I can’t pretend that I know a whole lot about hair styling. Makeup is one thing. Most people are capable of mastering how to do makeup on their own face (a true makeup artist, however, will know not only how to do makeup on a variety of faces but will know how to bring out the beauty in each one) but to me hair really is something you need to go to school for! I can play around with flat irons and curlers all I want, but because of my lack of skill and technique, it’s just going to fall out and look limp at the end of the day anyhow. Either that or it looks a hot mess, yet lasts all day (bad hair always seems to last, for some reason! Good hair is always in a hurry to fall limp).
Since I’m so inept at doing anything with hair styling tools, I have turned instead to O&M Surf Bomb Sea Salt Spray to achieve the effortless, natural waves that I crave so much. I use it by spraying a fairly generous amount across the shaft of my hair— not too kedekut, but not too much ‘till it gets greasy thus ruining it’s purpose.
As I’ve said, I’m not an expert in hair and this includes using hair products thus I might be using this all wrong and spreading misinformation. But I find that you wouldn’t see any miracles occurring the very minute you spray this on. It does dry out your hair a bit— I guess that’s necessary to give it texture— but not so much that you can’t run your fingers through your hair. It doesn’t feel like hairspray, is what I’m getting at.
It has a smell which I wouldn’t exactly describe as pleasant… It doesn’t linger, though. I’m not so into fragrance in general, but have learned to live with the fact that we live in a world where companies just HAVE to put fragrance in their products.
Anyway, how I like to do it is to apply this then sort of twist my hair and pin it up while I do my makeup and get ready. Once all that is settled, I would have had about 10 minutes to let my hair ‘set’, and when I unpin it I’ll find that my hair falls in nice, loose waves. Of course, it’s not going to look perfect so I prefer to fix it up a bit more with a flat iron— maybe straighten the bangs a bit.
What this product contributes is that it really locks in that loose wave. I mean, if you pin up your hair for a certain amount of time you’re going to get beachy waves anyway but this product keeps it in form for at least a couple of hours. Yes, you can do that with regular old hair spray as well but you know, hair spray is hard and crunchy and uncomfortable.
So does O&M Surf Bomb Sea Salt Spray work? Yeah, it does but not without effort (like, a milligram of effort but effort nonetheless). Is it worth the money? Eh… that’s up to you to decide. Like all sprays, it’s not going to last long if you use it a lot so repurchasing is going to be a pain in the behind. But if you don’t use it a lot, then what’s the point? Why let your hard-earned money languish in the back of a cupboard somewhere? There’s a bit of a Catch-22 going on here, thus my advice would be… if you think it’s worth it, then go ahead.
O&M Surf Bomb Sea Salt Spray is available at all Sephora stores for RM92.