Bumble and Bumble Gentle Shampoo

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This is probably one of the first products that I ever bought from Bumble and Bumble.  This one was suggested to me when I was on the hunt for a new shampoo.  I like a shampoo that isn’t harsh but still leaves my hair feeling very fresh and clean (who doesn’t want that feeling?).

This product is specifically designed to add shine to hair and is geared towards those with color treated hair in need of moisture.

I purchased this 8 oz. bottle for $24.00.  This was another one of those buys where I was really hoping for the amount of money I was spending that I liked the product.  I was told that this shampoo was “gentle” enough to be used on a daily basis with0ut wreaking havoc on hair.  I only wash my hair every other day so I figured even better!

I was concerned that because this shampoo is a gentle shampoo that it maybe wouldn’t give my hair a good deep clean like a clarifying shampoo or other line of shampoo would do.  I was pleasantly surprised though because it actually gave my hair a very good clean!

I really like that this product is lightweight and after washing my hair with it, it’s left feeling fresh and clean.  It has a creamy lathery consistency and I find that it doesn’t really have a prominent scent.  The scent that it does have is very mild yet pleasant.

Even with its gentle name, this shampoo gets the job done and I would feel safe washing my hair with it daily.

 

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Leaves hair feeling really clean and healthy
  • Moisturizes
  • Adds shine
  • A little goes a long way

Cons:

  • A little pricier

Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Masque

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I purchased this 5 oz. tube of Bumble and Bumble Crème de Coco Masque conditioner for $28.00 after it was suggested by a friend of mine.

My hair (as we know from previous posts) is color treated and faces the heat of hair straighteners and curling irons on a pretty frequent basis so I’m always all for trying any type of conditioners and/or hair treatments to help it.

This one has a very pleasant scent to it…not too strong or overpowering though.  It has a thick creamy consistency that applies nicely to my hair.

I’ve only been using this product for roughly maybe 2 weeks and I do notice that it seems to be helping my hair.  (I’ve noticed less split ends…actually nearly none!)  Now I do not wash my hair on a daily basis, usually every other day.  I was told that this product is ok to use on a regular basis so I’ve been using it roughly every other day on my hair.

It doesn’t leave any residue and doesn’t leave my hair feeling weighed down or greasy looking.  I find it’s a pretty lightweight product but I feel like almost all the shampoos/conditioners that I’ve tried from Bumble and Bumble are lightweight which is something that I really love about their line of products.  (Aside from that surf spray….)

The only downside about this product for me (aside from it being a little bit pricier than I would like) is that it does not detangle my hair….at all.  I love when a conditioner detangles my hair as well as conditions it and I love getting out of the shower and being able to brush right through it without any tangles to fight through.  Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with this one.  I have to spray a detangling spray on my hair after I get out of the shower in order for me to brush through my hair easily without tugging and pulling.

Even though I wish that this product would detangle my hair, I am still seeing benefits and improvements from using it.  (Who doesn’t want less split ends?!?!)  I’m sure when I need more conditioner I’ll give something else a try (or go back to Carol’s Daughter) and something that has more of a detangling ability for my tangle prone hair but for someone who is looking for a good moisturizing conditioner, I suggest giving this one a try.

 

Pros:

  • Moisturizes
  • Reduces split ends
  • Yummy scent

Cons:

  • Pricey
  • Doesn’t detangle

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

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I think most people agree, sexy beach wavy hair always look good and can never be achieved at home quite like it can on the beach.  So when I saw this product, I was excited to try it out thinking that it wouldn’t turn out too far from the sexy beach wavy hair look that so many of us love.

Well, I was wrong (and out $25.00).

Unfortunately, this product was just one big all around let down for me.  It didn’t give me sexy beach hair at all.  What it gave me instead was a nice big knotty mess of hair that felt like it was wearing 5 pounds of filthy hair product.  After a day of wearing this all I wanted to do was run home and jump into my shower to wash it all off.

This can be applied to wet, dry or damp hair.  I’ve tried all three ways and every time the results are bad for me.  I’m thinking that after reading other reviews of this product, it is best for people with hair that is more on the straight side.  My hair is naturally wavy and I’ve read other negative reviews (like mine) and most of them state that they have wavy hair similar to mine.

