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 naturally straight or wavy hair

For fine or thin hair

Kevin Murphy Hair.Resort.Spray

Price: $$$

Flooded with citrus oils, this spray also boasts moisturizing wheat amino acids and shine-inducing hydrolyzed silk. The result? A soft and natural texture.

It’s formulated without sulfates and isn’t tested on animals.

For naturally curly hair

For all hair types

Choosing a product

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 to use it

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.”

General tips

  • 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.
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