Getaway Curl Set
Similar to the “Summer’s In The (H)Air”-kit of 2017 (review here), Bumble & Bumble came out with three new kits last year. Same concept, slightly different content. I’ve always wanting to try out their curl products! And when I saw it was my last chance to get this set, I jumped on it!
I have not seen Bumble & Bumble come out with similar kits for this year, at least none for curly hair. Instead, they offer “Summer Style”-sets, The Air-Dry Set: with Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo & Conditioner + Don’t Blow It (Fine), and the Make Waves Set: with the new Surf Styling Leave-In and Iconic Surf Spray.
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Bb. Curl Pre-Style/Re-Style Primer
The Bumble & Bumble Curl Primer is said to moisturize, UV-protect, detangle and define on day one, and refreshes and re-shapes on day two (and beyond). And will work with all different hair types and curl patterns.
It’s got something called “Hydrasculpt Blend” that combines hydration with a trace of hold to help define curls.
I’ve been loving their Bb. Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer for a year now, but have felt like it’s not been great at revitalizing my waves – even making them straighter! So I’ve been eyeing the Curl Primer on the notion that it does everything the Invisible Oil Primer does but is better for textured hair.
I was expecting it to have a more liquid consistency, but it has the same lotion-type texture as the Oil Primer. Still, The Bb. Curl Primer seems to be more water-based in its formula. The product has a fine mist that sprays evenly onto the hair. Unsurprisingly, the Curl Primer is better at revitalizing waves and curls. My waves reshape quite instantly as it is sprayed on.
What sets the two primers apart the most is that the Curl Primer does leave a little bit of grit/product feel. I suspect it’s the “Hydrasculpt Blend”. Although I’m not fond of the grit, it’s probably needed to be able to help shape the curls? Despite the grit, which is sensed when it’s dried, it’s easy to detangle the hair. However, the grit may be its downfall, as it does make the hair have a “product-feel” to it after a few days of use. If you’re looking for a lighter leave-in conditioner, I’d say to primarily stick to the oil primer.
Fragrance-wise, the Curl Primer has a very perfumey-floral scent that comes off quite strong at first but that settles to faint at the end of the day. For this reason, I do feel like the Curl Primer works better as a refresher than the Oil Primer, that has more of a mellow vanilla-scent to it. What I mean is, that if I’m going out, I’ll be likely to get more compliments on how nice my hair smells with the Curl Primer than the Oil Primer.
Overall, if you like me, hate the heavy grit and drying properties of beach sprays and want a softer feel, this might be the thing! But don’t misinterpret my premise to mean the Curl Primer’s got hold. I simply consider, for anyone with naturally wavy or curly hair, that this might be a better product to revitalize curls than salt sprays!
Whether I will switch to the Curl Primer is hard to say. While it does work wonderfully at re-shaping my waves on day two and beyond, it also means I’m using more of it. It’s a pricey product and I’d hate to go through a whole bottle within 2 months. If the Curl Primer ever goes on sale, I will mightrepurchase it. But until then, I feel like a spray bottle with water and Bb. Oil Primer is enough to revitalize my waves.
Curl Defining Cream
This curl cream is recommended towards medium to thick hair. I was excited to try this one to see how it compares to other curl defining creams that I’ve tried. As the name suggests, it’s supposed to give curls some hold, de-frizz and it’s even got UV-filters and nourishing ingredients to help moisturize hair. From my understanding, this is the reformulated version.
Off the bat, we didn’t get a good start. It reminds me of the Bb. Don’t Blow It (thick) styling cream… Which does a similar thing to the hair, but do I dare to say, even better? My first few tries ended up quite disappointing as I took too much. After some adjustments to what amount I needed, I started to like this cream again, maybe even love it. But then something went downhill again and I haven’t been able to like it as much. It seems to me that it works best together with the Curl Primer. But even with that, the Bb. curl defining cream has its flaws.
First of all, it is said to be hydrating. Every time I use this instead of my other curl cream, my hair feels dry and more on the gritty side. It’s supposed to de-frizz and add hold. I just don’t see or feel that. My hair dries a lot frizzier than with other styling products and my waves end up straight almost before the next morning!
I’ve tried using different amounts but if I use too little it does nothing for my hair. If I use some more it does more of what it says… But for the cost of needing to wash your hair the next day as the results don’t last very long. I’m guessing it’s the porosity of my hair? Something isn’t working properly. In other words: it’s not for me.
This curl cream simply doesn’t match my expectations of what I look for in a product like this. I want my waves to feel soft and look shiny, this fails to deliver on those two points. Instead, it makes my hair feel dry, gritty and looking matte. Not to mention the frizz! I find myself needing to finish off with an oil/shine serum, which isn’t something I’ve ever needed to do with other curl products until the day after or so. But by using oils on top of it, my hair becomes oily throughout much faster. It just doesn’t layer very well with other products. At least with my hair, that doesn’t absorb a lot of product. I will say though, on a positive note, that it does bring some volume and thickness to my hair the first day. But because it lacks in so much else, I don’t find it’s worth the hassle.
It’s such a pity as it seems to have great ingredients, but unfortunately, it’s not for my hair.
Like I don’t know what else to say than this wasn’t what I thought it would be. I’m going to stick to my current favorite Davines Curl Building serum. It doesn’t have the hold, but neither does this one. However, it has a light texture and make my hair look and feel soft, shiny and healthy – giving me the results I want without needing a bunch of other products!
Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil
I remember quite vividly when this product came out. It was around 2014 and it was the first product out of the Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil-line. I’ve since then always wanted to try it, believing the marketing, that this one was unlike the other hair oils on the market. The Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil has UV-filters and supposed to add shine, de-frizz and protect against heat. It is said to be for medium/thick hair and dry, damaged, and/or color-treated. I don’t really fit the bill, but it’s lightweight enough for all hair types I’d say.
A little goes a long way. On my long, down to my chest hair, I only need about 1 pump to 1 1/2. But even when taking 2, it’s not like my hair gets heavy or more conditioned. However, more doesn’t equal better results, rather, it just equals a waste of product. I find it to work best when applied to damp hair. On dry hair, it doesn’t really do much on my hair… Still, I find pure oils to have a greater de-frizzing effect than this one!
Unfortunately, this oil did not impress me much. While I like that it’s lightweight, it simply is too light to make a difference in my hair. I don’t see a point in switching from my pure argan/grapeseed oil mix to this one that has a silicone-base. If your hair can’t handle pure oils, then this might be for you. But I find the R+Co High Dive to be better at giving my hair softness and shine than this one.
This kit cost me about the same as one full-sized product, so I’m happy that I got to test out these products without having to buy each separately. The kit as a whole feels well composed and would highly recommend. Whether you want to test or want to get your favorites in travel size for a great value. It’s a shame I didn’t really enjoy all of the products.
For now, Bumble & Bumble products has been a little hit and miss with my hair. I don’t think I’ll be delving deeper into their curl line than this. Like I mentioned, I might get the Curl Primer in the future. But I’m sticking to what I got and what works best for my hair.