I was finally introduced to the magical land of Sephora whilst travelling America and Canada back in June. I had been told to prepare my British self for the shelves upon shelves of beauty bargins but was not prepared for the sheer volume of temptation.
On my first visit I succumbed to a Bare Minerals starter pack and my new favourite eye palette, the Naked 2 Basics. But my second visit in Disneyland California was a heavenly cure for a girl who had just entered the first stage of Disney depression.
Feeling a little lost without the prospect of bumping into Mickey, we wandered the streets of Downtown Disney and popped into Sephora to pick up some basics. I suddenly remembered that I’d wanted to try out the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray and so headed over to give my hair a spritz. We were approached by a girl with rollers in her hair who told us… ‘Girl, this is not the product for you. Stick with me and I’ll make you look like you’ve just sauntered out the sea with your surfboard in hand’.
I trusted her… I mean, you trust girls who work in Sephora, they have that stubborn ‘mumma knows best’ way about them. She took me over to the styling section as a couple of girls gathered around to witness the transformation. ‘Behold… the Drybar Mai Tai Sea Salt Spray‘ she said. She gave my hair a good spritz and scrunch, before pinning it up to dry and telling me off for blow drying my hair (‘Girl you can’t expect natural waves when you’re blasting heat down on your head!’). After taking the pins out she reached for a bottle of Drybar Triple Sec Volumizer, which she sprayed among my roots and massaged in, the same way as I use a dry shampoo. She read my mind, telling me how this product is the non-greasy version of dry shampoo, perfect for clean hair without getting that gross powdery feel to your roots.
And voila! She spun me around to the mirror as the girls around me gasped at the sudden transformation. Okay it might not have been that dramatic but as I looked in the mirror I was pretty amazed at the natural voluminous waves curling down. Of course I reached for a bottle of each product after thanking her for showing me the light to surfer girl beach waves. Now they are quite pricey products at $25-26 and I’m not normally one to splash out on my hair but I’ve honestly not tried a product that has quite literally transformed my hair without using heated products. So Mum, if you ever are unsure of present ideas… here is your answer.
So after that long winded tale… here is how you can pretend to be a surf loving wavy haired beach babe without having to go anywhere near the sea.
Firstly… do not blow dry your hair. I got told off for good reason. Use the Mai Tai Sprizter Spray on wet hair or naturally dried hair. Pretty much cover the ends and middle of your hair, twisting and scrunching 1-2 inch sections to create a curl and pin up until they dry.
When dry, take out the pins and use the Triple Sec Volumizer to give volume to your roots. Massage it in the same way you would a dry shampoo.
If you want some extra curls, or if your hair isn’t especially naturally wavy, use your curlers to create some waves. I tend to just add a few at the front of my hair as I have a strange section that just will not go wavy.
And that’s it! I’d love to hear/see how you get on! Is there any hair products you’ve fallen in love with? Leave a comment or tweet me at EppieShepherd.