This is a fine-haired girl's answer to locking in volume. I used to mist hairspray at my roots to get my volume to last all day, but it would end up weighing down my hair, and making it eventually fall flat anyhow. The beauty of this is that it's a light product, and adds just the right amount of texture and hold to give some volume.
This is what I do:
After blow-drying my hair, I hold up a fairly large piece of hair towards the top part towards the back of my head, basically where I try to volumize the most. I spray some near my roots while holding my hair up. Then I basically give myself a noogie w/the fleshy part of my palm, around the crown of my head. I know it sounds absurd, but my stylist at Mizu Boston gave me this tip, and it really does work.
I wanted to try a salt spray to get that beachy wave effect and did some research. I ended up with the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray despite the high price. There are many other cheaper ones available but I find most have alcohol and silicone in them. The B&B doesn't have any (not that I know of). The other contender was the Lush salt spray, but B&B seemed to get more rave reviews. I even thought about making my own because it was so expensive. I'm glad I settled with B&B. My intention was to get beachy waves, but ended up using as a root volumizer which is amazing! After toweling dry my hair, I let my hair air dry with the front clipped in a bouffant. When it is 50% dried I spray it onto the roots with the clip still on. I hold it far away so it disperse into a bigger area. I also spray on the bouffant. Be careful not to spray too much because it will become sticky, crunchy, and it will weigh the hair down. I usually do 4-5 sprays and scrunch as I go along. I again let it air dry another 15minutes and then blow dry and scrunch as I go along. When I wake up in the morning, I get so much volume in the roots! Amazing!
Good product - I have super straight thick hair that just hangs so I like to use products to add some texture and give it more volume.
I use it on wet or dry hair and blow-dry while scrunching it a bit, then spray a bit more on dry hair. It does make it a bit drier and tangled but nothing crazy that can't be solved with conditioner or a bit of hair serum.
Bottom line - I would not repurchase because I have very long hair and the bottle doesn't last and its overpriced for salt and water. I have used several other "salt sprays" that give the same effect in a bigger size and for way less money (like Not Your Mother's Beach Babe which is about $4-5 & I also like it Haircare Surf Spray Beach Waves which is about $9-10, L'oreal makes one although for me the smell was intolerable and I had to toss it).
When I bought Surf Spray I was hoping it could magically give me the carelessly tousled beautifully unkempt waves the beauty industry has trained us to believe can actually result from a day at the beach. (But which absolutely does NOT happen on its own or without hours of styling unless you're blessed with exactly the right genes and lifestyle.)
I have fine but reasonably plentiful currently medium-length hair. My hair is naturally somewhat wavy, but tends to be easily weighed down, looking flat and without texture - it's easy to get it to go straight and flat, it's hard to get it to show off a nice wavy texture or to have body.
When I use Surf Spray on dry hair it's just ... not right? Maybe I haven't found the right technique yet, but I end up with dirty-ish feeling easily tangled hair which ... is still pretty limp. It gives a bit of texture, but not enough of an overall effect. I quickly gave up on it and didn't bother using it for a while.
However, recently I decided to try it on damp combed out hair before blow-drying, and I've had more joy. I spray a little all-over (maybe 5 spritzes max), run my fingers through it, then blow-dry until almost dry upside-down (for ease and for a bit more volume), then right-side up, part my hair and finish it off with fingers and a brush using the dryer on a low setting. The feel of the product in my hair is still similar - a little dirty (not greasy, but rather a 'dry' dirty feeling) and my hair is always more easily tangled with Surf Spray in it. However, what it does well is adding a bit of volume to my hair. The effect is more natural "this is just how my hair is" than styled, and it still doesn't give me those beachy waves ... however, the hair that I end up with is a reasonable 'base' for trying to go on and create that sort of style. (I'm just lazy.)
