Tag: Hair care

PANTENE | Dry shampoo – a mini review


If you follow me on Instagram (@sithrunz)  you may have seen this gem of a product I found at The Warehouse (I see that countdowns in some areas stock this too but not in my local one). The first impressions were given in the Insta post. To recap, it had no white residue, no harsh smells and did what a dry shampoo is supposed to do – make your hair oil-free and ‘feel-clean’ until you wash it. Now that I used it a several times, I decided to write a mini review here so that I can let you know what I really feel.

But before that let me tell you a little bit about the product. The active ingredient in Pantene pro-v nature fusion dry shampoo is tapioca starch which is an excellent DIY substitute for dry shampoo anyway. It appears fourth in the ingredients list after isobutane, alcohol denat., and propane. Kinda scary first few ingredients but they are essential to distribute the products into hair evenly – hence called propellants. Every dry shampoo has these for the same purpose. Having alcohol means it will dry out the scalp, but that is to be expected from any dry shampoo.

I used the dry shampoo on my third-day hair. I have naturally oily hair (Read this to learn how to find your hair type), which gets really oily by the third day. I usually use a dry shampoo on the third day if I need to extend the no-wash period :D. The instruction says the usual – Shake the can, spray on to the roots and rub well. Brush the hair to finish off.

My review

I used this on the third day as usual. I am pleased to report that I did not have to wash my hair until the fifth day after the first application. Oil on my scalp was pretty well absorbed by the shampoo without leaving it dry (surprisingly!). My scalp did not get flaky either. I also liked the fresh clean-feel it gave my hair, which I have not experienced with my other dry shampoos.

It was just NZD $3. SO what’s not to like?!

So overall, I give this 10/10.

This dry shampoo comes in volume boost form as well. Let me know if you have tried this or have any recommendations for other dry shampoos.

Until my next,




GARNIER | Oily Roots Dry Ends

I went on a mad hunt last weekend to find the best shampoo for my oily hair with dry ends (combination hair). Believe it or not, there are not many shampoos in the supermarkets in NZ – Pak n’ Save, Countdown, New world or even in Farmers (I did not try the high-end shops like shampoo n’ things) – for oily hair, let alone finding the best!

When I say not many options, I meant, not many brands label their products explicitly for oily hair. But interestingly, every brand had shampoo for dry, dull, damaged hair 😒 clearly indicated. Anyway, I found one product that had the exact label I was looking for. So I went for it!


First impression

Since I have used the Garnier Fructis Oily Roots Dry Ends shampoo only once, I can only give you a first impression at this moment. But as you can imagine, there were significant observations that prompted me to write this post.

First, during the shower, I noticed a significant lessening of hair loss. When I say significant, I meant SIGNIFICANT! Usually, I lose a lot of hair when washing it (I feel like, my hair spends more time in drains and on carpets than it spent on my scalp). This shampoo reduced the hair loss in the first wash.

Secondly, I felt ‘squeaky clean’ (in a good way) after the shower. My hair was not dry, it was soft and slightly silky with a little bit of volume.

Thirdly and most importantly, I don’t see any flakes in my scalp anymore. I am on my third day after washing my hair and usually by this time, I have dandruff back even if I used an anti-dandruff shampoo.

I used my regular post-wash hair care routine with the shampoo. In other words, I only changed the shampoo; the rest was the same including conditioners, oils and elixirs. (Please excuse the bad lighting. My apparatus was not coping with me today!).


I will let you know if things changed with continuous use.

This shampoo is available in pretty much any supermarket in NZ. I bought mine from New World.

If you have any other product recommendations for oily hair, please let me know in the comment section below. Most importantly please mentioned where you bought them from too :).

See you in my next!



Do you know your hair?

As a teenager, I had pretty thick, long and healthy hair. All I did then was to use a shampoo that my mum bought and oil the hair pretty often. But as the years go by, I have lost quite a bit of it, and also the texture has changed; Oiling is not that frequent anymore. The only positive change is, now I pay attention to what hair products I use.

However, I recently realised that when I say ‘pay attention’, all I have done is read the labels and not really think about if that hair product suits my hair. So I did some research on how to make an informed decision about which hair products to use for my hair. Let’s start with the basics;

Let’s start with the basics;

Hair Type:

There are three main hair types – Oily, normal and dry. To check you hair type all you need a little tissue test. On the second day after washing hair, place a tissue paper on the scalp and press lightly.

  • Oily hair – There are oil patches on the tissue paper. Oily hair usually makes the strands to stick together, is always looking dull and flat, and is prone to dandruff.
  • Dry hair – Tissue paper is dry. Dry hair types also are frizzy and have split ends.
  • Normal hair – May show some oil patches on the tissue paper but the true test for normal hair is through an inspection. Normal hair stays fresh and manageable even after a few days of washing.
  • Combination hair – Some hair types tend to be oily at roots but dry through the length, sometimes with split ends. Longer hair lengths are prone to such types of hair conditions.


