My hair is usually about 30% dry shampoo, and until recently in New Zealand the dry shampoo availability has been limited to Batiste and some random K-Mart brand. I’ve been dying to get my hands on COLAB dry shampoo forever—in part because it’s Ruth Crilly‘s brand, and in part because it’s meant to be great.
I begged Lena to bring me back a can from Australia, and I’d barely had time to use it before I got possibly the most exciting PR email I’ve had for a while: that COLAB dry shampoo is coming to New Zealand! We’re getting the Sheer and Invisible formula, as well as the Extreme Volume one, in the London, New York and Monaco fragrances. I haven’t spotted it in stores yet, but it’s meant to be in select pharmacies and department stores (for $18ish?)
Let’s roll back a step here, though.
What is dry shampoo?
It’s a can of aerosolised starch basically; you spray it into the roots of your hair when you can’t be bothered washing it but want to get rid of greasiness. I’ve been using dry shampoo for a while, but paused to think about it for a moment recently and it really does seem like an ~as seen on tv~ type product. I’m picturing a scene of a woman trying to wash her hair in the bathroom sink, shampoo running down her forehead into her eyes, and then she bashes her skull on the tap when she goes to stand back up. Voiceover: Is washing your hair getting you down?
I use dry shampoo in two ways: to de-grease my hair if I don’t have time to wash it, and as a styling aid if my hair is too clean. I expect a dry shampoo to a) absorb grease, b) add volume, and c) not show up in my hair. I’ve come to learn from using Batiste dry shampoo that even if you do see a little grey cast in your roots after spraying it in your hair, you can muss it through and it will vanish—there’s no need to bother with tinted ones.
COLAB Extreme Volume
Extreme Volume wasn’t the OG COLAB dry shampoo, but I like it better than the Sheer + Invisible so I’m putting it first. This is a heavy duty dry shampoo—a little goes a long way. If you go hard on it, your hair will be melded in a sticky cloud that’s hard to run your fingers through. A few quick sprays, though, and it adds major volume to your roots, and I mean it. Like, you get a visible difference.
COLAB Sheer and Invisible
Sheer + Invisible, on the other hand, is, as the name suggests, invisible. You don’t see any coloured cast on your hair (a good thing) but it also doesn’t affect the shape or volume of your hair at all. I’ve come to expect a little volume boost from my dry shampoo, so I think this is why I like the Extreme Volume better. Sheer + Invisible does dull down greasiness and mattifies your hair, though, so if you’re more of a low key dry-shampooer, this formula is for you.
Do you use dry shampoo? Will you be giving COLAB a go?