Conditioner -Bumble & Bumble - Alojoba Conditioner
sachitahara 11/29/2007 6:47:00 PM
I love Bumble & Bumble, but this was a huge disappointment. It doesn't lather at all, and did absolutely nothing for my hair. The smell is alright (personal preference, although I will agree it has a much cleaner note to it), but I felt it was such a waste. I work in a hair salon, and not one stylist ever recommends this set from B&B. If you have a hair type that is dependent on product that WON'T weigh your hair down, try the Seaweed set or jump on the tried-and-true bandwagon, the Gentle & Super Rich combo.
It is difficult to turn my stick-straight Asian hair into anything but. I have more or less resigned to the fact that my hair will never look like Gisele Bundchen's, and that's okay. Nevertheless, I try. This product doesn't do a whole lot for my hair on its own; I still have to curl my hair with a flat-iron in order for the wave to hold, and scrunching my hair while drying with a diffuser just makes me look like I slept on my hair wrong. Bumble & Bumble actually recommends that you layer Surf Spray over their Grooming Creme, which I have yet to try out. I'm not holding my breath, though. I do, however, think this product would work great on people who already have some sort of texture to their hair. I've tried many texturizing sprays, and this one works the best since it doesn't make my hair feeling totally tacky, dry, or dirty.
Styling Products -Garnier - Surf Hair Texture Paste
sachitahara 11/29/2007 6:32:00 PM
At the time of purchase, I had LONG, STRAIGHT Asian hair that was past my elbows. I am always on the hunt for the Messiah of styling products that will turn my long, dank locks into beach-y Jennifer & Gisele waves. I've tried B&B Surf Spray, which has, honestly, worked the best, though it doesn't do much on its own. The Fructis Surf Hair just made my hair kind of sticky and smell like, well, Garnier Fructis. After I stopped using it, my brother had apparently been swindling it from me to texturize his inch-long, course, thick, straight hair. He LOVES it. I bought him a jar of B&B Sumotech, and he hasn't touched it since that first disappointment. This product probably works really well on thick, coarse hair like that of my brother, but on fine hair, forget about it. The creme consistency is way too heavy. The packaging is good though, insuring every last dab of this goop can be used.
Styling Products -Phyto - Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray
sachitahara 11/29/2007 6:19:00 PM
Not only have I become dependent on root volumizers for my stick-straight Asian hair, but I work in a salon, and this product comes highly recommended among clients, as well as stylists. I have very fine hair, but I have A LOT of it, and even with an excellent cut, I have to be judicial about my product usage to avoid weighing my hair down. The trick with fine hair is to find a product that dries clean, and not tacky. I've used aerosols and mousses, but ultimately, this spray has worked the best. It is pretty expensive, but it lasts a while if you're using it right. READ: the more you use, the less effect it has. You should ONLY be spraying it where you need the volume, which is usually along the crown of the head for most people. Also, be sure to use only once your hair is 80% dry; hair doesn't take shape until about then anyway. A helpful hint: When you blowdry your hair, lift the sections of hair where you've sprayed the product vertically or the opposite way in which your hair is parted for the severely volume-deficient. To ensure top volume, if you apply any glosses or serums, only do so on the ends of your hair. The smell is no bother to me, and, quite frankly, I didn't really even notice it until I read all the comments about it. It doesn't smell like anything in my hair, so anyone afraid of lingering odors probably shouldn't worry too much.