Bumble & Bumble Primer Product Review

Bumble & Bumble Primer Product Review

Bumble & Bumble’s Primer Line

3 different Bumble & Bumble Primers, what they are used for, and what you need to know!

Even if you have never heard of primers before and are wondering what to do with them I have highlighted below everything you need to know about each of Bumble & Bumble’s primers and which one is right for you! The purpose of primers are: to even out the porosity of the hair, balance the PH of hair, while nourishing, moisturizing, and detangling your hair prior to styling.


Tonic Lotion

bumble & bumble's tonic lotion bottle
A must before styling.

Tonic lotion is your medium-weight pre styler. You will want to use it on hair thats a little bit more rough. Hair that you can’t run your fingers through because it tangles. The main ingredient is tea tree in the Tonic Lotion. It has a nice smoothing effect on your scalp as well.

  • What: A blend of herbs, vitamins and Tea Tree Oil replaces moisture, soothes, detangles, enhances the performance of products and reminds us of old-school barbers’ elixirs.
  • Who: Anyone; especially dry, coarse, porous or colored hair.
  • When: Daily; to detangle and prepare hair for styling; anytime to dampen and reactivate products already in hair; to wet down hair and lubricate the blade while cutting.
  • How: Spray liberally and evenly on damp hair and work through.

The Prep

bumble & bumble product line primer prep
The ultimate pre-styler.

This primer is a lightweight pre styler. You will want to use it on hair that is already soft, smooth, fine or silky.

  • What: This nutrient-rich detangler reveals texture, enhances the performance of styling products and refreshes already styled hair.
  • Who: Anyone; best for ultra-fine, limp, relatively healthy hair.
  • When: When hair is damp to detangle and prepare hair for styling; anytime to dampen and reactivate products already in hair.
  • How: Spray liberally and evenly (it’s impossible to use too much) on damp hair and work through.

Hairdressers Invisible Oil

bumble & bumble invisible primer oil bottle
A mist of many wonders.

The Invisible oil has a UV and heat protectant in it. Think of the oil as your strongest primer becase it has the UV and heat protectant in it. It is basically designed for chemically damaged hair.  Bleached blondes and anything that looks like its about to break off included. Because this primer it has a lot of oils in it you definitely want to concentrate it towards your mid lengths and ends of your hair. You CAN overuse it, so start of with a smaller amount and a couple of sprays. Brush it through a few times and see how it feels. There has been times I have over done it and used too much, so be careful.

  • What: Infused with 6 featherlight oils it helps soften, detangle, de-frizz, tame flyaways, ease styling and protect against breakage, heat-styling and UV damage.
  • Who: Dry, coarse or brittle hair.
  • When: On damp or dry hair before styling.
  • How: Spray on damp or dry hair, comb through and style.




Bumble & Bumble Hair product Review

Bumble & Bumble Hair product Review

Bumble & Bumble Hairpsray

Today I do a product review on the 3 different types of hairspray that Bumble & Bumble offers. Also reviewed: recently replacing their classic hold with the new innovative, twist-lock-top they introduced on the Strong finish.

3 Sprays, 3 Holds


Strong Finish

Bumble & Bumbles hair spray bottle strong finish
We’ve got spraying power

The Strong finish, available in a 10oz and 2.7 oz bottle:  The new one is Strong Finish this spray is essentially the replacement of the classic hair spray we reviewed before.

The classic spray was constantly getting clogged and it would make it impossible to use after a few applications. The other features that they changed on their container was their nozzle.  Instead of the cap over the nozzle, you click it, and it locks. This is such a great feature because you can travel with your bottle. and even put it in a large bag and it won’t be getting clogged up, or worse, all over the inside if your bag!

Does It All

A bottle of Bumble & Bumble's "does it all" hairspray
A breakthrough in behavior modification

The Does It All is the lightest of the three sprays and it is really great for controlling fly aways and giving the hair a nice soft touchable hold.

Spray De Mode

A bottle of Spray De Mode hairspray by Bumble and Bumble
Our labor of love for the fashion set.

Is a part working hairspray and part finishing hairspray with a strong yet flexible hold. Maximum spray memory even after its been brushed. I used this spray last week when I uploaded my Victoria roll tutorial. Bumble and Bumble products are some of my favourite within the hair styling industry.


1950’s Victory Roll Hair Tutorial

1950’s Victory Roll Hair Tutorial

1950’s Hair Tutorial

Ladies and Gentleman, I have made another video which is going to walk you through a 1950’s inspired victria roll!

