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Bumble and bumble Prep

What it is:A nutrient-rich detangler and styling primer.What it does:Full of herbs and vitamins, this rich elixir quickly refreshes hair without weighing it down. Use it to detangle and prepare hair for styling. Or spray it on styled hair to reactivate products already in the hair. Great for natural looks, it enhances the performance of styling products while conditioning hair and soothing the scalp. What else you need to know:This product was designed to help stylists backstage at fashion shows where time is of the essence and shampooing isn't an option.
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Questions & Answers for Bumble and bumble Prep

Question
Is this safe to use on color treated hair?
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
juicyest
(San Antonio, TX)
on Prep
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have color treated hair and it works fine for me.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
misspi
(New York, NY)
answer 2
ive asked the same to stylists. the lotion is more softening for unruly or coarse/curly hair. it chills it out a little, and smells like tea tree (yum). i have straight/fine hair with a little wave so i stick with prep, and use it as my base layer for everything else, like a primer for foundation. it makes everything absorb and apply evenly.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
alisonwonderlnd
(New York, New York)
answer 3
Yes! It is safe for color treated hair.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
melissabt
answer 4
My hair is highlighted and colored and it works fine. My stylist knows I use it and she thinks it's cool as well.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
limlo
(San Luis Obispo, CA)
answer 5
No. It contains sulphates and will strip the color right out.
answered 2 years ago
whenyouwakeup
answer 6
I would definitely say yes. I have had my hair colored for a while now and it has only improved the look and feel of my hair. I recently went blond and am a natural brunette
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
jenn32
(Virginia Beach, VA)
answer 7
Well, my hair is colored and I've used it with no problems at all. So I'd say yes, go for it.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
queendoc
(Cedar Rapids, IA)
answer 8
Absolutely! - I've been colouring my hair for decades and would highly recommend this for coloured/highlighted etc. hair.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
geeg1
(ny ,ny)
Question
BB Prep or BB Tonic?
I notice that they both say "A nutrient-rich detangler and styling primer." Which is better for medium-thick curly hair?
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
ahhhttack
(Cherry Hill, NJ)
on Prep
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
go with tonic for curly hair...
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
hols802
(new york)
answer 2
I've used both and prefer prep. It is just a preference of smell for me. I have tried both and think they do the same thing.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
saturday
(Phoenix, AZ)
answer 3
I have thick curly hair (but not extremely tight curls) and have both of these products. I use the tonic when my scalp is irritated, but I haven't noticed it do anything special for my hair. The jury is still out on the prep. I think I like it. However, I've also just started using Ouidad de-frizz shampoo and conditioner so I'm not sure which one is making my hair calmer or if it's the combo.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
curlylisa
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 4
According to B&B's website -
Prep is for - Anyone; best for ultra-fine, limp, relatively healthy hair.
Tonic is for - Anyone; especially dry, coarse, porous or colored hair.
I tend to rotate between them. When I use Tonic, my hair is very healthy and therefore I can use Prep too.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
catespace
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 5
Hi! They are both different types of detanglers. It really depends on your hair. Because you said you have thick wavy hair my recommendation is definitely the prep. I have both the tonic and prep and always use the prep because my hair is thick and wavy/curly. I find this one to also be more moisturizing and faster to work with. I also threw a bumble and bumble party with my friends for Teen Vogue and we all agreed prep was by far our Fave. Hope I helped :)
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
chanelgirl96
(CA)
answer 6
Hello,

The Bumble and Bumble Tonic is for color treated hair and contains tea tree oil to sooth the scalp. The Prep is a light leave in conditioner for hair that has not been color treated. I hope that this helps!
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
melissabt
answer 7
Prep is more moisturizing, so I'd go with that.

Tonic is more of a scalp soother than a moisturizer. When my scalp gets burned up during processing (color/hilighting), I use this to calm it down.

