10 March 2014

A Selection of Non-Hairspray Hair Sprays

I generally wash my hair every other day, and while I don't have problems with my hair getting greasy, it can be a challenge keeping my curls looking fresh and bouncy after they've been slept on.  I've been searching for something that will refresh second day curls with minimal effort, and believe me, I've tried a good bunch of things!  This is the most recent batch - I think of these as non-hairspray hair sprays (thus the title) since they're spray-type hair products, but none of them provide the hold of a traditional hairspray.  Instead, they're light, leave-in products that give variable amounts of hydration.  None of them are heavy or greasy.  


Acure Organics Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cell Leave-In Conditioner
I did a full review of this product a few months ago, and my opinion has basically stayed the same.  I love the way it works, but I struggle with how it smells.  It smells like lemongrass, but it's heavier and more herbal than the lemongrass scents I'm used to, and unfortunately, the scent is one that really sticks in your hair.  If Acure were to come out with another scent, I'd be all over it, but as it is now, the smell wears on me enough throughout the day that I won't be buying this one again, regardless of how well it works.

Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave-In Conditioner
Yarok's Feed Your Roots Mousse has been a firm favorite of mine, so naturally I had to try their leave-in.  It smells the same as the mousse - sweet, fresh, and lemony - and it does a great job too.  It's one of the lightest of the bunch, so I can really go to town spraying this one and not have to worry about my hair ending up greasy or sticky.  As an added bonus, it also does double duty as a heat protectant.  

Rahua Voluminous Hairspray
Rahua's is the only one of the bunch that's sold as an actual hairspray - soft, flexible hold - but I really thing it would be better marketed as a leave-in conditioner.  As a curl refresher, it works fine initially, but after just an hour or two everything falls flat again and I'm back where I started.  If I'd bought it intending to use it as a regular hairspray, I think I would have been even more disappointed.  I've read positive reviews, but on my hair, it gives virtually no hold.  

Beautiful Curls Shea Butter Curl Reviving Tonic
It shouldn't come as any great surprise that the sole product of the bunch that's actually marketed as a curl reviving product does the best job reviving my curls.  I was initially concerned about how I'd fare with the mango-vanilla scent and eyed this product for months before finally taking the plunge and buying it.  I was worried it would be overly sweet or fake smelling, but it's actually fairly light and not overpowering or sickly.  The product itself performs exactly how I want it to.  Several sprays and some scrunching easily take my deflated curls from sad and slept on to bouncy and fresh once again.

The Bottom Line
All things considered, the Beautiful Curls is the clear winner here and the only one that I'm confident I'll be repurchasing.  (In fact, I kind of already have.  I let my mom try it and ended up having to buy her her own bottle just so I could get mine back!)  The Yarok is also quite lovely and I could see myself buying it as an occasional splurge, but for an everyday product that gets used up fairly quickly, I can't justify spending more when the Beautiful Curls is equally or more effective and a third of the price.  I think the Rahua and Acure could potentially suit different hair types and noses, respectively, but neither were winners for me.

Am I the only one who struggles with second day hair?  Have you tried any of these?



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8 comments:

  1. I also struggle with keeping my 2nd day curls looking nice. I have been using either Kinky Curly Spiral Spritz or Shea Moisture Hold & Shine Mist to revive my 2nd day hair. I like these products but they both have an ingredient or two that I would rather avoid if possible. I'll have to give Beautiful Curls,Curl Reviving Tonic a shot!

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    1. Nice! I've been using the Spiral Spritz on freshly washed hair actually, but I'm not sure I'm completely sold on it and the grapefruit seed extract in it isn't my favorite either. The Beautiful Curls is definitely worth trying...I'm happily surprised by just how well it works! Let me know how you get on with it if you do :)

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  2. I dont have second day curls (my hair is more wavy than curly) but since I love wearing it curly I do at least wet it every day. While my curling routine does use 3 products (a leave in, a curling creme and a setting spray) I have had trouble finding many reviews for products that are feasible for me to try. This is super helpful to know since I am going to run out of my curl setting spray soon, I do look foreword to your gel reviews eventually too.

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    1. I feel like my hair routine is pretty low key, but it's funny how the products add up, isn't it? I'm so glad it was helpful...I've got a couple more hair product reviews coming up soon :)

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  3. If I heat style my hair, then the second day is when it looks it's best! But if I leave it to dry naturally, then I have the same problem as you. I have pretty curly hair when it's natural and always struggle with the ends getting dry and it just generally looking a bit pathetic. So thank you, this post has been a godsend, I really want to check a few of these out! :)

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    1. I'm glad it was helpful! Let me know how it goes if you end up trying any of them :)

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  4. I've got the Yarok feed your roots and love it so i'll have to try feed your ends!! xx

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    1. If you like Feed Your Roots, I think you'll enjoy Feed Your Ends too! It smells the same and really is just as lovely :)

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