I love to travel whenever I get the opportunity, especially if I can take my cockatiels with me (read that: shame on you United Airlines for still not allowing birds to travel in cargo as required for international flights). With my bags all settled this spring, it was time to test some of the products that are frequently on the lists from travel “experts.”
I decided to start with dry shampoo, specifically Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo after receiving a free product coupon from Protector and Gamble. I purchased my canister at Dollar General which offered the volumizing grapefruit and mint version in the 4.9 oz size and the revitalizing cucumber and green tea version in the TSA approved 1.7 oz size (and yes, this DOES go in your liquids bag).
Dry shampoos work by absorbing oils near your scalp and adding scent to your hair so it smells washed. You spray it on, then work through the roots of your hair immediately to spread it onto the oily parts. I’ve also seen advice by hair stylists suggest that if you have fine hair like mine you should let it dry on the surface of your hair instead of working it into your hair because that creates more volume.
I have tried this “volumizing” version both ways. My verdict: if you work it into your hair with your fingers as instructed, it WILL absorb the extra oil — but it won’t add body to your hair as promised. Likewise if you leave it on until it dries completely (about 5 minutes), you will get some extra volume — for about an hour — but your hair will still be oily where the “shampoo” doesn’t touch it. If anything, my very fine hair feels a little sticky after using it.
Both versions dry out your hair — too much really if you are not careful. When I applied this closer to the ends of my hair, I found those sections rather brittle and vulnerable to breaking off if I am not very careful when brushing it out.
Therefore, this is NOT a product I suggest for use with fine hair. It really seems to harm my hair more than it helps.
Of the two versions, the cucumber and green tea version smells better and genuinely seems less damaging to my hair. But it’s still damaging to fine hair and that matters to me. Given I have recently experienced other issues with other Herbal Essences products, especially after coloring my hair this spring, I must sincerely suggest that if you have fine hair, especially color treated fine hair, this is not the product line for you. Across the spectrum of shampoos, conditioners, and styling products I’m finding Herbal Essences performs poorly compared to other brands.
Since I have only tried Herbal Essences dry shampoo I do not know yet if other brands are better suited for fine hair. But I am open minded to trying other brands and seeing what works and doesn’t work for me.