It’s possible to get that laissez-faire beachy texture while actually giving an eff about the state of your strands. To get that done-undone beach wave, most mermaid wannabes reach for the summer staple salt spray. But while thicker textures can get away with the added saltiness, over time, the salt in some texturizing sprays won’t do you any favours in the fight against summer frizz and can seriously dry out hair. Here are three texturizing sprays that ditch the sea salt altogether for the perfect beach waves.
Enhance natural waves or muss up too-perfect ringlets with a couple spritzes of the Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray ($30, at professional salons), which we’re giving top points for its scent alone. Lift the hair and spray in a continuous motion for lift and added grit. Instead of sea salt, the brand infuses its spray with volcanic mineral zeolite and high-performance resins, plus wheat proteins to condition and moisturize.
The Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1 ($33) spray does triple duty—dry shampoo, texturizer and volumizer—and uses microporous minerals to absorb oil and add volume. Just be sure to shake very well and spray at a distance if you count yourself in the brunette camp—while it gives your hair a voluminous boost, it’s not invisible and a little goes a long way. It also boasts UV protectants, so you can soak up rays without risking damage to an expensive dye job.
This line from in-demand stylist Jen Atkin, Ouai (pronounced “way”) is a fave of the Kardashian Klan for good reason. Atkin’s Ouai Wave Spray ($32) is the answer to crunch-free curls and uses rice protein to build texture to hair while strengthening it. It’s scented with her no. 2 fragrance of Italian lemon, amber and white musk, so you can skip your summer perfume altogether if you’re heading to the beach.