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Saltwater sprays for your hair, sold as beach sprays, surf sprays or salt sprays, add texture and volume to thin or fine hair. You can use these sprays daily for a bit of added oomph or opt to add them to your locks for casual, surfer-girl waves. Whether you buy saltwater sprays or make your own, these products offer a fast way to fatten up thin tresses.
How Salt Works
Salt water sprays give your natural texture a boost by roughing up the hair strand. The water in the salt spray evaporates, leaving behind a light coating of salt to thicken each strand of hair. Salt can be drying, so condition regularly if you use salt spray frequently for a volumizing boost on wavy or blown-dry locks.
Saltwater can be used on damp or dry hair. For a wavy look, apply saltwater spray from roots to ends on damp hair. Scrunch and crunch your hair to bring out your natural wave. For a bit more wave, twist your locks into a loose knot or several smaller knots and allow them to dry completely. Finger comb through and go. Freshen up your waves or texture for the evening or on second-day hair by spritzing salt spray on dry hair and scrunching.
Thick and Straight
Use saltwater spray to add volume to blown-out straight styles as well. Spray damp hair with salt spray. Blow dry with a paddle brush, focusing on the roots for additional lift. You can use salt spray along with other products and may want to add a very light shine spray to counteract the matte finish on straighter locks.
While there are a number of salt sprays on the market, this is an easy product to make at home for pennies. Grab a clean spray bottle, some filtered or distilled water and a bit of sea salt. You'll also want a dab of hair gel and a small amount of your favorite conditioner. Shake together a cup of water, 1 to 2 tsp. of sea salt, 1 tsp. of conditioner and 1 tsp. of hair gel. Use just like you would purchased salt spray. Reduce the amount of conditioner and increase the salt for super-oily hair. Do the opposite if your tresses are quite dry.