Fab or flub: Herbal Essences Naked dry shampoo

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A quick look back through the history of beauty products shows that the concept of dry shampoo dates back several decades.

The Smithsonian Institution currently houses in one of its museums a container of Minipoo Dry Shampoo said to have been first produced in the 1940s. Fashion icon Twiggy even modeled in one of the first ads for dry shampoo in the 1960s.

Flash-forward to present day and you’d be hard-pressed not to find at least a dozen different dry shampoo options in your local hair-care section.

My relationship with dry shampoo has been sort of iffy. Having thick, long hair, I am considered a prime candidate for not shampooing my hair every day, which in turn makes me a prime candidate for using dry shampoo.

The first dry shampoo I ever tried was by Tresemmé. I could never tell if I liked or disliked it. In fact, I wasn’t even sure if I was using it correctly.

Abandoning dry shampoos for a while after that, I jumped back on the wagon when I began using Batiste’s dry shampoo about a year ago. Since then, I’ve never looked back. Leaving my hair looking better than it did the day I washed it, Batiste has become the holy grail of dry shampoo for me.

Despite that devotion, though, I am always up for trying new options. Which is why I was interested when I found out that Herbal Essences had just launched a new line called Naked that included a dry shampoo.

Free of parabens and colorants, the dry shampoo is made with natural tapioca to help absorb oil and rejuvenate limp hair with volume. I headed to my local Target, where I picked it up for $5.

First impression

A day after shampooing my hair, I applied the dry shampoo. I tried to concentrate on the areas where my hair collects the most oil — my roots and the underside of my layers. Holding the bottle out from my body so I didn’t spray it directly on my head, I spritzed it all around and underneath my hair.

The first thing I noticed was the smell: pleasant and crisp, clean and citrusy. It looked like this product might be a potential home run. That is, until I noticed that the formula was more wet than dry.

I don’t know if it’s the tapioca or the spray nozzle, but the dry shampoo left areas of my hair damp. While not a major issue, it was a slight annoyance. I was still able to work the product into my hair, and it eventually dried.

After massaging the dry shampoo into my hair and then combing it out, I thought it did a really good job of removing the oil that had been left behind from the hair products I used the day before. I didn’t think it added a ton of body, but it did keep hair my hair from looking totally limp.

Overall, my hair smelled great and it looked pretty good. It definitely wasn’t obvious that I had not washed it. As with all my reviews, I waited to use it a couple more times before forming a final opinion.

Fab or flub?

Flab. So what’s a flab, you ask? Well, it’s somewhere between a fab or flub.

After using this dry shampoo a couple of times, I can’t say that I love it and I can’t say that I completely hate it.

For its part, the product has a nice, clean smell. I think its biggest selling point, however, is the fact that it is made with natural ingredients and is free of toxic chemicals. For those who are conscious about what they put on their body, this is an appealing product.

On the other hand, I was turned off by the fact that when I sprayed the dry shampoo onto my hair, it left wet patches. Dry shampoo is supposed to be dry, after all (though once it dried it did absorbthe oil from my hair quite nicely).

There was also the issue of volume. While it did give my hair some added umph, it wasn’t anywhere near the type of volume that my current dry shampoo gives me.

Given the choice between a dry shampoo that makes my hair look amazing (Batiste) or one that makes my hair just look OK (Herbal Essences), I’m going to stick to the former.

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