We are now into Part 3 of Man For Himself’s Hair Products Guide series. It’s a deep dive into the world of hair products – helping you to find the best products for your budget and your hair type!
We’re still in the world of pre-stylers, as started in Part 2, but in this guide, we’re focusing on sea salt sprays.
Now, you might have heard of sea salt sprays before from your barber hairdresser, but what do they do exactly?
What is a Sea Salt Spray?
Sea salt sprays are versatile pre-stylers that can help take hair that’s lifeless into something that’s textured and full of volume. Application is fairly simple: you spritz it into damp hair, scrunch it up a bit, and let it dry naturally for that effortless, beachy look. You can also blow dry your locks after spraying on the product if you want to build in that volume and texture. Amazing hair in two to three steps, who wouldn’t want that?
These sprays are available everywhere and range from budget ones to more premium, niche options. Of course, your expensive sprays don’t necessarily mean it’s better than your drugstore choices, but they certainly carry a lot more benefits. But we want to give you the best of both worlds, so we compiled a definitive mix of our tried and tested, cheap to not-so-cheap favourites:
1. Fudge Urban Rough Up Sea Salt
Let’s start off with an inexpensive spray that is just as effective as its expensive counterparts: the Fudge Urban Rough Up Sea Salt Spray. This is around the £5 mark and is deservedly in our top five because it gives loads of texture, to the point where it can saturate your hair. So when you use this, a little goes a long way.
2. Toni&Guy Sea Salt Texturising Spray
Another cheap option is the Toni&Guy Sea Salt Texturising Spray, which is around £9. What sets it apart from the Fudge Urban Spray is that it contains a good amount of conditioning agent so it’s a lot smoother on the hair. Often with a sea salt spray, your hair tends to feel dry and a bit brittle, which is why a product with conditioner is a need.
3. SachaJuan Ocean Mist
The third spray is a certified cop and MFH favorite: the SachaJuan Ocean Mist. It’s one of the more premium options in the list with its price ranging from £18 to about $23. This is one of our Holy Grail products as it gives you the texture you need without that dry, icky feeling that comes from using sea salt spray. No one likes running their fingers through brittle hair and the spray’s conditioning agents are there to make sure that your locks stay hydrated. Plus, the product feels weightless when applied.
One way to get even greater results is to mix your Ocean Mist spray with your usual pre-styler, say a primer. So if you’re using a slightly heavier product, build it up with something that’s lighter or liquid.
4. Bumble and bumble Surf Foam Spray
We’re straying away from your traditional sea salt spray with the Surf Foam Spray by Bumble and Bumble, which is a hybrid of a mousse and a sea salt spray. With this product, you get the texture of a sea salt spray and the volume of a mousse (which lifts hair from the roots when applied) so it’s a pretty nifty buy. If you’re looking to style a quiff with loads of height and texture, then this is for you! It does cost a bit more at £24, but with the functionality of two different products, this is already a steal. Plus, the brand really knows how to look after your hair.
5. Sachajuan Ocean Mist Hair Cream
Our fifth and final product is yet another hybrid product from a familiar brand: Sachajuan. Their Ocean Mist Hair Cream, which is from the same line as the aforementioned Ocean Mist, can be used either as a styling or a pre-styling product. You basically apply it like how you would normal hair cream: take a tiny amount out and work it through your dry or damp hair, going from root to tip. You can also use a blow dryer if you’re pre-styling your hair because that’s what activates the product. The cream will give you volume, texture, and definition, making it very versatile.
When you want to use it as a styling product, you can just take the sea salt spray to build on the foundation, then apply the cream and work it according to the style you want. It’s easy to use and it does everything, so it’s worth checking out.
Those are our five must-have sea salt sprays. Try them out, see which works for you. But if it dries your hair too much, then consider swapping it out for another product. There are tons to choose from.
For the next part of our series, we’ll be getting into the world of thickening products, which make your hair appear thicker and fuller.