Three Hair Wave Sprays: Herbivore, Ouai, and John Frieda

*purchased by me

It’s that time of year again when everyone is trying to perfect their beach waves, but for me that is a year-round deal. I have wavy hair and am pretty particular about wave/sea salt sprays. I don’t like products that leave my hair feeling crispy or looking like there’s a ton of products in it, but still want some definition. High expectations? Maybe, but I have found something I love that meets these expectations. 🙂

Let’s start with the Ouai Wave Spray. This was received when I was a Play! by Sephora subscriber. I tried to make this work, but I do not like it. First, I can’t stand how it smells. If I wouldn’t wear the scent on my body, I don’t want it lingering in my hair. It smells like a perm from the early 90s. Secondly, it makes my hair look super greasy no matter how little I use. Not shiny, but like I actually have gobs of grease in my hair. Finally, it doesn’t actually do anything for my hair besides make it look stringy and dirty. I simply don’t feel clean when I use this. Full size is $26 at Sephora.

I mentioned the John Frieda Sea Waves spray in a recent fails post, so I won’t spend too much time on it. I love how it smells, but it makes my hair feel crunchy and hard. This is about $8-$10 in drugstores.

Enter the Herbivore Coconut + Sea Salt Beach Waves Hair Mist ($20). I absolutely ADORE this wave spray! For $20 you get 8 ounces, which I find very generous compared to the Mai Tai Spritzer by DryBar (3.4 fluid ounces for $25), which I also love. It comes in a gorgeous glass jar as well.

The Herbivore wave spray has a light coconut scent that doesn’t interfere with my perfume, provides soft waves, and doesn’t weigh my hair down or leave it crunchy. There’s no greasy look or feel, and it doesn’t add any product build-up or residue. It says it is for straight, wavy, and curly hair; I can’t vouch for what it will do for the other hair types, but if you have natural waves like I do, you may like this. I especially love combining it with Giovanni Weightless Leave-In Conditioner (more on this product soon!). 🙂

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