Talk about a beach babe: Jennifer Aniston, goddess of hair, says she used to go to the ocean to fill a bottle with salt water, so she could spray it in her famous Jennifer Aniston hair for that beachy look! For reals. When her BFF hairstylist Chris McMillan found out what she was doing, he introduced her to the wonders of sea salt sprays. And now I shall do the same for you. You're welcome.
Sea salt sprays are awesome any time of year, but I particularly love them in the summer. I live on the East Coast, and you know what they say: it's not the heat, it's the humidity! It's not even worth blow-drying my hair; even if I'm not in and out of the pool, the muggy heat will laugh at my sleek, shiny hair and turn it crazy in 5 minutes flat. Instead of fighting the heat, just grab some sea salt spray and go with it!
How do you use it?
Probably the most common way to use sea salt spray is to spritz it all over your damp hair, then do the scrinchy-scrunchy thing with your hands as your hair air dries. Voila: sexy "just came from the dunes" hair, but way better! You can also spray it on to damp hair and then use a blow dryer. One technique is to use a diffuser on your hair dryer and that same scrinchy-scrunchy maneuver for a tamer, but still high-volume version of that tousled beach hair. You can also just blow-dry your hair as you would normally do; the spray will add volume and texture.
Optional: curling the ends with a curling iron, or smoothing a little hair balm or pomade onto the ends and twisting them into curls. Finally, you can spray some on your already DRY hair (whoa ... I know), again for some added fullness and wave.
Though I have not tried it myself, I have read that you can make your OWN salt spray by adding two tablespoons of sea salt to a can of seltzer water and mixing it in a spray bottle! That might totally work, but you'll be missing out on all the ingredients companies usually add for shine and moisture. Here are some great salt sprays to try:
Scented with an orange flower, grapefruit, neroli, and rosewood blend, this spray will not only give you that sexy, wavy look, but you'll smell good enough to eat. Yes please! ($12.95 at LUSH)
They're known as "the curl experts," but Ouidad makes an excellent line of products for a variety of hair types. Their sea spray contains natural sea water, ocean salt, and other goodies like vitamin-rich seaweed and algae for a super nourishing moisturizer (no crunchy hair!). ($23 at Ouidad.com)
Oooh I love the scent of lavender, and in this case, not only does the essential oil smell divine, but it counteracts the drying effect of the sea salt. Like all John Masters products, this fab-smelling spray is 100% USDA organic and is safe for color-treated hair. ($16.50 at beauty.com)
Why yes, this is in fact what Salma Hayek used in her hair for her gorgeous 2013 Oscars look. Good enough for Salma, good enough for me, that's my motto! ($12.99, only at CVS)
Moroccan argan oil adds extra shine to your hair with this organic salt spray. And not only is the price right, but even the package is eco-friendly. ($7.99 at Ulta.com)
Have you tried sea salt sprays?
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