I was told when I got this product to not go overboard when spraying it because over using it will not yield great results.  So I followed this rule and have tried using a very minimal amount to using a ton.  Of course, neither (and anything I tried in between) worked for me.

For starters, I feel like the most it did was accentuate the waves I already had in my hair.  It didn’t really create a new beachy waves for me….it just really made my waves more prominent.

I understand that this product is also supposed to give hair more of a textured feel and isn’t supposed to end up looking super shiny and soft but what it did to my hair just wasn’t very pleasing to me.  I feel like it made my hair look incredibly dull and blah-it just sucked any shine right out from it.  (Yes-I know this isn’t a shine spray but this just seemed to take the life right out of my hair….)

I didn’t fuss with my hair after applying it aside from doing what the instructions said.  Well over the coarse of the say, I swear it just got worse.  My hair seemed to get somewhat matted together.  (Not literally matted but you get the idea).  And when I touched it–icky–the product felt like it left the thickest layer of residue filth all over my hair.  (Yes, I know it’s supposed to have the beachy feeling which normally involves salt water but this just felt really gross.)

Every time I use this, I end up pulling my hair into a ponytail by mid day to avoid the gross feeling and the forthcoming knotty mess that always seems to come for my hair.

Luckily to my surprise, the stuff washes out really nicely!  I was afraid that washing it out could be a bit of a task being that it made my hair feel so gross.  I thought for sure I was going to have to get a really good clarifying shampoo to get the stuff off but my normal shampoo washed it right out.  After showering and washing my hair, my hair went back to normal and there wasn’t any of this product remaining in my hair.

I feel like this is one of those products that you will either love or hate and it’ll either work for you or it won’t.  In my case it’s just an all around fail and it just seems to be one that’s never going to work for me :(

 

Pros:

  • Nice scent (not too strong)
  • Washes out easily

Cons:

  • Didn’t work
  • Left my hair feeling knotty
  • Made my hair look very dull
  • Felt heavy and like there was a ton of product buildup on my hair after one use

Carol’s Daughter Olive Oil Infusion At-Home Treatment

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After loving the Carol’s Daughter Monoi Hair Mask, I decided to give another one of their hair treatments a try.  This product is a little more work but well worth the results!  For $25.00, this set lasts awhile and delivers excellent results!

As we know from my other posts, my hair is often left feeling dry and damaged from it being color treated, straightened, curled, etc.  So, I like to treat it to treatments from time to time to bring it back to life.

You can use the products together for a mega moisturizing treatment or use them individually depending on how much moisture your hair needs.  I decided to go all out and applied the olive oil and the hair smoothie then slipped the cap over my hair and let it sit for 30 minutes.

When I washed the product out I would describe the results as AMAZING!  My hair has never felt softer!  I could comb through my hair with my fingers in the shower without hitting any knots.  Brushing my hair out after showering was a joy too because I had no tangling which made brushing it out incredibly easy and hassle free.

I let my hair air dry to see the results.  My hair was left soft and shiny and tangle free.  It looked incredibly healthy and as if there was never any damage to it.

Depending on the length of your hair and the amount of product you use/how you use it you can easily get 3-4 uses from this set.  (I have hair midway down my back and can usually get 3-4 uses but I don’t go overboard with the amount of product I use either).

If you have color treated, dry or damaged hair I highly suggest this product!

 

Pro’s:

  • Conditions hair
  • Leaves hair soft and shiny
  • Leaves hair looking super healthy
  • Detangles
  • On average, 3-4 uses per set

Con’s:

  • None :)

 

Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask

cccI am always all about finding really good products that condition my hair and leave it feeling and looking soft, smooth and healthy.  I was hesitant about purchasing this product only because of the price tag.  $29.00 for a tub of it that is 7 oz.  I figured it would be well worth it if it actually worked and would have been bummed if I spent $29.00 on a product that didn’t work.  So I decided to give it a try anyways.

