Read the Label: Bumble and Bumble Spraychalk

Bumble and Bumble spraychalk in lavender
Bumble and Bumble spraychalk in lavender

One of the first mainstream temporary hair colors to come to market is the Bumble and Bumble's spraychalk. This product was created to spark the imaginations of edgy fashionistas. It’s a “wild, quick-dry tinted hairspray for a splash of color and style” that comes in “limited edition” colors including blush, cobalt, lavender and mint. This column will review the ingredient listing for functionality.

The aerosol spray uses hydrofluorocarbon 152a and denatured alcohol as the vehicle/solvents for the solids. Zinc oxide is the opacifier, which allows the colors to be visible even on dark hair. Aluminum starch octenylsuccinate helps to absorb oil and provide texture to the hair. Propanediol is a corn sugar-derived alternative to propylene glycol and acts as an emollient.

VP/VA copolymer and methyl methacrylate crosspolymer are the hair fixative resins that provide light hold, and triethoxycaprylylsilane is a surface treatment for the pigments that provides water repellence. Finally, silica and magnesium carbonate are oil-absorbing bulking agents, and ultramarines and iron oxides are the colorants.

Ingredients (Lavender): Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Magnesium Carbonate, VP/VA Copolymer, Zinc Oxide, Hydroflurocarbon 152a, Alcohol Denat, Zinc Oxide, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Propanediol, VP/VA Copolymer, Silica, Water, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Magnesium Carbonate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Ultramarines (CI 77007), Iron Oxides (CI 77491).

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