I’ve never had a holy grail shampoo and conditioner. I have lots of hair, but the strands are very fine, so after years of trial and error I’ve found that sticking to volumizing lines is usually a safe bet (anything that adds moisture will leave me looking like a dipped my head in olive oil). Typically, I swap between L’Oreal Volume Filler Thickening Shampoo and Garnier Full & Plush Fortifying Shampoo (with their respective conditioners), but my hair still, even on its best day, gets greasy easily on top and knots easily on the bottom. A few spritzes of texturizer (I like Redken’s this and this) have lent a helping hand in terms of maintaining body, but I’ve never felt intense loyalty to any products. UNTIL. Until. Until…
Wait, but let me rewind a second. I’ve always used travel as a good opportunity to test out sample size products I’ve picked up along the way at Sephora and beauty counters around NYC. On a recent trip to Paris, I tested out a sample of Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Foam Wash Shampoo and Surf Creme Rinse Conditioner. Basically, the company expanded on its iconic, salt-infused Surf Spray, known for creating windblown VS model-esque beachy waves with just a few spritzes. As said “beachy waves” essentially translated into dry, gigantic knots on yours truly, I was wary to try the shampoo and conditioner. But I went for it anyway.
And imagine my delight as my hair dried into full, yet still soft, waves while also managing to ward off greasiness all day. At first, I chalked it up to the Parisian water system, but of course bought full-size bottles back home. Lo and behold, still great– no texturizer or additional product necessary. Which is really quite a feat for a simple shampoo and conditioner routine. When my boyfriend commented on how great my hair looked, I didn’t take it too seriously because he is usually generous with compliments and therefore can’t be trusted. BUT THEN when two coworkers, who have never commented on my hair before, noted how great it looked, I knew I should go out and buy said products in bulk.
My one complaint (because there’s always atleast one, let’s be real) is that in its efforts to keep my mane bouncy and grease-free all day, the products do tend to make my hair more matte and thus slightly more knot-prone, especially at the back of my neck. But it’s a small price to pay for hair that is not only more bouncy and full, but requires minimal effort– no heat tools, no layering of serums and sprays– to create. So kudos, Bumble and Bumble: You are my new holy grail haircare brand.