Why I’ll be sticking to Batiste | Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Dry Shampoo Review

Hello lovelies,

I haven’t done a beauty product review in so long, and although it’s a shame to return on a negative, I thought it’s about time I found a product I didn’t like! I am a very positive person most of the time, and tend to always try to see the good in people, products, anything really. I feel like, as a blogger, too much positivity can be a negative (ironic, I know) especially if you’re writing about a PR sample or a sponsored post, as people might be suspicious that you’re a teeny bit biased because you’ve been sucked in by the freebie hype.

Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Dry Shampoo is a product I forked out my own money for and although I really wanted to like it, I thought I’d tell you my thoughts on why in my opinion, it doesn’t live up to the hype.

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I spotted this in Sophie’s review and decided to try it out over my usual go-to Batiste. I was expecting greatness after Sophie’s (and a number of other blogger’s) positive experiences, so off I trotted to Boots and forced myself to pick it up instead of the alternatives and take it to the till. I think most of us can agree that Batiste is pretty great. I never used to use dry shampoo much at all, but I’ve recently started using it to prolong those between-washing days to stop my hair getting as frizzy, and it does the job- heavy-duty degreasing and volumising- what more could you want?

This product’s USP is that it is includes natural ingredients, such as Tapioca and Mint, and has zero parabens and colourants. Now that makes me happy, and the promise of a lightweight dry shampoo experience was enough to get my purse out for. I love the clean, minimal packaging design for starters, but that’s just my graphic design neediness coming out. First impressions when spraying it for the first time? Good, actually. It smells lovely and fresh, rather than having the overpowering scent of some other offerings- it’s a nice, clean smell that is what you’d want from a dry shampoo.

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And now for the bad. I thought having a lightweight product would be beneficial when not wanting to weigh my hair down with product when it’s meant to feel clean. However, there is a limit where a product can be so light that it doesn’t feel like it is working, and unfortunately this is the case here. I feel like I have to use a lot to get rid of excess grease, and because my hair is blonde it is quite obvious when it is greasy as it goes darker at the roots, and this does little to conceal this. In a way, the fact that Batiste and others have a whitish tinge helps me a lot as a blondie to conceal the darker areas where grease is lurking. Basically, what I’m saying is that this product could work for dark hair, where white-coloured shampoos are probably undesirable, so don’t knock it until you’ve tried it in this case. This was my main issue, so you might find it works fine if you have darker hair, or even if you don’t!

It’s also not particularly volumising, probably due to the lightweight feel, but it does make my hair feel quite textured. This can be good in some cases, but when I touch my hair after applying and throughout the day, it does make me cringe a little bit at the dryness. It’s probably because I have to load on so much product to see results!

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Overall, I would have to say that I personally won’t be repurchasing this, but it’s not so bad that I won’t see it through until the end. It seems my experience with it is not very common, so if you’re considering trying it and don’t care what I think, then good for you! This is only my opinion after all, but I just wanted to share it with you all incase you were thinking this is some kind of miracle product. My advice? If you have a dry shampoo that you already love, just stick to it!

Have you tried the Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Dry Shampoo? What did you think? You can find it here for £2.99, if you want to try it for yourself.

Emma x

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  • reneejessome

    I’ve never tried any dry shampoo before but I have been wanting to pick up the Batiste for quite some time. Thanks for the review!

    Renee | Lose The Road

    • I would definitely recommend Batiste :) but this one may work well on darker hair so you could still give it a go! Thanks Renee :)

  • I haven’t found a dry shampoo that really works for me, I feel like when I use the batiste, I have to spray half the bottle to get a noticeable difference.

    http://milkshakekingdom.com/

    • It is a love/hate thing I think- my hair never feels its best unless it’s been properly washed so dry shampoo can feel a bit heavy!

  • Ella

    I am usually a Batiste kind of girl, and was considering purchasing this and trying it out. I sort of enjoy the heavy wear of Batiste, it provides my hair with volume and refreshes it without feeling like I have too much product on. However I have recently found it really difficult to find batiste for brunette hair, the whiteness of Batiste is drastically hard to rub into my dark hair, therefore although your review did not fully support and back the new herbal essences dry shampoo, I may still give it a try!

    Thank you for the lovely review.

    Ella x

    inelslife.blogspot.co.uk

    • That’s exactly what I like about Batiste! But I agree for dark hair it must be annoying, unless you can get your hands on the one for dark hair :) this one might work well for you as it doesn’t leave any colour at all! x

  • Sad to hear you didn’t like it! I was thinking about trying this but now I won’t even bother!

    Charlotte xx – Charlotte Sophia Roberts

  • I totally agree with your point about blonde hair! I often use dry shampoo when my roots need touching up as a quick fix so can definitely relate. I went out and bought this too, a while ago now, and it just doesn’t quite feel the same – now I know why!

    Imii xox | nettleandblackberry.com

    • Haha I’m glad it’s not just me! I also don’t feel like I can use it more than one day in a row as it gives my hair an awful texture :( back to Batiste asap! xx