It’s so close to summer you could almost hear the roar of the ocean. You may even be picturing yourself jogging merrily along the sand, perfectly textured waves ruffling in the breeze from your last dip. Except, you’re actually at your desk or the grocery store, fluorescent beams bathing you in the harsh light of reality. Fear not, readers! The new sea salt sprays are made for creating volume and textured goddess hair that will make you feel just like Botticelli’s Venus on the half-shell, even if you’re totally landlocked.
$10.99 for 4 oz. at Target
Shea Moisture’s reign as King of Affordable Eco-friendly Beauty continues. This formula is specifically designed to protect color-treated hair and keep your gorgeous waves hydrated and strong with vitamin-rich sea buckthorn oil, organic shea butter, black pearl protein, which helps protect and bring life to dull hair, and Zanzibar Marine Complex, a blend of red algae and kelp. It also provides light hold, so your waves have some staying power without getting crunchy. This product is part of Shea Moisture’s Community Commerce initiative, in which 10% of sales go toward supporting and funding businesses owned by women, including Shea Moisture’s ingredient suppliers. Now that is truly beautiful.
$13.95 for 3.3 oz. via Lush
If you’re looking for a one-and-done product, give this spray a try. A trifecta of sea-derived ingredients — seaweed, sea salt and sea water — create volume and texture, while PVP, an ingredient commonly found in hairspray, imparts hold. This is also a good choice if you’re not into typical “beachy” scents. Lush has a knack for creating complex, attractive citrus scents, and this product’s fragrance is bolstered by a blend of neroli, grapefruit and rosewood essential oils.
$19 for 5.5 oz. via Tone It Up
Tone it Up duo Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott take the beachy aesthetic seriously, and that extends to their perfectly tousled manes that inspire major hair envy. It was only a matter of time until they got into the beauty game and this spray, the signature product of their K + K beauty line, is beloved by Tone It Up fans. It imparts shine and texture without stiffness, thanks to red algae extract and marula oil, which also protects hair, while coconut water nourishes. It also has a dreamy coconut fragrance.
$20 for 8 oz. via Herbivore Botanicals
Fans of eco-beauty and streamlined beauty routines are sure to love this brand’s multipurpose mist, which was created to mimic actual salt water. Herbivore Botanicals pays attention to detail, going so far as to extract oils — in this case, vanilla, coconut and lime — via cold press or steam distilling for a beautiful scent. Add in aloe vera and sea salt, and you have a clean, light spray perfect for acquiring beach waves on a daily basis. Herbivore Botanicals deems this product safe for skin, so you’re getting a wave spray and hydrating mist in one.
$24 for 4 oz. via Captain Blankenship
Who doesn’t want to be a mermaid every once in a while? This is another solid choice for all the natural beauties out there. The scent, a floral take on the typical beach fragrance, is made from a blend of organic essential oils, and in addition to the usual suspects, sea salt and sea kelp extract, this spray harnesses the hydrating power of aloe vera. If the $24 price tag is a bit steep but you still want to try it out, go with the one ounce trial size that sells for a cool seven bucks.
$29 for 3.4 oz. at Sephora
Anyone with dry hair can attest to how tricky it can be to use a texturizing product. What works for many hair types can often make hair look and feel even dryer than it was before you started styling. Bumble and bumble’s Surf Infusion builds upon the premise of the original classic surf spray by giving thirsty hair some love. This dual phase potion contains coconut, mango, passion fruit and palm oils along with algae extract and sea salt. You have to shake this up and combine the two liquids for the magic to happen. Then spray it on and be amazed at your soft, lustrous, beachy locks. This also comes in a travel size if you’d like to try it before buying a full size bottle or take it on the go.
Don’t you feel closer to the beach already?