Review: Batiste XXL Volume Dry Shampoo

I’m well familiar with Batiste Dry Shampoo – I discovered dry shampoos about a year and a half ago, and they became my brand of choice because they make special provisions for dark hair. Regular dry shampoos work well too, but if I’m gonna have a light residue, I might as well use baby powder to absorb the oil on my scalp.

Back on topic, I was recently introduced to the entire Batiste range as part of a relaxing afternoon back in November. This included all the variants:

  • Original
  • Tropical
  • Blush
  • Diva
  • Fresh
  • Boho

As well as the Premium Lines:

  • Medium
  • Dark
  • XXL Volume
Batiste Dry SHampoos
Batiste Dry Shampoos

Being familiar with the others, I looked into XXL Volume. I was most fascinated to learn that it can absorb oil and volumise hair simultaneously. And we’re not talking it’s-got-volume-because-it’s-no-longer-so-greasy, we’re talking medium hold hairspray here. Example: I could get my hair to stand up after skipping a wash and leaving it in a tight ponytail for the entire day. And it turns out I have some pride, because I’m not posting the pictures…

Batiste XXL Volume Dry Shampoo
Batiste XXL Volume Dry Shampoo

It smells as good as the other Batiste dry shampoos; but feels like a hair spray, meaning it’s quite sticky. You can brush it out if you really want to, but as (a) it’s unpleasant and (b) as soon as I do this, I lose the volume again. For that same reason, it’s pretty important to keep the nozzle about 20cm away from the hair to avoid grey granny roots, especially if you have dark hair. I love using it when I curl my hair – the volume boost at the roots is just what I need, whether my hair is greasy or clean.

Batiste products are exclusive to Clicks. The basic line retails for R60 (200ml), and the premium line for R70 (200ml). Travel (50ml) sizes are available in Original, Tropical and Blush variants, and they retail for R35

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PS – we were asked to sniff-test four variants (in order to eliminate two), so keep your eyes peeled for two new fragrances soon. My vote was for Cherry and Graffiti 🙂




  1. Jan 21, 2013 / 9:52 PM

    I love that our experiences of this product are so spot on. Brushing it is a definite no-no, but boy does this little spray give volume and hold!

    • Jan 21, 2013 / 10:49 PM

      Yup, XXL is defo a ‘big night out’ product for me, not an everyday staple like the others! And brushing hurt like a mofo, won’t try that again O_O

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