Craving that undone, tousled texture your hair gets after a day at the beach? Well then, it's time to familiarise yourself with a sea salt spray. Perfect for recreating surfer style texture at home, these clever products can transform your locks in just a few spritzes.
But, beware. If you've ever overdone it with a sea salt spray you'll know that it's best to practice caution. Apply too much and you'll run the risk of crispy curls. But, get it right, and you'll never look back.
If you're wondering how to use a sea salt spray, the rule of thumb is always the same: less is more. For best results (and to really recreate that 'just rolled out of the ocean' look) spritz on damp hair and let air dry.
Wondering which formula is right for you? We've rounded up the best sea salt sprays, perfect for recreating holiday hair at home. But first, some sea salt spray FAQs.
Are all sea salt sprays the same?
'No, they vary in levels of salty-ness! I tend to go for a lightweight spray (like Ouai Wave Spray) and use them to build up the leave of texture I want in my hair. I tend to stay away from ones with alcohol in them as this can add to that dry, brittle feel some give you,' says Lilli Bridger, a stylist at Larry King salons.
Does sea salt spray actually work?
'Yes! They contain real sea salt so you will expect to get the same texture from going in the sea. Plus, an added bit of hold. My favourite is Fashion Waves by Redken, as it provides lightweight body and movement. Always shake the bottle well before use, you can spray through either dry or wet hair and then leave to dry naturally or use a defuser to help bring out your natural wave. Remember you can only enhance your natural texture,' adds Bridger.
Is it bad to use sea salt spray every day?
'I would stick to using a few times a week, instead of every day, as water is attracted to salt, so the salt can take the moisture out of your hair. I would use the Larry King City Life shampoo to remove any build-up, on rotation with the Good Life shampoo to add extra moisture, and of course the Liquid Hairbrush conditioner,' clarifies Bridger.
Best sea salt sprays for undone, beachy hair texture
1. Davines This Is A Sea Salt Spray
You only need a tiny amount of this beachy salt spray to achieve that amazing, undone texture like you've rolled right off the beach. It has a matte finish, so it leaves your hair feeling soft - never crispy.
2. BLEACH London Swamp Spritz
Perfect for that grungy, textured look, spritz this onto wet or dry hair and scrunch for effortless waves. If your hair feels too 'crispy' simply brush out and start again.
3. Bumble and bumble Surf Spray
The OG of salt sprays. Spritz this into damp hair, squeeze and twist strands to enhance texture.
4. Hair by Sam McKnight Cool Girl Barely There Texture Mist
While this isn't technically a salt spray, it leaves hair with that beachy, undone look - so it's making the cut. Spritz in dry hair, tousel and tease and hey presto.
5. Redken Fashion Waves Sea Salt Spray
Mist on damp hair and allow to air dry or diffuse. This is a great lightweight salt spray for achieving surfer inspired, beachy locks.
6. Herbivore Sea Mist Texturizing Salt Spray
If you love the texture of your hair after you've been swimming in the sea - this is the salt spray for you. It's infused with Pacific sea salt to recreate the exact same finish.
7. Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hairspray
A great one for people with fine or limp hair, this salt spray is both moisturising and texturising at the same time. It nourishes strands with organic plant oils while sea salt and seaweed recreate that beachy texture.
8. Kristin Ess Hair Sea Salt Air Dry Spray
This sea salt spray is delivered in an ultra-fine, constant mist meaning you get a softer finish while achieving the same texture. Perfect if you hate that crunchy, chalky texture.
9. We Are Paradoxx Fierce Sea Salt Spray
Perfect for tousled texture, mega volume and flexible hold, this 88% natural Irish sea salt spray creates natural-looking beachy waves.
10. Sachajuan Ocean Mist
For surfer-esque waves, spritz this onto damp hair before twisting, scrunching and tousling hair.
11. Undone by George Northwood Wave Holding Spray
Hate crispy curls? Try this wave spray instead. One of the key ingredients is creatine - which helps to rebuild and strengthen the hair structure from within, protects hair against heat and gives the hair more flexibility during the styling process. Soft, tousled texture without the crunch.
12. Ouai Wave Spray
For Khloe Kardashian circa 2018 waves, this cult wave spray is perfect. It uses rice protein and coconut water (together with salt) to give hair that lived in, beachy texture.
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