What Is A Sea Salt Spray?
A sea salt spray is a formula [usually] consisting of salt and additional minerals and conditioning agents.
Salt water and salt crystals are used in sea salt sprays as they absorb the natural oils released in your hair. The salt will remove the moisture in the hair to create texture, waves and volume.
The post-beach wavy-haired look has become extremely popular with men (even in the city), and using a sea salt spray is the perfect way to achieve it.
How To Use Sea Salt Spray
Sea salt sprays are extremely versatile. They can be used on their own or alongside other styling products. It basically comes down to what style you want to achieve.
For a relaxed look:
- Spray onto dry hair and use your hands to crunch it and work into the hair.
- You can also use it on damp hair and let it dry naturally.
For more volume and texture:
- Use the sea salt spray as a pre-styler.
- Spray on the tips of your hair (or from the mid-length if you have long hair) when it is wet. Use a hair dryer and your hands, or a brush, to build volume and style.
- Spraying it directly onto the roots will boost volume, just be aware it might dry your hair. Follow with a conditioner if needed.
Sea salt sprays can be used on all types of hair. It will add grip and texture to fine hair and is ideal for anyone who suffers with limp and lifeless heavy hair.
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Top Five Sea Salt Sprays
Toni & Guy Sea Salt Texturising Spray
If you are a man with long hair and looking to create a tousled wave, Toni & Guy’s Sea Salt Texturising Spray will do exactly that as it defines and separates the hair.
You don’t need to worry about your hair feeling like it will break with this one and it will give the hair a light hold.
How To Use: Try it on damp or dry hair and use your hands to style.
Fudge Urban Rough Up Sea Salt
As part of Fudge Urban’s Rough Up range, this Sea Salt spray contains marine minerals that provide a raw feel to the hair, but with added thickness. It is perfect for achieving that ‘minimal effort‘ look. This one is reasonably priced and works a treat.
It will give you all the texture and crunchiness you need to channel your inner surfer.
How To Use: Spray it into damp hair, use your finger tips to scrunch it up and really work it into your hair.
Evo Salty Dog
We are big fans of the ethos behind evo haircare, as they aim to use the best ingredients with no gimmicks. Plus, their products are paraben and sulphate free.
Their Salty Dog lightweight mist certainly doesn’t disappoint. It provides plenty of bounce and body, whilst creating that textured beachy look with a natural matte finish.
How To Use: Use this on damp hair and style using a hairdryer for plenty of volume, or air dry for a more natural finish.
Beardbrand Tea Tree
Each of Beardbrand’s sea salt sprays contain kaolinite clay to provide added grit for that disheveled beach look.
Their Tea Tree version contains vanilla and peppermint. It is immediately refreshing and will give you the glorious feeling of an early morning dip in the ocean.
How To Use: Make sure you give the bottle a good shake before spraying. Apply 5 to 10 sprays to wet or towel-dried hair and use a hairdryer to style.
SachaJuan Ocean Mist
In terms of price, SachaJuan’s Ocean Mist, is definitely at the higher end, but it is also a favourite amongst this list. Thanks to the combination of salt and sugar, it provides great texture and really does create that look of having just spent a day on the beach.
It smells amazing and most importantly, it doesn’t make your hair look flat. Once styled, the volume will stay in your hair for hours.
How To Use: Spray this directly into clean or damp hair and either use a blowdryer or air dry, whilst using your fingers to scrunch.
Triumph & Disaster Karekare Tonic
This KareKare Tonic from New Zealand grooming brand, Triumph & Disaster, will give your hair plenty of texture and volume.
It is a paraben-free, natural product that contains natural salts and essential root extracts. For anyone with dull and lifeless hair, this is perfect for giving it some necessary oomph.
How To Use: Shake before use to mix the minerals. It can be sprayed onto damp on dry hair, depending on what look you want to achieve.
Lush Big Sea Salt Shampoo
For something a bit different, why not try Lush’s Big Shampoo. Man For Himself recommends using this for those days when you don’t need to wash your hair but it needs a refreshing boost.
This works similarly to a classic sea salt spray in that it will provide plenty of texture and volume for your hair. It contains seaweed and coconut which will also help keep your hair soft.
How To Use: This must be used on wet hair. Gently work a medium amount into your hair and lather. Rinse thoroughly.
Nomad Barber Atacama Salt Tonic
Nomad Barber have taken inspiration from the Atacama desert for their salt spray, hence the name!
This Salt Tonic can be used as a pre-styler, acting as a texturising grooming product or just on its own to create those post-beach, messy, windswept waves. With ingredients like lavender, camphor and spearmint, your hair will smell amazing!
How To Use: Spray this directly into damp or wet hair and use a hairdryer with a brush or your hands to style. You can also leave it to dry in your hair for a more relaxed look.