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In my quest to find a hair care product that requires minimal effort to tame and define my curly locks, I purchased Leo Bancroft 'Simply Tousled beach wave spray' from Tesco, costing £4.00 for a 150 ml bottle.
Leo Bancroft is an award-winning celebrity hairdresser, who won Channel 4's 'The Salon' reality show and is regularly seen on ITV's 'This Morning' as their resident hair stylist. Leo Bancroft has teamed up with Tesco to provide a range of hair care products, exclusively sold by Tesco. This range includes: Instantly Sleek hair serum, Totally Protected Heat Defence Spray, Glamorously Curly Control & Shine Cream and Rapidly Revived Dry Shampoo (to name a few).
Simply Tousled beach wave spray comes in a Silver plastic spray bottle. It is a clear spray and has a strong 'hairspray' like smell to it, which is not unpleasant, but is quite strong. To use Simply Tousled beach wave spray you flip your head forward and spray liberally, scrunching as you go. Flip hair back and repeat, focusing on the front. To dry your hair you can either gently blow dry with a diffuser or leave the dry naturally.
I have applied this product in many ways: straight to damp hair, with and without hair serum applied first, left to dry naturally and with a hairdryer. You are probably wondering why I have added this information, but I think it is important as Simply Tousled beach wave spray affects my hair differently depending on how I style it.
I find that if I blow dry my hair (using a diffuser) after applying Simply Tousled, my hair becomes extremely thick. Normally when tying my hair in a ponytail I wrap the band around 3 times, but after blow drying using beach wave spray my hair becomes so thick that the band just about goes around twice. I know that this is because my hair is coated in product, making it thicker. Once thing for sure, is that once dried I cannot get a brush through my hair, I could try but I would end up getting the brush tangled up.
The next morning after sleeping on my hair, my hair was sticking up and looked like it had been back-combed. My hair resembled matted dog hair, rather than surf hair! The wave surf spray didn't make my hair greasy and the next day - as long as I wear my hair up in a ponytail - it is fine.
The best way to use Simply Tousled beach wave spray is to apply to damp hair, after using a smoothing hair serum first. I towel dry my hair then spray the product all over. I then leave my hair to dry naturally and every so often scrunch my hair by hand. This gives my hair a scrunched, matte effect, surf hair. My curly hair becomes more defined and natural looking. If I do see strands of hair sticking up at the top of my head, I just smooth down using some matte hair styling cream.
My hair is between chin and shoulder length and I tend to use around 10 sprays per application. 5 sprays with my head turned upside down, so that the underside is coated and then 5 sprays with my head up. It takes a while to judge how much product to use and of course it is dependent on your hair length and type. However it is easy to know when you have used too much because your hair becomes sticky, as if you have sprayed your hair all over with hairspray.
Needless to say, this product is good at creating a matte, surf effect to your hair, however I won't be rushing out to buy this again in a hurry. I give it 3 stars as it's not as simple as just spraying on your hair and leaving it. It does take a lot of effort to get that 'surf/just out of bed look' as you will need to scrunch your hair every so often when drying naturally, so that you get a more defined look. The main disadvantages are that it can make your hair sticky if you use too much and don't attempt to use a brush, as you won't get a brush through your matted hair as it will become entangled if you try.
For further information, please visit: www.leobancroft.com
Thanks for reading xx
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