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Bumble and bumble Thickening Hairspray

What it is:A setting spray with a moderate hold.What it does:This spray lifts and holds all hair types (thin, thick, or otherwise). Use it for blow-drying, setting, protecting from heat, adding volume, lifting, controlling, and finishing any style.What else you need to know:Use any time after Prep or Tonic Lotion and before heated tools (or any sort of setting). Pair with Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner for a little more heft.
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Questions & Answers for Bumble and bumble Thickening Hairspray

Question
Air dry?
Is there any point in using this when you air dry your hair, or is it only effective when used in conjunction with heat styling?
asked 3 years ago
jem1
(New York, NY)
on Thickening Hairspray
14 answers
Answers
answer 1
It works best when you apply it to the root and heat style.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
melissabt
answer 2
I have really long (like 2 inches below my belly button), thick and heavy hair. I don't expect any lifting with products like this and I never blow dry my hair because it simply would take too long and I think my hair stays much healthier with minimal heat and styling. I have this in the mini size and I spray it on my hands, work through the roots in the front to give my hair some lift and let it air dry. It works, very subtly.

Spraying directly on my hair makes it crunchy and greasy looking. I like the effect using my hands, but I think it would probably work *best* as a thickening spray for shorter hair styles, blow dried out.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
elbu
(Vancouver, BC)
answer 3
I use this product every morning by spraying it on my hair while it is still damp, then letting it air dry and I get great results. I have never used a hair dryer, so I cannot tell you how the results would differ. All I can say, is try it for yourself and see how it works for you. As for me, I am very happy with the results that I get by just air drying my hair.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
leebones
(Boca Raton, FL)
answer 4
i only have used when using blow drying my hair.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
miky111
(Rochester, NY)
answer 5
I only air dry my hair. It works--trust me.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
elisabr
(Cary, NC)
answer 6
It's not just for heat drying at all! I air dry my hair quite a bit and I find this to be the only product that is stylable when my hair is wet. It gets stiff when it dries but is very easy to brush out for more fullness later if wanted...unlike hairspray and other products I've tried to use this way. They are very hard to comb out and this is not.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
stellamaree
(University Place, WA)
answer 7
It's like a hairspray so if you air dry your hair, it would probably have a 'crispier' finish, unless you brushed it out. Bumble and bumble products don't seem to flake, so you could probably finger comb your hair out when it dries. Hope this helps!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
mauimommy
(Maui, HI)
answer 8
i don't think you'd see much of a result without heat styling. most volumizing products are heat activated.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
lindseyxo
(Chicago, IL)
answer 9
I usually wash my hair at night and I let it air dry. In the morning I tend to spray some on when I fix my hair with the large curling iron. I do find that I like it best when I wash, blow dry, and then style my hair. I have, however, tried it while my hair was still damp. I wanted my hair to be a little more wavy but not frizzy. I sprayed some in my hands and worked it into my hair. It actually helped keep the frizz away.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
nebraska
(Nebraska)
answer 10
No point in using on dry hair, it might even make it greasy, Living Proof Hold Flexible hairspray is an amazing bodyfying thing for dry hair!
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
lottieb
(Boston, MA)
answer 11
In my opinion: no. I tried spraying this product on my bangs without flatironing them afterwards & it made my bangs clump in small sections. They looked seperated and moist. After a few hours I did flatiron them but they didnt look as good as they do when i flatiron immediately after applying.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
mycandystore
(Upland, Ca)
answer 12
I've used this when air drying to give my hair some volume on top. I will spray this lightly on the roots (spraying in chunks and combing through) and then use one of those hair claws to "bump" the top of my hair up to dry. This give the volume I want without having to put heat on my hair.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
amberh
(San Jose, CA)
answer 13
I am a hair stylist. This product is not heat-activated, although heat helps any styling aid, this can be used when you air dry your hair.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
nolasriah
(Denver, CO)
answer 14
If you air dry your hair and don't use a straightening or curling iron I don't see any value in using this product.
answered 3 years ago
annisfo
(Chicago, IL)
Question
Flakes?
i was wondering if it holds the hair in place and if it flakes off after while? THNX!!!!
