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Do Powdered Hair Colors Work?: Bumble & Bumble Dry Hair Powder Review

Posted Aug 30 2011 4:50pm



Bumble & Bumble Dry Hair Powder sounds like a working girl’s dream come true:  One spray, and you get the benefits of a dry shampoo and a hair color!

Except you don’t.  I recently tried  Bumble & Bumble Dry Hair Powder  in an effort to cover my highlights, which have grown out about four or five inches:

Unfortunately, I didn’t check the ingredients before I used  Bumble & Bumble Dry Hair Powder , and so I was completely shocked when the color not only didn’t last, but went everywhere - all over my neck, the sides of my face, even the top of my shirt.

After I read the ingredients, I wasn’t surprised:  Two alcohols, plus aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, which is used in cosmetics at concentrations as high as 30% as an anticaking agent and a nonaqueous viscosity increasing agent.  While aluminum starch octenylsuccinate has been found to be safe in toxicity studies ( International Journal of Toxicity , 2002), it does not absorb oil to the extent that it will stick to oils in the hair for very long.  Instead,  Bumble & Bumble Dry Hair Powder  has Vp/Va Copolymer (also known as Polyvinylpyrrolidone/Vinyl Acetate Copolymer) to cause the powder to stick to the hair.  Unfortunately, Vp/Va Copolymer is mostly found in products like hair sprays and leave-in conditioners, not temporary hair dyes.

So if you want to use  Bumble & Bumble Dry Hair Powder , do yourself (and your white shirts) a favor, and use only a very small amount on the roots of your hair.  I personally will never, ever use this again!

Ingredients in  Bumble & Bumble Dry Hair Powder

Dimethyl Ether, Alcohol Denat., Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Propylene Glycol, Vp/Va Copolymer, Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, Magnesium Carbonate.

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