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Sometimes certain brands get hyped up by bloggers, vloggers, and other beauty gurus so much on social media that it gets hard to look at them objectively. When I first had a chance to try Bumble and Bumble my only question was “Are they all hype or really that awesome?” After receiving foil packets and travel-sized samples as GWPs and through various beauty boxes, as well as PR mail, I finally formed my unbiased opinion about this buzzworthy brand. Like pretty much every beauty company out there, Bumble and Bumble has its hits and misses, and today I wanted to tell you about my top three products. I discovered all of them as GWPs, and FragranceNet.com was kind enough to send me full-sized versions of my favorites.
My hair profile: slightly wavy, fine, flat, highlighted, frizzy. I usually gravitate toward hair products that can give my locks some volume at the roots, minimize frizz, and add shine without weighing them down.
Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray [$27.29, available here] – I admit, I wasn’t a fan of the whole beachy waves thing when my hair was longer. It would get tangled and twisted in the most unflattering way, and by the end of the day become one big hot mess that’s impossible to brush out. Needless to say, I pretty much gave up on the concept for the most part unless I had extra time to mess with it that day. However, after chopping off 10 inches earlier this year I gave sea salt sprays another go and was surprised at how much I adore this look now! Right after the cut my hair was just above the shoulders so I would spritz it generously with Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray when it’s dry and scrunch lightly to form those coveted beachy waves. They looked perfect! Now that my locks have grown longer over the course of this summer I can spray them while they’re still a little damp, throw my hair up in a bun overnight, and wake up with the perfect ‘do the next morning. Seriously, it’s that easy! Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray is currently my favorite product for this purpose [among both drugstore and high end brands], but John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Salt Spray is a good inexpensive alternative if you want to try the look on a budget. They’re really not dupes though, as JF gives less texture and makes the hair look slightly dirty [so it’s best used on freshly washed hair], while BB is adds texture, volume, and medium hold without looking greasy. If your hair is super dry and overprocessed, maybe go for JF because it’s more moisturizing.
Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo [$23.09, available here] is perhaps the best clarifying treatment I’ve found so far. I don’t know what makes it so good, but I tried many other clarifying shampoos and I can’t think of another one that compares. Bumble And Bumble Sunday Shampoo somehow managed to find the perfect balance between making your hair and scalp crispy clean, yet it doesn’t seem to dry them out like other clarifyers. It’s powerful, but nor harsh, and nothing gets the product residue out of my roots better than this thing. I even skipped the conditioner a few times, and my hair still looked great and scalp didn’t itch at all. Magic?
Bumble And Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil [$38.49, available here] – “Hair oil on fine hair? No thank you!” is what you’re thinking I bet. I’m with you ladies, it’s near impossible to find a leave-in hair oil or a thick serum that will make the hair glossy and doesn’t weigh it down in the process. I had bad luck with natural oils, like argan and coconut, as well as most ‘cone-based serums, but of course not all of them were bad. In fact, some turned out to be quite remarkable. The first one to ever work for me exactly as I wanted is made by Macadamia Professional, but Bumble And Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil is my all-time favorite. This thing lasts forever! The tiny sample vial lasted about 2 weeks, and this full-sized bottle will probably last years, because you don’t need to use much to achieve sleek, shiny hair.
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Have you tried Bumble and Bumble haircare? Any favorites? Do you like to use sea salt sprays? Let me know in the comments below!
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