asked 2 years, 9 months ago
Anonymous
(Sacramento, CA)
on Thickening Hairspray
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
Not a hairspray at all. You spray it on when hair is wet. Did nothing to increase volume. Waste of money
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
sigleinda
(Sugarland , TX)
answer 2
I've used this product for 3 months and haven't had any problems whatsoever with flaking.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
brit555
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 3
It helps my bangs stay in the direction I blow dry. I am currently trying to let them grow out, so I am drying them to the side. I have had no flaking at all with this product.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
pran38
(Ocala, FL)
answer 4
I use this every day and it holds my hairstyle all day without any stickiness or flaking of any kind. I am always messing around with my hair throughout the day, and I have never had a problem with the product flaking out of my hair.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
leebones
(Boca Raton, FL)
answer 5
It's a lightweight hold. I've never had it flake off.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
shellynnrn
(Jacksonville, FL)
answer 6
It does not flake on hair. It is best used when your hair is wet, before blow drying. It also works great if you spritz it on an area before curling for extra volume.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
tamismiles
(Ohio)
answer 7
I have never had this product flake. I do not use it as my "holding" hairspray. I use it to thicken prior to blow drying. After I have finished styling, I use an inexpensive anti humidity spray to keep the style in place.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
jtstrong8
(Sacramento, CA)
answer 8
I don't find that it flakes but it's more of a volumizer to add to damp hair, not so much a hairspray. It doesn't have a lot of hold for say, an up do, but it will keep volume going all day.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
underwhelmed11
answer 9
It won't flake, but it will feel sticky even at the end of the day. I wouldn't recommend it.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
polevaultbeauty
(Naperville, IL)
answer 10
NO!!! this product doesn't flake off :)) it holds the volume for the whole entire day ;)
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
fayming
(Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
answer 11
It doesn't flake and it doesn't hold your hair like a normal hairspray would. I would say it's purely for adding volume rather than to finish a look.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
lc910
(New York, NY)
Question
Does it dry your hair out?
With alcohol being one of the key ingredients in this product, does it leave your hair dry? My hair is already on the dry side and I'm looking for something to help protect it from heat, but I want to avoid anything that will leave it even drier.
asked 1 year, 10 months ago
trideltadarling
(Milwaukee, WI)
on Thickening Hairspray
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
This will not provide heat protection. It is very drying. It's a styling product with so much alcohol it's been renamed "hair spray", even though it's not meant to be used as a finishing spray.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
missmarch
(Chicago, IL)
answer 2
Doesn't leave my hair dry but I use it as a styling spray on wet/damp hair before blow drying. I use a separate aerosol after styling for hold. I don't care for pump hairsprays but this is great for volumizing. I like it better than any mousse. :)
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
nickylu
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 3
YES!! DO NOT use it. I do not have dry hair but I certainly did once I used this. It gave me instant fly-aways!
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
fashionprincess
(NY, NY)
answer 4
I also have this same problem with products drying my hair. This one has not dried my hair at all. It is a must try!
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
skippysippy
(Meridian, ID)
answer 5
I do think that using any product with alcohol ALL the time along with a combination of other products with alcohol, than yes this might add to the problem if there is one to begin with. I haven't had any problems with this product and I do use another product of mousse that does contain alcohol.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
jumptheskyjen
(jackson, mi)
answer 6
This product does not dry out my hair. It leaves it full, soft & shiny.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
weenie39
(Shelton, CT)
answer 7
It does tend to be drying but you need only a little of the product to give you the lift. I have very fine hair and it truly works.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
lorrieb1
(Pittsburgh PA)
answer 8
I think it could dry it out, but it could be fine if you only use it on the roots for body. Then use an oil or something that moisturizes on the rest.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
agirl1
(Aspen, CO)
answer 9
if you over use the product i can see it drying your hair out, make sure you hold it far enough away from your head so as not to concentrate alot of spray on one area, you can always go back and spray more after what you have sprayed has dried.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
crickle
(sylvester, ga)
answer 10
I haven't noticed any drying effects with this product. I really like the texture of my hair when I use it.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
tabusmom
(New York State)
answer 11
I've got long hair that stays on the dry side so I always use a pre-style product like Ojon Restorative Oil or even straight jojoba oil. It's helped alot!
