BPGP: The Hair Essentials
Nov 23, 2010
I have very fine hair, so I like to wash it every day for maximum fullness. Unfortunately, the busy life of a Hill staffer doesn’t always allow for a wash, blow dry and style. This is why God invented dry shampoo.
I’ve been a long time fan of the Pssst brand, but I’ve never been a big fan of beauty product monogamy. So when the fine folks at Batiste sent me two cans of their dry shampoo, I decided to give it a whirl.
Pros: Unlike Pssst, which always left a bit of a residue on my scalp, the Batiste brushed out clean. This proved to be a big plus, since it completely eliminated the case of 3:00PM itchy scalp I sometimes get with Pssst.
The product also scored higher than the Tresemme I tried earlier this year, because it neither smelled like a medicine chest or made my hair feel like fly paper.
I also appreciated the light, almost undetectable smell. There’s nothing I hate more than when a beauty product overpowers the smell of your perfume.
Cons: After using the product, I developed a slight case of acne on my scalp. Given that my skin is prone to breakouts, this may not be a problem for the average consumer.
All in all, I really liked this product. If it were a bit easier to find (I’ve never seen it in a local shop, but you can find it on Drugstore.com), it would definitely be my go to choice.
In 1996, a hairdresser at a beauty pageant gave me a bright yellow can of hairspray, called Freez-It. The product smelled like lemon window cleaner, but it worked, rain, snow, sleet or hail. Sadly, it appears that beloved hairspray is on its way to the great beauty product graveyard.
Over the past few months, I’ve tried dozens of replacement hairsprays. The Garnier gave me acne all over my face, shoulders and scalp. The Elnet holds about as well as ten-year-old Scotch tape. And the Pantene was sticky, drying and about as powerful as an intern in the office of a freshman Congressman.
Last week, I walked into the Penn Quarter Bed, Bath and Beyond determined to find a hairspray that worked. And after reading every label, I decided to try SAMY Fat Hair. And I love it.
I have only one small complaint, and that is that the product is a little drying. But that can be remedied with a little leave-in conditioner.
The Fat Hair hairspray has held up in the rain, the wind and the dry cold of the West. And while I don’t want to get ahead of myself (we have a long, rainy winter to get through still), I think this hairspray may be the one.