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.
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.
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!
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.