I have been curling my hair since high school and have tried a ton of products, techniques and styles over the years. It took me a long time to determine exactly how to achieve the look I was after, but I finally feel like I can create the style I like - relaxed beach waves.
I wrote about my hair-care routine and technique in this post, but today I wanted to share my favorite texture sprays. What I love about texture sprays is that they hold my waves but leave them soft, touchable and with tons of volume - everything I want in my hair! I only discovered texture waves sprays a year or so ago and have since been trying out a bunch of different ones. Each has particular elements I love, depending on the look you are going for, any (or all!) of them may be the best fit for you. These wave sprays come at a variety of price points so I have broken them out as such-
Splurge - Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray ($46). I first tried this product when it came in my Birchbox and it was then that I realized why people pay so much for this. Every time I use it - good hair day (as Jeff likes to say "GHD"). Volume, shine and with a hint of piece-y-ness. Many people love the Oribe Dry Texture Spray, but it definitely provides a dry more matte effect than the Beach Wave Spray. If you like a little shine vs. matte, go with the Beach Spray.
Moderate - Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray ($26) I had read about Ouai and Jen Atkin in a few magazines and had started following her on social media and really liked her hair style techniques. If the name sounds familiar it is because she is the hair stylist of the Kardashian/Jenners. I decided to buy this wave spray on a whim while at Sephora and I love it. It has great hold, super soft texture, shine, it's great. Love love love - this would be my favorite pick of all - this is the product I used in the photos above.
Affordable - Kristin Ess Beach Wave Spray ($14) I started following Kristin Ess on social media years ago after I found out she did Lauren Conrad's hair, aka. the patron saint of the beach waves. Kristin recently launched a hair product line at Target, so naturally I had to test it out. This texture spray works well, however does make my hair a little piece-y-er than I typically like and I've found it doesn't have as strong a hold as the Oribe or Ouai. You can't beat the price on this though, it is a good option to test out first if you are new to texture sprays.
Keep in mind everyone has unique hair. The products, techniques and methods I use work for my hair, but they may not work the same for yours. If you are after a soft and tousled look I suggest you give some (or all!) of these products a shot. Don't be afraid to try new products and styling ideas to find what works for you - that is part of the fun!