I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm a lazy hair-doer. I have naturally wavy hair and I prefer as low-maintenance of a style as possible. (a.k.a. Asymmetrical lob just long enough to make a teeny, tiny ponytail at the back of my neck.) I rarely reach for the straightening iron. I prefer to just wash my hair at night, sleep on it (for some reason it gets wavier), and then tame/boost the waves in the morning.
I've tried many, many products over the years to get that balance of control and oomph. I don't like stuff that weighs my hair down or stiffens it up. That being said, here are my top 4 go-to products in no particular order:
1. Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray
This is my splurge. I bought a small bought of it a couple summers ago and fell in love. It smells good. It feels nice. The bottle is cool. All in all, it's a great product – just not one that I drop the money for all that often. You can find this online or somewhere like Sephora.
2. Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray
This stuff is great. It smells amazing. I love the trigger spray bottle design. It's cheap and easy to find at places like Target. It provides some nice waves, but sometimes falls a little flat depending on the weather. But I do love that the trigger comes with a switch that you can lock. So I can toss this in my bag and have it with me on the go without worrying about leakage.
3. Aussie Sprunch
This is good – in moderation. Too much sprunch and you'll end up with crispy curls instead of loose, bouncy waves. I usually use this as a "finisher" on top of the other products. Just a light mist on the ends of my waves, a quick scrunch, and no more. It seals the hold. Also, it's best used on slightly damp hair. On my dry hair, it gets a little tacky. And on wet hair, it weighs the waves down and gets too stiff when it dries. You can find this at Target and probably most drug stores.
4. Lavender Essential Oil + Water
Okay, so this is my new favorite way to get waves. Drop some lavender oil into a spray bottle of water. Shake. Spritz your hair. And scrunch. The water brings out my waves and something about the oil helps hold the curl without getting sticky, crispy, or stiff at all. Plus, it smells really good. And even though a bottle of lavender essential oil might cost you the same as Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray, a little lavender goes a long way. So in the long run, you're saving big time. I bought my Aura Cacia oil at a HyVee actually, but you can easily order online or find at a specialty oil store.