Just based on my experience.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
killclick
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Prep vs styling lotion?
So I am slightly confused on which to get, or both. I typically let my hair airdry, but if I do blowdry i really have to weigh my hair down. I think prep would be better for airdry and lotion better for blowdry. So do you really need both?
asked 3 years, 6 months ago
Taylornicole4
(TX)
on Prep
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I use both, not always together. Prep I use as a detangler everyday. I use the lotion as a styling aid. It is great as a heat protectant when blow drying or using hot tools, such as curling iron. It helps hold the curl.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
saturday
(Phoenix, AZ)
answer 2
I have both prep and the styling lotion. I always apply prep whether air or blow drying. I apply it first as a "foundation" and then any styling products on top. I use the styling lotion to spray on my damp hair when I'm heat styling to hold the style. i would never apply the styling lotion when air drying...it's too sticky without heat. If you want a heavier styling product then the lotion, try the styling creme - you would use that when you heat style, but it is heavier than the spray lotion.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
quarteracrefarm
(Wilsonville, OR)
answer 3
I love using prep with blow-drying. I typically air-dry my hair, but am very pleased with how it helps to give my fine hair some lift when I dry it, while still letting me style it and not being super blown-out.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
beeag
(Milwaukee, WI)
answer 4
prep has biotin in it so it probably really did help your hair grow. we hear this from lots of clients.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
skullz
(kent ohio)
answer 5
I have used both and I think that their names say it all. Prep is supposed to prepare the hair for styling products...kind of like a primer. It also really helps with tangles. The styling lotion is to be used to style...it is a bit sticky, but I think it helps to shape the hair while blowdrying. Your hair isn't sticky when it's dried. And another personal observation: I totally believe that Prep makes your hair grow!!! I stopped using it for about 9 months----not sure why----and in that time I got a horrible haircut and my hair didn't grow. I just started using it again about 3 weeks ago and my hair is growing! I'm no scientist, but I think there is something to it1
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
ack143
(Boston, MA)
answer 6
It all depends on you hair type. Prep is more for those who have normal and oily hair. Lotion is more for dry, damage, and color treated hair; any hair that required more moisture. Lotion has oil in it so if you use it on oily hair, it will become more oily.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
fayming
(Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
Question
what's the difference between BB prep & BB lotion?
does anyone who has used both know what the difference is? the only one i could really see is that BB lotion was made specifically for men?
asked 3 years, 6 months ago
mand3rin
(CA)
on Prep
5 answers
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answer 1
The two products are very different! The tonic is good for color treated hair and it has tea tree oil to calm the scalp. The prep is for all hair types!
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
melissabt
answer 2
The prep prepares your hair to help the lotion and other products work even better! You will see and feel the difference if you have been using just the lotion.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
prinsezwon
(Clovis, ca)
answer 3
Prep is better for thin hair, The other is better for fuller hair, it also has tea tree oil that is calming to the scalp.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
italomeatball
(Phoenix)
answer 4
I just answered this same question for someone else, so go check it out when it is posted!!! :)
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
ack143
(Boston, MA)
answer 5
I ask a hairstylist who work with both prep and lotion and she told me that prep is better for those who have normal and oily hair because lotion has oil in it and if you have oily hair it will add more oil to it. lotion is better for those with color treated hair, damage hair, and dry hair; any hair that needs extra moisture.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
fayming
(Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
Question
Heat Protectant?
Can i put this product in before heat styling? will it protect my hair from heat? i wear extensions. will it be okay for them? please help! :)
asked 3 years ago
karmel303
on Prep
5 answers
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answer 1
yes great on extension...
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
hols802
(new york)
answer 2
Yes, great for heat and extensions (natural hair im assuming) - i use both from time to time and this is part of my daily routine.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
alisonwonderlnd
(New York, New York)
answer 3
Not sure if this would help or work as heat protectant but the b&b styling lotion spray is a great thermal protectant! Hope this helps!
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
saturday
(Phoenix, AZ)
answer 4
Hello,

The Bumble and Bumble Prep does not protect your hair from heat however, it helps detangle and hydrate your hair.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
melissabt
answer 5
My hair dresser told me that the product called "Thickening" has a thermal protectant in it. I am thinking prep does not.
answered 3 years ago
alleyrlt
(Arkansas)
Question
Availability?????
Can anyone tell me WHEN BBb Prep will be in stock??? I check everytime I'm on sephora.com and product is never available. I've done the "Notify Me" thing and have yet to receive notification. I only need the to-go size.
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
jaki
(Texas, USA)
on Prep
3 answers
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answer 1
Get them to email you when it's available if it's not in stock. Cheers!
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
katefate
(Middle of Nowhere, CA)
answer 2
I just checked it and they have it in stock. If you can never find it at sephora try ordering it from bumble and bumble's website. =) Wish I could tell you what days they normally restock, but I am not to sure about that.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
megan0811
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 3
Hello,

