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Sea salt sprays have become a go-to product for creating textured waves without heat styling. But with so many on the market, it’s hard to know which one to choose.
That’s why we’ve rounded up the best sea salt sprays for every hair type and budget, as indicated by dollar signs. We consider them among the best because each product fills at least one of the following criteria:
- recommended by a hair care professional
- a high-quality formula that won’t excessively dry out your hair
- includes additional ingredients designed to boost hair health
For a medium hold, opt for Redken’s sea salt spray. Providing a matte finish, it contains Epsom salt for instant tousled waves.
Designed to be used on damp hair, the product instructions recommend air-drying or diffusing afterward.
TRESemmé’s spray promises to last all day and give you natural-looking texture without that horrible crunchy feel. Sea kelp is included to boost waves.
For naturally wavy hair, apply to damp hair and scrunch. For naturally straight hair, the product instructions recommend twisting your hair while damp to increase waves.
Joico’s texturizing spray creates mermaid-style waves. On a scale of one to five, this product’s hold level is a two. It can be used on damp hair for a tousled look, or dry hair for a rougher texture.
Its summery fragrance is an added bonus.
For loose, brushable waves, take a look at Rahua’s island-inspired spray. Natural pink sea salt provides the texture while a number of floral and fruity ingredients deliver scent, shine, and softness.
This spray is suitable for fine to medium hair.
Combining the best of a hairspray and saltwater spray, Sachajuan’s mist adds a slightly disheveled texture so you’re left with a cool, less-than-perfect look. Volume and a matte finish are other bonuses.
Many online reviewers say this product works great for fine hair, but reviews for thin hair are mixed.
Made of a vegan-friendly formula, this spray contains aloe vera to counteract the drying effects of sea salt. It also features a natural coconut fragrance and can be used to give life to limp hair or even on the body for a quick refresh.
While this spray can be used for all hair types, it’s free of sulfates and silicones, making it a good choice for curly hair.
This spray can be used for all hair types, but some online reviewers with curly hair especially like it for taming frizz. Curly hair can be especially prone to the drying effects of salt, but the argan oil in this spray can help moisturize.
Plus, it comes in an eco-friendly bottle and isn’t tested on animals.
Playa Beauty’s spray uses sea salt straight from Southern California for its tousled look. It swaps the typical alcohol for pure cane sugar, resulting in a gentle formula that won’t leave hair dry or sticky.
Marine collagen adds nourishment, while black seed promotes shine. Though this product can be used on all hair types, it may help enhance natural curl.
Tigi’s texturizing spray offers a defined, voluminous look with a light hold. Plus, it guarantees to keep hair looking good, even in humid, frizz-causing conditions.
For gently tousled waves and a light matte finish, try Not Your Mother’s texturizing spray. Pro tip: Use it for keeping an updo in place throughout the day (or night).
Online reviewers report that this spray smells great.
This spray’s main selling point is its scent. Sure, it does all the usual volumizing magic, but it also adds a floral touch with a blend of neroli, orange flower, and rosewood. It also provides a shiny finish and light hold that’s easy to wash out.
This product is vegan, and like all Lush products, it isn’t tested on animals. Lush also uses only recycled, recyclable, reusable, or compostable materials in its packaging.
According to the brand, this sea salt spray can protect against UV rays and heat from styling tools. It also promises to leave your locks with a matte finish.
Only using natural and organic ingredients, Beauty by Earth’s salty spray will jazz up your hair with fresh tousled waves. Extra volume comes from a mixture of aloe vera and botanical extracts.
Mimic the feel of the ocean with this product. Designed to add volume and texture, its cruelty-free formula includes seaweed and kelp extract to keep locks moisturized.
Not feeling these picks? Here’s some guidance on how to choose a sea salt spray.
When shopping for a sea salt hair spray, it’s important to look for one that offers a lightweight matte texture, says Heffy Wheeler, Osmo brand ambassador and owner of HX Hair. This will help create the volume you’re looking for. “Ideally,” Wheeler adds, the product “should not feel wet or sticky.”
Most sea salt sprays “work well for all hair types,” notes Bruno Marc, hairstylist and Joico’s Europe, United Kingdom, and Ireland ambassador. “However, it is worthwhile checking this on the packaging prior to purchase, as some can be formulated for [a] specific hair type.”
Those with straighter hair, for example, may prioritize volume and texture, while thick, curly hair owners may want to reduce frizz.
But to keep your hair looking healthy, avoid formulas containing just salt and alcohol. “The blend is crucial,” says Marc. Look for products that contain plenty of moisturizing and protective ingredients, such as oils and plant proteins.
How you should use sea salt spray depends on your hair type and what you’re trying to achieve.
For fine hair
Those with fine hair should use the product sparingly, says Marc. Gently spritz “in short sharp bursts whilst simultaneously using your fingers to break the product up and shape your hair.”
If you want a textured look throughout your hair, avoid overspraying your roots and focus on the mid-lengths and ends.
For flat roots
If you’re looking to liven up your flat roots, concentrate the spray near your scalp when your hair is wet.
And if you have long locks and want to create a statement, Marc recommends “styling your hair into a wave and then flipping your head upside down to apply your salt spray.”
- Get tousled locks. For a messier look, apply to wet hair and scrunch.
- Know that less is more. Using too much can leave your hair looking and feeling greasy.
- Use in moderation. Try to limit your use to a few times a week, making sure to give your hair a deep, hydrating clean in between.
- Swap salt for sugar. Sea salt sprays can cause dryness for some people. If you find it feels too dry, shop for a milder sugar spray online.