The second in my 'Summer Staples' series is a show and tell of the five products that I have been using to style my hair or to keep my style in place over these hot and humid summer weeks that we have been getting. I can't speak for y'all but I absolutely have zero tolerance and willpower to spend hours under my hairdryer, hair straightener or heated rollers now that the temperatures have rocketed, so I've been using more styling products to keep my fuzzy mane somewhat civilised.
By way of a very brief background, I have thick coarse hair that generally holds a style all by itself without the need for any excess products. I spend a fair amount of my wage packet on decent shampoos, conditioners, hair masks and treatments to compensate for what I put my hair through. My hair is naturally very wavy and has been colour processed so is prone to breakage and split ends.
The products I have been reaching for this summer are products that will either enhance the waves that I already have or keep my hair neat if I decide to style it in some other non-heated method. I've been plaiting my hair post shower for a few months now and wearing my hair wavy- a few of you have asked me about this following my Youtube vids but honestly there is no trick to it- shower in the evening, plait my hair whilst it's still wet, undo plaits in the morning, run my fingers through my hair, bit of hairspray to keep it from frizzing and that's it- the most easy haircare regime EVER. The following are the products that I have been using and enjoying.
Fudge Iced Raspberry and Vanilla Hair Spray- this line is new to Boots and I have to admit, it was the pink and orange packaging that caught my eye, and the promise of iced raspberry and vanilla scents that swung me over. Boy- this hairspray smells good, and does not get caught in my throat the way some other strong hold hairsprays do (Tres Semme, I'm looking at you here!). It applies via a very fine mist that does not leave any visible residue on the hair, does not appear wet when applied and most importantly, does not leave your hair looking or feeling crispy. I still have swish and swoosh in my hair over the course of the day and I find that even though the hold is strong and does withstand this heat that we are getting, my hair does not feel like an immovable object on my head.
Before the Fudge offering came into my life, I was loving the Schwarzkopf got2b 2 sexy BIG VOLUME push up volumizing HAIRSPRAY (holy mother of God that was a mouthful), and in many respects, this performs similarly to the Fudge hairspray without the tropical scent (that said, the scent of this is quite pleasant and does not choke me). Again, you don't really notice this on your hair but you notice it doing something to your hair, keeping it all in check. This hairspray is far more widely available than the Fudge one to date and is often on special offer in supermarkets or pharmacies where you can pick a big can up for about 3 quid.
I've also been enjoying using some texturising sprays to rough my hair up a bit. I toyed with the idea of picking up the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray in our swanky new Space NK but I honestly just cannot justify the price of it which is in the region of €50 I believe or over €20 for a little baby travel sized bottle. Much and all as I love my haircare products, to pay that much for a hair styling product which will wash out as opposed to a hair treatment which should leave your hair in better condition is not justifiable. That aside, I have found and been using two pharmacy/supermarket/drugstore/high street alternatives that have been working nicely.
The Charles Worthington Salon at Home Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray is a hit in my eyes, and I actually will be cheeky now and shout out to the whole range because I have been loving their products recently- in fact, I will probably do a specific blogpost on this in the near future). Again, a very fine spray that is not visible on the actual hair, this gives a nice amount of grit and faux messiness when you want to achieve texture and edge in your hairstyle. What I like about this one is that it easily brushes out and does not take half your hair with it, and it smells quite nice too. These are available in pretty much all Boots stores and I would definitely recommend giving these a try, whether you have long or short hair, straight or curly.
The L'Oreal Studio Line #TXT Texture Volume supersizing spray performs similarly to the Charles Worthington spray, and I often use this one near my roots if I am wearing my hair wavy to give a bit of volume. Even though it applies completely transparently, I find that it has quite a matte texture, making it perfect for oily roots in this blistering heat.
Lastly, I don't always have evening showers and therefore am not always in a position to plait my hair before bed etc. I'm also not a fan of rocking the Pippy Longstocking look in public. What I have been doing however is using a little bit of the Toni & Guy Sea Salt Texturising Spray in the lengths of my hair to give my waves a bit more definition. I've tried a couple of sea salt sprays but now and this is by fair the least crunchiest of the bunch but it does a good job of keeping my naturally unruly hair a little more ruly.
So those are my top 5 hair styling sprays to get me through these summer months. Tell me, what are you doing with your mops in this weather? And how is your hair reacting to these weather conditions?