I have terrible luck with hair products. I have fine, limp hair that is only very temporarily affected by heat and, much to the dismay of my high school friends who tried to 80s-ify my bangs, is left unaffected by hairspray. My hair is sort of straight and sort of wavy, with frizzy little curls near the temples. Barrettes slide right out of my hair under their own weight and elastic ponytail holders are likely to fall out if I jump up and down a little bit. It’s a sad, sad affair overall.
Over the years I’ve tried many styling products but they inevitably left my hair limp-and-sticky or limp-and-stiff. There is one day in college I still recall as The What Happened To Your Hair Incident. So imagine my surprise when, out of desperation, I shelled out the cash for some Bumble and Bumble styling products that had been recommended and they actually worked. At last, yay. I use two products in my hair, blow dry, and I’m pretty happy.
I spritz the Surf Spray at the roots around the crown of my hair, then hold my hair up with one hand and blowdry the roots. The Surf Spray adds bulk and hold and works better than any type of root lifer I’ve previously tried.
I use the Thickening Spray all over, but especially on my bangs. A friend had warned me that the Thickening Spray doesn’t actually thicken so much as create a flexible hold. I can say the Thickening Spray does add a noticeable amount of volume in my hair, while leaving it so that I can run my fingers through. It is not sticky at all, it just creates a sort of bite where my hair would just slide around without it. The spray makes sure my bangs don’t curl up halfway through the day, and it somewhat de-frizzes the rest of my hair. (I should mention, though, that I far prefer frizzy hair to despicably flat hair.) This is one of those products I’ll make sure to bring with me when I travel, buying a bottle at my destination if needed.
Both sprays also work well when put on my dry hair in an “oh no I have to leave the house” moment. Over my weak protests my hairstylist has used, at different times, the Styling Creme and Brillantine, both of which gave me the familiar oily and limp look. But, I should add, make other people very happy.
I’ve also got a sample shampoo/conditioner/creme size set of the Curl Conscious for fine to medium hair. On the day I tried it left my not-quite-wavy hair very wavy and textured. Not ringlet-curly, but something I will use on summer days when blowdrying my hair is out of the question.
The Curl Conscious also comes in a medium to thick variety, which I plan to try out. Does anybody know, is it more likely to give me curls? What makes it different exactly?
I have high hopes for, but have not yet tried, the Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner. And my stylist recommended I try the Hair Powder, which comes in a number of shades and reportedly adds volume to your hair while absorbing oil — it’s meant to extend the time between blowouts.
Bumble and Bumble is pricey, but it works well enough that I’m not going to complain about the cost. I estimate I go through a 6 or 8 ounce bottle in three months, so it’s not a huge expense over the course of a year.
B&B is available on Amazon:
- Surf Spray
- Thickening Spray
- Curl Conscious Creme, Shampoo and Conditioner for fine to medium hair.
- Curl Conscious Creme, Shampoo and Conditioner for medium to thick hair. (I couldn’t find the travel sized sets of Curl Conscious stuff online, but try a local salon if you’re curious, the bottles are large enough for a number of tries.)
You can also look up B&B stockists at their website, they have a note saying they would prefer you buy the products from salons.
So, if you have trouble finding hair products I can recommend spending a little money to try out Bumble & Bumble products. I promise nothing, but can say I am very happy with them.