On My Head

Leandra Medine | March 22, 2012

Often you ask whether I’ve ever ran a comb through my hair, taken a proper shower, intentionally weaved tangles into the crevices of my head. I get it. I have weird hair. But that’s no accident. Let me share a small history: the beginning of my infatuation with messy hair started where all good things do: in Paris, during my semester abroad, when after just a few days in the city o’lights all I wanted from life was so perfect that thing French girls do with their hair: always a hint oily, never outwardly dirty. Textured and messy and so damn cool. And so I forfeited my daily shower in hopes my head would do that too and what I learned was simple: what happens in France should stay in France, among its own citizens who evidently have unusual penchants to make shit work that Americans just can’t. Ultimately I started showering again and a few months later fell upon the above photographed. It’s a bottle full of whatever French dreams your head can conjure up. And now my secret is out. SuRf SpRaY, friends. It’s texture, it’s sticky, it’s weird, you’re welcome.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09026625220592373779 Irene Buffa

    always usefuL!





  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00200817566554453809 Natasha Fatah

    So glad that messy hair is acceptable right now. I can finally tell my mom, my hair looks exactly the way it's supposed to. 😉


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01270928274656422504 Leira Zetroc

    Ahaha..I've heard about that salty spray stuff! But, dear, why don't you do it like the Californians and go to the beach 😉 "What happens in the U.S. should stay in the U.S" still applies!

    The Quiet Spaces

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11783163257078203117 Callie Lee

    Great product! Love it

  • http://www.riotrules.com Sonja

    I've been using that a for a few years and it's the most fabulous product out there. I live in China now so every time someone travels to good old Europe or the US I'll have them import a few bottles! Can't live without!

  • http://styleseer.blogspot.com Lauren@Styleseer

    I agree! Les Parisiennes have nothing on California girls when it comes to great looking messy hair. 😉

  • http://www.modelovers.com Modelovers

    Thanks for this great information!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13540865440171331174 Ally

    I love this product!! It really does work and gives you that sexy, messy do. Unfortunately my hair is greasy to begin with so by the end of the day, you don't want to be around me.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00323955322417934528 DINA SHRESTHA

    Omg! I've always wanted hair like Alexa Chung, and now I can 🙂

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06847830945725628281 Sarah Faye

    I use this all the time, great stuff!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14581114725418981503 Shawnee

    omg, i bought this last summer and loved it ever since!! def a fantastic product. xoxo

  • Anonymous

    Best product I have ever used, hands down.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02888489368256761571 Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell

    I love pretty much all B&B; products. If you think this is great, you ought to try B&B; Texture. It is fantastic. The very, very best thing about it is that it doesn't have much scent and it makes your hair look fantastic.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09225216620870254933 Kristina

    I swear by this!!! Definitely, gave me the third coast locks I was missing when I lived in Phoenix and was definitely the best thing for freshening up on the the go during SxSW!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11390644245644142058 akiko auri

    works like a charm! I spray it in dampened hair, let it air dry and put it into two buns on each side of my head. Look like a princess leia lunatic for an hour for they byproduct of "effortless"hair. On top of that, I don't own a brush or a comb… Hot mess

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02527008933557848354 Emmy

    I just recently bought this too, and love love love it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07279516877124783976 Mackenzie

    ohh. I must try to get that look for summer

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00342113034957234129 Audrey

    Awesome! I've heard of this product but didn't know how good it was. Thanks and you are cool (coming from a 40-something!) 😉

  • http://stylesolutionsnyc.com Sydney

    I always see this product and never pick it up, but this post makes me want to!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00896638834590707229 Miss Molly

    need to get me some of this!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06740019477485498393 Bespoke Biddie

    tangled tresses in a bottle? i like!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18152823130336412987 soopark

    I don't understand why people don't understand your hair style.. I absolutely love it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00922493231790791173 La Petite Olga

    Cool stuff! Trying it!!

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • Moi

    You got it, only "secret" we have is that nobody ever told us to wash our hair everyday. We like "second day hair". Sticking to that washing rule (I think I wash my hair every 5 days or so) and being French, I am more into the B&B; Shine Spray, but would still never go out with perfect l'oreal hair. Imperfections are everything!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06078415745893858826 Kristel Louisa

    It sounds amazing! Well, your hair looks so awesome all the time! 😉
    I honestly really enjoy reading your writing.

    en la moda

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02903640722114840583 My Style

    That are amazing advices (both the post and the comments) especially for me that now i am studying for 3 months abroad and i have problems with the temperatures here.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10418547238996143646 YoUngLiNgToN

    Hair is everything for a girl, take care of it !


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06344342427867256788 Dorota

    really? i got it last year and it didn´t work for me. maybe because I´m european and france is just an hour drive? i still have it though…hmmm, maybe i will give it another try, but maybe not 😉

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15901568084463124376 matchalattewardrobe

    How funny that French girls think that surf spray is the most American thing ever and something that helps to get this Californian-like cool hair.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15992012518203792325 Bonnie,Clyde and Marni…..

    my hair always looks weird!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15223039798995930661 Sacred and Profane Designs

    Ha ha, I can relate. Hope this products works for my dry, curly and very very wild hair…

  • http://www.dressedwell.co.uk Designer Clothing Online

    We've never heard of this before but we will be trying it! Thanks!