So basically in return for doing the trick of fairly effortlessly adding a bit of volume, I'm giving this product a 4-lipstick review. Which is probably technically unfair considering it's not exactly doing what it says on the bottle. However, I am hair-lazy so a product which fits into my routine simply and does give benefit is to be celebrated. I've indicated that I would not buy it again, simply because I'd be more inclined to try a new product, and see if I like the results more ... however if I couldn't find anything to beat Surf Spray, I would re-purchase.
Note: I'm also using a small dab of Rahua Finishing Treatment in my hair when damp, concentrating on the ends, so it's worth mentioning that my review is based around using Surf Spray in conjunction with another product. I think it would feel too drying/tangly in my hair on its own.
I'm on the fence with this product. It does work for the look I'm trying to get, but it requires a lot of pampering.
My hair is slightly damaged, leaning on dry, bleached to platinum blonde, and naturally straight with a slight wave. However, I can easily curl my hair and it will hold a curl/wave very well. Also, while my individual strands of hair are thin, I have a lot of hair (hopefully that makes sense)
The look I am trying to get from this surf spray is that slightly disheveled, texturized, a little rock and roll, French girl, model off duty, effortless bedhead look. That kind of hair that looks perfectly chic disheveled yet not homeless, 'I don't own a brush'. And trust me that kind of hair is hard to get. And I get that look with the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray.
My issues with the surf spray is that it requires a lot of other products in order to work for me. The surf spray is horribly drying. I could realistically only use it 2-3 times a week. And when I use it, I apply a leave in conditioner, the Kiehl's grooming silk creme and then spray the surf spray all throughout my hair (including roots) when my hair is towel dried damp. I blow dry upside down, run a straightner through certain sections of my hair, then apply a glossing serum. Although the look I'm going for is not glossy shiny hair, the surf spray does give a very matte effect to hair. And just like foundation, I believe hair should have that in between of overly shiny and overly matte.
The next time I wash my hair, I use a clarifying shampoo and then deep condition. The surf spray just leaves a weird film/residue on my hair that a regular shampoo just doesn't seem to remove properly.
It's also tricky to figure out how much spray you should apply - too little does nothing and too much leaves you with this sticky, bird ness disaster.
I like the way my hair looks when I use the surf spray, my issues are that it's kind of a pain to use because I have to use so many other products and its so drying. Overall, I think it's kind of a trial and error product - it may be the HG of hair products to certain hair types. Give it a shot, you can always wash your hair if you don't like it.
This product will always be an absolute favorite. Some say its too drying some say it tangles their hair but if you're going for a beachy look you need to expect some mess! It's perfect after styling to spray in and give some texture. No complaints- basically a staple in my book.
Dunno what beach the makers were trying to emulate salt water from but certainly not anywhere close to what salt water and salt water air does to a naturally wavy persons hair.
I have naturally wavy hair, it's fine, and the since wavy hairs tend to be more porous and cuticles are open, it can get dry.
I've tried every which way, sleep on it, scrunch it, spray when wet, spray when damp, spray on hand instead of hand and scrunch, diffuser, braid it, bun it, twist it, tie it, use with moisturizing cream, use with Argan oil, use without creams, use without oil. Absolutely zero beach waves the emulate my home in the islands. I see what they are trying to do, but it's a long shot.
Makes my hair more limp, flatter, crusted, dry, frizzy, and odd....
Surf spray is Not for my hair type. I know it's possible because I bottle ocean water back at home (kapolei) and spray it, perfection.
Let me first say that I have bought countless surf sprays, waxes and gels in hopes that I wouldn't have to 'splurge' on this product. I've played chemist and tried to make it, a thousand different recipes and everything was the same: pretty waves as long as my hair was wet, and a sticky mess of limp stuck together hair when it was dry. My hair doesn't like to hold curl. It likes waves, it likes twirls, it doesn't like curls.
