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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Scruples Direct Volume Spray Foam Review

Hello! Happy Wednesday! :-) Today I'm reviewing my first Scruples product - Scruples Direct Volume Spray Foam. This product claims it "adds unbelievable body and shine to hair directly where it needs it most. Hair feels thick, manageable and loaded with volume." I actually won this product in a giveaway from http://www.thefashionablegal.com - and so far, I'm liking Scruples! I had never heard of Scruples before I got into cosmetology and started going to pro stores, so it was actually kind of exciting trying a product from a brand that I knew nothing about. On the Scruples scale of 0-3, this product is a 3: Extra Firm. But don't let that scare you - cos while it does have a nice hold, it won't be tornado-proof... if you catch my drift. ;-)

One of the interesting things about this product, is that it literally is spray foam. It's not like a lot of other products that say spray foam, but it's basically mousse with a nozzle - if you try and spray this in your hands, it will immediately dissipate and turn to liquid. In my opinion, this is MUCH easier to use than typical root lifting/volumizing products. I just find them to be messy+ sticky, and it usually gets everywhere in your hair, except for where you want it! This product sprays a fine mist that goes right where you point it - I love it!

Now, on to the ingredients: Water, Hydrofluorocarbon 152a, Acrylates/C1-2 Succinates/Hydroxyacrylates Copolymer, Butane, [lots fluff ingredients], Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans [Mucopolysaccharides]*, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein*, Benzophenone-4*, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone*, Aminomethyl Propanol, Polysorbate 20, etc... The * means it's part of the product's "Protective Barrier Complex" AKA marketing gimmick. It's a neat name though.

Most of these scary sounding ingredients are just emulsifiers (Polysorbate 20, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone) stabilizers (Aminomethyl Propanol), and propellants (Hydrofluorocarbon 152a, Butane). Propellants are ingredients that shoot the product out of the aerosol can, whether it's hairspray, mousse, root lifter, shine spray, etc - they all have them. Acrylates/C1-2 Succinates/Hydroxyacrylates Copolymer is an obscenely long name for a film former. It protects against humidity, and adds volume and hold, along with hydrolyzed wheat protein. Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans [Mucopolysaccharides] are glycosaminoglycans that have been partially turned to water by hydrolysis. Naturally, glycosaminoglycans are very hygroscopic - which is the ability to attract water from the surrounding environment - however, since they've been hydrolyzed, their ability to bind water has been greatly decreased. Basically, in either form, they enhance the texture of products that are water-based. Benzophenone-4 is a UV filter in the mighty Protective Barrier Complex! Basically it's a sunscreen. Did I miss anything? After a while, the words kind of start to blend together. I don't think so though.

Overall, I would strongly recommend my fine-haired readers to give this a shot. Depending on your needs, it may be a bit too much for someone who just wants light volume in their hair. But like I said in my 2009 Favorites post, if you like a firm (not crunchy) hold in your hair + lots of volume - this may be for you!

Btw, I feel the need to tell you - if you're going to use this, don't layer it with other volume enhancing products. They might not mix well. Of course you can use hairspray to set your style once it's dry, but don't put any other volume product in your hair when it's wet. Just a heads up.

Scruples Direct Volume Spray Foam comes in a 250 ml / 8.5 oz can, and retails for around $13. I honestly really like this product, and I definitely will purchase another one when I run out of this can. Thanks again Fashionable Gal! And thank you all for reading and following my blog, it means a lot to me! Take care of your hairrrr! XO


G. said...

Fantastic review, as always! A spray foam sounds intriguing! Must check this out!

PS: I posted a shampoo review on my blog today (with pics of my hair). I'm thinking of going a shade or two lighter (using Color Charm, probably) and was wondering if you could take a look at the pics of my hair on my review and lemme know what you suggest for a color? Also, I'm stoopid about developers--what number do I use when I want to lighten? I always just use 20. lol. Thanks!!


I assume that's not your natural color, so if you wanna go lighter you'll have to lighten your hair a level above your target shade (color can't lift color, unforunately). Then apply your color with 20 vol.

Oh and, Color Charm? :-/

Vipul said...

Of course, each and every product has its pro and a con. The pro is that traps the warmth. That is a great thing if you have cathedral ceilings and do not want bill very expensive electricity.

G. said...

Definitely not my natural color. lol. Yikes, this sounds like a long process. So if I just used a color that was lighter than what I'm using now, it wouldn't do anything, really? :( And yeah, I've had like 10 stylists here in SD tell me Color Charm was the BEST for covering gray (sadly, I've got a lot of gray in my bangs area). I've gotta say, they're right. Of every brand I've tried from Sally, Wella rocks for how long it will cover my gray. :)

Thanks honey! xo