Fun Facts:

Founded by Michael Gordon, the first Bumble and bumble salon was established in New York City in 1977. One year later, it was chosen among the Top 10 Salons in NYC by American Vogue.

In 1988 Howard McLaren joins Bumble and bumble and develops a signature cutting style with a straight razor.

Bumble and bumble's first product was Brilliantine, released in 1990.

The bra strap-inspired, launched in Milan in 1998, started an inventive hair accessory trend.

Launched in 2002, Bb.U is the company's initiative to train top talent in a design school, business school, and network education.

Company News/Recent Launches:

Bumble and bumble's "House of Bumble," which is home to Bb.U, a salon, and the company headquarters in New York's Meatpacking district, played host to unofficial fashion shows for NY Fashion Week 2006.

The Bb & First Step Makeover event in October 2008 gave low-income women in First Step makeovers during the final month of their training as they were preparing for job interviews.

Key Ingredients:

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice for moisturizing and healing- in Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner

Ascophyllum Nudosum Extract for added elasticity and luster- in Seaweed Shampoo and Conditioner, Surf Spray

Biotin (Vitamin H) strengthens hair follicle- in Prep

Gafquat 734 (a raw material that has become a backstage staple) holds like iron and is near-impossible to wash out. It appears in Bumble and bumble's Gellac, a sure-hold lacquer, and Bb. Gel, a flexible sculpting gel.

Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract conditions- in Prep

Hydrolized Wheat Protein for conditioning- in Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner, Deeep

Hydrolized Soy Protein for conditioning- in Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner, Deeep

Macrocystis Pyrifera (Sea Kelp) Extract adds shine and manageability- in Seaweed Shampoo and Conditioner, Surf Spray

Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil has antiseptic properties- in Tonic Lotion

Vitamin E protects hair from environmental damage- in Prep, Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner, Tonic Lotion

TIA's Take:

Bumble and bumble's mission is to inspire creativity and pioneer hair care through a continuous process of self-examination and re-invention. The company reveals that through experience, obscure ingredients favored by session stylists have led to extraordinary products (ie. Surf Spray, Hair Powder, Sumowax). Be that as it may, some of Bumble and bumble's quick fix products may do more damage than help to hair in the long-term. Synthetic chemicals make up the sole key ingredient in a few of Bumble and bumble's cult classics (ie. Gellac, Bb. Gel, Spray de Mode). These components may hold locks in place, but they may not do any favors for the health of your hair or scalp (as Marta discovered in her review of the Curl Conscious Conditioner, which irritates with stearalkonium chloride, cetyl ethylhexanoate, behentrimonium chloride, BHT, and panthenol). On the other hand, lesser-known items like Deeep are brimming with beneficial botanicals and proteins. Bumble and bumble's Hair Powder, which Marta has incorporated into her weekly hair care regimen, is an excellent touch-up between shampoos. Overall, the company has a clever take on reinventing hair care and sourcing talent. Bumble and bumble offers some real gems within its stable of products, which can only be found by doing some careful digging.