Recently I went to the hairdresser and told her about my dilemma. She scoffed at Bumble and Bumble surf spray and said it just contained beeswax which would make your hair hard, and then proceeded to sell me a curling creamy John Frieda that was MOR expensive than B&B. Guess what? It did nothing.
Last Thursday, while shopping for my favorite Fresh Sugar lip Treatments, I came across the 15$ B&B for 1.7 ounces. I decided to check out the bigger one with about 4 ounces at 25. Clearly the bigger is better in the situation. I ended up spraying my dry hair with the stuff, put my hair upside down, raked my fingers through it, and the put it up in a bun for a while. Then I proceeded to buy a big bottle of the stuff, figuring it was something I'd had an eye on for a long time. I'm a waitress and let's just say 25$ isn't that big of deal to me if the product works well. After an hour? Nothing but volume. My hair was proofed like a Texas beauty pageant but alas no waves or messy curl. Flash forward an hour later when I decided it go for a swim, when I got out I decided to spray my hair again and bun it again. Guess what? Success!
After 10 minutes there were beautiful waves and curls in my wet hair, reminiscent of naturally " poodle curl heads" as I like to call my friends who have long hair but really really tight curls. Up in the bun it went again to dry out more. After two hours when my hair was only slightly damp, I never use a blow dryer or heated tools on my hair thus huge water retention in my hair, I took the bun out again, tipped my hair over and shook out the curls. When I peeked up I had sexy bed head curls, more waiver than a Victoria Secret models, but with the same definition and volume. It was gorgeousness! My hair was so sexy! That night I ended up falling asleep before washing it out, with it tight up in a bun, and guess what? Eve better the next day! More sexy bed head curls that looked like I'd just gone a couple rounds of sheet rolling after I had stepped out of a beach beauty ad. The only flaw the day after? The salt that falls from your hair! Yuck.
To finally bring it home and tell you: I have thin hair but a massive, massive amount of it. It falls to my shoulders, and when it is wet it kinda twirls. It usually only curls slightly when I put it up in a tight bun after it is wet and let it dry out. This stuff really makes it look like I went went to the beach with a full head of styled curls, swam around for a bit, and came out with an amazing piece texture that looks beautiful. After debating about this stuff for such a long time, and building a collection of lesser expensive but non working products, I am so glad I made the choice to grab it.
PS: if you haven't tried Bumble and Bumble do not post your own homemade recipes here. The ocean doesn't use gel or conditioner in it to get our hair all beautiful and messy, it uses HUGE amounts of diluted salt and water. You'd never be able to compare a ten ounce squirt bottle full of water, salt and gel to the ocean. You can't even compare just salt and water. And finally you can't comparing this to the ocean water either. Bumble and Bumble has Beeswax in it, it's going to harden what the salt in it is doing so it lasts longer.
I managed to find this for a good price at a CCO in Birmingham. I really enjoy it! Straight-haired ladies, don't expect a miracle. I only use it for extra texture after styling. I have shoulder-length hair that's somewhere between coarse and fine. But there's a lot of it. It tends to hold whatever style I put it in. It has its issues, but I can't complain. So this product just adds a little something else to it. It's less of a styling spray and more of a finishing spray. I love what it does for my hair!
On first use, I did NOT like this product. I used it alone on my wet hair and after it dried it felt so dry and stripped of any moisture. The next time, I used it differently. I used my John Freida Straight Fixation cream and my Moroccan Argan Oil before in my wet hair, then sprayed a few sprays all over of Surf Spray. Ever since doing this technique, it works very well in my hair. I have naturally curly hair and this helps tame it down into loose, beachy waves. When used with my other moisturizing products, it does not make my hair sticky or dry.
Overall I really like this product, but it is expensive. And I think it works best if you mix other products in your hair, such as moisturizing creams or oils. I bought a mini bottle of it at Sephora for $15 but I know the full size is $25 or something like that. I will not use it everyday simply because I don't want to run out of it too fast. I will buy it again when I run out, but hopefully I won't run out for a while!