Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast

When a hair product has the word “volume” in its name, you know I’m all over it. Picked up a deluxe sample size of the Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast:

According to Sephora:

What it is:
An instant, long-lasting volume and texture spray designed with lightweight ingredients that won’t weigh hair down.

What it does:
Perfect for straight or wavy hair, the Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast is an instant volume and texture spray for long-lasting, big hold. The spray is nearly as light as air and created to transform fine, flat hair into voluminous styles that aren’t crunchy or stiff.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product contains patent-pending “expandable, textured-aero-spheres,” called ETAs. They are lighter and bigger than industry-standard ingredients, so they deliver big volume and texture without weighing hair down.

I finished up the small bottle and I’m undecided about this product. First off, this does give my hair volume, without leaving it feeling sticky or hard, but I don’t feel that the lift lasts very long – an hour at the most, maybe. I have fine, thin hair that is limp by the end of the day and I just didn’t find that this made that much of a difference for me.

What I do like about the product is that it’s super light weight and doesn’t leave any sort of residue in my hair.  It’s also got that signature Living Proof scent that I really like (some don’t care for it).

I’ve tried a few other Living Proof products – the Full Thickening Cream ($38Cdn) is one of my holy grail hair products; I’ve gone through two bottles of this already and will continue to repurchase. The Living Proof Anti-Humidity spray is also a great product for hot and humid days to keep my frizzies under control.

The Volume Blast is oh-kaaay, but I don’t think I will re-purchase.

I haven’t done a review on this but the Garnier Fructis Style Deconstructed Texture Tease Spray is a similar product to the Living Proof Full Volume Blast and in my opinion it actually works better for me than the Volume Blast.  I can get the Garnier for about $5 Cdn for 110 ml; the Living Proof is $38 Cdn for 238 ml. And the fact that Garnier is available at the drugstore makes it easy to access when I’m running low.

Have you tried the Volume Blast?  Like or dislike?

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Bumble and Bumble: Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer, Thickening Hairspray, and Sunday Shampoo

Most of my hair products are drug store (shampoos, conditioners, hairspray) with some higher end styling products thrown in (Living Proof and Ouai are some of my faves).

I know that Bumble & Bumble is a popular brand that has a load of different hair care products. Scrolling through my Sephora phone app, there were quite a few products that appealed to me, but I ended up purchasing three: the Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer – Heat/UV Protective Primer; the Thickening Hairspray; and Sunday Shampoo.

I had received a sample size of the Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer as a 100 point perk at Sephora one day and after using it a couple times I fell in love with it and I ended up buying the full size.  This is a conditioning cream-oil product and you spray onto damp hair, blow dry, and your left with hydrated, almost-frizz-free hair. When I tried this for the first time, I sprayed way too much and my fine, thin hair felt oily and fell flat. But the second time, I sprayed sparingly and I ended up with very soft, healthier looking hair. If you have thick, frizzy/dry hair, I think this product could really be great for you.  If you have fine, thin hair like me (with dry ends) if you use this smart, you might like this too!  Will repurchase.

The Thickening Hairspray is supposed to hold your style while giving your hair volume and body. While this is great at holding a style into place, I can’t say that I’ve seen any thickening going on. I’ve only used this on dry hair, but apparently you can use it in damp hair too. I’m a little hesitant to try it on damp hair because anything “hairspray” on damp hair makes me fear crunchiness after blow drying.  When I spray this into my roots, I do notice some volume but it’s nothing different compared to any other volumizing product I’ve tried. I’ve got the deluxe sample size here which I will finish up, but I won’t be rushing out to buy the full-size.

The Sunday Shampoo is simply a clarifying shampoo that is meant to be used once a week – hence Sundays! – to give your hair a deep clean after all the styling products and environmental stresses you put into your hair through out the week.  I’ve been a die-hard fan for years and years of the Neutrogena Anti-Residue shampoo to give my hair that deep clean (it’s a great drug store option). But I thought to try something new and the Sunday Shampoo definitely delivers.  It’s got a nice, subtle, earthy-minty-clean scent and my scalp and hair feel very refreshed after using.  Really though, any clarifying shampoo at the drug store will probably work just as well and for a fraction of the cost, but hey – I tried it and I love it!  Will repurchase.

Have you tried any of these products – like or dislike?  What are your favourite Bumble & Bumble products?

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L’oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo, Conditioner and Thickening Booster

Is it just me or do most of you like to switch up your haircare products?  I know as with any skincare or makeup product, we tend to find our “holy grails”.  I haven’t really found my HG in the haircare department and I don’t know if I ever will, but in the meantime, I’m open to trying new things!

Having fine and thin hair, I tend to look for haircare that claim to thicken or volumize. I had heard that L’oreal came out with a new hair thickening line – Elvive Fibrology – so I thought I’d give the products a go.  Lucky for me, I purchased these on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart for only $3.99 Cdn each, so a very good deal.

(All photos shown from lorealparis.ca)

L’oreal claims:

L’Oréal Laboratories have created our 1st haircare range to give thicker looking hair wash after wash. 

Specially developed with Filloxane, the shampoo formula together with the conditioner, thickens the look of hair and provides deep cleansing.

The Thickness Booster contains an intensive thickening formula with our highest concentration of Filloxane (5%), specially developed to give thicker looking hair. FILLOXANE: A patented technology proven to help thicken the look of hair, with more body and bounce.

First off, I really like the smell of these products. They smell slightly “salon-like” if that makes sense — I can’t quite describe it as it’s not your typical fruity/earthy/fresh/etc. kind of scent. It has a sophisticated smell, with a hint of mint or eucalyptus maybe?

The shampoo is good — it lathers well and leaves my hair feeling clean, without feeling stripped. Nothing too extraordinary about it.

I used the thickening booster along with the conditioner (applying a dime-size amount of the booster before applying conditioner, waiting a few minutes, then rinsing out).  My hair felt very conditioned, but to the point where it felt a bit greasy and heavy, like it never really felt like I could completely rinse it out. I’m not confident that the booster did any “boosting” in terms of thickening my hair than if I had just used the conditioner alone.

Also, I ended up using just the conditioner with another shampoo for another five days in a row and noticed that I had a TON of breakage!  Rinsing out my hair, I had never experienced so much breakage of my hair than ever before — not a good thing at all.

Once I stopped using the conditioner the breakage of hair stopped almost immediately!

Did I see/feel a difference in the thickness of my hair after using the products for about 2 weeks?  No, not really.  And even if it would’ve made my hair feel/look thicker, I really don’t think I would’ve continued on with the conditioner (at least) because of all the hair breakage I experienced.

I will probably continue using the shampoo just so I don’t waste it.  I will not use the thickening booster or conditioner — that’s actually going in the trash (I don’t even want to give it away to anyone I know at the risk of them finding their hair breaking too!)

Overall, I’m pretty disappointed with this line — just didn’t work for me (might work for others!).  It’s too bad because I’m a big fan of the L’oreal Total Repair line and a few of their sulphate-free products. Oh well, you win some, you lose some!

I give the L’oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo: a SHOULDER SHRUG

I give the L’oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickeing Conditioner and Booster: both a THUMBS DOWN

Have you tried these products?  Like or dislike?

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