Review: Batiste – OOMPH My Locks XXL Volume Spray

My hair is quite flat, boring and limp and sometimes I need a little help to make my hairstyle look fuller, volumised, thicker and ‘Cheryl-Cole like’. I’ve had my Oomph My Locks XXL Volume SprayΒ fromΒ Batiste lying around for ages and because I have so many beauty products stored away in storage boxes, like literally millions of stuff – I forgot all about it. I was having a clear out a few weeks ago and found the volume spray amongst all of my stuff. I’ve used it a couple of times since but it’s not an everyday thing as I only tend to use when I’m wearing my hair down or if I’m going on a girls night out. Most days I wear my hair in dutch-braids, a pony-tail or a bun-ring.

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The Oomph My Locks Volume Spray is enriched with keratin which adds shine, prevents split ends and adds protein to the hair to keep it healthy which is great as I suffer from split ends and dry, fizzy damaged hair. It also contains inca inchi oil too which helps to hydrate the hair, lock in moisture, protect from sun damage as well as regulating oil production of the scalp.

It’s easy to use, just simply spray at the roots and backcomb a little using your fingers or a tail comb to add volume at the roots, then style your hair as desired. After spraying the volume spray, it does leave a white, chalky layer on the hair but it is easily removed by combing it out. It really does make your hair look more volumised and thicker – it has definitely gave my limp, flat hair a little oomph and lift at the roots and it holds hairstyles well! It also has a lovely, fresh scent that stays on the hair and doesn’t disappear after five minutes of applying. I did find that it made my hair feel dry-ish with a rough texture and the movement of my hair was not as’ flowy’ as it was before I used it so I don’t think you can get away with applying it everyday without washing the hair after each use – it contains keratin which can cause product build up.

I love dry shampoo’s and always rely on them when I’m in a rush, especially when my hair needs washing but I’ve literally no time to wash, dry and style – which usually takes ages, but I wouldn’t use Batiste’s OOMPH My Locks XXL Volume Spray as a replacement for a dry shampoo spray as it works best as a volume booster – but, it does help a little by soaking up excess oil at the roots and makes the hair smell clean, fresh and just-washed.

Some of my regular readers will know that I have fragrance sensitivities, which basically means that I can be allergic to certain smells and artificial fragrances which cause me to have violent headaches and migraines. It can be so bad sometimes and I can only use a handful of perfumes and deodorant sprays because of it. Don’t get me wrong I’m not allergic to everything… just some. Well, this spray from Batiste does cause me to have mild headaches but it soon passes and isn’t severe. So, if like me, you have fragrance sensitivities, bear this in mind before you decide to buy it.

You can buy the Oomph My Locks Volume Spray from Batiste here.


 

 

 

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Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo (Mega Instant) – Review

Ladies,

I’ve another dry shampoo review for you all!

After my review of Herbal Essences Clearly Naked – Dry Shampoo a few days ago, (which I really didn’t rate that much), I thought I might as well post a little review of Aussie’s Miracle Dry Shampoo (Mega Instant) from Aussie’s MEGA collection which I’ve had sitting in my bathroom for absolutely ages now!

 

All about it:

‘Did not hear the alarm? running late? hair got the greasies? Stop your worries. This Aussie mega instant miracle dry shampoo you are now clutching is your saviour. No shower required. Just a burst of mega instant and a bit of brush-out brings instant, just-washed Aussie-ness and fragrance to your hair. Now if only you had not put two mismatching shoes on. It contains jojoba seed extract that was used for centuries by the indigenous Australians as it was believed to naturally condition hair.’ – Aussie

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First impressions:

The bottle is your typical Aussie hair product, looks wise, and it has the same Aussie design as all of their other products. It is a small 65ml aerosol bottle, much smaller than any others I have used with less product but worry not, there is also a bigger 180ml bottle available too.

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Another thing – it smells absolutely gorgeous. 😍

Pros: πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

It really does smell divine, it is without a doubt the lovliest, sweetest scent that I have ever came across and it makes my hair smell so nice.

The scent has lingered on my hair for quite a while too so it is definately long-lasting.

It has been enriched with Jojoba Seed Extract.

Makes hair feel soft.

After spraying my roots, there was no white powdery substance left on my roots like other dry shampoo’s tend to leave.

Cons: πŸ‘ŠπŸ»

Although I love how this smells, the gorgeous, lovely scent gives me a headache thanks to the added synthetic fragrance / artificial parfum.

Contains Alcohol Denat which can dry your hair out.

Contains silicones.

Isn’t the greatest for removing oil and grease.

Ingredients:

Alcohol Denat, Butane, Propane, Isobutane, Tapioca Starch, Aqua, Silica, Parfum, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hexyl Cinnamal, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate

Results:

The bottle I have is only a small 65 ml so if you use dry shampoo’s often this will last you no time, you would be better off purchasing the 180ml bottle. I only use dry shampoo’s once in a blue moon so this has lasted me quite a while. I wouldn’t say it was the best dry shampoo for soaking up oil or refreshing greasy hair, I have had better results with Batiste and I do recommend their dry shampoo’s for oily/greasy hair. It did soak a little bit of oil up but not enough to make it appear freshly washed, it was fine for in between washes but if you left your hair for a whole week without washing and used this to control the oil, I reckon your roots would still look greasy.

