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September, 24 2018

What does sea salt spray do to your hair?


Jenny @JdeV Preston store

Sea salt spray is an extremely popular hair care product these days but, if you’ve only just came across the term, you might be feeling a bit confused. Why exactly would you want to spray salt on to your hair and what does it accomplish? Wonder no more as today I’ll be explaining some of the pros (and the cons) of sea salt spray and what it can do for your hair. 

How does sea salt spray help your hair?

Sea salt spray has soared in popularity for a reason and part of that is due to its incredibly versatility. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman, if you’ve got straight hair or curly, short or long – sea salt has something to offer everyone!

Looking to infuse your fine, flat hair with a bit of oomph? Sea Salt spray has natural volumising properties that can help to give limp locks a bit of lift, providing depth and definition to curls whilst taming any flyaway strands or frizz. It also helps that, rather than sticking your hair into place, sea salt i works with your natural style, providing a loose hold and a matte finish.

Okay, this all sounds fantastic so far but does sea salt have any drawbacks? Well, like most products, you need to know how and when to use it. For example, sea salt spray can absorb the natural oils from your hair which can help if you have oily hair but, if dry hair is a problem for you, then this might not be such a good thing.

However, this is not insurmountable. Provided you take care with how much sea salt spray you’re using and condition your hair beforehand, there’s no reason why you should boycott sea salt spray completely. If you want to learn more about the pros and cons of sea salt spray based on your hair type, I’d check out Ayesha’s blog, ‘Is sea salt bad for your hair?

What’s the best way to use sea salt spray?

When it comes to using sea salt spray there are a variety of approaches that you can take based on the look you’re trying to create. However, usually I recommend applying sea salt spray to damp hair, not soaking wet hair or dry hair, as the drying process can sometimes help depending on the style you’re after.

If you’ve got longer hair, for example, and are after those famous beach curls, you could try applying sea salt spray to your hair and then scrunching it with your hands. If you’re after tighter curls, braiding might also work here too! Then you can just let your hair air dry as normal.

On the other hand, if you have shorter hair you may not need to apply as much of the spray and can style your hair by hand to your own preference, blow-drying if necessary.  If you want more information about how to use sea salt spray for specific types of hair, you could take a look at some of the blogs below.

How to use sea salt on short hair

How to use sea salt on straight hair

How to use sea salt on men’s hair

My favourite sea salt spray

Okay, so you have an idea of what sea salt is, how it helps your hair and how to use it, but which type of sea salt should you be opting for? Well, ideally you want a product that doesn’t utilise any abrasive ingredients – think alcohol, parabens, and synthetic fragrances. These components can damage your hair and will almost certainly contribute to dryness, split ends and breakages.

That’s why here at Jan de Vries we’re big advocates of John Masters’ Sea Mist Organic Sea Salt Spray with Lavender. This natural and cruelty-free blend of water, sea salt and lavender oil helps to enhance the positive benefits of sea salt whilst also nourishing your hair and preventing it from drying out. It definitely ticks all of our boxes plus it’s affordable and more than able to compete with other leading brands!