Porosity refers to the hair’s ability to absorb water. Check your porosity by putting a few hair strands into a bowl of water and let it sit for about 2-4 minutes. If the strands are floating, your hair has low porosity, and if they have sunk, you have high porosity.

Now that your know your hair type and porosity (it helps to know your texture and density too, but that is for another day!), let’s see how you need to care for them.

How to care for your hair

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Oily hair: The important thing to maintain oily hair is keeping it clean. Even though I do not recommend washing your hair every day, doing it quite often with a shampoo designed for oily hair helps adequate sebum removal. Even though it sounds counterintuitive, oiling the scalp at least once or twice a month helps the health of the hair regardless of the hair type. Before washing your hair, apply lightly heated coconut oil all over the scalp and length of the hair. Leave it for 30 minutes and wash off.

Dry hair: Dry hair needs a lot of conditioning. Oil treatment mentioned above is an ideal option for dry hair and may be done once a week at least. Deep conditioner and leave-in conditioners are also friends of people with dry hair. Please remember to keep heat away such as curling irons and flat irons to avoid further damage. If you really need to use them, use a heat protecting spray with moisturising properties to avoid drying.

Normal hair: Normal hair needs the least attention regarding hair care. But a healthy diet and using shampoo and hair care products that are free from sulphates help maintain the health of the hair.

Low porosity: Low porosity requires assistance in retaining moisture. Use hair products with humectants (a substance used to reduce the loss of moisture) in them. Some common humectants found in hair care products are glycerine and Silicate. If you have low porosity, check if your hair care products include these or any other humectant listed here. Deep condition with some heat preferably sourced from above (like holding a dryer above the head) helps with moisture as well.

High Porosity: If you have high porosity, it means your hair absorbs water and is prone to frizz in humidity (If you are a huge ‘Friends’ fan as I am, imagine Monica Geller in Barbados). Products with protein help to minimise the pores. Tracy recommends products with aloe or whey protein.

Combination hair: Depending on the combination you have, use the appropriate tips from above. For example, if you have oily roots with dry lengths (the most common type of combination), deep condition the lengths but avoid the scalp. You may also need to use light oils or elixirs on the length of the hair to tame the frizz and maintain moisture.

In a future post, I will suggest some recommendations of brands and products to use for each hair type. Stay tuned for it!… Please comment below your suggestions, questions.

See you in another post!



Dry Shampoo showdown!

Hello fellow beauty lovers,

Welcome back to Sithru Beauty!

In my previous post, I shared with you what dry shampoos are and how they work. Today I am going to talk a little about the different dry shampoos I have used which I bought in-store in New Zealand. The choice is very limited in NZ when it comes to dry shampoo, but there are some decent ones out there that are not too expensive which actually does the job.


This is probably the most popular brand of dry shampoo I have known. Even in NZ, varieties of batiste can be found in any supermarket chain. Batiste contains rice starch and denatured alcohol (full ingredients list here).

https://goo.gl/82Nz9ZThe rest are all flammable substances, so please be careful when using it. Also, check out Rachel’s review for a detailed description of the ingredients. Even though the ingredient list may throw you off from trying this, the abundant reviews show that Batiste is a really loved product among many.

Despite being a fan favourite, this is not my favourite dry shampoo. It delivers what it claims; gives the hair a complete oil-free refreshing look. Volumizing ones seriously volumises. Ones with different fragrances give the hair a lovely smell. BUT, the white cast it gives is unbearable for me. Also, my scalp tends to itch and dry out quite fast with this product and gives me insane dandruff overnight. So, I still use the ones I bought because they really are good at soaking up grease, but I won’t be repurchasing it. (I’d give this 4/5 because it actually performs really well despite making your hair white).

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This is a brand I found in Farmers NZ. The ingredients list IMG_20170314_100834(now that I looked at it) scares me, though. It has Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate (don’t even think of asking me to pronounce this!) which is a basically an anti-caking agent used in foundations, moisturisers, sunscreens and other cosmetics. Based on my research there are mixed reviews on this ingredient regarding its toxicity (read this, this or this for more information).

However, the product itself is underperforming in my opinion. While I love the fact that it has an option for dark roots as well as leaves no white cast or residue behind, it also failed to absorb the oils for my liking. I had to use a quite a lot of the product to get a reasonable oil absorbance, and my hair was still not de-slicked enough. It smells great, though! So… I’d give this a 3/5 rating :).


