Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Grooming Creme by Bumble and bumble

Bumble and bumble, so good they named it twice! Boom, boom….

Bumble and bumble, no it’s not a description of me going to pieces at job interviews but actually a company that I was blissfully unaware of until their products started appearing mysteriously around my bathroom. I have to say, their shampoos are great, but today I’ll be sharing my thoughts on Bumble and bumble grooming crème.  

This came to me with a host of other hair styling products from the company, but fear not, while they did come free it won’t make me pull my punches, in fact, I’m pretty certain the PR peeps will not be looking forward to my review of Sumotech! But that is for another day!

The grooming crème comes in a 150ml tube and costs £22.50. Now that is a lot of money, and if you want to pick up a tube for yourself you can do direct from Bumble and bumble here.

This is what Bumble and bumble say about grooming crème, lifted directly from their website.

‘Texture, separation, low-glow satin finish, softness, moisture

What: Not so perfect, lived in texture really can come easily with this styling moisturiser, which gives natural separation, subtle hold, and a soft, smooth low-glow satin finish.

Who: Anyone; good for thick, coarse, and afro textures or dry hair; good for men, minimalists or one-minute styling.

When: Anytime; after Prep or Tonic Lotion, on its own or with other products to add texture and shine.

How: Start with a very small amount and build up as needed; squeeze onto palm, work through damp hair with fingers to tousle, slick with a comb.’

Being a typical bloke I started off after washing my hair by ripping the lid off, not realising that it was a screw cap with the crème being dispenses through the middle. A real Homer Simpson moment! 

At the time that I started using this my hair was incredibly long for me, the photograph below shows one of my hairstyles of the day (#HOTD) using the crème. As you can see, considering the length, the crème made styling really easy and kept the slicked back look for a few hours until it dried out completely.

Yes, the picture has been filtered for your own protection.....
Since having my hair cut right down to about an inch in length I haven’t noticed any difference in the results, so again another tick in the positives column. The only difference is that less of the product is needed to style.

The impressive points however are:

The fragrance - it is clean and fresh, with hints of jojoba and sweet nutty almond. Rather bizarrely it reminds me a bit of the smell you get from suntan lotion! I can be strange at times!

Ease of styling - the crème is absorbed into the shaft of the hair quickly but just a little is needed when applying to damp hair to get complete coverage. The crème does separate the hair and this worked well for me when slicking back my hair. It didn’t look like I was wearing a helmet which you can get when slicking back using glue or gel.

The hold - the hold is minimal, but as a grooming crème I didn’t expect anything out of this world. It did hold my slicked back look in place, and after adding the styling crème on top it didn’t budge for hour after hour.

The finish - probably the most important thing, how does your hair look? Well, after using this and drying my hair on a gentle heat the finish is as described, a very subtle satin finish. In certain light it shines (not like a halogen light bouncing off a bald head) but is more of a glow, and I think it looks great.

Residue - there is none, end of, nothing more to see here. It isn't even sticky on the hands when styling.

Considering that this is good for such a wide range of hair lengths and has so many positives I can’t do anything but recommend this to others. To get that extra bit of hold I did have to add another products but as a base Bumble and bumble grooming crème is the works. It is expensive in my opinion and I’m not sure I would have taken the leap in the first place to buy it. If I did I would use it sparingly.

When weighing up the value for money this represents I have to say yes, it is worth it. It is the first time I’ve used such a crème prior to styling and it just made it that so much easier. 


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