I've tried out two products with the hope of getting effortless (no backcombing) voluminous locks, the much blogged about Umberto Giannini Backcomb In A Bottle and Batiste Big & Bouncy XXL Volume Dry Shampoo.
|Umberto Giannini £5.61 and Batiste £3.99|
The Backcomb In A Bottle is a clear liquid spray which when sprayed into the roots adds instant texture and volume when jujjed. The product is VERY sticky, you can really feel it in your hair, and in my opinion, really makes me want to wash it afterwards. It does create the desired 'big' hair, but in my hair it falls flat after a few hours. It's a real let down given the sheer amount of hype which surrounded it on its release. The upside to this product is definitely the smell! It does smell amazing and the packaging looks so luxurious. I think this product is far better suited to adding a bit of extra texture to 'too soft to style' hair.
Batiste's offering however is a completely different story. Unlike the other dry shampoos from this range, you can actually feel it in your hair, but not in a bad way. It actually gives you hold! The effect is instantaneous, as soon as I've sprayed it near my roots and given it a good shake through, my hair is perfectly volumised. The added bonus with this product? It's still a dry shampoo, my hair looks clean and has that 'I woke up with my hair this amazing' kind of look to it. I'm not crazy about the smell of this, I never have liked the 'original' scent, but I can get over it for the gorgeous results it gives.
The difference in the price of the two products isn't vast, but the results speak for themselves! I would definitely recommend Batiste to anyone who's after an easy alternative to backcombing or heated rollers to create volume. This will be a staple amongst my hair products for a while to come.
What is your favourite way to add volume to lifeless hair?