I must have been born a water baby because I could spend all day at the beach. I’m serious, get me in the ocean, and I’m a happy girl.
Rather, get me in a warm ocean, and I’m a happy girl.
I vividly remember the last time I was in the water at a warm beach because it was also the day I saw some of the best beachy waves I’ve ever seen. It was the day after Thanksgiving last November, and we were visiting El Hub’s parents in Hawaii. We spent quite a chunk of that trip chasing sea turtles, so to speak, flapping in our flippers and snorkels.
We’d just climbed out of the water to take a short break, which meant people watching and nomming on local snacks (coconut balls and Pass-o-Guava juice, anyone?). I was watching a group of kids build a giant sand castle on the shore, and one of the girls involved in its construction had a perfectly tousled, messy mop of pure, casual awesomeness on her head. She must’ve only been about seven or eight, but I remember thinking, “Hot damn! I wish my hair looked like that!”
Ever since that day I’ve been trying to reproduce the very same look; I’ve tried a bunch of different sprays specifically made to maximize beachy waves, but not even the famous $23 Bumble & Bumble Salt Spray has risen to the task.
Instead of that purposefully messy mane that looks like the best bed head I’ve ever had, I usually end up looking like I just walked through a wind tunnel, slowly, with my thick, wavy hair turning into a frizzy, dirty-looking mess (picture Doc from Back to the Future, or Kesha the morning after a long night of Long Island Iced Teas).
Then, a friend suggested I try TIGI’s Catwalk Sessions Series Salt Spray ($18.95 for a 9.13-oz. bottle), which I did.
Now, all I have to say is “HOLLA!” I think I’ve finally found great beachy hair in a bottle.
On the catwalk!
Launched earlier this summer, Salt Spray is like a combination of a light hold volumizing gel, a hair texturizer and a curl/wave enhancer. It’s designed to add texture to hair. In my case, it lifts my layers and encouraging my existing waves to play. I also think the tobacco flower scent smells divine (woodsy, with a hint of citrus).
I think the mess is what sets it apart from the flotilla of beachy wave-building and enhancing sprays on the market. It makes waves with just enough texture to look purposefully disheveled, but not so much that I look like I forgot to condition and comb (or like I fell off a truck).
Like other sprays, it couldn’t be much easier to use. I spray it on my hair after stepping out of the shower, gently scrunch it in with my hands, and then let it air dry for a couple of hours.
That’s it. A tousled, casual look with beautiful, beachy waves.
I have to use between 20-30 spritzes to cover my entire head of long, thick hair (yes, I counted). That is a lot, but the bottle’s pretty big (about twice the size of Bumble & Bumble’s similar 4-oz. spray). In about about two weeks of using it almost every day, I’ve only gone through about an eighth of the bottle so far; I figure the rest should last a while.
I do wish it were easier to find online, but other than that, this stuff’s the sh*z.
PRICE: $18.95 for a 9.13-oz. bottle
AVAILABILITY: Available at select beauty stores and salons (check TIGI online for a location near you)
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+
A Nor Cal beach tip: Don’t forget a sweatshirt
Yesterday I went to the rodeo!
Well, Rodeo Beach, which is out in the Marin Headlands area just north of San Francisco and the mouth of the Golden Gate. I was quickly reminded of why I don’t hit the beach that often here in Nor Cal. It was crowded, with tons of families out enjoying the sun and sand, but most of ’em were wearing sweatshirts, egad! A mile inland, it was more than 90 degrees, sunny, without a cloud in the sky, but at the beach a cold wind steadily blew in from the ocean.
It was still nice to watch the waves for a while and to feel the sand between my toes.
How about you? How was your weekend? I hope you had time for some fun.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,