I got to know about this dry shampoo through Tati. This is a new product in the Hask line if I am not mistaken and saw this available only at Kmart, NZ.

IMG_7345The same Aluminium based ingredient is found here. But it also has Thyme Extract, Glycerin and Silica listed as well which is kind of interesting. Hask claims that Thyme extract is the active ingredient in this product which is “a plant extract loaded with vitamins and minerals known to remove impurities from the hair and scalp“.

Aluminium or not, I like this product. It leaves no residue, takes off the shine, and leaves no white cast behind (obviously, because this has no starch I assume). It has an awful smell, though – very chemically. All in all, a product that performed well and accomplished what is meant to be accomplished. I give this a 4..8/5. (0.2 points lost for the smell :D).


I have to admit that I used Tony&Guy dry shampoo only once at a friend’s place and immediately fell in love. This is available at Farmers NZ as well.img_20170308_112133.jpg

I used the volumizing one, and it did such a great job. Unfortunately, since I don’t have the product with me nor the list of ingredients is available online, I cannot give you my opinion on its ingredients yet. Will keep you posted once I buy the product.

But overall, this was an excellent dry shampoo and probably the best I have used so far. So I give it 5/5 until something comes along to drag this down :).

Even though I had used other random dry shampoo brands, these were the ones worthy enough to make it to the list.  Will see you soon with another post…



Update (at 1.25pm 14 March 2017):

I just found the ingredients list of the Toni&Guy dry shampoo. It too has Aluminium starch, but CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review) claims that in limited amounts it is not toxic. This dry shampoo contains quite a high amount of water compared to others. There are a few plant based derivatives in this like Citronellol which is found in citronella oils and Hexyl cinnamal found in chamomile. Hope this update helps…



All about Dry Shampoo!

Dry shampoos are used in between washes to keep your hair refreshed and oil free. This is one of those products that has become a necessity in any beauty-junky household. However, selecting the perfect dry shampoo is an ordeal especially if you have darker hair like I do. The white cast that they leave behind is annoying and not so flattering either. Even though there are pricier, fancier dry shampoos that actually are quite good and are effective, the high price point is such a turn off for me personally. The range of dry shampoos available for in-store purchase in New Zealand is very limited anyway, high-end or drugstore. So, before getting into investing on buying a dry shampoo let’s get to know what it is and how to use it.

First thing first, lets us get into some science :).

How do dry shampoos work?

The most common ingredients of dry shampoo are corn starch and alcohol. They soak up the excess oil in your hair and gives you a refreshing cleaner appearance. Apparently, according to Cleveland Clinic, you can get a similar effect from sprinkling corn starch onto your head (not recommended, though).  This Wired articFrom https://www.shutterstock.com/le explains the active ingredients in dry shampoo in detail.

In a nutshell, they are;

  • Cornstarch – This binds to the oil and soaks up the grease.
  • Kaolin – This is a Chinese soft clay that absorbs the oil and hides the shine of unwashed hair. The hydrous aluminium silicates coat hair strands, reducing reflectivity to create a matte look (says Wired).
  • Laminaria saccharina Extract – An extract of brown algae that also absorbs oils.
  • Magnesium Stearate – This keeps the starch from clumping.
  • Denatured Alcohol –  This is the solvent for cornstarch and Kaolin. Being a mixture of ethanol and other chemicals like methanol, this suspends the solids without dissolving for easier distribution and evaporates as soon as it hits the scalp providing a cooling effect. Usually appears on the ingredients lists as Alcohol Denat. or SD Alcohol followed by numbers. [Note: even ‘alcohol-free’ products may contain denatured alcohol (FDA)]
  • Liquefied Petroleum Gas – this is used to propel the dry shampoo out of the can in a fine mist. LPG (often a combo of butane, propane, and isobutane), became the replacement of CFC (chlorofluorocarbons) in aerosol sprays. Unless you want crispy fried hair, don’t use a dry shampoo, or any other aerosol for that matter, near an open flame. 😀

How to use dry shampoo


  • Only spray oily areas.
  • While spraying, keep the canister at least 6 inches from your scalp.
  • After spraying, massage your scalp to evenly distribute the product down to the roots.
  • Carefully and gently brush through any patches that have too much dry shampoo added.

Don’t s:

  • Don’t spray on damp or wet hair. It is called ‘dry’ shampoo.
  • Don’t spray the ends to avoid extra dryness or static. Add a pea-sized amount of coconut oil or hair conditioner if the tips feel too dry.
  • Don’t use more than two days in a row.

I am not a scientist nor have I used all the dry shampoos in the world to explain the how each product works and their ingredients. So please take these with a grain of salt.

In my next post, I will review a selected few dry shampoos that I have used which are not so expensive so that you can make an informed decision about whether to buy them or not.

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