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Cranky Beauty Pants: Marc Anthony 2nd Day Clear vs Batiste Dry Shampoo

Batiste Dry Shampoo vs Marc Anthony 2nd Day Clear Dry Shampoo

"Tried and true" means having a product that you can rely on to deliver consistent results again and again, especially under pressure. For someone who spends a lot of time trying new beauty products but who doesn’t love change, this can be a challenge. It’s actually hard for me to break routine and try something new when it really matters. Then one day, I traded my go-to Batiste Dry Shampoo for Marc Anthony Dry Shampoo.

I use Batiste Dry Shampoo ($8.99, every other morning to save styling time, and besides, my colour-treated hair doesn’t really need to be washed every single day. A little while ago, I stepped outside my comfort zone. I had a big meeting and I needed good-looking hair -- but I really wanted to try Marc Anthony 2nd Day Clear Dry Shampoo ($11.99,

I read the instructions; they’re slightly different from Batiste's, so I was glad I did. This one is:

1) Shake vigorously before each use
2) Hold can 6 inches from hair
3) Spray in quick bursts concentrating on the root area (duh)
4) Let dry for one minute
5) Brush through to finish your style

Those last two steps are where it differs from my Batiste, which you work through the hair with your hands before brushing it out.

I shook vigorously -- like vigorously. A cloud of alcohol emerged and not much else. I waited as long as I could, brushed it through and ran on with my morning.

I had less-than-perfect hair all day. Limp. Flat. For my big meeting. Grrrrr.

CRANK-O-METER BEAUTY RATING for Marc Anthony 2nd Day Clear Dry Shampoo: 0 out of 5.

Obviously, I’m sticking with my tried and true Batiste.

Do you hava a tried-and-true method for good second-day hair? Would you change it on a big-meeting day?