Saturday 2 January 2016

Speed Review: Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo Mega Instant (for normal or greasy hair)

Today's blog post kicks off #DiscountJanuary here on Skin Deep, with all reviews being of affordable & drugstore brands.

That said, I feel slightly surprised at myself for today's review. Aussie isn't a brand which I tend to veer towards. Whilst it was one of my go-to choices during my university years, I now prefer salon brands such as Philip Kingsley, La Biosthetique, Aveda and Bumble & Bumble to name a few favourites. Equally, I rarely reach for dry shampoos. The combination of fine hair and a sensitive scalp which I've been cursed with mean that I usually need to wash my hair on a daily basis, negating the need for dry shampoo (except when travelling). If I want to add volume, I usually use a volumising or texturizing product instead of dry shampoo. However, I recently picked up the Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo Mega Instant on a whim. I had low expectations as I seem to recall having heard some negative reviews, however, I decided to try it for myself and wanted to share my thoughts.

The packaging is in keeping with the affordable brand, featuring the Aussie colours, meaning that it's instantly recognisable but it's not offensive. The matte finish of the canister & slimline appearance make it more aesthetically pleasing than some. The branding & lighthearted ethos of Aussie follows through to the directions, which are written in a fun & informal way but nonetheless, are clear and easy to follow.

The standard aerosol spray format means that it's functional for purpose, easy to apply in a targeted way and I was also impressed at how much control I had over the amount applied. It felt cooling & soothing upon application and I was pleased that it didn't irritate my sensitive scalp. I enjoyed the pleasant scent which I'd describe as a fruity hairspray but it's not sickly sweet.

I appreciated that I couldn't detect any white cast or chalkiness in my naturally brunette hair.
The product felt weightless in my hair and even when I massaged it into my scalp, I didn't notice much talc or gritty residue. That said, if a generous amount is applied, it leaves a slight powdery & gritty residue which isn't sticky or uncomfortable but simply adds a little "grip", making it an option for use before creating an up-do.

My hair instantly looked revived, with second/ third day greasiness absorbed (I first tried this on a Saturday, having last washed my hair on Thursday). However, as an option for absorbing grease, it's not the best I've tried for the simple reason being that if you want to use it for this purpose, I found it necessary to reapply throughout the day (it's worth noting that a handbag or travel friendly 65ml size is available). That said, absorbing grease wasn't the primary reason why I used this so it didn't bother me too much that it didn't deliver in this respect.

There was a subtle volume boost, helping to add some body to limp hair. It left a mattified finish to hair, which some people may not like but which I personally didn't mind.

I found myself using Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo Mega Instant most regularly as a quick refresher in the mornings, almost like an affordable hair perfume, when I wanted to disguise any lingering odours e.g. from going out the previous night.

Overall, I liked Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo Mega Instant and was pleasantly surprised at the results. At £4.71 for 180ml (although it's often on offer such as 3 for 2), it's reasonable priced compared with similar brands and I'd consider repurchasing.

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