Last week was the Makeup tutorial

Last week I featured a video (click here) showing how to do makeup for the 1950’s. Don’t miss out! If you haven’t watched it. This week I completed the series with a hair tutorial for Art of The Cocktail. If you didn’t see my updates last week, Art of The Cocktail is a really fun event happening in Victoria BC at the Crystal Gardens on October 22-23.

Prepare your curls for at least a couple hours!

curls in sofia pastro's hair

To begin the 1950’s Victory roll I started with curls. I left my curls in for a couple of hours while I filmed my makeup tutorial.

Once my curls were sitting for a few hours I take them out and begin to brush them out a little bit. In the video I show you how to pin them up and how quickly it can be done. I begin with a natural bristle brush!

Brushing them all the way through I then take my tail-comb and I make a triangle section on top of where I wanted my hair to separate. Now be careful if you have hair extensions and where you choose to separate your hair!

Next you backcomb the hair that you have chosen and then brush it out so you don’t see any of the back combing. In the video I wrap it around my fingers just like you are doing a regular sausage roll. While you wrap it around your fingers ensure that you keep the backcombing to the inside so it stays hidden. I make sure that the outside of the styling is all cohesive while the inside stays wrapped nice and tightly.


Insert bobby pins from the rear to stay hidden!

showing how to insert pins at read of hair style to stay hidden

To keep these victory rolls on top of my head I inserted bobby pins from the back so you don’t see them. whichever side you start your rolls on the other side is virtually a mirror image! Secured again with bobby pins very firmly. 1950’s hair styles had nothing to do with movement. they were all about perfection and styles that stayed all night long!


Art of The Cocktail is coming up fast!

Drinks featured at the Art of the Cocktail

I hope the video helps you guys learn about how to do a 1950’s inspired victory roll. I am super excited to see everyone at the art of the cocktail event where everyone will be dressed up in our 1950’s Cuban inspired outfits. I’m so excited to see all the beautiful ladies and how they will dress up. I am very excited to go shopping as well, I haven’t gone yet!

If you want to know how I did my 1950’s inspired makeup featured in this video my last post shows everything you need to see. If you liked what you saw but you still don’t want to do your own hair feel free to come see me at DM & company on lower Yates street before the event. You can book online on my website or call the salon.

I’ll see you at art of the cocktail! Have a great hair day!


Art Of The Cocktail 1950’s Makeup Victoria BC

Art Of The Cocktail 1950’s Makeup Victoria BC

Art of the Cocktail 1950’s Makeup


Hey Everyone, the Art of the Cocktail:

Drinks featured at the Art of the Cocktail


It is more than just drinks, It is happening soon in Victoria! The event is a chance for everyone to get really dressed up and taste some wonderful cocktails. Various bars, restaurants and liquor makers around Victoria, will be showcased. Meet people and socialize with some of Victorias premier industry professionals. An evening of professionally made cocktails, music and a well dressed party goers you won’t want to miss this.


1950’s CUBA theme for 2016!


theme for art of the cocktail victoria bc

This year’s theme is 1950’s Cuba and therefor, I am so excited! I put together a quick 1950’s makeup tutorial for everyone possibly attending. If you reside in Victoria it is a really great event and you should check it out!

I researched a couple different pictures and websites to see what makeup was like in the 1950’s. Hopefully the video will give you some inspiration for the event on how to do your makeup, hair and even what to wear.


I start off using an eye primer by Urban Decay and then use a nude colour with an angled brush to boost up my brows.

A fuller brow is definitely in trend and you want to start in the middle of the brow ensuring not to bulk them out resulting in a super boxy eyebrow. I then take a light, kind of bone colour, and apply it right under the eye brow with a flat brush to highlight it.

Following up the flat brush I then use a nude colour again in the crease with a fluffy brush to give it some dimension. Next up in the crease I’m gonna be using a warmer brown and kind of do a sideways V shape. This adds some more dimension and aspect to the crease. finally I buff it out a little bit more with a fluffy brush. You will notice I’m using a lot of different nude colours, whether its on my lid or underneath in the crease. Nude colours were far more popular in the 1050’s as well as matte colours. Now again I am using a warmer brown in the corner of my eye-on the outside to blend it in to the top crease and then finally buffing it out with the fluffy brush.

Elongating the eyes.

The almond shaped eye was very popular in the 1950’s. I have a much more natural rounder shape to my eyes so I do the straight out wing to make my eye look longer. For this effect I utilized the bone colour again with a pencil brush: adding a little bit of highlighter to the corner of my eyes and then going in with my angled brush. Next I cover the liner with matte eye shadow and add in some of my mascara.