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
Anonymous
(Montgomery, Alabama)
Question
How does it compare to regular hairspray?
How does this hairspray compare to regular hairspray? My main complaint about most hairsprays is that they leave my hair too stiff and unworkable. Does this hairspray have that effect? Does it really thicken more than most? Is it worth the money?
asked 1 year, 4 months ago
samlamb
(Northampton, Ma)
on Thickening Hairspray
11 answers
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answer 1
I would not recommend using as a hairspray. Seems to work better on damp hair. I think it would be too stiff.
answered 2 months, 1 week ago
TIFFNATL
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 2
It thickens my hair miraculously. I have bone straight hair that hair stylists say is thick, but i don't agree. This really does the trick. It's sticky when you first spray it, but as you dry your hair it dries leaving your hair super thick. It is just a bit tough to comb through after, but even after a good brush, it's still thick.
answered 6 months ago
EP81
(Toronto, Ontario)
answer 3
I asked my local Bumble and bumble rep why it was called hairspray if that's not what people use it for. She said, "It can be used as a finishing spray, but that's not what it's intended for. We have to call it a hairspray because of the alcohol content, otherwise we would call it just a 'spray'." I would not recommend using it as a holding spray, just because if you don't blow dry it, it will become crunchy.
answered 9 months ago
AcidPop
answer 4
I've tried this as a hairspray, but I prefer it as a blow dry / volumizer treatment.
answered 1 year ago
lillye
(Scottsdale, AZ)
answer 5
It's a styling product, meant for use in wet hair. If you use it your hair after it's dry you will be sorry!!! It's WET, so if you blew out your hair, it's flat and wet... only now it will feel like straw and matted because of the high alcohol content. It used to be Thickening Spray. It's called hair spray now (reformulated)but it's not in the traditional sense. Buy B & B's aerosol or regular hair spray NOT this.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
missmarch
(Chicago, IL)
answer 6
I don't use it as hairspray, per se. I use it to thicken and style and use a separate aerosol hairspray for hold. :)
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
nickylu
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 7
It has a nice light fragrance which is hard to find in hairsprays. The only time it became stiff is when I used way too much. We all have such different hair so I would suggest giving it a try - buy the smaller bottle.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
basilsmom
(Phillips, WI)
answer 8
No crunch, no stiffness, no nothing -- just natural-looking volume. Spray it on when your hair is wet and blow dry upside-down for awesome results, then add just a light touch afterwards for styling purposes.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
ChrissyCupcake
(Middle America)
answer 9
I don't see it as a hairspray at all. I sprayed it on damp hair and then dried as usual. I will say it did thicken my hair but it dried it out HORRIBLY. I returned it.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
fashionprincess
(NY, NY)
answer 10
does not thicken, does not have any hold, definitely not worth the money. very sticky, leaves your hair stiff which makes it frizzy later on.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
anonymous3089
(Miami, FL)
answer 11
I have this and love it. This is not a typical "hold" hairspray, but rather a styling and finishing spray that adds volume. My understanding is that Bumble & Bumble was required to change the name of the product to comply with a state regulation, despite the fact that it's now fairly confusing! I typically use this on damp hair before blow drying, or on dry hair when going for a messy, sexy texture.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
meggycolleen
(Bloomington, IN)
Question
Does it leave your hair crunchy?
Is this like normal hairspray where it leaves your hair hard and crunchy? If so, is there anything else you'd recommend that doesn't?
asked 1 year, 4 months ago
beautybabe11
(Boston, MA)
on Thickening Hairspray
11 answers
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answer 1
DEFINITELY DOES NOT MAKE MY HAIR CRUNCHY! its the perfect consistency and is lightweight enough that you dont notice, but it really holds your style
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
carlyycat
(washington, dc)
answer 2
Shockingly, it's not! This is the first hairspray that I felt didn't leave my hair feeling like a crunchy and hard mess of twigs!