I do like this dry shampoo mainly because it smells soooo good and leaves my hair feeling soft! It made my hair feel silky and smooth, it also didn’t make my hair any thicker so I think this would work well for girls with very thick or curly hair but not for those with fine hair because it may leave your hair looking flat. My hair didn’t feel dry afterwards either unlike others which leave hair feeling stiff like you have used a whole can of hair spray on it, so hair is still manageable and doesn’t have that ‘talcy’ feel to it.

Now I really like this dry shampoo but because I have fragrance sensitivities (allergic to some artificial fragrances/parfums), the lovely scent causes me to have banging, violent headaches which is a real shame because I do like it and it works well on my hair type. I really do love how it smells but I really don’t like the headaches I get after using it.

Will I use again?

That is a tough one! I would say yes, 100%, but I can’t even look at the bottle without a headache coming on. If you’re not effected by artificial fragrance, great but if you’re like me and can’t handle some artificial fragrances then I’d look for another. So, unfortunately I don’t think I will buy this again. I think I’ll stick with Batiste’s Original Dry Shampoo for the time being.

Does anybody else have fragrance sensitivity? It sucks, right!?

Love

KATIE x

 

Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Dry Shampoo – Review

Hey Chicks,

Last week I was sent Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Dry Shampoo to review and test out on my greasy little head! The Clearly Naked Dry Shampoo has natural Tapioca in it which is a starch that has been extracted from Cassava Root and helps to absorb excess oil in the hair so I was very keen to try it out.

First impressions of the bottle was good. It is a tall 118ml white aerosol bottle which has greyish-silver writing and it features a pop of green with a picture of a peppermint plant. The bottle looks fresh, simple and attractive. It costs about Β£2.99 for a 118ml bottle which I think is very good value for money!

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I really like how it smells too. I have fragrance sensitivity so I often get violent headaches after using products with artificial fragrance in but I had no problem with this one, thankfully! It smells mildly minty and fresh thanks to the Peppermint Oil (Menthol Piperta) and Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil which has been added to the dry shampoo

Mentha Arvensis

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Photo: bushcraftusa.com

 

Ingredients:

Alcohol Denat – Butane – Propane – Isobutane – Tapioca Starch – Aqua – Silica – Polymethylsesquioxane – Parfum – Limonene – Linalool – Citronellol – Menthol Piperta Oil – Menthol – Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil

As you can see it contains no parabens and no colourants which is great! Herbal Essences also say that it contains zero silicone which I found a bit confusing as the ingredients list say it contains polymethylsesquioxane and silica! I’m pretty sure both are silicones? I may be wrong!

PROS

It smells really nice

Eliminates odours and refreshes the hair and scalp

It makes hair smell and appear freshly washed

Thickens hair

Soaks up grease and oil

Contains 0% parabens and 0% colourants

CONS

Contains artificial fragrance (parfum). Fragrance is used to make products smell better. It works to cover the scent of other ingredients, which may have strong chemical scents.

So, if you only use natural beauty products or if you have fragrant or chemical sensitivities, this dry shampoo is not for you.

Hair felt like I had hair lacquer and talcum powder on it and felt heavy

Hair didn’t feel any softer after using

Proctor & Gamble the manufactures of Herbal Essences test their products on animals. I am unsure if this dry shampoo has been tested on animals but I would imagine it not to be cruelty free, which is a shame.

 

RESULTS:

I am not the biggest fan of dry shampoo and I rarely use them to be totally honest. I only tend to use dry shampoo when I am going somewhere and I haven’t got time to wash my hair.

My sister made plans to go out for food yesterday and I often try to leave my hair unwashed in the hope my natural oils will help repair my damaged hair so I hadn’t washed my hair in three days so it was a little on the flat, stinky and greasy side. I thought it would be the perfect time to try this dry shampoo out and two minutes later my hair was done and dusted! Dry shampoo is definitely is a time saver, if I hadn’t of used the dry shampoo the night would have been over by the time I had washed, dried and then styled my hair. My sister is the impatient type who hates waiting round so I literally had no time to wash my hair without getting moaned at to hurry up, ha-ha I must say she was shocked when I was ready in ten minutes compared my usual time of 3 hours so I think she loves the Clearly Naked Dry Shampoo more than I do!

After using this I did find my hair felt less soft and it restricted movement of my hair a little bit making it feel heavy and less flowy as usual. It felt as if I had applied hair lacquer all over my hair and then brushed it out, so it didn’t feel as smooth as I’d of liked. My boyfriend asked if I had put talcum powder in my hair so it must have felt pretty dry for him to notice as he never notices anything usually! He also said my hair smelled nice too, cutie! As soon as I sprayed my hair all over I did notice it thicken straight away, my hair felt so thick and it looked volumized but it appeared frizzy too so I had to use my hair straighteners to smooth it out a bit and make it look less static. After styling my hair looked thick and smelled lush but I didn’t like how my hair felt, it was obvious that I had some kind of product in my hair and it didn’t feel as soft.

Will I buy again?

Probably not. It is cheap enough and its perfect if you want thicker hair on the cheap but it is not a favourite of mine, even though it did work. I will finish the rest of the bottle off but I very much doubt I would buy this again as there have been other dry shampoo’s from Batiste and AussieΒ that I have liked better.

Where to buy?

Right here -> BOOTS – Β£2.99

Have you ever tried this dry shampoo? What did you think of it?

Thanks for stopping by on Katie Rose Loves!

Love

Katie x

e-mail: whatkatieroseloves@hotmail.com

Disclosure: I received this free for review purposes.