    Womens Clothing Online

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03205144874887425869 Molly

    I use this stuff too. Love it.

  • Anonymous

    that's funny to read 🙂 as a french girl i dream about the perfect curls, waves and other sophisticated things american girls seem to do everyday so easily! ok then i'll keep my untidy hair for the sake of coolness!

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE SURFER SPRAY!! I loved it so much that I actually went on google to look for a tutorial on how to make it and found TONS of DIY's on how to do it! So now I make it from scratch, it saves a lot of money and you can kind of change how much you put of what in depending on your hair type.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01097077463267238255 ellen.

    I love this stuff too, it smells awesome as well.


  • Anonymous

    Haters gonna hate – I support not showering and am obsessed with your hair. Oh, wait, that sounded incredibly creepy. I say such a thing out of sartorial love.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00895152914452877928 Ms.Fashionista

    I will so try this because I love your hair! It's got such a laid back I forgot to wash my hair again but who cares vibe. Totally fits your fun personality.



  • http://thelookandlisten.blogspot.com Neijah

    That's hilarious! Anyone who knows anything should admire the coolness of surfer girl hair, especially when paired with amazing fashion sense! Perfect example, other than you, Carrie Bradshaw!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06841237588940938787 Lydia

    OMG I worship this stuff. Also, I have been known to bring back water bottles of ocean water from the beach and use that. The trick is to start with completely dry hair, saturate with ocean water, and air dry.

  • http://simplyclassyme.blogspot.com Inés

    Great tip!, tons of fun, like usual …I love your style!
    Have the best weekend!

    Big hugs!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16633308660271462505 Benedicte

    I love it ! I live in Paris and I am happy that we we can find it in France now…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05659796932666602271 Carolina Sundell

    Great tips, I'm actually going to try that spray.

  • Anonymous

    Ordered it! Can't wait for it to come!!!!! xoxo thanks.

  • http://www.twitter.com/profgretchen Gretchen

    Hi Leandra,
    I share your obsession with french hair. I have been getting my haircut in Paris the past year, to get the cut to go along with it!

    I also love Sachajuan, Ocean Mist spray. It's sold at Bendels and smells divine.

    Happy hair days!

  • Anonymous

    because going to the beach in NYC is friggin nasty. you'd end up with more radioactive residue than saltwater in your hair, fo sho.

  • Anonymous

    Lucky you found something! My curly is a job at its self, and my flat iron is ALWAYS my go-to gal! #hairproblems

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16011486147544431192 Miku

    I also use a similar product to make my silky boring hair look a bit cooler. I love the one by Redken, but might need to try this one as comparison. The beach spray by Tigi makes any hair both surf-proof but also greasy! (Maybe you want to try that one..? 😉 )

  • MGF

    ahahah NON Leandra, s'il te plaît !
    dont say we re dirty !
    Let's say it s only the Parisian air which is polluted, huh ?

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08156285638806607761 Sofia, Sónia e Sara Cunha

    Love the summer look.
    Sónia from http://catsandsisters.blogspot.pt/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07650486939448955178 lucia m
  • http://www.fabulousonabudget.com Mary Darling

    YAY!! Totally trying…. Let's be real, men and women love it!! BED HEAD!!!

    love da blog, gurrrrll.




  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07339846360613394972 WhiteGirlWizdom

    Eff what ppl think. Tangle free is rare and overrated.

  • http://www.ebay.com/sch/jusnuts/m.html?_nkw&_armrs=1&_from&_ipg=25&_trksid=p3692 vain319

    hell yeah! I am in 🙂 my mass of curly is always giving the "bedhead" vibe..I like to call it boho lol.. oh,and if you like vintage clothes,I am cleaning out my stash of them,you can see a live stream on my blog.check it out! guaranteed to scare even the most understanding of boyfriends 🙂

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03625743848533013013 vain319

    oops! vain319.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14625395273907490807 Gypsy_Riot

    holy good god…quite possibly THEEEEE best beach spray ever! ive been obsessed for years but now its set in stone that i need to go pick up another bottle ASAP!
    xoxo alax


  • http://www.twohandsfiveminutes.com/wp D

    hell yes. best stuff ever.

  • http://dietingfashions.com dietingfashions

    The stuff works! I couldn't believe a $24 bottle could solve my straight Asian hair problem.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01713355830964531759 terese

    No need to buy this product. You can make your own with salt water.

  • Anonymous

    im from spain where i can buy bumble and bumble surf spray? thanks!

  • elle rixon<3

    were can you buy this stuff ? it looks heaapss good, !!

    • elle.

      and im from australia!

  • elle rixon<3

    thats heaps cheep, were did you buy yours from?

  • elle rixon<3

    well thats just cheaap shit.

  • elle rixon<3

    were did you get yours from ?

  • elle <3

    im from australia, were did you buy yours from?

  • elle.

    ^ well wouldnt that be shit? yes.

  • Dorie {BrooklynSalt}

    I swear by it even though it makes my hands salty.

  • linda allen

    linda allen
    My hair is always messy so glad messy hair is acceptable.

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