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
shortieartist
(Cincinnati, OH)
answer 3
No! My hair feels soft and natural - yet has body.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
ddoaney
(Miami, FL)
answer 4
Non clumpy
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
seriousshopper
(New York, NY)
answer 5
If you use too much it can get funny, so use a light spritz when applying.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
basilsmom
(Phillips, WI)
answer 6
Not at all.
you spray it in wet and then dry your hair with it in
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
girltoy
(Minden, NV)
answer 7
No this does not leave hair crunchy. I spray towards the roots on damp hair the blow dry.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
lucyplph
(Jordan, MN)
answer 8
It doesn't leave my hair crunchy at all. I spray a little on my hair when it is damp and blow dry with a round brush. Also when it is almost dry, I will spray some of the product on a certain section of my hair and blow dry that section 15-20 seconds until it is dry and I have great volume.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
skinbest
(Mobile, AL)
answer 9
No it does not leave your hair crunchy. To me it is NOT hairspray at all. To me it is just a thickening agent.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
fashionprincess
(NY, NY)
answer 10
If you use too much, yes. Just stick to using it on your roots for maximum effect. I usually separate hair from each side of my part and lightly mist the hair at the root once underneath. It helps to have a few sections so that the whole finished look is not just one voluminous spot! ;)
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
cassiefrass
(Kansas City, KS)
answer 11
Unless you dump the bottle on your hair, but generally no it does not leave it crunchy. Applying it lightly it leaves your hair soft and gives your hair the apprearance of healthy hair.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
Delta254
(Los angeles, CA)
Question
Is this safe for color treated hair?
I have fine, color treated hair. Is this OK to use?
asked 1 year, 2 months ago
primpygirl
(RUNNEMEDE, NJ)
on Thickening Hairspray
8 answers
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answer 1
I have fine color treated blonde hair and it is color safe. I even asked my hair colorist and she said it was ok.
answered 2 months, 1 week ago
TIFFNATL
(ATLANTA, GA)
answer 2
Seems to be - I color and haven't had a problem at all.
answered 6 months ago
janetsopinion
(Bay area, ca)
answer 3
Everything Bumble and bumble sells is safe for color treated hair. Thickening Spray is no exception. :) I have color treated hair and it doesn't harm the color at all.
answered 9 months ago
AcidPop
answer 4
I have my hair colored with added highlights, and have not noticed any negatives using this product. My hair seems healthy and shiny.
answered 1 year ago
kimmyj
(Boston, MA)
answer 5
That is exactly what my hair is and it seems to react well for me.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
kayjohnson73
(Torrington, CT)
answer 6
i use it on my color treated hair (red) all the time with no signs that its dulling the color
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
carlyycat
(washington, dc)
answer 7
Yes! So safe to use! My color treated hair is loving it!!!
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
shortieartist
(Cincinnati, OH)
answer 8
So far I have had no problems with this product stripping my hair color. My hair color is blonde with highlights. If you are unsure, I would speak to a hair professional.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
ebheartssephora
(Los Angeles, CA)
Question
How much is too much?
How squirts/pumps of this should one use?
asked 11 months ago
sandranne
(Los Angeles, CA)
on Thickening Hairspray
8 answers
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answer 1
I have medium to long length hair and use about 3 sprays. Mainly roots and crown. Then add a lightweight oil to protect ends.
answered 2 months, 1 week ago
TIFFNATL
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 2
I have very thin hair and with this product the more the better! Throughout the roots I spray about five to seven times. This helps give me the all around volume I want. I would say more for ticker hair. This is not a product that u use a pea size amount of.
answered 3 months, 2 weeks ago
salaem
(Cookeville,tn)
answer 3
I always use 2 pumps, my hair is medium length and on the thin side.
answered 5 months, 2 weeks ago
sunflower77
(NY, NY)
answer 4
I'm not sure you can add too much. I would say a few pumps is not enough. - don't be afraid to keep spraying. You'll work up to the level that feels comfortable for your hair. I added a few pumps each day until I got comfortable with how much I needed.
answered 6 months ago
Rbjean
(Scottsdale, Arizona)
answer 5
Only use a squirt or two if you can, it's potent workable stuff in the smallest of amounts even!
answered 8 months ago
katefate
(Middle of Nowhere, CA)
answer 6
I never use more than one spritz in a given area unless I'm going for MAJOR volume (runway style volume). Otherwise, I spray once at the roots all over, rub it in a little just so it'll enter the cuticle of the hair, and blow dry upwards. If you're going for a little more volume, spray a little more. It all depends on how much volume you're going for.
answered 9 months ago
AcidPop
answer 7
I use five to six quick light sprays all over and then comb it through.
answered 11 months ago
chardi
(Chicago, Illinois)
answer 8
I use maybe 5 pumps and I have short hair. You really just want to saturate your roots with this. If you give it time to airdry after you've sprayed, it can get sticky, so be sure you're ready to blow dry.
answered 11 months ago
starburstiam
(New Orleans, LA)
Question
Can you use this on dry hair?
