Summer; It’s the festival season. If you plan in advance, you could almost spend every weekend between now and March and some gathering of musicians or another. The heat, the smells, the crowds, the questionable sound quality, tall people, people who spend $160 on a ticket to a festival just to be seen there, don’t know any acts, and then plonk a further $180 down on drinks in the alcohol enclosure, blissfully unaware that they deprived a music buff of a ticket to this now sold out venture, the queues for the “toilets” so long they’re visible from space… I do it every year, and against all expectations, I love it.
Until a few years ago, festivals in Australia were overwhelmingly single day affairs. With Southbound, and July’s Splendour In The Grass, we’re moving towards a multi-day, european model.
That means camping. If you thought the smells were bad at a one day event…
Anyone with a decent amount of hair will look like Bob Marley’s more unkempt sibling after three days of rolling around in the filth, listening to indie bands warble about how no one likes them and eating that weird vegetarian savoury cake nonsense from the Hare Krishna food van. And the only person at a three day festival who has access to a shower and shampoo is Florence Welch. And you are not Florence Welch. We’ve been over this.
Enter Batiste Dry Shampoo. As a man, I regard the idea that shampoo can be dry and dispensed from a can in the same way that the Spanish Inquisition regarded Galileo. But it works.
Letting my head reach a two day level of urban greasiness (equivalent to 0.42 Southbounds) I sprayed at the roots all over, then brushed it through. The effect was instant, leaving a fresh scent, eating grease, and even adding back a bit of life and volume. It’s not a long term solution to hair issues, and I have definite concerns about how long one can keep spraying one’s head instead of showering. But if you’re at a festival, or you’ve just gotten up after 2 hours of sleep, having crawled back to the hotel from the bar, and you’re now running late for day 2 of your business conference (hey, we’ve all been there. Well, I have), then you’ll want some freshness in a can. It’s perfect for this summer.