Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Primp // Best of Sea Salt Sprays

Sea Salt Sprays

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I am super lazy with my hair these days.  Years of using heat on my hair has finally caught up to me and I've been focusing on restoring it (applying coconut oil like my life depends on it).  For the most part, I only allow myself a curling iron on special occasions.  So I've been doing my research on the best of the best in terms of sea salt sprays to add texture and hold to my naturally wavy hair that doesn't dry it out or leave it feeling sticky or crunchy.

One thing I've noticed that makes a difference is to only spritz your hair when it's wet.  That way the spray doesn't leave any residue.  On the bottle, most sprays indicate you can use it on wet or dry hair--well, using it on dry hair usually results in uneven distribution and crispy hair.  If you're in between washes, just fill a spray bottle with water and focus on the lower two-thirds, avoiding the roots.  Let it air dry naturally or for more drama, you could use a diffuser (tutorial here).

Here are my picks, in all kinds of price ranges:
1.  Oribe (Nordstrom, $$$) | SO good, but SO expensive.  This surf spray actually leaves my hair feeling moisturized and shiny, with a blend of oils and extracts.
2.  Not Your Mother's (Drugstore.com, $) | Impressed with this little drugstore find.  It leaves a light, natural matte finish but can make a mess when put on dry hair.  Price and smell get a thumbs up from me.
3.  Sachajuan (Net-A-Porter, $$$) | Texture and volume in one with a light, clean scent.  It's free of alot of nasty chemicals.
4.  Fekkai (Lord & Taylor, $$) | For my curly haired girls, this spray defines and helps to control frizz.  It'll leave your hair touchable and add a sun-kissed shine.
5.  Victoria's Secret (Victoria's Secret, $) | Give me a bikini and call me Adriana Lima--this is the one to take on an actual beach with you.  It smells amazing, it's lightweight and has an added bonus of UV protection (yes, hair needs to be protected, too).
6. Cold Spring Apothecary (Madewell, $$) | In support of small business and the lost art of hand-mixing right here in the U.S.A., this spray is a gentle and natural option that gives just the right amount of texture and hold.
7.  Bumble and Bumble (Sephora, $$$) | A real cult-favorite and a reliable one at that.  Super beachy, messy waves with this one.  It'll give you that piece-y look and I think it has more salt than other sprays.  This is good and bad--try not to use too much or you'll dry out your hair!
8.  BlowPro (Nordstrom, $$) | If you have a natural wave or curl to your hair and are just looking to add more hold than texture, this one is good for just that.  It's gentle and good for freshly washed hair without leaving any residue.
9.  Verb (Urban Outfitters, $) | I picked this up on a whim and it's currently what I'm using.  It's on sale, so that's always a plus.  I don't know much about this brand but this spray is lightweight and enhances my waves with minimal effort--exactly what I want.

10.  Tresemme (Drugstore.com, $) | A recent discovery from a new line by Tresemme that I really like.  It's non-sticky formula looks and feels natural.  In general, everything I've tried from the "Perfectly (un)Done" line has been surprising good so far.

I hope you achieve your tousled, beach-y wave dreams. In case you still haven't found what you're looking for, stay tuned for a DIY sea salt spray you can customize for your hair type (you probably have the ingredients in your pantry anyway).

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