Even in the midst of summer, when
beachy waves can be attained by actually going to the beach, there are a lot of reasons to love a sea-salt spray. Can't get the day off to hightail it to the nearest shore? Douse your hair from root to tip with a salt-infused mist. A/C broken and need to ditch your hot tools ASAP? Add a wet texture spray and air-dry before work.
But not all surf sprays are made alike. Some use the go-to ingredient (salt, duh), while others opt for less drying components like sugar. Some are waxy and heavy, while others are lightweight and flexible. So, which one will really work for
We consulted celebrity hairstylist
Kylee Heath to find the right kind of styling product that will give you straight-off-the beach hair (whatever that looks like for you). Heath not only works with loads of stars — including Rashida Jones, Jessica Biel, and Margot Robbie — but she also knows a thing or two about picking the best texturizing products to use for every hair type. Ahead, her top picks for summer.
Fine Hair For fine hair, Heath suggests skipping salt-infused sprays entirely. “When you have fine hair you're going to need more volume and you don't want anything too drying, so salt can be a little harsh,” she explains. Instead, reach for a texture spray after hair is dry. Try this formula from Matrix, one of Heath's faves. “I am obsessed with this product because it is close to impossible to over apply,” she says. “It boosts texture without drying the hair.”
Style Link Texture Builder Messy Finish Spray,
Or stick to formulas that replace salt with something lighter, like sugar, which adds some moisture back into your ends. This under-$20 option adds grit and volume without weighing hair down.
Neon Sugar Spray,
Wavy Hair Those with naturally wavy hair already have a bit of texture built in. Heath suggests reaching for a product that, she says, “bumps up the texture you have and adds some grit.” Nothing beats a straightforward salt spray for someone working with a natural wave already, and this drugstore option does just that, while giving hair a bit of grit and a matte finish in the process.
Not Your Mother's
Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray,
With minimal ingredients (and certified organic and natural ones, at that), this no-frills salt spray pumps up volume with the help of sea salt, sea kelp, aloe vera, and essential oils. Bonus: It basically smells like a beachside resort.
Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray,
Color-Treated Hair Heath advises a classic salt spray for color-treated hair because of the hydrating treatments often given in tandem with dye jobs. You might notice your hair feeling softer than usual, so adding in grit from a no-frills salt spray — formulated without alcohol so it creates texture without stripping your hair of its fresh color — will get the job done.
Garnier Fructis Style Beach Chic Texturizing Spray,
Leave it to an
Aussie beauty brand
to create a beach spray that retains plenty of movement in the hair after it’s been soaked in dye. Made with tangerine, orange blossom, and honey, the formula is a favorite of Heath's — and thanks to its pump spray, is also a godsend for those who can’t deal with aerosol fumes or super-drying formulations.
Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray,
Curly Hair As anyone with curly hair will know: Frizz festers with summer heat and humidity. If you're not in the mood to embrace the added texture, Heath suggests a double-pronged approach to master smooth, beachy waves. First, add a touch of your favorite styling cream to hair, then reach for an oil-infused spray. This spray — which is infused with salt, vitamins, and natural silks — helps separate curls without dryness or frizz. “It keeps the curls shiny and conditioned, minimizes frizz, and adds a beachy texture,” she says.
BioSilk Silk Therapy Beach Texture Spray,
This salt-in-oil solution separates when it sits on the shelf, but after shaking it up and spritzing on hair, the coconut, mango seed, passion fruit, and palm oils help mellow frizz, while sea salt enhances waves.
Bumble and bumble
Thick Hair If you have thick hair, it isn't the easiest to fake all-day beach waves — oftentimes, it goes limp by lunch. Heath suggests trying a beach spray with kick: “You want something strong that will not make the hair soft, but make it feel like you just swam in the salty ocean,” she says. Her recommendations include texture and salt sprays similar to what someone would go for with wavy hair. This texturizing mist is so lightweight, you can douse your head in it without noticing any product build-up at the root. Better still, it uses chia-seed extract to hydrate while enhancing a natural wave.
Endless Summer Spray,
There are a million texture sprays that give hair volume in an instant, but few can keep the hold all day. This texture spray delivers piece-y texture with the hold of a hardcore hairspray — all without making hair feel brittle. Just mist it on damp (not wet!) hair and and let it air-dry.
Dry Texture Spray,
Bleached & Highlighted Hair “Blondes actually get awesome texture,” Heath explains. “I really find that when the hair is chemically treated, it gives it more grit.” Since bleached and highlighted hair tends to be drier, Heath suggests using a spray with built-in moisture. This under-$10 spray gets props from pros for not being too strong or sticky, but creating believably beachy texture.
Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray,
Aside from natural sea salt, the quinoa protein in this formula keeps your hair soft, while sunflower-seed extract helps block harmful UV rays. In other words, this is a necessity for your beach bag.
Natural Hair Moisture is key for naturalistas. While beach spray may not be the product you think of for styling curls, picking one that's packed with moisture — and free of ingredients that dry hair out — will help to add bounce and definition. Heath suggests turning to a beach spray laced with oil, like this one, which uses argan oil to add in tons of moisture, combat frizz, and keep curls soft all day.
OGX Moroccan Sea Salt Spray,
This oil-infused beach spray delivers serious smoothness and shine — and can really amp up natural hair, Heath says. It makes sense: The formula has wheat protein for messy texture and oils for shine and hydration.
Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray,