Friday, July 26, 2013

LUSH Cosmetics Sea Spray Hair Mist - Review

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LUSH Cosmetics Sea Spray Hair Mist, $12.95
I must confess, I'm not a huge fan of the beach. However, there is one thing about going to the ocean that I absolutely adore. I love having sea salt in my hair, wind whipping through it, giving it the most glorious smell and texture. There is absolutely nothing like it! Sure, my hair might be a nuisance to untangle later, but it just looks so sensual and feels like the very definition of sunshine, vacation, and relaxation. So, of course, I've been looking for the perfect salt spray so I can bring a little bit of that coastal escape home. Unfortunately, today's offering just wasn't the paradise I was hoping for.

LUSH Cosmetics Sea Spray Hair Mist is touted as the perfect product to get those gorgeous beach waves, and luxurious smelling tresses. With at least 70 percent of the product being actual sea water, you'd imagine that you'd be getting fabulous vacation hair right in the privacy of your own home. And maybe for some people that is true. However, with my ultra thick, near-elbow-length hair, I ended up with a big mess instead of big waves. The only way I can seem to get it to work is by braiding my hair first for an overnight wear with the product.

I find that when I spray this on my hair, it just becomes a mass of gunky, heavy tangles. This may be in part to the fact that this is actually a gel spray, not just a sea salt mist. The seaweed, grapefruit, and neroli are meant to leave your hair shiny and smelling beautiful, but my hair ends up duller than I would have imagined. I do actually like the scent, though I will warn you that it is incredibly strong. And the smell lingers for a long time, so just be aware of this if you are averse to strong smells or work in a place where this is not allowed.

By looking through other reviews of the Sea Spray Hair Mist, most people get on with it quite well. So if you've already got some texture to your hair, this seems to be a great sea salt spray for the price. If you don't have any texture, you're going to really have to work with your hair to get it how you want. And if you have long hair like mine, you might want to give it a skip as it really just makes your hair tangly, and not in a beautiful beach day sort of way.

In the end, I won't be giving this a repurchase. I'll use it until the bottle runs out (giving it a recycle, of course), and then I'll continue my quest to find that Holy Grail sea spray.

Have you tried LUSH's Sea Spray Hair Mist? Do you have a favorite sea salt spray that gets you that fabulous paradise hair?

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  1. Interesting review! I have a similar hair type to yours so I don't think it would work very well for me either!!! Ah well fishtail braiding will keep me content for the summer aha Xx

    H @ Higher&Haya

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    1. I'll keep looking for a great sea salt spray for us! There has to be one out there for us thick and long haired girls! Keep on fishtailing and looking lovely! x

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  2. I work at Lush and I use this on days I don't have time to get ready as I brush all the knots out of my hair and pull the spray through with my hands, hair oil to smooth also helps and making sure you keep scrunching the curls with your hands. Helps if you've already got wavy hair as well and it looks fantastic tied up when you're hair is all textured and curly. Give it another try and change the method, try using it on soaking wet hair and diffusing it or on damp hair and scrunching. I don't want you to waste a bottle!:)
    http://shemightbeloved.blogspot.co.uk/ xx

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    1. I have no natural wave in my hair, and it's really hard to work with. It doesn't keep curl or wave very well. I've been trying it different ways, and so far the only one that sort of works is braiding my hair with the product worked through it. Even then, it's just sort of limp and the waves don't stay for long after taking the hair down.

      It's definitely a bit of a pain. I think when I had short hair several years ago, this would have worked a treat at giving me a sort of rock star look! I loved really messy, dirty, pieced looks then!

      I definitely plan on continuing to use it as I quite like the scent! I can spritz it lightly over already styled hair for a lovely smell that lasts all day! Thanks for the styling tips! x

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  3. The Bumble and Bumble one is supposed to be great.

    Lauren

    www.laurensinwonderland.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. So I've heard! I think I'm just a bit nervous to plonk down that much cash for it and not knowing how well it will work. Wishing I could go somewhere and test it! x

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  4. This was on my summer beauty wishlist! That stinks that it didn't work for you. It might work on my hair because I have wavy hair already. Good luck with your quest to find the right one for your hair!

    Améliorer la Vie

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    1. Yes, I definitely think it might work on your hair better! The shop girl said that if you have naturally wavy or curly hair, it gives it fantastic texture! In the tutorial video from the link I put in the post, the woman using the spray there had very wavy hair already, and it looked really fab on her! x

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  5. Oh no that's a shame! I am loving Paul Mitchell Texturizing sea spray smells incredible :)

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    1. I will have to give it a look! What kind of hair do you have? Really want to find one that will work as well on my hair type as it does others! x

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  6. I'm sad this didn't work out for you at all. Have you tried making your own sea salt spray? That way you could add more sea salt and make it however you like.

