Bet You Didn't Know Your Beach Spray Could Do This

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Just because it's fall doesn't mean you need to pack away your beach spray until Memorial Day. Sure, everyone knows that a few pumps of salt spray create enviable waves and perfectly messy texture — especially when you air-dry. However, the beloved formula has a few extra tricks up its sleeve. In fact, you can use your favorite beach spray to get a variety of textured looks that are perfect for fall and beyond.

For proof, we tapped celebrity hairstylist Kylee Heath to teach us some fresh techniques. She works with actresses including Diane Kruger, Sofia Vergara, and Kiernan Shipka, and just so happens to call the land of eternal beach hair (that would be L.A.) home, so she knows a thing or two about the subject. Need help keeping your ponytail in place? Beach spray will do that. Want to score cool-girl bedhead without buying a pricey dry-texture spray? That's a cinch.

Ahead, three simple hacks to keep your beach spray on rotation year-round.


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Hack #1: Comb surf spray through wet hair before blowdrying.

What it does: This technique gives fine hair structure and body, and helps any hair type or texture hold a braid, updo, or curl much better and for a lot longer. The trick is knowing when to comb through your locks to prevent the hair from getting tangled, but still allow it to get texture-y.

Step 1
“If you have fine, straight, or wavy hair, apply a few pumps of surf spray on towel-dried hair from root to tip,” Heath says. “Comb through once, then don’t brush again.” Those with curly locks should follow the same instructions, but add a pump of oil, serum, or cream to the bottom half of their hair, and then comb once more. “Start with about four pumps of beach spray,” Heath instructs. “You can always add more next time.”

Heath's beach-spray pick:
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Step 2
If you have fine, straight, or wavy hair, flip over your hair and rough-dry until it's about 80% dry. Then, flip it back and finger-comb strands into place. Those with curly or textured hair should dry with a diffuser for this step. Then, twist hair into a low bun. If you have short hair, simply push it behind your ears and pin with a no-dent clip.
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Step 3
Once hair is completely dry, release the bun or clips and gently comb through your strands with a brush, comb, or your fingers. Now you’re ready for a braid, updo, or curls — which will hold much longer than with your normal blowdry or air-dry. And if you've got major evening plans, “You can wear this bun all day, and then release after work,” Heath says. Then, style as you will.
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Hack #2: Spritz surf spray onto dry hair after curling.

What it does: This technique gives clean hair a cool, piece-y, bedhead look with a matte finish — and there's no need for a separate texture spray.

Step 1
To begin, wrap random sections around a curling wand or iron to give hair movement; any size that's handy will work. Go in random directions if you have fine or straight hair. The goal is to create gentle waves and bends. If you have natural waves or curls, focus on defining the pieces around your face and on the crown of your head in whatever direction the curl is already going.

Heath's beach-spray pick:
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Step 2
Lightly mist hair with salt spray from the mid-shaft through ends; four to six pumps should do it. To keep strands from looking too slick or oily, "don’t apply it at the roots," Heath warns. "And if you tend to get greasy, you can add dry shampoo now."
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Step 3
Once the spray dries, flip over your hair and gently shake out the waves or curls. Flip it back and scrunch it into place. (Finger-comb if needed.) Add more spray and repeat until you get the piece-y texture you like. Result: Model-off-duty hair made easy.
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Hack #3: Saturate your mid-lengths and an elastic before creating a ponytail.

What it does: Both dirty and clean hair can fall flat when pulled into a ponytail, but when prepped with a healthy amount of surf spray, your mane gets just sticky enough to hold all day. Plus, saturating your elastic gives it tons of hold, too.

Step 1
Spritz the mid-lengths with a few pumps of beach spray, and then blast your ponytail holder with a few more. It will give the elastic a sticky grip that will hold for days.

Heath's beach-spray pick:
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Step 2
Once hair is dry, lightly backcomb the mid-lengths and spray with a few more pumps of surf spray. You can repeat this until you reach the desired fullness. "Don’t be shy with the product — you can spray a ton of it to give it a lot of texture," Heath says.
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Step 3
Finger-comb hair into a high (or any height you like, really) ponytail. Secure with your elastic, and pull tight.
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