Beach bag and summer hat

What hair products are in your summer swim bag? My summer swim bag is filled with the usual sunscreens, goggles, frisbees, a foam football, little plastic torpedoes the boys like to dive for and my favorite leave-in conditioner. I also have my hat in there as well. The hat is for protecting my face and hair from the sun and also to hide my curls. They do not perform well after swimming. This year I have decided to try and go beyond my usual post swimming hair care routine of using a leave-in conditioner and then putting my hat on. I am going to try using only one styling product and see if I can get acceptable curls.

This single styling product experiment is a big leap for me. I usually use three to four styling products on my hair before I diffuse it or air dry. So, this is a serious approach to minimizing my hair care routine.  What will be the one and only styling product to make it into the beach bag?

After swimming and rinsing my hair with water, the first product  that I tried was Phyto Plage Protective Beach Spray. I was attracted to the name and to the fact that it is glycerin and silicone free. When I sprayed it on my hair it had a very slick smooth feeling. I liked that it was moisturizing my hair, but it didn't offer any of the styling qualities that I look for. There was no clumping or curl activation. I  think it would have been a great choice if I didn't need those two crucial things in a hair styling product. My curls were frizz free but that was about it. I will pass it on to a friend with straight hair or a friend with much curlier hair than mine.

Read More: Texture Perspective: Straightening Hair

Curl Junkie Curl Queen Hair Styling Gel

On my next swimming outing I decided to try a gel, Curl Junkie Queen Hair Styling Gel I have never used a gel by itself so I was nervous, but Curl Junkie has never failed me. This one is also glycerin and silicone free. When I poured some out into my hand the gel was thin and kind of watery. I decided to go for a small amount for the first try. My hair dried crunchy but was easy to scrunch out. My curls were defined, clumpy and soft. The frizz stayed away and my curls were looking good. When I applied it later in the day after swimming again I used too much and my hair was stringy. You definitely have to pay attention to the amount that you use. I really liked this gel and was surprised that it worked so well on its own. This one is staying in the beach bag. I tried it again at home after using a leave-in conditioner and then put a little mousse over it. Wow, even better results.

Read More: DIY Homemade Hair Moisturizers

AG Hair Cosmetics Beach Bomb

This time I wanted to try a creamy styling product. I decided on the new AG Hair Cosmetics Beach Bomb. There is a silicone in this one, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone. It doesn't seem to cause the massive build up that other silicones do, so I was happy about that.  I really liked this product. I had to be careful not to use too much but my curls performed pretty well considering this was the only product I put on them. I got more clumping with this product and shiny frizz free curls. This one is definitely a new beach bag Holy Grail product for me. Of course, I tried it again at home on another day over a leave-in conditioner and got even clumpier curls. What a great new product.

Read More: Get Out of Summer Hair Hell

Final Thoughts

I am relieved that I only had one unsatisfactory experience with my solo product experiment.  I will still wear my hat sometimes, but I am thrilled that I can actually go somewhere after a day at the pool or the beach and my curls will be presentable. They do look a little wilder and looser, but I am trying to embrace that look.

If you could only put one styling product in your beach bag, what would it be?