Does Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray live up to the hype?

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Some products come with a reputation bordering on mythical — and Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray is part of that elite club.

Whenever a celebrity is interviewed about her hair and beauty regimen, you can almost guarantee this legendary styling mist, which was launched in 2001, will be name-dropped with gushing enthusiasm.

Lara Worthington swears by it for a “gritty” feel. Kristen Bell says it’s the next best thing after post-beach hair. Apparently, the spray was even used to create Blake Lively’s tumbling Gossip Girl waves.

So when the distinctive black bottle landed at The Glow HQ I was curious as to whether it actually lives up to its “sexy, beachy, windswept” promises — and whether the celebrity claims hold any (salt) water.

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The claim: It adds grit and matte texture

Lara was right — Surf Spray did indeed lend some grittiness to my hair.

This was great on days when I’d washed it; conditioner leaves my hair a bit too soft and silky, so the spray helped a lot texture-wise and left it looking a bit messy (in a good way). For the record, my hair is fine, wavy and quite short, so I can’t really speak to what results anyone with thicker, longer, curlier or straighter hair can expect.

Side-note: I did get a little trigger-happy some mornings and the result became a little more “crunchy” than “gritty”. So you can definitely have too much of a good thing.

Sah. Much. Texture.

The claim: It recreates beach hair

The styling power of real-life salt water is no secret. For me, a swim at the beach can turn my half-assed waves into almost-ringlets and adds some great texture. That said, it somehow makes my hair both dry and greasy, which is not great.

Surf Spray recreated the beachy texture without the unpleasant side-effects, although I found it didn't really help with curl formation and I needed to use a considerable amount of product. The 'matte' feel is great, though — combining the spray with a bit of scrunching and twisting with my fingers was enough to create great wave and body, and it seemed to work best on dry hair. I'd also recommend applying hair oil before you spray.

Of the limited number of salt spray products I've tried, this one does "beach" the best. At $39 it's also the priciest by a long shot, but hey, it delivers. (Post continues after gallery.)


  The claim: It'll improve your surfing skills

Okay, nobody has actually claimed this, and I can't say with any certainty that Surf Spray will turn you into Layne Beachley. However, it does give you that cool, laid-back look all surfers seem to embody, so... close enough? (You can always throw in a shaka sign for added surfiness.)

I've got the hair sorted, now all I need is some board wax.

You can buy Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray ($39) at Mecca.

Have you ever used this product? What did you think?

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