    Kristina | Beauty With Compassion

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    1. It's okay, Kristina! I'm still glad I tried it because it's LUSH! I can't imagine anyone hating LUSH! I haven't tried making my own! That's actually a really fantastic idea! I'll have to look into it and see if I'd need more than sea salt and water, and then make my own! Thanks for the tip! x

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  7. Bumble & Bumble. That's all I'm going to say. Seriously, if this didn't work for you the B&B one will.

    Also, I find that sea salt sprays work so much better on wet/damp hair than bone dry. Leaving it to air dry will cause a natural wave when the salt seeps into the hair follicles. I use sea salt when my hair is dry to give it a little texture if I'm doing a particular style, but not for the actual effect. xo

    Adrienne | Late Night Nonsense | Bloglovin'

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    1. Was the Bumble and Bumble spray the one you brought over when you stayed with us last year? Because I remember that one working quite well!

      I put this particular product on damp hair and then braided it up. Still went limp! I think my hair is just too long and thick for it right now! Breaks my heart! x

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  8. another product that we don't have in Taiwan...I guess it makes sense since a lot of the people here don't really crave that "beachy waves" look.
    I bottled a bottle of sea water back from my vacation at the Maldives last year. I remember loving my hair every time I came out of the ocean that week! I always had to remember to spray the heck out of my leave-in conditioner, otherwise my hair will be nasty dry. xx

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate Life | bloglovin

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    1. That sounds amazing! Might grab a bottle of pure sea water next time I'm able to get to the beach! That's a really good idea! And, yeah, you definitely have to condition well so that your hair doesn't get all dry and break off! Sorry that it's not available in Taiwan, but I don't really think you're missing too much with this one! x

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  9. My favourite salt spray is Charles Worthington's Front Row Rough & Tousled salt spray. Given I've never tried the Bumble and bumble, but I do have long hair so thought I'd share this product with you :)

    Hope you find your HG product soon!

    Rachel X
    http://thehonest-type.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks so much for the recommendation! I'll have to see if we have it here in the US! Anything that will work on long hair sounds good to me! Hoping I find my HG product, too! x

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  10. You've made me realized that I am a terrible Californian. I don't think I've spent enough hours at a close distance to the water to get the sexy-messy, delicious smelling hair you mentioned. It's shameful really! I'm glad you reviewed this because with my fine hair, I always need a little something to get it looking amazing. I haven't tried a Sea Salt Spray (because I'm a bit scared that it will damage), but know that this is "eh" at best, I will stay away!

    Little Red Umbrellas

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    1. Aw, you aren't a terrible Californian! I'm in North Carolina and I don't get down to the beach much, either! It's just that the sea salted hair is always the one thing I remember from each trip I do get to make!

      There are so many other sea sprays out there, so don't give up hope yet! I'm going to keep looking and hopefully we'll find the right ones for our hair! x

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  11. An old trick is to shake some water up with some sea salt and put it in a spray bottle yourself, not sure how good this actually works though.
    I use DermaV10's salt spray and it feels amazing!

    tie-dye-eyes

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    1. That's a really great suggestion! I'll have to look around online to see if there is a best way to make my own and give that a go! Thanks for the product suggestion! I'll have to give it a look! x

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  12. I'm glad you posted about this bc now I don't think it will work on either of our hair! So thanks for saving us a few bucks! LOL :)

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    1. Aw, I'm glad I could be of help! If you're still interested at all, you might be able to pop in to a LUSH store and test it out first! Wish I had done that! x

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  13. ahh thats really disappointing, id love that beachy waves look but my hair is so straight and don't think any of these products would work
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx
    bloglovin

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    1. Don't give up hope! There might be a good one out there for us! Not yet ready to believe that my bone straight hair can't be texturized properly at home! x

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  14. So glad I read this as I recently tried the Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray and to be honest, I hated it! Was considering trying another brand but I think I might give it a miss.

    Great blog, now following :)

    Louise (@staceysmum84) x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

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    1. Aw, I'm sorry to hear you didn't get on with the Bumble and Bumble spray! I've heard that one is supposed to be one of the best! There might still be something good out there for us, just have to keep looking! Thanks for the follow, sweety! x

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  15. I was going to purchase this a few weeks ago but then I realised that salt spray is so easy to make yourself at home so I googled the tutorial and it worked just as well ! :) great blog , just followed x

    www.loochiee.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm thinking that I might need to make my own, too! Then I can sort of customize it and find just that right amount of sea salt to get those beachy waves I'm looking for! Thanks for following, love! xx

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