Friday, 14 March 2014

Products For Tousled Hair

hair products percy and reed texturising spray charles worthington volume and bounce bumble and bumble thickening hairspray

Tousled tresses are always a good idea. From full-on bed-head hair, to sleek with neatly shaken up roots, and everything in-between, most of us like to avoid looking too 'done'. Unless you are lucky enough to possess naturally perfect waves, chances are your oh-so-effortless styles actually take a fair bit of effort, and it is here that the right products are a massive help. 

In my case, my hair is long and thick, so often gets weighed down and can look a bit flat and heavy. Yes, my annoyingly super-thick hair can end up looking like it lacks volume. It's also pretty wavy, and unruly, so needs quite a bit of taming to look good...which can lead to that overdone look we're trying to avoid here. These are the products I've been loving lately, to help me on my quest to get sexy tousled locks à la Gwyneth, Blake Lively, the Olsen twins and the VS girls...because the main difference between me and them is definitely hair. 

Percy & Reed Quite Wonderfully Wavy Texturising Spray
Where has this been all my life? For those who like the idea of a salt spray, but fancy a glossier finish, this sweet-smelling concoction is a pretty good bet. Salt has been replaced with willow-leaf extract and strengthening pro-vitamins; this is for a glam take on the tousled look. Sprayed into damp hair, and worked through with a comb, this leaves me with the glossy waves I've always wanted. 

One of my favourite ways to use this product is to spray it onto towel-dried hair, and then make two high pigtails. I then twist the pigtails into little buns (think Miley at the VMAs, foam finger not required) and go to bed. If they do need a little blast with the hairdryer in the morning so be it, and when they are cool, I gently unfurl my soft, shiny waves. If that made no sense to you, or you'd like a few more details, see Jade at skinsweet's post here, explaining a one-bun version of the method. 

Available from (£14)

Charles Worthington Salon at Home Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray
I have a feeling you'll have heard of this already, as the blogging world has gone a bit crazy for this product. Hailed as a dupe for the eye-wateringly expensive Oribe Dry Texturising Spray (which I can't comment on, as I haven't tried...yet), this adds a bit of volume and texture to your hair. I like this when I've styled my hair (whether that be a blow dry or a few curls with the straightener), and I want to add a bit of oomph. A quick spritz, and a ruffle through with my fingers, and my hair is looking considerable better. Do go easy though - one spray too many and you will be left with crunchy hair that is a textured step too far. It's certainly a product that you will know you have in your hair, but used with a light hand, it can give great results. I am mainly in love with the price, holding me off from a £38 splurge in Space NK a little longer.

Available from Boots  (£6.99) - if you're lucky, as it seems forever out of stock!

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray
This is actually a magazine freebie that I got (and hated!) last year. I was trying to use it in the way that I now use the Percy & Reed spray, a bad move that resulted in a sticky, gunky mess. Having had a Google and a re-try a few months ago, I am now fully converted, and will repurchase this when it runs out. It transpires that a few spritzes of this on damp roots (5-8 actually, and don't get carried away) are all it takes to get some pretty impressive volume and general mussiness going on around my crown. I sometimes use this alongside the Percy & Reed when using the technique I mentioned, and sometimes use it before blow-drying (and sometimes even straightening) my hair to get the sleek-with-oomph-at-the-roots look favoured by Gwyneth. I do notice it works a bit better when I dry my hair with a hairdryer, unlike the Percy and Reed which works just as well with or without heat. I do however, love it, and can't believe I criticised and ignored it for months when it was just a bit misunderstood. I'm sorry hairspray, I get you now.

Available from (£20.50)


  1. I still haven't tried the SW spray that I bought a few weeks ago, but it seems to be the perfect dupe for Oribe, which is just far too expensive for me :o) Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

    1. It is insane, I can't understand how it can really be that price! x

  2. I love that Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray. Xx

    1. It is brilliant, I know I will repurchase. x

  3. Great review. Thank you :)
    Adela x


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