On my way to work a few weeks ago during the Sephora Summer Splurge Points Event I was in need of a dry shampoo. I thought, what the hell, let’s try the Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-Powder once and for all. I wanted to try it because it’s been a lot of people’s holy grail for a dry shampoo and I like how it’s more portable than it’s larger aerosol counterparts. I figured I’d swallow the high price because if it became my new favourite it would be worth it.
This product claims to instantly absorb oil, create volume and extend styles. For a whopping $31CAD you get 56grams (or 2oz) of product. The main ingredient is corn starch which is also the main ingredient of baby powder. Is this just glorified baby powder??? Other main ingredients include polysilicone-22 which is meant to absorb oil but remain invisible on hair, silica (cheap and found in any dry shampoo), and “montmormillonite” a bougee french clay that absorbs oil. At least the expensive French clay is the second ingredient listed. That helps me feel better about spending a million dollars on baby powder.
-Easy to use, hard to over-do it with the single-hole spout
-Nice size to take in your purse for daily touch-ups
-No awful smell like you might get from baby powder
-Adds nice volume and texture to second and third day hair
-Non-aerosol = more environmentally friendly
-Since the hole in the bottle is so small, it can take a while to use
-The hole often gets clogged
Overall this isn’t a bad product but it isn’t great either. If you’ve got money to spend and want a travel friendly product, this might be a good choice for you. However, the hole in the bottle sometimes clogs and I have to whack the bottom to get it to unclog, resulting in wasting product. I do like this for my on-the-go lifestyle because it’s portable and easy to bring with me in my purse. The product works decently to refresh my hair but it takes forever to use since the hole is so small. The plus side of that is you can’t really overdo it, but I often found I wanted just blast my hair with something like Batiste instead because it’s fast and it works.
One thing I will say is that I never felt like my hair was grimy when I used it, and it didn’t get itchy on my scalp either. I hate dry shampoos that just make your hair feel gross. So, far I’ve only used about 1/6th of the bottle up and I’ve been using it consistently for about 3 weeks so I think this will definitely outlast aerosol products in longevity, but you do pay a higher price. Not amazing but not awful either. I think if anything I’d just buy the travel size next time to keep in my purse, and use my Batiste for home.