Saturday, March 5, 2011

Bumble & Bumble Thickening Line

Lately I have been focusing a lot on thicker hair textures and curly hair. Fine and thin hair can be just as difficult to work with as curly thick hair. If given the wrong haircut it can actually cause your hair to look even thinner than it really is. Styling can be difficult as well, some products can weigh the hair down or build up easily which can cause separation at the root and sometimes even expose some of the scalp. Having the right cut and using the proper products and styling techniques will make a world of a difference.

Everybody always seems to recommend Bumble & Bumble's Thickening line for fine hair so I decided to try it out on Sara (check out her Blog). I used the Thickening shampoo & conditioner, Prep and Thickening spray.  

We started by shampooing with the Thickening shampoo and we applied the conditioner only on the ends. Conditioner on the root with fine hair will weigh it down too much and will also cause your hair to get oilier faster. After, I trimmed her hair with a razor just adding a few layers and more shaping around her face. It's important not to have too many layers with fine hair because it causes the ends to look thinner and we still want some fullness at the ends. The razor is great for this hair type because it adds texture while you cut and creates more natural volume. After cutting we used Prep styler, it is recommended to use Prep or Tonic before using Bb styling products so I made sure to do so to ensure best possible results, and then of course the Thickening spray.

I wanted to see how much volume the product could really give and I actually blow dried her hair with a lot of volume. While it's a nice amount of volume for Sara, most of the volume I set her hair with didn't actually hold, and unfortunately the volume we did manage to achieve did not hold all day.

For maximum lift at the root blowdry your hair upwards and use the cool shot to set it.

I think the Bb Thickening spray is a better choice for those with shorter hair. You don't necessarily want as much volume as a mousse gives, but you need some root lift without weighing it down. With the length of Sara's hair we want something with a little bit more hold to ensure long lasting results.
The shampoo and conditioner on the other hand I think are the perfect choice for this hair type. They give volume and still properly cleanse and moisturize the hair.
Prep is a great product as well, it works as a detangling spray and it helps the styling products spread along the hair to ensure even absorption. You can't over apply and in fact if you have over applied a product you can spray some Prep to break it up.

Overall: Shampoo and Conditioner are great for all fine hair. Thickening spray is better for shorter hair or if you don't like a lot of volume and want something that won't weigh it down. If your hair is medium - long and you like a lot of volume and hold you're better off with something with more hold like a mousse or foam.

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