Hello, dear readers! As a bit of a segue to our usual fashion-related broadcast, I’d like to introduce to you a product that any fashionista should not–nay, cannot–be without.

Dry shampoo. (Specifically, cheap dry shampoo.)

Today I want to show off two of the cheapest varieties that I’ve found and discuss what I like (and don’t like) about them.

GIRLZ ONLY Party Nights Dry Shampoo 150ml – Target, $2

Target GIRLZ ONLY Dry Shampoo RangeThis is hands-down the cheapest dry shampoo you will find in Australia, and it is  not uncommon to find these even further reduced in Target specials.

What I particularly like about this variety, besides from cost-related benefits, is that it does not leave a white powdery residue in your hair and gives your hair a great volume boost. This variety is ideal for dark-coloured hair and comes in several different scents and varieties. In addition to the shampoo, all of these varieties also have “dry conditioner” counterparts.

The downside to this product is that it doesn’t last too long. It’s ideal for situations where your hair needs a quick refresher, but that’s all it will be–quick. The scents are also quite strong–I tried all three scents and found that the most tolerable one is Party Nights.

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo 150ml – Reject Shop, $4

Batiste Dry Shampoo RangeI’ve seen these in Priceline before for around the $10 mark and I was unwilling to budge on my budget for this kind of product until I spotted the same product in the Reject Shop for a heavily discounted price.

This is my favorite for long-lasting results. If I use this product, it’s about the exact equivalent of a wash and it will last until the next day. Like the Target counterpart, it also leaves the hair clean and voluminous.

What I dislike about this product is that it leaves a lot of white, powdery residue. If I’m going for a quick fix, I’ll use the Target variety because it doesn’t leave the residue, but if I’m using this product to replace a wash, I’ll use Batiste and let the residue fade overnight.

So far, I’ve only seen the original Batiste in the Reject Shop, but the smell is acceptable so I don’t mind all that much.


Once upon a time when I was first using dry shampoo, I used to think that you sprayed it all over and then brushed it out after a few minutes. What you actually do is spray into the roots and give it a thorough rub, in the same motion that you would use to wash your hair. Then you brush out the excess product, which transfers it throughout the rest of your hair as well, and style as desired.

Obviously, this method has given me much better results, and since my hair has grown out, I cannot do without dry shampoo anymore. Excessive washing is quite damaging to the hair and actually encourages oil production, so I often alternate between spraying and washing to keep my hair healthy and clean.

I have had quite the success with budget-friendly beauty products from Target and the Reject Shop, and I’ll be blogging about both in the upcoming months–I’m really excited to share what I’ve found. What would you like to see first, readers?


  1. Love the pink Batiste one! Sometimes Chemist Warehouse has them for $5 and that’s when we stock up. ;)

    Would love to see some posts on great budget beauty products perhaps. Recently discovered things have expiry dates and that I have to throw out make-up from years ago we’ve only used a few times!

    • Demi

      Nice! I’ll have to give the pink one a smell one day. (Uh, that sounded less dirty in my head)

      I’ve found a really nifty range of budget beauty products now that I’m finally getting into the swing of things with makeup, but it will still be pretty minimal considering I’m a fan of minimal makeup.. I refuse to wear mascara, as an example! I’ll have to write up a post about it soon :)

      (I had no idea that makeup had expiry dates although I guess it makes sense.. I still have a tube of mismatched concealer from 1998 that my aunt gave me that I periodically use because it seems to blast pimples out of existence–now that I think about it, it’s probably because an ingredient–or all of them–has gone off and my pimples are scared to death of it.)

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