Summer may sadly be coming to an end, but your beachy waves can live on with the cunning deployment of a salt spray. Designed to mimic that fresh-out-the-sea, tousled hair vibe, sea salt sprays have an army of fans from stylists to bloggers, because they really do make hair look artfully dishevelled.
They work by adding salty crunch and body so that you hair’s natural texture is taken up a notch, rendering whatever movement you have more pronounced. If you’ve very fine or straight hair, salt sprays will add more grit so that manipulating it into a shape - and holding said shape - is easier.
To use a salt spray:
Spritz into damp or dry hair, making sure you lift hair in sections so that the salt reaches the underneath portions of your hair where body really matters, and concentrate on roots and mid-lengths, where adding oomph is key. Either twist and blow dry, or leave to air dry.
It’s worth noting that salt sprays can be drying, so you may need to add a hair mask to your routine to counteract any crispiness - though modern formulas tend not to dry anywhere near as much.
Here’s our pick of the best:
Rahua Enchanted Island Salt Spray, £32
Containing pink sea salt, moisturising guayaba, and strengthening hibiscus, this one will leave your hair tousled and healthy.
Philip B Maui Wowie Beach Mist, £25
Hydrating thanks to the kukui and coconut oils, and luscious smelling (that’ll be the orchid and Tahitian gardenia), this is a hair-friendly way to add texture.
John Frieda Beach Waves Sea Salt Spray, £4.66
On a budget? You can still get that salty effect with this John Frieda number which works a dab hand at creating extra texture.
Bumble + Bumble Surf Spray, £10
The original and - many hairdressers would argue - best salt spray in town. This one is the truest salty finish and leaves hair slightly matte with a lot of hold.
Sachajuan Ocean Mist, £18
The perfect one to whack into day two hair to add volume and body, this as much a sea salt spray as it is a style-refresher.