Sun and salt water can give you the surf sexy hair of Kim Kardashan, but will also play havoc with the condition of your tresses. So if you want to protect your waves or even, for us urban prisoners, fake them, you will be well tressed with Frederic Fekkai's Marine Summer Hair Beach Waves ($23).

It is sprayed on to wet hair before drying for a windswept waves with minimal scrunching. Be warned, however, this does not do much for anyone with irredeemably straight hair.

Although it contains most of the usual suspects in the preservative department, Fekkai's Beach Waves has a surprising number of good things in it - particularly for a humble styling spray. There are number of algae and kelp, all of which provide minerals and antioxidants. One of them, spirulina, is according to the University of Maryland full of B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid). Vitamin Bs are good for hair health, as is copper (a follicle stimulator). There also extracts from two of my favorite trees: adansonia digitata is the African baobab tree and a powerful antioxidant; and moringa is the most nutritious plant discovered to date, with over 90 nutritional compounds including 46 antioxidants and 36 anti-inflammatories.

There are also a couple of interesting ingredients that protect from UV. Algin is made from seaweed and protects living tissue from absorbing radiation. Cinnamidopropyltrimonium chloride is an active UV absorber. There are also flavanoids (antioxidants derived from citrus) and plenty of wheat proteins and amino acids.

If Mr Fekkai would only take a good hard look at all those hair-raising preservatives, such as the parabens and phenoxyethanol, he'd have a truely great product.

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Ingredients

Water (Aqua/Eau), PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Propylene Glycol, Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, Panthenol, Cystine Bis-PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Bioflavonoids, Sea Water, Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Algae Extract, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Dextrin, Hydrolyzed Algin, Hydrolyzed Actin, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Wheat Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzophenone-4, Trisodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool.