Let’s start this post off with an anecdote.
I have both the dry shampoo and Extreme Volume dry shampoo version of Colab in the London fragrance (my favourite – woody, not too heady, not sweet or floral). The dry shampoo is residue free but the Extreme Volume isn’t.
Whatever you do, don’t confuse the tins if you happen to have both in the same fragrance. Because if you generously spray your middle parting with Extreme Volume, you’ll end up looking like Pepe Le Pew, Cruella Deville, or even Two Face (from Batman: The Animated Series, just to clarify). And the morning I did this of course it was a morning I was running late for work.
Anyway, Colab is one of those rare products that does what it says on the bottle and actually doesn’t leave residue. I can vouch for this because I have black Asian hair, and err’ything shows up in my hair.
The people behind Colab are a collective of experts in the beauty industry, including Ruth Crilly (model and blogger from A Model Recommends), and Sam and Nicole Chapman (make up artist sisters behind Real Techniques makeup brushes, and also on Youtube under the moniker Pixiwoo). These people, and indeed everyone involved, are the real deal – all active in their industries, all know what they are talking about, and all very relateable as individuals, professionals etc. They are about as far removed from the Kardashians as Pluto is from earth.
So if like me you rely on dry shampoo for those in between days (or when you just haven’t had time to wash your hair, admit it, this is a safe place) but you just can’t with the powdery result, get out to Priceline and grab yourself a can or two. You won’t regret it and you can trust this product. Great for those with oily scalps (me), coloured hair (me, so you don’t wash the colour out so quickly), and those who sometimes just can’t be bothered to go through the rigmarole of washing, conditioning, treatment, drying etc blah blah blah (also me).
Colab comes in 2 main forms – sheer + invisible, and extreme volume. The voluminising version gives you heaps of lift without the necessity to back comb, but you do get a bit of residue and your hair feels quite crispy if you’ve overdone it. There is also an Active version that has added ingredients meant to protect your hair from environmental pollutants, and also a glossing version which you’re meant to use at the tips of the hair for shine. Everything in the range is fragranced, but I hear that there is future product that will either be fragrance free or perhaps smell of freshly washed hair or something similar and olfactorily inoffensive.
Colab dry shampoo is available in Australia at Priceline in store and online and can be purchased in a handy travel size of 50ml, or a full size of 200ml.