Bumble & Bumble Pret-A-Powder | Review + Demo

by Molly Gardner
bumble and bumble pret a powder for hair

Let’s see, a new product that promises big body?  Yep, I’ll try that, thank-you-so-so-much.

Bumble & Bumble has come out with a hair powder that they are calling it “equal parts dry shampoo, volume extender, and volume in a pinch.”  Pret-A-Powder retails for $26 for 2 oz.


Ok, just to get this out of the way here is the one thing that is my only drawbacks with it.  Otherwise I absolutely love the powder.

I purchased this powder intending to use it as a dry shampoo.  I had just finished a bottle of Khlorane dry shampoo, and it has a squeeze-and-poof application.

I assumed that B&B’s Pret-A-Powder would be just as easy to apply.  Any time I tried to apply it directly to my head, so much product came out of the tiny hole on the top of the bottle.  It was just way too much product for one spot. Update | I learned the best way to apply this shampoo is to shake to bottle over your hair, don’t squeeze.  I got it to apply lightly and easily this way.  Honestly, now I do believe this is the perfect product!


I love it for |

1 | Giving braids grip.  Swirl a bit of this powder in the palm of your hands and then start to work through a braid.  Your hair and braid will hold like never before.

2 | Adding volume to the front of your hair.  I tend to touch the front of my hair a lot (tucking it behind my ears, playing with the front pieces, etc.) so it gets greasier and can fall flat more quickly than the rest of my hair.

I put a dab of powder in my palm, touch the powder with my pointer and middle finger from my other hand, then work that small amount of powder into the roots at the front of my hair.  It gives the best, best, best volume at the front of your hair and bangs.

3 | Adding volume at the crown of my head.  For major volume at the crown of my head, I apply the powder in the same way as I do to the front of my hair, I just go over the same area several times for really big volume.  When I use this powder, I can skip hair spray at my roots.

I use this product only once or twice in between shampoos.  The volume seems to stay for me, so I try to conserve the product and also not have a ton of build-up in my hair.  It absorbs nicely, but even still, has some build up as all products do.

Overall, I love this product for adding body and texture in my hair.  It adds instant volume and hold where ever you touch it into your hair.  Watch this powder in action below!


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Love how it gives volume AND hold without a tacky texture.

Love how it gives volume AND hold without a tacky texture.


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Dickie April 5, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Molly- I’m on the market for a new dry shampoo. Ideally I’d want a spray that smells wonderful and doesn’t flake- having a hard time finding all three in a dry shampoo. Do you have any recs?

xo. Dickie

mollykirker@yahoo.com April 8, 2014 - 4:58 pm

Hi Dickie!

Ok, so I have been going through my mental catalogue of dry shampoos (future post idea!). For spray dry shampoos, “Pssst!” and Khlorane are a favorite. They do a great job as a dry shampoo, but scent wise are neutral. Batiste makes great scents, but I found I had to spray lightly or the texture became too thick on my hair. The Khlorane dry shampoo in the pouf bottle is my favorite in terms of a dry shampoo, application, and just doing the overall best job. As far as flaking goes, I generally apply the dry shampoo, rub it in with my fingers, wait five minutes, then brush my hair and sometimes hit my roots with the hair dryer for a couple seconds to add volume. And this helps it fully absorb for me for not flaking. I hope this helps!

Every Dry Shampoo I Have Ever Tried. June 30, 2015 - 7:21 pm

[…] Bumble and Bumble Pret-A-Powder, $27 for 2 oz, non aerosol:  This is billed as a part dry shampoo/part volumizer.  I love this as a volume adding product, but as a dry shampoo, I find it too hard/takes a while to distribute evenly on my roots.  It’s honestly one of the best volume adding powders I’ve ever used though.  I poof out a little bit at the crown of my head and shake it through and it helps give my hair volume all day.  I actually do bring this on trips with me and use it as a dry shampoo (just have patience distributing it and a few extra minutes).  It doubles as a volumizing powder and dry shampoo for me on trips so I only have to bring one product, then at home I use it primarily for adding volume. {post} […]


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