When I first opened this tub, I was greeted by a very pleasant scent (this is always important for me when it comes to shampoos and conditioners).  The consistency was thick, as are most conditioning hair masks.  I applied it to my hair while I was showering and left it sit on there while I shaved so that it had a decent amount of time to absorb into my hair.

I can normally always tell if a conditioner works well for me when I rinse it out.  If my hair is left feeling smooth and not tangled while rinsing it out, I know I’ve found a winner!  Luckily for me, this product did just that when I rinsed it out!  My hair was left feeling silky smooth while it was still wet and didn’t feel like a tangled up mess.

Combing through my hair after I got out of the shower was also a breeze.  It did an excellent job at detangling my normally tangled hair (it always tangles in the shower)!  Any conditioner or conditioning treatment that  can detangle my hair is a winner in my book!  (And don’t ask me how I manage to tangle it either, it can be silky smooth before I get in the shower and by the time I am done washing it I have a real rat’s nest on my hands.)

I let my hair air dry (as I normally do) without adding other product to it to see the results.  I was quite pleased!  My hair looked and felt soft and silky smooth.  This is definitely a great product for damaged hair.  (Mine is color treated and always encounters the heat from either my straightener or curling iron).

 

Pros:

  • Moisturizing and conditioning
  • Softens hair
  • Leaves hair feeling soft, smooth and healthy
  • Great for damaged/dry hair
  • Smells delicious

Cons:

  • A little on the pricey side

 

Alterna Bamboo Color Care UV+ Fade-Proof Fluide

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I purchased this product prior to going on vacation where I knew I would be spending a lot of time out in the sun and swimming in the salty ocean.  Swimming and being out in the sun always takes a toll on my already fragile hair that is color treated.  I wanted to do my best at protecting it while keeping the color from fading.

This product seemed to do the trick for me!  I applied it every day prior to venturing out into the sun and swimming in the ocean and then re-applied it after I swam and after I showered.  It’s not a product that I actually “felt” working (like a good conditioner that you can instantly feel and notice your hair being softer from).  However, I did notice it worked though because after vacation my hair color remained and my hair was not all dried out from the sun and salt.

I still use this product even when I am not vacationing, swimming or spending a lot of time out in the sun.  I find that adding a little bit to my hair on a regular basis acts as a styling product because it leaves it nice and smooth and shiny.

It’s also very lightweight and doesn’t leave my hair looking and feeling weighed down or greasy looking.  For a 2.5 oz. bottle it’s $25.00 so it’s not the cheapest product out there but a little goes a long way and it really does work!

 

Pros:

  • Protects hair
  • Prevents hair color from fading
  • Adds shine and smoothness to hair
  • A little goes a long way

Cons:

  • Somewhat pricey

Alterna Bamboo Silk-Sleek Brilliance Cream

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Ok, so I’ve been spending a lot of time reviewing beauty products and haven’t really spent any time on hair products (which I am also obsessed with) so I figured I would spend some time today reviewing some hair products as well.

This product is amazing!  It lives up to its name and really does give you silky and frizz-free locks of hair!

I had originally gotten a small sample packet of this and decided to give it a try.  I figured that it probably wouldn’t end up being anything special that I felt the need to purchase in the full size version.  Boy was I wrong!  I rubbed a small dollop of the cream between my fingers and applied it to my hair.  It glided on so smoothly and effortlessly and my hair actually felt like silk while I was applying it.  It also worked to detangle and smooth my hair, banishing any signs of frizz.

Something else that I really love about this product is that it is very lightweight.  A lot of hair products state that they are lightweight and won’t weigh hair down, but I find that few actually live up to that.  This product actually does.  My hair doesn’t feel the slightest bit weighed down or heavy.  It also doesn’t feel like there is a layer of product buildup either.

The tube is 4.2 oz. and retails for $24.00.  Somewhat pricey, but, it lasts a long time because you really only need a very small amount each time you use it.  I’ve had mine for a couple of months now and still have plenty left.

This definitely ranks as my favorite day to day hair styling cream!

 

Pros:

  • Leaves hair feeling silky and smooth
  • Tames frizz
  • Doesn’t weigh hair down
  • Doesn’t leave hair with a layer of product buildup
  • Long lasting

Cons:

  • Somewhat pricey