Choosing the Right Salt Spray for You

choosingtherightsaltsprayNow that we are in the heat of summer, I thought I would talk about one of the biggest products out there right now — salt sprays. They are everywhere from high-end to drugstore. With so many options out there, I have spent the last month or so trying different ones from both ends of the spectrum to decide which one is best. What I discovered is that it really depends on what you are looking for from a salt spray to determine which is best for you.
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bumbleandbumblesurfsprayFor the girl who doesn’t mind a little (or a lot of) grit.
Probably the most well know salt spray out there is Bumble and bumble’s Surf Spray. This one is a classic for a reason. It smells like the ocean, so if you are like me and live quite far from any ocean (or any large body of water), then this is a great pick in terms of scent. With the strong smell, however, comes a powerful blend of ingredients that will give you that rough texture that you’d get after a dip in the ocean. This is definitely one you can feel in your hair, so if you don’t mind that gritty texture, I would definitely recommend this one. I would also recommend that you use a leave-in conditioner before to keep your hair from drying out, because the Surf Spray can definitely be really drying, especially if you are like me and your hair is already prone to that.

johnfriedabeachblondesaltsprayFor the girl who is looking for a little bit of texture.
The newest to my collection is the John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Salt Spray. I find this to be the lightest in terms of its ability to give me a really good wave. I’m not sure how this works on someone with straight hair, as I have naturally wavy/curly hair, but I imagine it would give just the slightest bend to your hair. Lauren Conrad posted a great video about this a few months back, which you can watch here.

bumbleandbumblesurfinfusionFor the girl who needs some moisture.
As I said earlier, salt sprays can be quite drying on your hair, so the newest spray from Bumble and bumble is the perfect answer to that problem. Surf Infusion is an oil and salt-infused spray targeted at those with dry or coarse hair. This is the spray I use on days when I want some wave and curl, but with a light product that won’t weigh my hair down. I actually wrote a full review a few months ago, which you can read here. The price is a little steep for how much product you get though, so if you are looking to save your pennies, I would look to my last option.

garnierbeachchicsaltsprayFor the girl on a budget.
I found the Garnier Fructis Style De-constructed Beach Chic Texturizing Spray while browsing Shopper’s just over a month ago, and being that it was about $5, I decided to give it a go. As much as I love the Bumble and bumble sprays, they can do a number on my wallet, especially when I’m using them as much as I have been lately. I was not expecting much from this product, so I was so incredibly surprised when it turned out to be as good as it is. It’s a really light spray, similar to the John Frieda, but gives me perfect messy, but pretty, waves. I have been choosing this one over all the others lately, and am happy that it comes in such a big bottle (250 ml) so it will definitely last me until next summer, or at least the rest of this year.

Next week, I will share how I use these products to get great texture and waves.

Are you a fan of salt or texture sprays? Which is your favourite?

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  • I have always stayed away from the salt sprays because my hair is pretty dry to begin with. Maybe one of the lighter versions would be an option.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Totally understandable. I definitely find the lighter ones to be less drying, especially when I put a leave-in conditioner in first.

  • I personally don’t put any product in my hair but I’ve been going to the beach lately and love how the salt water affects my waves. I’m really thinking about trying some salt spray but haven’t made the leap yet. Maybe I’ll try the Garnier you recommended. Have you ever tried making your own? I’ve thought about it, the recipes seem super easy.

    • You’re lucky that you can get away with no product! The only time I can do that is when I straighten my hair.
      I’ve never tried making my own salt spray, but I have seen recipes before. I should probably try that.

  • Jen

    Ooh, nice roundup! I’m definitely curious about the B&B Surf Infusion, but my all time fave is Lush’s Surf Spray 🙂

  • Jen

    Great roundup! I’m definitely curious to try the B&B Surf Infusion and my all-time fave is Lush’s Surf Spray 🙂

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