29 November 2018

Petal Head Naked Dry Shampoo

Before Lush, I had next to no idea about how to use a dry shampoo, and even now, after I've tried out a couple, I still don't really fully experienced enough to write an extensive review. However, I'm going to give it my best shot, from one rookie to another, in the hope that someone will learn what I have about this modern day concept.

I should probably start by saying that a dry shampoo is not something you replace your regular hair care products with. Instead, it is more of a temporary stand-in for times when perhaps a regular liquid shampoo is not practical; for prolonging the period between normal washes; or to give your hair a slight change in routine so that it doesn't become accustomed to the same process ask of the time.

Despite being called a shampoo, Petal Head Naked Dry Shampoo doesn't actually wash your hair. Instead, it features key ingredients that help to soak up any excess grease and dirt that has accumulated across your locks since you last washed it properly. The inclusion of the avocado oil, alongside the impressive number of other oils, then works at keeping the hair soft and shiny, without drying it out.

As you've probably guessed from the name, this limited edition is super floral in scent and I believe it shares its scent with Two Heart Beating As One, albeit much more powdery, and with a stronger emphasis on the rose. To my nose, this solid bar has a potent layer of sweet rose and jasmine on top, with a gentle green note of ylang ylang interlaced beneath this. Underneath these key components, the olibanum adds a warm, slightly resinous base, which alongside the myrrh adds a gentle, sultry undertone.

While the fragrance does linger for a short time on your hair, you shouldn't expect it to stick around forever. Once the oils have been absorbed into the scalp, the smell disappears along with them. However, you are left with soft and shiny hair, that you just want to run your fingers through time and time again.

To use, you simple rub the bar in between your fingers and this will release a small helping of powder into your hands. You then massage this powder into your roots before brushing your hair as per usual and styling it as you see fit. It's important to note, despite how obvious this might sound, that your hair is completely dry before you try to apply Petal Head - unless of course you want to rock the white lines of dust that will coat your hair. 

How much you use depends on trial and error. I found that I needed around a large raisin's worth to do my entire head with. This means that a single bar would easily give me twenty to thirty uses out of it before I would need to replace it. Value wise, this makes Petal Head slightly more expensive than variations in other shops. However, the lack of packaging and the strong aroma make it that much more appealing.

After applying this dry shampoo to my head, I didn't really notice that much difference until a few hours into my day. Normally by the second or third day of not washing my hair, I begin to feel the ends becoming drier, while the rest of my hair starts to feel and look very slightly greasy. After using this Showcase exclusive, I found that this process just didn't happen, so I was able to continue wearing my hair both up and down for a good four days before I needed to use a proper shampoo.

As I mentioned above, this shampoo can be used when it's not really appropriate to use a regular shampoo and conditioner. Up until halfway through this year, I probably wouldn't have really understood what was meant by that. However, If you find yourself having to shower in extreme weather conditions (both cold and hot) Petal Head works at maintain the shine and condition of your hair without you having to sport wet hair in horrible weather conditions. 

First thing in the morning, when the house and outside is freezing cold, Petal Head became a Godsend when I realised I hadn't washed my hair but didn't want to wear it wet out into the cold. While it may have aided my lazy side, at least my hair still looked acceptable for work.

Ultimately, I just need to get into a routine of washing my hair regularly, as well as changing-up the products I use every few weeks/months. However, this limited edition dry shampoo will definitely be something I take with me when I head off on my next adventure abroad, and I'll certainly continue using it when I need a fast fix.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate), Cornflour (Zea mays), Magnesium Carbonate,Water (Aqua), Organic Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima), Perfume, Myrrh Resinoid (Commiphora myrrha), Dried Rose Petals (Rosa centifolia), Octylmethoxycinnamate (Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate), Olibanum Oil (Boswellia carterii), Rose Oil (Rosa damascena), Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Propylene Glycol, Cetrimonium Chloride, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Benzyl Salicylate, *Citral, *Citronellol, *Eugenol, *Farnesol, Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 73360, Colour 15850:1.

Vegan?: Yes. 

2019 Price: £6.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

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