Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Save vs Splurge: Batiste or Bumble and Bumble?

Batiste Dry Shampoo vs Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish
Alright, it's confession time. I'm about to discuss one of my deepest, darkest secrets with you...

I only wash my hair about once every 4-5 days.
I know, I'm a dirty, little rat. However, the reason I do this is two fold. One: My hair is pretty thick and dry, so it actually looks a lot better once the natural oils start flowin'. I'm not a fan of fresh, squeaky clean hair. It doesn't style as well, and it just doesn't give me that messy bedhead look I've come to adore so much. Reason two: it takes me 45 minutes to an hour to do my hair after I wash it. 45 minutes to an hour! Enough said. 

Since I often let this go on a little too long, I find myself relying on dry shampoo to keep me from looking like a total grease ball.

First, we'll discuss the more wallet friendly option: Batiste Dry Shampoo. Guys, this stuff really is the shit when it comes to soaking up oil. I like how it actually makes my hair feel clean and refreshed. It smells pretty decent too! It gives hair a fresh, clean, scent (I use the original version.) You get a nice 6.73 oz bottle for 7.99 which is a pretty sweet deal if you ask me! Even on fourth day hair, I can spray this on my roots and leave the house feeling like an actual human being! The downside? Well, it does leave a white residue anywhere I spray it. I kind of have to work it in with my fingers a bit and then brush it through to make it go away. I'm always a bit paranoid that I won't rub it in good enough in the back and I'll have white polka dots on the back of my head. I also feel like I have to use this every few hours, because my hair does get weighed down and flat after a while. Which brings me to my next point. This does not have any styling properties, nor does it offer any hold. It is simply a dry shampoo.

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish, however, is much more than just a dry shampoo. Guys, I got sucked into the blogger hype on this one. I told myself I didn't need this. I told myself it was too much money and I was content with Batiste. Well, I was. And then I went into Sephora and sprayed this throughout my roots, just to see what all the fuss was about. Holy eff! I've never seen volume like that! In full disclosure, my hair is quite thick and big to begin with, but it does tend to go quite flat at the roots. This gave me heat roller, bombshell hair! Today, I sprayed this on third day hair that was pretty flat and getting oily, and I ended up with thick, full, voluminous, luscious locks that almost caused me to make a duck face in the mirror. You know that face when you know you look good and you subconsciously start to pose in the mirror. Yeah, it's that good. It's duck face good. Let's see... oh yeah, it smells amazing! There's absolutely no residue. It's a totally invisible product. Which means, you can spray it throughout your hair as willy-nilly as you please, and it won't show up and it won't feel gross. Spray it on dirty hair, or right after you style it to add some texture and fullness. Fine haired gals will really benefit from this. To use, I lift up sections of hair and spray at the root, paying extra attention to the crown and anywhere that feels flat. Then, I sort of massage and fluff. At $29 for 4 oz, this is quite expensive, I realize that. You are paying more than the Batiste and getting less. However, this product is more versatile, as it acts as a dry shampoo and a styling product, doesn't leave any residue, and the results last longer.

For me, The Bumble and Bumble option is definitely worth the splurge. If I just needed a product to adequately soak up oil, then the Batiste would be wonderful. But, I happened to be in the market for a product that gave my hair some oomph. I needed some weightless volume, while making my hair appear cleaner.

Bumble and bumble has won my heart.


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