While this is not strictly ballroom… I have got to tell you about GHD’s Sea Spray for Matte Waves. I have short, fine, curly hair and I live in humid, humid Texas — which means my hair is often frizzy but flat at the roots. And it takes an extraordinary combination of weather events to get those sought-after ringlets.
Wandering through Sephora last weekend, I tried this product on a whim (spraying it on dry hair and scrunching). Reader, it was love at first sight. It controlled the frizz and created fabulous curls. It also made my hair (which can be too fine and soft after washing) a tiny bit tacky (but not at all sticky, stiff, crunchy, or hard), which meant it was a lot easier to work with — I could scrunch a little volume into the roots AND it looked fab when I put it up. I just felt like I could do anything with it and it would look great. I also like the fantasy that I’ve been cavorting at the beach.
I’ll confess, the GHD is $24, and I wanted to know if I could get the same effect for cheaper. So I bought Sunsilk Waves of Envy Sea Mist ($3-4 at Target or drugstore.com). Preliminary reports show that this is just not the same product. While I’m getting more volume than I normally would, Sunsilk isn’t delivering the frizz-control or magical curling properties. This isn’t a product I would particularly recommend to anyone.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled discussion of makeup.