No surprise, the liquid styler contains salt to activate texture. The most commonly used variety is Epsom salts—it’s less harsh than sea salt. Other ingredients such as essential oils and botanicals are added to help condition, combating the crunchy result sometimes associated with texturizers.
How to use
First rule for using salt spray: Give it a solid shake. Spritz product on damp hair, starting from the roots and moving down the hair shaft. “The follicles need a kick for volume,” says Brian Phillips, founder and CEO of World hair and skin care. Mist the rest of the hair, then let it air-dry or use a diffuser. “If you have time to diffuse the hair, the heat will help support the waves,” says Phillips.
The eco-conscious choice
It doesn’t get much cleaner than this salt spray: no sulphates, phthalates, fragrance or colour. It’s also free of fillers such as palm oil and gluten. To counterbalance salt’s drying effects, the spray contains essential oils and hydrosols (hydrosols are like essential oils but far less concentrated). “I wanted to added more elasticity to the finish of the product,” says Phillips, “so that’s why we added the hydrosols and essentials oils. It balances out the drying effects of the salt.”
World Ocean Texturizing Salt Spray, $56, world.ca.
The cult favourite
The gold standard in salt sprays is Bumble and bumble Surf Spray. It came on the scene in 2001 and is famed for bestowing thin, lifeless strands with bouncy waves and major volume.
Bumble and bumble Surf Spray, $30, sephora.ca.
The luxury leave-in
This aerosol spray gives you all the glamour of seaside waves without the salty stiffness. It’s formulated with UV filters to protect strands from sun damage while creating shine with a mixture of exotic oils. Hello, touchable tousled waves!
Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray, $39, oribe.com.
The new kid on the block
A newcomer in the sea-salt category, NYC stylist Jeff Chastain designed this product to create volume and tousled texture while keeping frizz in check. The secret? Moisturizers. Sweet almond extract is added to leave strands soft and shiny, while algae extra is infused to treat and protect the scalp.
Parlor by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray, $27, birchbox.ca.
The editor’s pick
This citrus-scented spray is infused with nourishing sunflower-seed oil and gives hair a surf-kissed look while controlling frizz and adding shine.
Fekkai Soleil Beach Waves Spray, $28, murale.ca.
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