Monday, 22 April 2013

Bumble and bumble Bb Straight Start Smooth Shampoo and Quiet Frizz Conditioner (review)

Bumble and bumble is a brand I'm familiar with but have never tried until now.  While they're not a 'natural' brand, they've been in haircare for years having been established by hair stylist Michael Gordon in New York in 1977 and are allegedly popular with celebrities. However, I've always thought their products were unnecessarily expensive. And so it proves: the shampoo on test here is £23.00, and the conditioner is even pricier at £25.00; and in both cases that's for 250 ml of product.

Bumble and bumble Bb Straight Shampoo & Conditioner

Disappointing. The bland, pale brown plastic bottles certainly don't look premium, you'd never guess they each cost over twenty pounds. So, if you like to decorate your washroom with pretty bottles you might want to look elsewhere. These look like they could come from ASDA. (Or if you're from North America – and most of our readers are these days! – think Walmart.)  Disappointingly down-market.

Not much better. The press-down lids do work well, and aren't stiff so will be good for clumsy, wet fingers. The bottles themselves are quite slippery when wet, though, and can slide out of your hand when you're shaking them to get out the remnants. Both shampoo and conditioner bottles have the exact same design, so can be easily confused. The writing isn't even very big to make up for it, so if you need reading glasses you'll struggle here.

Ah, the really important bit! Yes, despite the packaging and design failures, rest assured this is a good quality shampoo. It lathers quickly and easily, and is quite foamy, if you like that sort of thing, so a little does go a long way. The creamy white formula is also quite nourishing – even before using the matching conditioner – so it'll be ideal for dry hair; use both products and you'll get a double dose of softening. Bumble and bumble say it 'keeps hair soft, smooth and reduces frizz'. And yes, it really does. Very impressed.

Initially things seem promising, it's luxuriously creamy and like the shampoo it smells lovely – sweet with a hint of berries – and it's certainly nourishing. The Straight Start collection is made with 'Concen-Straight Technology', whatever that is.  It's designed to 'help maintain straight styles and straightening treatments'. After use my very wavy hair is tamed, and looks sleeker and feels much softer. However, using these products did make my hair greasier much faster.

Are they worth the money? No. I'm wary about spending this kind of money on a hair care products because they rarely live up to their price tags (although I did with Aveda Invati Exfoliating Shampoo & Thickening Conditioner, which I loved!) but Bumble and bumble, to my eyes at least, cannot justify their prices for these products. You can get great smoothing formulas for half – even a quarter – of the price of these combined; that's £48.00!

Not being a natural brand, I'm not going to be too critical here. There's no sulphate included, which is nice but unfortunately there's parfum in both and silicones in the conditioner. Bumble and bumble is identified by PETA as a company that tests on animals which is very disappointing.

I don't know, really. Maybe you love the brand and don't see the price as an issue. Fair enough! For me, though, despite spending the sort of money on haircare that would make my accountant father disown me, there's nothing about this Bb Straight range that can justify the cost. Being 'premium' isn't enough. Cleansing and conditioning well isn't enough, either. There's nothing inherently wrong with the range, but why bother paying so much more?

Shampoo lathers and cleans well
Totally overpriced
Shampoo/conditioner both nourishing
Generic packaging, no premium feel
Helped smooth my wavy hair
Shampoo/conditioner bottles easily confused


Brand: Bumble and bumble

Shampoo Size: 250 ml
Shampoo Price: £23.00 (£9.20/100 ml)

Conditioner Size: 250 ml
Conditioner Price: £25.00 (£10.00/100 ml)

Manufactured: United States

Shampoo Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Glycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Coco-Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Butylene Glycol, Merthyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Glycol Distearate, Glycereth-26, Transglutaminase, Malachite, Pearl Powder, Polylysine, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyquaternium-10, Polyquaternium-7, Maltodextrin, Sapphire Powder, Xanthan Gum, Tourmaline, BHT, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Fragrance (Parfum)

Conditioner Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Chloride, Laureth-4, Myristyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Ceteareth-12, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Transglutaminase, Malachite, Sapphire Powder, Pearl Powder, Polylysine, Sodium Gluconate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Cetrimonium Chloride, Maltodextrin, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Tourmaline, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Fragrance (Parfum)

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