A trip to the beach is only as far as your medicine cabinet.
By Sara Suskin
Living in Los Angeles, I’m fairly close to the Pacific Ocean and have the luxury of making a beach trip at a moment’s notice. However, there are many days when I don’t feel like dealing with the sand, the traffic or the sunburn, but would still like to attain those perfect near-curls from the ocean air. Enter the perfect salt spray: for mimicking that day-at-the-beach look with a simple spritz (on your roots or ends) and voila! All you have to do is pick your favorite.
Slightly vanilla-scented, this casual spray works well with most hair textures. It provides volume without being heavy and also maintains curls all day long. For an added bonus, it’s paraben-free and unisex. Think of Davines as the La Jolla of salt sprays: waves for serious surfers and lounging beachgoers alike.
In an easy-to-use spray bottle, this one allows you to give every inch of your hair a full mist, ensuring that you don’t miss a spot. It’s light, airy and provides instant texture and body. Having both straight and fine hair, this one gives me a much-needed boost and has become part of my summertime routine. Beach equal is Malibu: convenient yet just exotic enough to feel like a mini-vacation.
This all-natural spray uses Ocean Silk Technology (!) to strengthen and replenish your mane with the help of algae proteins and nutrients. Not only does it work wonders to uphold waves, but the bottle’s minimalistic design also looks beautiful sitting on your bathroom counter. Much like the beachy town of Carmel, this spritz feels fancy and casual all at once, perfect for picnic-ing on the sand or wading in the surf.
Without making your hair frizz, this spray has a misty quality that keeps hair light at no loss for body. It leaves hair malleable enough to style—plus, it’ll hold while you shop/brunch/vacation. I liken it to the shores of East Hampton: calmer waves and a decent breeze all throughout the year.
We’re all aware of the magical properties of Moroccan argan oil, so what happens when you add sea kelp and salt? The answer: real-life mermaid hair for everyone. Its size makes it travel-ready—or if you can’t make a getaway, it’s the perfect bathroom mainstay. Hair will be shiny and healthy with beachbound waves that’ll fool anyone. If you don’t tell, we sure won’t.