Review: John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Starlit Waves

by Bionic Beauty on 22.Sep.2007 · 15 comments

Looking for a replacement for Beach Blonde’s Surf Spray by John Frieda (it was discontinued quite awhile ago, grrrr); I picked up John Frieda’s Starlit Waves in the Brilliant Brunette line.

The spray promises “Wave enhancement” and “be luminious”. With a few spritz (careful not to overdo it!) and a few scrunches, I had sufficiently beachy hair. I was especially pleased since the next product for me to try was the Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray (which is pretty darn costly). Anyhow… the spray did make my hair soft, scrunchy, and yet perfectly shiny. Love it!


1 c July 8, 2008 at 4:46 pm

do you happen to know if the starlit waves spray was also discontinued?

i was a really big fan of the surf spray too!! i was pretty happy with the starlit waves and now i can’t find it at any of the stores that used to carry it (target, riteaid, ulta). so sad

2 BionicBeauty July 8, 2008 at 5:51 pm

Ahhhh! It looks like it has. I don’t see it on the John Frieda website any longer and I also do not see it at any of the online retailers. How horrible!
Maybe they’ll bring the Ocean Waves surf spray back? One can only wish, right?

3 BionicBeauty July 9, 2008 at 8:47 am

C, Here it is, straight from the horse’s mouth. The John Frieda rep I spoke with also suggested some alternative products: “Unfortunately, yes, Starlit Waves has been discontinued. If someone wants to create a similar look, they can use Frizz-Ease Dream Curls Spray and finger twist their hair then let it air dry. Or, they can spray on Sheer Blonde Fine Mist Wax, which can help create a similar wavy look.”

I hope this helps!

4 Laura July 10, 2008 at 10:16 am

That sucks!!
I can’t believe they discontinued both Ocean Waves and Starlit Waves! I talked to a rep and he said that the sales were low, therefore discontinued. I can’t believe that. Everyone seems to love those products! I dont think the dream curls spray will work nearly as well. I’ve heard of other sea salt sprays I think I’ll have to try now…

5 BionicBeauty July 10, 2008 at 5:05 pm

Hi Laura, Welcome to Bionic Beauty!
Yes, it’s unfortunate. I’m testing another surf spray right now actually and should have results soon. It’s not as affordable though. And I’ve experimented on making my own. I’ll post the recipe up soon (gotta find where I wrote it down).


6 Meredith July 24, 2008 at 1:35 pm

I was just trying to find Starlit Waves online, and I came across this post…but just so you all know, you can still buy it!! I stocked up as soon as I found it again.

7 c July 24, 2008 at 9:00 pm

Meredith, you just totally made my day!! Thanks so much – I just ordered 3 bottles for me and 3 for my best friend 🙂

8 BionicBeauty July 25, 2008 at 9:18 am

Yes! Meredith, thank you so much, and welcome to Bionic Beauty! 🙂 Now if we could just find that John Frieda surf spray…


9 Margo August 9, 2008 at 7:55 pm

Great news! I just found this – and it works the same as John Frieda: Sunsilk Waves of Envy. It’s also half the price – well, for now, anyway. A promotion at my local grocery has it at 2 for $7 – I’m going to stock up incase this disappears too.

p.s. It smells delicious!

10 BionicBeauty August 13, 2008 at 6:44 am

Margo, First off, welcome to Bionic Beauty! Thanks so much for sharing your incredible deal and for finding us a replacement. 🙂 I’ll be sure to keep an eye out at the store for the Waves of Envy. What’s the scent like? Floral, summery, perfume?
Hope to see you around the blog!


11 coley November 1, 2008 at 1:24 pm

I was reading through all of your comments and have commited all of the products to memory but do any of you have long thick, somewhat frizzy hair like mine? Im wondering if my results will prove the same….

12 BionicBeauty November 3, 2008 at 9:15 am

Hi Coley, Thanks for asking your question here at Bionic Beauty, Welcome!! This product should help tame any frizzies you have, and certainly works on long hair very well. Unfortunately, my hair is on the fine side, so I cannot speak for how it works on thickness.

If I were to suggest something for you though, I’d check out the David Babaii for Wild Aid line. His Hair Polish tames frizzies exceptionally well and the Surf Spray would work great for long, thick hair. Both products have a lot of “body” so they’d work for your thick hair. 🙂

Here’s my review on the David Babaii Surf Spray.

Hope this helps, and hope to see you around the blog!

13 Rita December 1, 2008 at 2:51 pm

Starlit Waves is my lifeline…

This stuff is AMAZING! I have very thick, frizzy hair. This is the only product that I have found that can tame it (rain or shine).

I would recommend it to anyone that was disappointed with Frizz Eaze 😉

14 linda curry August 3, 2012 at 5:54 pm

i am looking for another JOhn Fieda product FUNKY CHUNKY it is great for thin fine hair. i can find it on ebay for $50.00 and up. MY question is : Do you know anything that is just like it.

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