My apologies, I didn’t get the application of my lashes on video. It was a little difficult to put lashes on so close to the camera. Make sure you leave the glue on for 30 seconds to 1 minute so that it dries properly.

After I put some powder on my face I just going in with some blush again, keeping everything very matte. I make sure not to use any shiny highlighter at all with my face. A disclaimer here I AM NOT a professional make up artist, this is just something that I really enjoy doing. I do my makeup for tutorials anyways so I wanted to explain it to you guys as I did it. Finally, I just go through and do some touch ups with a little more highlighter. My favourite is the chilli by MAC– the burnt orange red colour. I was inspired by the beautiful Audrey Hepburn and her bold brows and bold lips for this colour and look.

I hope you enjoy the tutorial video. Perhaps it will give you a bit of inspiration for your look the day of the event.

Laura at Artistry by Alexa

I hope you really liked the video and you learned a lot of new things. If you thought; “I really don’t want to be doing my own makeup for this amazing event,” then I would highly recommend Laura from Artistry by Alexa. She does on location MUA and she is PHENOMENAL. Laura also helped me with this look as far as my consultation and helped me with my techniques. I work daily at DM & Company on lower Yates street in downtown Victoria BC and I welcome new clients. I can’t wait to meet you! Also, If you want your hair done for this event you can book online.


Finally, I will be updating my blog next week with my hairstyle for the event, so STAY TUNED. Next week I will be showcasing how I style my hair for this great event.!



5 Easy Heatless hairstyles for Back-To-School

Hey guys! Sofia Pastro here!

In this video today I’m going to show you five different hairstyles that you can do for school. Something that’s super quick and easy and totally heatless. Let’s get started.

Number one: Side braid

Pull hair to the side/back of your head & start braiding. Braid all the way to the bottom and secure with clear elastic. Pull pieces out around face and pull out braid to make more full looking.

Number two: Pigtails

Section hair down the middle and tie up in side pig tails. Wrap piece of hair around the base & secure with bobby pins. Fluff for fullness

Number three : Half up. Half down

Pull up front section of hair and secure with elastic. Wrap piece of hair around the base & secure with bobby pins. Pull on front bits for more full effect.

Number four : High pony

Pull ALL your hair on the very top of your head and secure with elastic. Wrap piece of hair around the base & secure with bobby pins. Fluff for fullness.

Number five : A bow

Pull all hair to back of your head and secure with elastic to make a pony tail. Take a second elastic and pull through hair. On second wrap don’t pull all the hair through, leaving pieces hanging down. Divide bun into two sections and take the hanging pieces and pull up through the middle. Tuck them into the base and secure the base and sides with bobby pins. Pull pieces out around your face and adjust the top for fullness.

I hope this video helped you guys learn five new easy totally heatless hairstyles that you guys can use for school. Remember to like this video and subscribe to my channel!

If you want to see me in person for maybe a back-to-school haircut, come on down to DM & Company which is located on lower Yates in downtown Victoria.

Have a great hair day guys and I’ll see you next week!




Must DO tricks for the BEST travel hair!


Hey guys! Sofia Pastro here. In this video today we are going to be talking about travel hair and some tips and tricks on how to take as a little with you as possible!

Stay tuned!

When I’m traveling I try to pack as light as humanly possible. For one it allows me to take a carry-on and for two then there’s more space for shoes when I come back. Hello!! Shoe space! These are my techniques on what I use if I’m packing for a long weekend or a couple weeks or even when I’m going traveling for a couple months. Let’s get started. I do all my prep work before I leave. Wash- blow-dry curl- and set and I got a lot of hair and I have extensions so for me this is like a three-hour process. Setting is when I basically take a piece of hair that I have just curled and I wrap it around my fingers and then I plop it on top of my head. So, it basically looks like a whole bunch of little sausage rolls. I’ll show you a photo, now

I keep these sausage rolls in for as long as humanly possible. Here I am in the Seattle Airport. I’m about to fly to Dallas and this is what my hair looks like. So as you can see it’s all in little sausage rolls from curling it. So this is what I look like. I’ve got patted down from security twice on my hair in both airports because they wanted to see what was inside because there’s a lot of bobby pins, but this is what it looks like. I kind of look really silly but I don’t really care because I’m gonna have awesome hair for the week. 

The only tools and I mean the only tools that I’m going to take with me are dry shampoo, a little bit of hairspray and some bobby pins. That’s it! That’s all I take with me! You may be looking at me and thinking yeah Sofia that’s nice, but not all of us only wash our hair once a week and I don’t have that much talent in doing different styles. What if I need to wash it halfway through the week that I’m gone or what if I’m gone for a couple weeks and I can’t not wash my hair; I got you covered. 

Shampoo blow-dries a local salon. When I was in Spain they were ten bucks. It totally depends on where you are but you can get a really reasonably priced shampoo blow-dry so you don’t have to worry about it and you don’t have to take any of your tools with you because they have them! Also it’s a great way to feel pampered while you’re gone and I just schedule that into like my travel budget. It’s fine. It’s so minimal and it’s totally worth it!

I hope this video helped you guys with some traveling tips on how to travel light and not take a ton of stuff with you while you’re away.Remember to like this video and subscribe to my channel. If you want to see me in person maybe you’re traveling to Victoria! Come and see me at DM & Company on lower Yates Street in downtown Victoria. Have a great hair day guys and we’ll see you next week!


Thickening Hairspray Bumble and Bumble Product Review


Hey guys! In this video today, we are going to be talking about the Thickening Hairspray so if you guys want to learn more about it and what it does, then keep watching!

The Thickening Hairspray is an awesome product from Bumble and Bumble. This is what it looks like. The key ingredient…. and then of course the phone rings…… Even though it says thickening hairspray it’s not really used as a traditional hairspray. You want to spray it into the hair when it’s wet or damp, concentrating more at the roots to get more volume there, but then making sure that you’re spraying it also in the mid lengths and ends, because that’s going to help beef up your whole  hair and give you a real big voluminous look all over.

The hydrolyzed wheat protein is heat activated. So, you can’t really spray it into your hair and let it air dry and expect it to have the same effect, just it’s not built that way. I really like using it on a lot of my clients. If they have fine hair, if they have thick hair, it doesn’t really matter it’s a great product to use at the roots to get that really great volume lift. But if you do have finer hair, it’s a fantastic product as it does beef up your hair giving it that fuller and thicker effect.

Another key benefit of the Thickening Hairspray, is that it’s paraben free. So, you can use a substantial amount of it in your hair and you don’t have to ever worry about it feeling like you have a ton of product in your hair. Just a heads up for you guys, because it does have that hydrolyzed wheat protein in it, if you are celiac or have like really sensitive gluten allergies then I wouldn’t suggest you use this product.

So as a recap, the key ingredient is the hydrolyzed wheat protein, which helps beef up your hair, it is paraben free for your never going feel like there’s a ton of product in your hair, but if you are celiac or have a really sensitive wheat allergy, then I would stay away from this product in particular.

I hope this video helped you guys learn a little bit more about the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray. I want to give a shout out to Jess, who requested this video. If you have any other requests for any other products from the Bumble line that you want to learn more about, please feel free to comment in the comment section below and I will make that happen for you.

As always, if you want to purchase this product and you are in the Victoria area, please come down to DM and Company. If you are not in Victoria area I will put a link in the description section for my blog post that will take you to the Bumble and Bumble websites and you can purchase from them directly.

Have a great day guys and happy styling! I’ll see you next time! Bye!

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hair Spray (8 Ounces)

Favorite Everyday Hair Product Hairspray

Hey guys! Since the last time I saw you, my hair was way more grey. If you can believe it I literally washed my hair once and it has
already faded!

Anyway, in this video today we are going to be talking about product, specifically hairspray. Recently, I have read this really cool article talking about the burden of choice and how the more choices we have the harder time that we have making a decision. I think this really relates to a lot of you guys when you go into salons, there’s like walls and walls of product and sometimes there’s multiple lines. Here at DM we are Bumble and Bumble exclusive so that’s nice as in there is only one line to pick from, but sometimes there are many and so gets really really overwhelming. “Aaaahhh so many products! what do I do!” If there’s not someone there to help you guide you through it or if you’ll have specific recommendations from your stylist, it can get really overwhelming! In this video I’m going to specifically be talking about hairspray. Ok, let’s get started.

The first thing I’m going to cover for products wise, is hairspray, because it’s like air everybody needs it, everybody uses it, so
let’s go from there. Bumble and Bumble has three hair sprays.

Your first one is, Does it All The Does it All hairspray is super nice it’s basically the lightest hairspray they have. So, super super light really touchable. They use it actually backstage when they do Fashion Week in New York, which is really
cool. For the most part your lightest, basic, touchable, hairspray.

Your second hairspray is the Spray de Mode, which also matches my lips. Your Spray de Mode is your medium hold hairspray. You can layer it into the hair to get more hold, but it’s still going to be really light and touchable, so it’s not going to weight it down or have that sticky feeling, which is rad.

