, before I had my eyebrow mole removed and after a hearty brow-tinting session) when I used the regular, untinted Batiste dry shampoo:

The untinted version does leave a very slight ashy cast to the hair. Now, in real life, my hair is not quite as naturally golden as it appears in the set of "before" pictures above - my hair is naturally a somewhat ashy blonde, more cool than warm - so the difference in color at the roots is marginally less apparent than it looks, in the pictures where I used the untinted version.

If I use too much of either one, it will look unnatural (too much of the blonde version and my hair looks like the golden yellow color of a hay bushel; too much of the untinted version and my hair looks gray). The blonde one I find less efficient at doing its job than the untinted one - I need to use more product to achieve the same level of cleanliness - but it's also harder to screw up. All told, I like both versions equally. I do think that for someone with darker hair, on whom the color change after using the untinted version might be more apparent, the darker tinted shades could be an excellent option.

Personally, I will just continue to buy whichever one I can get for the best price. I know you can buy the Blush one at Sally Beauty Supply, but I haven't checked to see if they have the tinted version yet. Both versions should be available at most Ultas; I generally stock up on mine there when I can get a good deal, like a buy one get one free sale combined with one of their $3.50 or $5 off coupons. (BTW, great resource right here: this link will take you to whatever Ulta's current printable coupon is at any given time! Bookmark that baby!)

Do you use dry shampoo too? If so, which one is your favorite and why? I would love to hear feedback from anyone who's tried any of the other Batiste dry shampoo colors!


  1. How is the scent on Batiste? I tried the loose Oscar Blandi, and it was no match for my scalp of greasy doom and I didn't like the smell. I'm using Klorane now and I love it, but I go through it way to quickly and it's so pricey.

    1. Bellyhead, I'm glad you asked! I meant to address this in the post and forgot to. The Blush scent is a very light, pleasant floral - subtle, and the scent disappears almost right away. The Blonde scent is a strong vanilla, and it takes longer to fade. I can usually continue to smell that one in my hair for an hour or so after applying it, but after that it fades too.

    2. Thank you! I'm going to check it out.

  2. Vanilla? Yum, I wonder if the dark brown version smells the same. Where the hell do you find the colored bastiste? My local Sallys only carry the tropical one.
    I have curly hair past my butt that I usually keep pulled back so it's fairly straight, so I only like to wash my hair like every 4 or 5 days in the winter, depending on how many cowlicks/horns I wake up with. Dry shampoo is a must in my life! My hair is one shade away from black, so finding one that soaks up oil without leaving too much residue has been an ongoing process. Here's what I've tried:
    AEROSOL: Batiste tropical, Suave keratin, Ion daily, Tigi Rockaholic, Beyond The Zone generic for Tigi, Tresemme, Salon Grafix (best, cause it's clear), Ojon, Oscar Blandi (also best cause it's clear but way more expensive than SG)
    NON-AEROSOL: Oscar Blandi (nastiest smell ever!), Clean, Alterna, Acure, Lush, Biolage (I think it was Biolage, it was at Sally, and smelled as bad as the OB powder) and a few homemade concoctions.
    My favorites are the clear sprays, just because they are clear and therefore easier to use, and SG is easy to find. I also like the scent of most of the NA forms.
    When I finally get around to starting a blog my first post will be an in-depth talk about dry shampoos. I need a reliable camera first, I think.

    1. Wow, what an incredibly helpful reply! Thanks so much for sharing! I saw the brunette Batiste at Ulta when I got the blonde. My Sally's only has the regular Batiste, too.

      I am intrigued by these clear ones - I didn't know such a thing existed! Which ones are your favorite clear ones of the ones you listed, and where do you buy them? I'd love to try one. Thank you! :)


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