What Does Sea Salt Spray Do For Hair?

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Have you ever used sea salt spray on your hair? If not, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about.

Sea salt spray is a popular hair product that can be used to create beachy waves or give you more voluminous hair.

But what does it actually do to your hair?

What Is Sea Salt Spray?

Sea salt spray is a lightweight styling product that contains sea salt and other ingredients, such as water and sometimes oils including coconut or essential oils.

It’s applied to damp hair to texturize and volumize and is good on all hair types.

Lots of gals (and even guys) swear by it for giving them that “just came back from the beach” look for effortless, tousled waves.

What Does Salt Spray Do To Your Hair?

Salt spray adds volume and texture to hair, giving it body and extra grip.

It’s especially good for creating waves and curls on straight, flat hair. But it’s also effective at reducing frizz on curly hair, making wavy hair more defined, and can even be used as a dry shampoo between washes if you’re prone to oily hair.

When you spray it on your hair, it opens up the cuticle layer and plumps the hair shaft.

This is what creates more texture on smoother tresses and space between hair strands (volume).

One thing to keep in mind is that salt can be drying, so if you have dry or damaged hair, be sure to use one that doesn’t contain alcohol as that will dry your hair out even more.

The good news is that many formulas contain oils and plant proteins that help counteract the dehydrating effect of sea salt.

Why Use Sea Salt Spray?

woman with long red beach waves

So, now that you know what sea salt spray does to your hair, you might be wondering why you’d want to use it.

Here are a few reasons:

-It’s an easy way to add waves and texture to your hair without heat styling.

-It’s perfect for second (or third) day hair when you don’t have time to wash your hair but want it to look fresh.

-It’s a great way to add volume to fine, limp hair.

-It’s ideal for creating beachy waves all year-round without damaging your hair with salt water.

How To Use Sea Salt Spray

OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Sea Salt Spray

Start with Damp Hair

For best results, you’ll want to start with damp hair before you apply sea salt spray. Wet your hair with water, either from the shower or with a spray bottle.

Shake It Up

Next, shake your sea salt spray to evenly mix it before spritzing. This is an important step that often gets overlooked.

The salt and other solid elements in the spray can settle so you want to make sure it’s all properly mixed together before you use it.

Spray It On

Holding the bottle about six inches away from your head, spray evenly onto your hair.

You can focus on the roots for extra volume and around mid-length for extra texture that’s needed for the ultimate beach wave.

Top tip: don’t overdo it. A little goes a long way, and too much can make your hair feel gritty or sticky.

Style As Desired!

Scrunch your hair with your hands as you go to help create natural waves. You don’t need to be to precise, especially if you’re going for a more messy wave (a.k.a. “I literally just walked off the beach”).

Let your hair air dry naturally or use a blow dryer with a diffuser to quicken the process if you’re in a hurry.

And that’s it! You’ve now got beautiful, beachy waves thanks to sea salt spray.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Sea Salt Spray Good For Your Hair?

Sea salt spray is generally considered safe for most people to use on their hair. However, if you have sensitive skin or scalp, you may want to avoid using this product.

An alternative to salt spray is sugar spray, which is also a good texturizer but less drying. Sugar spray leaves hair soft with more shine, whereas sea salt spray tends to leave hair coarser with more of a matte appearance.

How Much Sea Salt Spray Should I Use?

How much sea salt spray you need depends on your length, texture, and the desired effect you’re after. Fine hair may only need a few spritzes while longer, thicker hair can stand quite a lot.

It’s always best to start with less and apply more if you need it.

Just be sure to shake the bottle before you use it and focus on the roots or mid-lengths for best results.

Does Sea Salt Spray Make Hair Thicker?

No, sea salt spray does not actually make hair thicker. It can, however, add texture and volume to thin or fine hair so that it appears fuller.

Is Sea Salt Spray Better On Wet Or Dry Hair?

When using sea salt spray, it’s best to apply it to damp hair. This helps to activate the ingredients in the spray and create more volume and texture. If you have fine or limp hair, spraying sea salt spray on wet hair will help to add more body and thickness.

Does Sea Salt Spray Make Hair Greasy?

No, sea salt spray does not make hair greasy. In fact, it can help to control oil and add texture and volume to thin or fine hair. If you have oily hair, sea salt spray is a great way to help absorb excess oil and create a matte finish.

Does Sea Salt Spray Make Hair Less Frizzy?

Yes, salt spray can help to reduce frizz and define curls. Ingredients in the spray help seal the cuticle and reduce static, which can cause frizz. The salt also helps to absorb excess oil and tame flyaways.

Does Salt Water Spray Make Your Hair Curly?

If you have pretty straight hair, you’ll likely see waves rather than curls after styling with sea salt spray. If your hair normally curls after swimming in the ocean, you may see even more defined curls after using a salt spray.

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re looking for summery beachy waves or just want to add some texture and volume to your hair, sea salt spray is a great option for styling. It gives limp hair some extra oomph and pizzazz and can help to control frizz and flyaways.

Remember to shake the bottle before using and apply evenly to damp hair for best results. A little goes a long way, so start with less and add more as needed. Now go forth and rock those beachy waves like a surfer!

Emma Lee
As long as she can remember, Emma has been obsessed with beautiful hair. Her favorite look is pin-straight, sleek glass hair. She's had multiple styles from short and permed to long and natural throughout her life, and knows full well that how your hair looks can make or break your day.

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