surf spray vs not your mothers beach babeConfession: I have been getting my hair permed since the 8th grade. I know, I know. Who gets perms anymore? I hear it all the time. The reason I decided to start perming my hair was because I don’t like my natural hair. You always want what you don’t have, am I right? My natural hair is straight with zero volume and a silky texture. Unlike most girls, I hate having silky hair because any hairstyle I try, even a regular ponytail or bun, my hair slips right out. I love having curls/waves, texture, volume and a bit of grit because it’s easier to work with and I’m slightly obsessed with the beach look. Enter: salt sprays.

I love the beach for every reason under the sun, but I specifically love the way my hair air dries after being in the water. I get natural, messy waves and all the texture I could hope for. Granted, it doesn’t smell the best and I normally throw my hair into a bun so it’s not blowing in my face. So, whoever created the whole salt spray obsession, I want to personally thank you.

Bumble and bumble Surf Spray is a cult favorite of the entire brand. People who use this spray claim it has amazing results and it’s a “can’t live without” product. The spray costs $27 for a 4 oz. bottle or $15 for a 1 oz. bottle, which is a lot of money to spend on something you use so generously. Having used Bb Surf Spray and wanting to see what else is out there, I picked up a travel size bottle of Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray at my local drugstore to try it out. For the record, an 8 oz. bottle costs roughly $5.99, depending on the drugstore.

Is Bumble and bumble Surf Spray worth it or not worth it?

Thoughts on Bb Surf Spray:

  • I didn’t enjoy spending that much money on a product that I knew wouldn’t last very long.
  • It doesn’t smell good…at all. After using it my hair had an odd odor, almost stale, that I was able to smell on myself, which obviously isn’t appealing.
  • I didn’t find that it gave me messy waves or volume. The spray kind of just made my hair feel icky.
  • When used on damp hair and then diffused: my hair looked flat and unkempt, not in a good way.
  • When used on dry hair: my hair didn’t feel touchable afterward and made it look dirty/greasy.

Thoughts on NYM Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray:

  • The travel size bottle I purchased came with travel size texturizing shampoo and conditioner to try as well, and this was still cheaper than a 1 oz. bottle of Bumble and bumble. Win.
  • It smells amazing! It has a coconut/vanilla scent that definitely reminds me of the beach.
  • A little goes a long way with this spray so my hair didn’t feel weighed down with product.
  • When used on damp hair and then diffused: my hair had a little more texture to it.
  • When used on dry hair: gave my hair volume and the messy look I’m always aiming for.

Verdict: Not worth it! Go with NYM’s Beach Babe Spray!

Have you tried either of these salt sprays? Are there other brands that make a salt spray you love?