Sea Salt Spray is the latest in a long line of hair products for men that have become very popular very quickly. There are so many of these kinds of products that it can be a little overwhelming – how are you supposed to know what all of these different products do, and crucially, whether you should be using them?
That’s where we can help you. We’re here to sort through all of these products to find out whether they are an essential part of male grooming, or just a hastily created gimmick created by companies to fill gaps in a long-undersaturated market.
In this article we are going to be taking an in-depth look and try to establish exactly what does sea salt spray do, how effective it is and whether you need to be using it, before we take a look at some of the best Sea Salt Sprays available on the market.
What is Sea Salt Spray?
Have you ever noticed how great your hair looks and feels after you’ve been in the sea? That’s what the manufacturers of Sea Salt Spray are looking to replicate.
Sea salt is good for your hair. It has natural oil-absorbing qualities, which means that it helps to clean your hair. The oils, sweat and dirt that get trapped in your hair on a daily basis gets absorbed by the salt, leaving your hair clean. But it’s not just about the health of your hair…
Oil, dirt and sweat will weigh your hair down, which causes it to lose all of its volume – by removing all of this, your hair will look full of life again. Sea salt spray will improve both the health and look of your hair.
Too much salt is bad though. Having too much absorption will cause your hair to dry out, and that is why Sea Salt Spray won’t just contain sea salt – and why a dip in the sea won’t produce the same results. You’ll find other ingredients, usually containing essential vitamins and minerals that will hydrate your hair, to counterbalance the impact the salt has on the hair itself.
There’s more. Going back to that feeling you have when you have been in the sea – your hair holds its shape a bit better, doesn’t it? Sea Salt Spray will help you style your hair, adding more strength and thickness so that you can mould it into any desired shape, while keeping a natural look.
And natural is a crucial word here. Sea Salt Spray is a natural alternative to many products in the male grooming market that are packed full of chemicals – there is no gunk or slime here either. Just a natural hold for your hair.
Do I need to use Sea Salt Spray?
Sea Salt Spray may not be for everybody, but there are quite a few groups of people that would really benefit from using it. Such as:
Men with curly hair
Sea salt can help to enhance the waves and curls in your hair. Many people with curly hair also experience frizz as well – sea salt can help to combat this.
Men who want a light hold
Do you get frustrated when your hair feels all gunky and greasy when you style it with gel or wax? Well, Sea Salt Spray will help to hold your hair in place, without that crunchy feeling that other styling products can leave you with. It won’t be as strong a hold, but it will look so much more natural (because it is!) and will feel great.
Men with thin hair
Sea Salt Spray will add volume and thickness to thinning hair and is the perfect way to style.
Men with long hair
If you have longer hair, you have heavier hair that most likely needs to be cleaned more regularly. Sea Salt Spray is perfect for hair like this – it will give new life to long hair, while cleaning it at the same time.
How do you use Sea Salt Spray?
Once you have selected and purchased a bottle of Sea Salt Spray, you’re going to need to know how to use it. The good news is it really couldn’t be simpler – just follow our quick guide.
- Wash your hair as normal – use your regular shampoo and conditioner, but we would recommend a texturising one that adds volume.
- Dry your hair – you don’t want to be too thorough here, just a quick towel dry will be fine.
- Apply the Sea Salt Spray – all you’ll need is three to five spritzes of spray, depending on the length and thickness of your hair.
- Style – use your hands to work the spray into your hair with a little bit of hair putty or paste (you won’t need very much at all).
- Optional hair dry – if you usually dry your hair with a hair dryer to add a little more volume, now is the time to do it.
That’s all there is to it! In a matter of seconds your hair will have more volume and the exact style you crave.
The 6 best Sea Salt Sprays in the UK
Now that you have decided that Sea Salt Spray is for you, let us run down the 6 best products on the market for you to consider.
We’ll kick things off with this great product from Fudge Urban – UK based men’s hair styling specialists. They have a huge range of products designed to get you looking exactly how you want to, and this Sea Salt Spray is a great place to begin our list.
This is a mineral-rich spray, which is designed to give you a rugged, casual style. It’s best worked into your hair with your fingertips on damp hair – then you just scrunch it all up and shape it into your preferred style. It works well on thick hair.
This spray has a really nice scent – what they call Beach Breeze. It really gives you that feeling of just coming back from the beach – a great way to start the day!
In terms of price, this is around the middle of what you can expect to pay for a Sea Salt Spray, so there is nothing to put you off there. This is well worth your consideration.back to menu ↑
Toni & Guy
Most people in the UK are well aware of Toni & Guy. So many of our high streets are home to one of their many salons, and they are a truly international company with 457 salons in 41 different countries. The company has over 55 years of experience in the hairdressing industry, so you would think that they would know a thing or two about what makes a good product, right?