As of 3/18/2012 this item is currently in stock online.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
melissabt
Question
Does this help hair to take a style?
I have naturally straight blond hair and when I try to curl it myself I can never get the style to hold and I need something to put in before to make this happen
asked 1 year, 8 months ago
elizabethak
on Prep
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have straight, strawberry-blonde hair, and I didn't notice this help with curls in any way. It's good as a detangler, but I'd look for something with a heat activator.
answered 1 year ago
gretherself
(Indianapolis, IN)
answer 2
No. It is more of a leave in conditioner and smoother, but not real heavy duty.

You should try putting in a mousse like Alterna's Bamboo Mousse when your hair is damp, and then lightly spraying curls when they are still warm, just out of the curling iron with a good, fine mist hair spray of your choice. Let them cool completely and dry, and when you're done curling it lal you can release them and mess them up a bit. You also want to curl a little tighter than you really want them to end up and hair spray them well. My hair is fine and doesn't hold curl well, even though when it is short it is naturally curly--it is long, and the weight of it is enough to pull the curl out. This is the method I use to keep curls in.

Also, curls really love moisture, so you may want to leave your conditioner on a little extra time before starting the process, or use several day old hair that has lots of oil in it naturally.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
killclick
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 3
Yes, this product will help with your daily styling.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
What is the difference between the Bumble and Bumble Prep and the Tonic?
They seem very similar and I need to know which one is the better products for me.
asked 1 year, 3 months ago
Caroline687
(Coronada, California)
on Prep
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Prep is lighter weight and it is for non color treated hair while Tonic has tea tree oil to sooth the scalp and it is for color treated hair. I hope that this helps!
answered 7 months ago
melissabt
answer 2
To me, prep feels much more lightweight than tonic. Tonic feels good initially when I use it, but ends up weighing my hair down later in the day and making it feel a bit oily. Prep just conditions my hair, making it feel nice and healthy without any weight. Prep seems like more of an everyday leave in conditioner sort of spray, whereas tonic is more of a blowdry or styling spray (though it's not sticky or stiff like a hairspray). Hope this helps!
answered 1 year ago
higill
(Oakland, CA)
answer 3
I have tried them both, love them both and they seem to do the same thing for my hair. The obvious difference to me is the smell. Tonic has tea tree oil in it so it has a stronger smell BUT the smell does not last, which is a good thing. Other than that, I haven't noticed a difference between the two.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
saturday
(Phoenix, AZ)
Question
Is it good for straight hair.?
My hair is naturally straight but it's frizzy in the morning. I want something that will tame the frizz but also be very soft, not dry and not sticky
asked 5 months, 3 weeks ago
vannahlandes
(Virginia)
on Prep
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes I would try this first on wet / damp dry hair give scalp little massage comb thru .... Then use the Thickening spray when you are ready to blow out or flat iorn
answered 2 days ago
NorthStarr84
(Boca Raton , Florida)
answer 2
My hair is really thin and has a tiny bit of wave to it (thanks pregnancy hormones from 14 years ago!). This doesn't weight it down or really add any feeling to my hair other than making it soft and tangle free.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
llittizzio
(Sterling, MA)
answer 3
This is good for straight hair, I've used it on mine. But it's just a prep step, something to add before your regular products. It will help other thing work better, but don't expect it to do anything for you on its own.
answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
candleashes
(Brooklyn, NY)
Question
Can BB Prep be used before flat ironing hair?
Can BB Prep be used before flat ironing hair? Or will this cause damage to hair like burning or damage the flat iron?
Is this product just better used on damp or dry hair?
asked 1 year, 1 month ago
Anonymous
on Prep
2 answers
Answers
answer 1
I use this and love it, spritz it on damp hair, I then dry my hair before I use my flat iron, after I use my iron,I use the Josie Maran argan oil hair serum
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
twerpy
(Council Bluffs, Iowa)
answer 2
As with all prep products, we highly suggest allowing the product to dry to avoid burning.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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