Pop a bottle, Wave Spray just won big! Allure blessed our wondrous weightless texture mist with the award for Best Wave Enhancer. We don’t mean to toot our own horn, but beep beep! Infused with rice protein to add hold and memory, Wave Spray makes for effortlessly chic beach waves all year round. And gurl, we’re not the only ones honking. While sampling wave sprays for the Best of Beauty testing, Elizabeth Siegel, Deputy Beauty Director for Allure, found “the secret to cool, messy waves” for her fine, fussy hair. In her Wave Spray review below, Elizabeth confesses her love for the texturizing spray that boosts her French girl hair facade. Scroll ahead to see why Wave Spray is so award-worthy, then shop our new Clip Trick Kit!
In a past life, I think I was French. I wore red lipstick and drank red wine and had chic, mussed-up, Jane Birkin–esque hair. In this life, I eat croissants — so, I’ve got that going for me — but I have a Chicago accent, and I’m pretty sure that’s as far from a sexy French accent as you can get. I also have to work at getting a messy texture in my hair.
If you’ve seen a texturizing spray, there’s a 90 percent chance I’ve tried it. My hair is fine, but I have a lot of it, so it doesn’t hold a style all that well. That means most wave sprays give my hair a little bend for an hour or so, but none work so amazingly well that I’ve stayed loyal to one texturizer.
The first time I used Ouai Wave Spray, I saw my wet hair start scrunching up into waves almost immediately. I figured they’d mellow out after my hair was dry, especially since my hair was looooong at the time, which meant it was heavy. But a few hours later? The messy waves were still there. I said a little thank you to Jen Atkin — the hairstylist behind the Ouai Haircare line (and go-to girl for the Kardashian-Jenner clan) — and then I moved on to testing other wave sprays (I had to try a bunch for Best of Beauty testing). But I kept coming back to the Ouai — it was the only one in a bag of 10-plus bottles that gave my hair a cool, messy texture that lasted all day. It also smelled more sophisticated than the other ones, like an expensive soft floral perfume.
That was a few months ago. Now that I don’t have to test a new wave spray each week, I’m committed to my bottle of Ouai. I’ve got my routine down: I mist it through my hair when it’s damp, divide my hair into six smallish sections (two on either side of my face and two in the back), and twist each section into a rope — a hairstylist trick for getting air-dried waves without the crimpy effect you get from braids or the frizz you get from scrunching. I’ll keep twisting my hair periodically as it air-dries, which I find gives me the best mussed waves. The whole twisting method does make my hair take a little longer to air-dry, but if I’m doing it over a croissant.