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For Christmas I opened up my beauty and hair care goody bag, which Father Christmas faithfully remembers to pack every year, to discover a bottle of Bumble and Bumble's Hair Powder for brown hair. At first I thought it was just another dry shampoo product similar to those sold by Batiste to remove grease from your hair when you don't have time to wash it. However I was quite excited to discover that it was something a little different, it's designed to enhance and colour your hair as well as blending in your roots in between colour your hair. In many ways it's meant to brighten and revitalise your colouring as well as hide the effects of your roots.
Bumble and Bumble have a number of salons around the world but are probably most well known for their hair care products that they produce and sell around the world. They're a New York based company and as such only have the one salon in the UK which is located in England. Their products are available from their salons and also from various websites on the internet. They sell a range of products, from the basic shampoos and conditioners to more complex styling products. They tailor their products to a range of hair varieties and this should be taken into consideration when buying any product to produce the best results according to their site.
After reading the description on the Bumble and Bumble website I discovered the powder was designed for oily hair, styling fine hair and root touch ups. It's to be used to dry hair and works best when your hair is slightly oily or basically a little bit greasy. Judging from the information I've found it's basically a dry shampoo with a bit of a difference, it aims to brighten your colour and cover up any roots while a typical dry shampoo will merely aim to combat the grease in your hair rather than anything else. It's the only product that I've ever come across that claims to be able to do this and I personally wasn't holding out much hope on it!
The Hair Powder comes in a plain looking white bottle with a white plastic lid. On the front of the bottle is the brand name and product name along with what looks like a spray of brown paint! It's really nothing special and I was a little disappointed with the packaging. When you remove the lid you'll find a spray dispenser which is identical to those found on hair spray bottles. To use the spray you need to shake the can before use and then hold it about ten inches away from your head and spray directly onto your hair ensuring to cover your roots too. You need to let it dry which takes about a minute before shaking out the excess with your fingers.
As for the effects well it worked very much in the same way a dry shampoo does, it covered up the grease in my hair and left it looking a lot fresher. As for the effect on my roots I have to be honest and say I didn't really notice anything, maybe that's because my roots are already brown and I used the brown variant of it. They do five different hair powders; one for chocolate, mahogany and dark blonde hair (which I used), one for golden and honey blonde hair, one for red hair (which I should have used), one for Asian or Hispanic hair and one for white / silver and very light blonde hair. I might have had better results with the red spray!
So would I recommend this? Well yes I would as it did a good job on my hair and left it smelling very nice as well, quite fresh and perfumed like your hair smells when you leave a hair salon. However the only downside is that it's priced at £15.35 normally for a 28g canister, or £12.28 on Look Fantastic which is quite a steep price tag in my opinion. I found the results to be very similar to Batiste which is just a fraction of the price and therefore I'll be reverting to that once my Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder runs out. So if you've got money to burn then I'd recommend trying this, if you're like me and you've not... stick to Batiste!
Thanks for reading.
Styling ease, dry cleansing and tinting for inky brown, Asian, Hispanic, afro and goths. Ideal for oily or less than clean hair, styling fine hair and root touch-ups. Hair Powder requires a slightly oily surface to adhere to Bumble and Bumble would recommend a light application of Styling Wax as a base if hair is clean. Section dry hair at the scalp, hold can 10-12 inches away from hair and spray thoroughly, being sure to penetrate all layers. Let dry; shake out excess with fingers and style. How to absorb oil, dry cleanse: Hold can 10-12 inches from dry hair; spray thoroughly, concentrating on oily areas; let dry; brush out thoroughly and style. Important note: Be sure to protect clothing, bath and bed linens during use (spots can be easily removed with a mild soap and water).