30 September 2011

My Favorite Tried and True Hair Products - From Bumble and bumble

All of the products I am sharing with you today are products I have purchased over and over again.  With that being said, I don't use the same products all year long!  In the summer I use products that encourage my curls.  In the winter I use products that help me dry my hair quickly without losing volume.

All year long I do as much as possible to protect my hair color.  I try to be sulphate and silicone free as much as possible, but I have not yet manged to be completely silicone free - I still reach for my Moroccan Oil Light once in awhile!  Also, since my scalp is oily I tend to use lighter weight products, nothing that will turn into an oil slick on my forehead!

A note about why I have SO MANY Bumble and bumble products on my list:  I used to move.  A lot.  I have found the easiest way for me to find a stylist I like is to find a salon that sells Bumble and bumble.  It might not be the smartest thing for me to do, but it is a good way to make sure the stylist with the scissors has at least heard of "continuing education."  I also like that the Bumble and bumble products are meant to be layered, giving you customized control of your hair.

Bumble and bumble Does It All Styling Spray
$25 for 10 oz.
$14 for 4 oz.
What it is:  A hair spray with strong yet flexible hold.
What it does:  This spray provides hair with workable, brushable hold for bending, molding, twisting, or lifting hair while shielding it from hot tongs, and irons. It's also fabulous for finishing any look.
What else you need to know:  Bumble and bumble hated smuggling in sprays from Europe, so they invented this one.  
Ingredients:  Alcohol Denat., Hydrofluorocarbon 152a, Butyl Ester Of Pvm/Ma Copolymer, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Linoleamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Aminomethyl Propanol, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Fragrance (Parfum) .
This has been my favorite hairspray for 10 YEARS. I have tried multiple times to find a replacement for this hairspray. I end up spending more money paying for new products that I hate that sit in my closet than I would if I just bought it when I needed it!  I even tried those other "salon brands" they sell at Tar-get and Sephora (cough Fredric Fekkai, cough).  I was SO HAPPY when this line was brought to Sephora, atleast I would be earning Beauty Insider perks!  Bonus: It smells divine!

Bumble and bumble Grooming Creme
$26 for 5 oz.

$12 for 2 oz.
What it is:  A combination of natural oils makes this a magnificent styling moisturizer.
What it does:  This is the dream cream for those who love to look polished, elegant, and smooth but hate to work at it. It gives natural separation, subtle hold, and a soft, smooth low-glow satin finish.
What else you need to know:  The not-so-perfect, lived-in texture is loved by men, minimalists, and one-minute stylers.
Ingredients:  Water, Petrolatum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Polysorbate 60, Propylene Glycol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Benzophenone-4, PEG-12 Dimethicone, PEG-10 Soy Sterol, Sorbitan Stearate, TEA-Carbomer, Diazolidinyl Urea, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Fragrance (Parfum) .
Um, yeah.  I did not know until just now that this marketed as a "men's grooming" product! Who new! I tend to use it when my hair is long (past my shoulders).  I really like to use this in the winter when my hair is dry, because it really cuts down the amount of time it takes to dry my hair (I have a LOT of hair).  I bought my full size bottle five years ago and I haven't finished it yet - a little goes a LONG way!  Note:  I also only apply it to the ends of my hair.

Bumble and bumble Thickening Hairspray$26 for 8 oz$9 for 2 oz.
What it is:  A setting spray with a moderate hold. What it does:This spray lifts and holds all hair types (thin, thick, or otherwise). Use it for for blow-drying, setting, protecting from heat, adding volume, lifting, controlling, and finishing any style. What else you need to know:  Use any time; after Prep or Tonic Lotion and before heated tools (or any sort of setting). Pair with Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner for a little more heft. 
Ingredients:  Water, Alcohol Denat., Isopropanol, Vp/Va Copolymer, Polyquaternium-11, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, PPG-12-PEG-65 Lanolin Oil, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Chloride, Sorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Eugenol, Limonene, Fragrance .
I use it on my roots only as a thickening agent.  It really helps my oily roots!  I only have one piece of advice for you:  dry your hair immediately after applying this.  If you don't (and your hair doesn't air dry pretty) you will look like a Muppet.  Not a cute one, either!

Bumble and bumble Styling Lotion
$24 for 8 oz.
$8 for 2 oz.

What it is: A lightweight styling spray.
What it does:  This product lubricates, detangles, and gradually strengthens the hair. It gives hair soft, natural movement, light structure, and just the right base for a blowout.  
Ingredients:    Water, Alcohol Denat., Isoceteth-20, Vinyl Caprolactam/Vp/Dimethylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Wheat Amino Acids, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Biotin, Cysteine, Retinyl Palmitate, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Starch Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-7, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Fragrance (Parfum)

I use this in the spring/summer when I want to blow out my hair.  I love that it does not wear my hair down - I can't feel it in my hair, but I can SEE the results!  Last time I bought the smaller 2 oz. bottle that is only $8, and it has lasted me two summers.

Do you use Bumble and bumble? 
What are some of you favorite products?

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