I'm looking for a product that will help add volume to my thin curly hair on the 2nd and 3rd day after washing. So it would need to be something I can add to my already dry hair. Is this something that I could do that with? Or do you have any recommendations for another product.
asked 1 year, 1 month ago
modlady
(Atlanta, GA)
on Thickening Hairspray
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
I use a curling iron and then spray to hold the body. Always on dry hair and it holds very well.
answered 6 months ago
janetsopinion
(Bay area, ca)
answer 2
I sometimes use this on dry hair and blow dry for just a minute. If you let the product air dry your hair will be a little crunchy.
answered 6 months ago
Rbjean
(Scottsdale, Arizona)
answer 3
I, personally, would not recommend using it on dry hair because it does tend to get crunchy if you don't blow dry it. :/
answered 9 months ago
AcidPop
answer 4
I have fine, curly hair, and I love this product. I use a leave-in conditioner before I spray this, but after that, I think it works great. Doesn't seem to dry my hair out...
answered 1 year ago
omgstoph8in
(New York, NY)
answer 5
Hi Modlady. Yes! You can use this on dry or damp hair.
answered 1 year ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
How long does it hold the volume
I only wash my hair every three days. Would the volume hold up for that length of time or does it need refreshing daily with Prep to get back the volume? TIA
asked 6 months ago
tiggysquirrel
(Canada)
on Thickening Hairspray
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
Hi! I use this product and wash my hair about every 3-4 days. I find that it lasts until about the last day. I've used the prep before, and it does help a bit to refresh your hair, but I don't find it necessary. Best of luck!
answered 1 week, 4 days ago
chubbyballerina
(UT)
answer 2
I don't wash my hair everyday and I think it is better the second day with just a touch up with my hot iron.
answered 3 weeks, 3 days ago
ladyok
(Yukon, OK)
answer 3
Refresh with a spritz of water and blowdryer.
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
teechgate
(Tucson, AZ)
answer 4
I think you would need to prep daily. It is a very light spray
answered 6 months ago
MakeupBySarai
(Palm Beach, FL)
answer 5
It's pretty sticky when first used, and I believe you are supposed to blow dry your hair after use (that's what i do anyway), so adding to it day by day might weigh your hair down. 3 times in 3 days might be pushing it.
answered 6 months ago
EP81
(Toronto, Ontario)
Question
Will this protect my hair if I use this before a curling iron?
I know it works best with heat, but I wasn't sure if it would actually protect my hair or not. I have thin pin straight black hair, not really oily or dry, and I usually put in prep and invisible oil when my hair is damp. I only ever use this if I'm going to be using a blow dryer, but I want to start using a curling iron so was wondering if this would protect against heat damage.
Thanks!
asked 1 year ago
Sruth
(NY, NY)
on Thickening Hairspray
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
I don't think it would protect your hair. That's not what it does. I usually use a heat protector and then spray this over top.
answered 6 months ago
EP81
(Toronto, Ontario)
answer 2
I don't believe it protects hair but, it Is very light weight. I have fine hair and I use a few sprays before styling to thicken my hair and hold curl. give it a try. I am a colored blonde so, I always worry about damage and this has caused no damage. better than a hard spray or gel for thickening
answered 9 months ago
mmyers
(DC metro)
answer 3
I own this product (and have for many years now) and most of bumble and bumble products have a heat protective element to it. This actually says on the bottle "protecting from heat." This along with prep lays a good foundation for other products once your hair is dry and you plan to use heat tools. I personally believe that BB Does it All is the best heat protectant spray for heat tools once your hair is dry (but at the salon I go to they also use it WHEN blow drying as well). It also gives it a flexible hold that will last all day.
answered 11 months ago
kelleynichole
(Richmond, KY)
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