Last but not least, we have the Classic hairspray. The Classic hairspray is the strongest of the three it’s really great for any bridal
updos or any other up styling that you’re doing for any events. It’s the last thing I put on, so once you’re completely done the up-do, I spray it on and it literally shellacks the hair into place. So, no hair will move! It’s like cement and it’s fantastic.

I hope this video helped you guys to learn the differences between the three hair sprays of the Bumble and Bumble line. If you are in the Victoria area and you’re like “Sofia I need me some of that” then you can come down to DM and company. If you are not in Victoria area and you still need this product because it’s amazing, I will put a link below and then you guys can order it, because Bumble is awesome like that. You can get it shipped to your house. Shipping is cool. If you want me to talk about a product in particular, make a comment and I will make that happen for you. Yeah. Okay, have a great day guys. As always, stay fabulous and have a great hair day! Bye!!


Bumble and Bumble Does it All Spray (10 Ounces)

Bumble and Bumble Spray de Mode Hairspray 10.0 oz

Bumble and Bumble CLASSIC Haircare SPRAY 10 OZ

If you are purchasing from the UK:

Bumble does it all styling spray

Bumble spray de mode

Bumble classic hairspray

How to: Pastel/Grey Hair & what you NEED to know!


Hey guys!

So, as you can tell from the title of this video we are going to be talking about gray or pastel colored hair. Check it out, my new colour! Awww it’s so awesome! So lately, we have been seeing all the latest celebrities: Katy Perry, Kylie Jenner, all sporting fantastic new rainbow colored hair. So, this video I’m going to talk about all the nitty-grittys and what you need to know about all about all of that.

The first thing you need to know is; it is a huge investment of time and money. Depending on how dark your hair naturally is, it may take two to three times to bleach it out before you can put the pastel color over top. Your hair needs to be really really blonde for any of the colours to show up and to work really nicely in your hair. You can go about this in a couple of ways. One, is you can stay in the salon for as many bleach sessions as it takes to get your hair as light as possible before you put the pastel color on. This is really hard because it can be really damaging to your hair and depending on your integrity, the preciosity, how much it’s been colored beforehand. It’s a really risky thing to do and it can be really really damaging, so that’s generally something that I advise

Your other option would be to do a one bleach out session and see how light your hair naturally wants to go or talk to your hairdresser and look at how you can do it in stages. It may take you two or three of four times to get the exact colour that you want, but you want to maintain the integrity of your hair and not have it break off. For me that’s more important so i’m willing to go in stages, because I don’t want to compromise the integrity of my hair.

Let’s talk about cost! First of all you definitely need to pay for the initial bleach and tone, which to do my hair took like four hours. Insane! Then, depending on how fast your hair grows, how dark your natural colour is, you need to get your roots done anywhere between three to five weeks. So three to five weeks coming in for not only your root touch-up, but also a re-toner and re-bleach if necessary. You’re looking at getting your hair done probably once a month. You got to have some heavy cash for that. Basically it’s high- maintenance, high-cost hair colour.  There’s no two ways around it.

I hope this video helps you learn everything that you need to know about going pastel or going grey. If you want to know what formula I used, I’m going to put it in the video description so you can check that out. Also, if you can please leave a comment
on this video and let me know what colour you think I should go next. Cause I love the grey,  but I’m totally up for violet or pink or I don’t know, something different. So, put a comment and let me know what you think I should go next.

Thank guys! Have a great day, happy styling and I’ll see you next time! xo

How to do a Braid Updo Tutorial

How to do a Braid Updo Tutorial



Hi! Sofia Pastro here. In this video today I’m going to show you how to do a reverse braid on your hair and turn it into an
up-do! Stay tuned!

I’m starting off by taking my hair out and brushing it through so it’s nice and smooth. I’m then starting my three strand braid at
the back of my head and taking my time in each section so that I know that looks nice and even from the top. Once i’ve finished the braid, I’m putting in a really nice loose clip and then starting to pull on each individual section so that each part is nice and loose and looks like its fuller. Then, I finish the braid into the bottom and then finish it off with a clear elastic and then continue to pull out the sides of the braid. I then find out where I wanted to lay on the top and pin it up and then put about three or four bobby pins in to secure it in place. So there you have the final and finished look!

I hope this video helped you learn how to do a reverse braid on your hair and turn it into a beautiful up-do. If you like this video please subscribe to my channel! you can check out my website at lifeofhair.com and if you want see me in person, you can go to DM&company.ca.