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When I first moved here from the UK, I assumed Australia was filled with bronzed beach bodies. Determined to fit in, I quickly discovered salt spray as a way to at least make myself feel like a surfer babe — without, you know, the actual surfing.
I soon realised Australia is much more diverse than that – but salt spray (I love the John Frieda Beach Blonde Ocean Waves Sea-Salt Spray) has remained a staple in my haircare routine. It adds texture, creates desirable beachy waves and hides hair that definitely needs a wash.
But now there’s a new product looking to knock salt spray off its surfboard: say hello to sugar spray. To get the lowdown on the sweet (sorry!) and very new product, we quizzed award-winning international hair stylist Anthony Nader. (Post continues after gallery.)
Have you used sugar spray before?
“I have to admit to you Glow readers that I only heard about this sweet new sensation recently and it’s definitely going to make waves… literally!” he says.
“I’m always keen to explore and experiment with any new product on the market and open minded to whatever is in a bottle to give my clients the results they are looking for.”
How is it different to salt spray?
According to Nader, the two products give very different results mostly based on how your hair “feels” and “performs” throughout the day.
"The sugar has a far softer and conditioning effect due to the ingredients, including sugar cane extract, plankton and sea kelp which feeds your dehydrated strands to healthier days," he says.
"The two are totally different. If you're after a hair texture that isn't gritty, then give me the sugar baby! It's like having your cake and eating it too."
How do you use it?
"Spray the sugar spray the same way as you would the sea salt spray," says Nader.
I normally spray liberally onto the body of my hair, and scrunch and twist the curls until they look the way I want.
"Just keep in mind that if you're wanting more oomph on the roots, skip the sugar on the roots and even spray the sea salt instead," advises Nader.
"And yes, it is so fine to combine the two products!"
Keen to try? As it's so new, there aren't many products available here yet, but try the Tigi Bed Head Candy Fixations Sugar Shock ($18.99) and keep an eye out for stylist favourite Keratin Complex Sweet Definition Texturizing Sugar Mist to hit our shores soon.
Do you use salt spray? Would you try sugar spray?