Review / KiteNest Organic Dry Shampoo

Saturday, 26 August 2017

KiteNest Organic Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair Tones
Is there anyone these days who doesn’t love a good dry shampoo? To be honest, I’m surprised there haven’t been any baby boomer articles about how millennials are held together by layers of dry shampoo and have killed the art of hair washing (please prove me wrong I want to laugh at this if it exists). Still, finding a dry shampoo that actually suits you and your hair can be challenging, and more challenging still is finding one that’s cruelty free and vegan.

Since I discovered that Batiste isn’t cruelty free, I’ve been on the hunt for a good dry shampoo to replace it, as I am one of those greasy gals who tries to avoid washing her hair for as long as I can get away with. Better still if it’s a natural dry shampoo; after a while, I’ve started to notice that aerosol and chemical-based ones have been leaving my scalp irritated and my hair in worse condition than I’d like.

So, when someone from KiteNest got in touch with me to ask if I wanted to try out one of their organic dry shampoos*, how I could I say no? KiteNest is a brand of 100% natural creations all handmade in Lincolnshire, and nothing they produce contains parabens or other nasties, nor has anything been tested on animals. As well as their dry shampoos, they also do ranges of lip balms, body butters and more, although many of these products are non-vegan as they contain beeswax.

They offer two options for their dry shampoos: one for light hair, one for darker hair. The only difference in these is the type of clay used in the product, with Kaolinite (white clay) used in the lighter hair version and Morrocan lava clay and Illite (clay) in the darker hair one. This makes sure that, being a powder rather than a spray, the product isn’t too noticeable sitting on your scalp or in your hair. Getting stuck with weird white-ish silver roots after using a dry shampoo isn’t great, am I right fellow dark-haired folks? Other than the clays, the ingredients lists aren’t extensive or full of anything that seems unfamiliar. Arrowroot powder, essential oils etc. make up the bulk of the rest of the ingredients list, including various citrus oils that give it a zesty, fresh scent.

KiteNest Organic Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair Tones


The packaging is pretty cool – the branding and design is vibrant and interesting looking, but the tube is also made from recyclable cardboard for less waste. One thing that I don’t like about the packaging however, is that I cannot for the life of me break the plastic seal so that I can use the sprinkle lid in the way that it’s supposed to be used. I can see that there’s a little bit on it that you must be supposed to pop out in some way, but no amount of pushing or prodding or bashing it with a knife seemed to make any difference, so I’ve had to resort to just popping the whole lid off and using my fingertips to collect and apply the powder! I’m not sure if anyone else had this problem, as everyone I spoke to who’s also tried it did manage to get the lid open in the end. Maybe I just got a faulty one? Even if I could get it open, I can’t see it being super secure though, as it’s not airtight and there’s no way to fully reseal it so I’d imagine it’s vulnerable to leaking.

The dry shampoo itself however, I like a lot more than the lid. I gather up some of the product on my fingers and try to sprinkle it into my roots, massage it in a little bit and then leave it to sit for a minute or so. This, so they say in the instructions, allows it to soak up the excess moisture. Do make sure that you give it that time to settle; otherwise you might accidentally end up topping yourself up with more powder than you need. After 30 seconds or more, they recommend brushing it though, but I tend to just use my fingers for this as my thick, wavy/curly hair doesn’t respond well to hairbrushes. The result is pretty darn great! After use, my hair no longer looks or feels oily, and my scalp feels much better using KiteNest’s dry shampoo than it has vs other dry shampoo brands.

KiteNest Organic Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair Tones


Extended use of this product doesn’t start to dry out or irritate my scalp like other dry shampoos can, and the smell of it is lovely and leaves you feeling like your hair is refreshed and clean again, without having to actually wash it. My hair also doesn’t feel to dry and brittle after using this, either. I don’t know about you, but the super dry, almost slick texture that my hair goes after using traditional dry shampoo is really unpleasant to me and also makes it nasty to touch and difficult to style, but I don’t have that problem at all with this. After using KiteNest’s dry shampoo, my hair just feels like hair. You do need to be careful of how much product you use (too much and you’ve basically just got clay sitting on your head until you wash it out again), but once you find the right balance for you and your hair, it’s can be a great little addition to your haircare routine.  Oh, and try to remember that you’ve used it because if you scratch your head you might end up with some clay under your fingernails and get a lil’ confused like I did!

If you’re concerned about nasty chemicals, this is a great alternative to high street dry shampoos that doesn’t break the bank. One tube of KiteNest’s is only £10 for 150g, and so far it’s lasting me much, much longer than my aerosol dry shampoos ever did. You don’t need a lot of product to do the job, so the 150g will go a lot further than sprays tend to. This baby is also 100% natural and organic, vegan friendly and cruelty free, plus you also get the bonus of supporting a local, British independent brand.

After trying this out, I’m definitely converted to natural, powder dry shampoos and I’ll definitely be repurchasing this for myself! What are your favourite dry shampoo brands?

* This review is not sponsored and has not been paid for, however the product was sent to me free of charge. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

4 comments

  1. I've really been enjoying using this too, the smell is lovely. In the end I had to get someone else to stab through the top with a skewer hahaha, it really did not want to open! xx

    Toasty

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    1. Yes, the smell is fantastic and makes me feel so much more refreshed and less like the swamp creature I usually feel like after not washing my hair when I should've done. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  2. Mine didn't want to open either. I thought it was just mine! I had to get Anthony to stab through it!

    I'm really liking this so far though.

    Kayleigh x
    http://hazelnutmusings.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Glad you're enjoying it too, and that you managed to get it open! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I just gave up in the end, was terrified it was going to explode everywhere if I tried too hard!

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