The first to last review series is where I take the reader through my full experience with a shampoo, conditioner, product, or treatment from its first use until its last — either because it’s empty, or because it’s been declared a dud.
August 21st – Day One
I’ll start by saying I’m not a huge fan of sea salt/wavy sprays in general, but I thought that the added sunflower seed oil would mean less dry, sticky, or just plain frizzy hair than I usually get with plain sea salt sprays.
What’s my first impression?
Eh, it’s okay. It’s definitely one of the better beach sprays I’ve used, but that doesn’t say much. But don’t just take my word on it.
How did it make my hair look?
Here’s the full length of my hair, where you can see that I definitely have waves — and fewer curls than I’m used to. The main issue is at the top of the crown, where I’ve got a lot more frizz than I’d have with mousses or gels. I always battle a bit of frizz, but this is definitely more than normal.
On the flipside, when I toussle my air-dried hair a little more, I am getting some pretty good volume. It often seems like the biggest give-and-take with waves and curls is the volume vs. frizz issue — if you want the former, you’re often stuck dealing with the latter.
This is a shot before I shook out the dried hair, so again you can see the frizz issue at the crown, along with a few random curls at the face that don’t quite work with the rest of the wavy/beachy vibe.
Now let’s get into the nitty gritty of how I used the spray on day one, and what I might change for future to make this product work.
What’s my current routine?
Shampoo: LUSH’s Cynthia Sylvia Stout.
Amount used: dime size, applied only to the roots and immediately rinsed out. Often I’ll use a co-wash most of the week, and then a shampoo once a week for clarifying.
De-Tangler: Alaffia Beautiful Curls Shea Butter Enhancing Leave-In Conditioner
I apply about a silver dollar-sized amount to my palm and work through my wet hair, combing with my fingers until my hair is complete de-tangled. Because this product is surprisingly light and runny, I just use it as a de-tangler.
Rinse-Out Conditioner: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist
I apply another silver dollar-sized amount to my palm and work through, finger-combing any additional tangles. Then I leave this in while I use body wash and/or shave. I’m not that precise about how long I leave it in for, but I’d guess it’s closer to 1-2 minutes, as opposed to the full 3.
Leave-in/Scrunch-Out Conditioner: Redken Curvaceous Conditioner
Last step is a very, very thick conditioner from Redken. I use a little less of this than the other two — somewhere around the size of a Canadian toonie. I rake this through with my fingers, then hold my hair in a loose bun and rinse my scalp completely. Then I tip my head over, let the shower run through the nape of my neck and down the rest of my hair and scrunch upwards. It’s a modified squish to condish that I find takes less time and gives me a better result.
Towel Scrunch: DevaCurl Microfiber Towel
I immediately soak up excess water with my microfiber towel — maybe 5-6 scrunches with the towel, and then on to products. I find I get better curl definition if I towel off before products.
Product 1: John Freida Frizz Ease 6 Effect Serum Extra Strength
I use a single pump, warm it up between my palms, tip my head over and scrunch the hair upward for 10-15 seconds.
Product 2: DevaCurl Supercream Coconut Curl Styler
Another single pump, warm it between my palms, and scrunch upward.
Product 3: Fekkai Soleil Beach Waves Spray
I sprayed maybe 8-10 times all around my hair to make sure everything was coated. Then I scrunched again, and finished up with the towel one more time.
What will I do differently?
For my next few uses, I’m going to experiment with the amount of product being used to see what happens when I add a little more, and what happens when I add a little less. I’m not ready to give up on this product just yet, because I do like the volume and I think the beachy waves could look quite cute as long as I can get them a bit more consistent.
What’s my initial rating?
I’m giving this a cautious 7/10 with the hopes that I can make it work better next time. Look for an update as I continue using this spray.