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Using sugar spray for beach waves

Using sugar spray for beach waves

Even though we’re nearing the winter months, sometimes you just want to pretend it’s summer and give off those beach vibes on a sunny autumn day. For years, salt spray has been used as the go-to product for creating beachy waves on hair. The tousled, textured effect makes strands seem almost dirty, as if you’ve just stepped off the sands in a tropical destination.

However, salt spray does have a downside, especially if you use it on a regular basis. Salt pulls the moisture out of hair, which is how you end up with the matte look in the first place. Used often, it can parch your hair and dry out strands, making it even worse for those with fragile ends. It can also lead to tangling and breakage, not to mention the salt and sodium chloride in the spray can strip the much-needed keratin proteins from hair. If you use salt spray daily and constantly feel a crunchy texture in your hair, it’s time to look for another product option. Enter sugar spray.

While salt spray creates texture on top of the surface of the hair shaft to separate the strands and create movement, sugar spray does the same, except it moisturises the hair and makes locks look more polished, full of volume, and controls frizz. In addition sugar spray typically has a bit more hold, instead of the looser grip salt spray has on hair.

Sugar spray is readily available to buy, but if you’re the do-it-yourself type, making it at home is also easy and requires very little ingredients. Mix eight ounces (227g) of lukewarm water, one tablespoon (15ml) of raw sugar, ½ tablespoon (7ml) of coconut oil, and a bit of aloe vera gel together. Put the mix in a clean spray bottle and shake well.

The obvious question here is whether this product recipe will leave your hair sticky - and the answer is no. It dries quickly and doesn’t leave sticky residue. In addition, it doesn’t contain alcohol, fragrance, or other chemicals like conventional sprays, so it works great for people with allergies or sensitivity to chemicals.

Use the spray just like you would with the salt concoction, spraying the midlength and ends of your damp hair. Then flip your head over and spray just the ends, before finally spraying a bit on your hands to scrunch into the length of your hair.

Finally, it’s good to remember that sugar spray isn’t necessarily a replacement for salt spray, since they give two different looks. Salt is ideal for long, thick hair, and best if you want that gritty look. Sugar spray works best on mid-length and finer hair, for those who want softer waves.

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