Right! But before we get into more detail, we should highlight that this is not a product that is specifically designed for men, it is unisex and aimed at people with long hair. However, I have quite short hair, and I found this to work wonderfully on my hair.
The principle is the same here with all the other products on our list, though. This is designed to give you ‘beachy locks’, with a light hold, and without that ‘crunchy’ feel. It’s a classic Sea Salt Spray.
It does the job really well – the hold is decent, and it does add volume and texture to your hair. As I said, while they recommend it for long hair, I think it works well on any type of hair, to be honest, so don’t let that put you off if you have short or thinner hair.
An added bonus is that this is one of the cheapest products on our list of the best Sea Salt Sprays. Our recommendation is that if you are unsure whether Sea Salt Spray is for you, give this one a go. You’ll find out pretty quickly whether it works for you, without having to stump up too much cash. You may well find that you never feel the need to buy a more expensive one…back to menu ↑
Next up we have this offering from Slick Gorilla – a company created from the barbershops of Leeds in 2016. They are a vibrant, confident brand that utilise their skills and knowledge from the days of cutting and styling hair to create some of the best hair products available today.
This is a spray that is packed full of goodness for your hair – it stretches far beyond sea salt. For a start, they use Himalayan Pink Salt, which helps to condition and stimulate your scalp, as well as your hair. Then you have Aloe Vera to help moisturise, Vitamin B5 to help strengthen your hair, Epsom Salts to help reduce the amount of oil in your hair, seaweed for hydration and sunflower seed extract which helps to protect your hair from the sun.
See what we mean about being packed full?!
The result of all this is that you get great hair. A style that holds, without altering the texture of your hair, and a much healthier head. It has that classic ‘barbershop’ aroma to it as well, so every morning you feel like you’ve had a fresh haircut!
You get all this, and it isn’t too expensive – just slightly more than the average price for Sea Salt Spray. This is a step up from your standard, and so it should make it onto your shortlist.back to menu ↑
Now we have something that is really at the top end of the market – by far the most expensive product on our list today. Brickell are US-based male grooming specialists, who pride themselves on using “the highest quality, natural & organic ingredients to offer the most effective men’s skincare and grooming products available”.
This will work with any kind of hair, from very short and thin to very thick and long. The sea salt will absorb all the oil in your hair to help it increase in volume, which gives you the base to style in a laid-back kind of look. There will be some movement in your hair, but the general shape will hold in place.
The addition of Vitamin E and Hydrolysed Proteins gives this product added health benefits. The Vitamin E is there to assist hair growth which it does by reducing oxidative stress, while the Hydrolysed Proteins encourage moisture retention within your hair to give it added softness and elasticity.
This is perfect for you if you want to keep that ‘fresh out of the sea’ hold in your hair. It gives such a natural feel to your hair, but while holding its shape really well. Obviously, this is right at the expensive end of Sea Salt Sprays, but we have to say that we were very impressed with the results. If you want a truly high-end product, this is the one for you.back to menu ↑
Back to the other end of the scale now, as we look at one of the cheapest Sea Salt Sprays on the market from Schwarzkopf. Based in Germany, they’ve been making hair products for over 120 years – so these guys know what they are doing.
Their Sea Salt Spray won’t disappoint, either. It’s slightly no frills, but it does the job. Part of their Beach Matt range, this salt infused formula is designed to give you a ‘tousled beach look’, with a matt finish. There is no ‘crunch’ to the texture of your hair afterwards, as you would expect from a spray like this.
As with the Toni & Guy product above, this is very much an entry level product – one to consider if you are just dipping your toes into the world of Sea Salt Sprays. It does a great job and is good value. But it can get a bit sticky if you use too much, so I would say that it is probably best for people with shorter hair.
For the price, though, this is a great option for people that want to get a feel for Sea Salt Spray, so it is well worth your consideration.back to menu ↑
This is everything you want from a sea salt spray – the hold is strong, but without any crunch or greasiness. It is water soluble, so easily rinses out of your hair. It keeps your scalp healthy and moisturised. It works on all kinds of hair. And as an added bonus, we loved the smell – a coconut scent that was very pleasing on the nose.
It is priced around the mid-range of the Sea Salt Sprays that we have looked at today, and that is about right. It is a great example of what a Sea Salt Spray can do for your hair, and we wholeheartedly recommend giving it a go – we don’t think you will be disappointed.
Sea Salt Spray is one of the best ways to maintain a solid hold in your hair, while keeping a natural texture and look.
If you have always struggled to find the right kind of product to style your hair, try one of the Sea Salt Sprays in our list above. Our prediction is that you won’t ever go back to wax or gel.