Salt sprays? You tried ‘em? After having my first spritz of the stuff a year or so ago now, courtesy of the cult favourite Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray, they now rule the roost in my haircare supplies and often come into play as my sole styler of choice (bar a little of Oribe’s Maximista Thickening Spray here and there). They have the amazing ability to turn freshly washed, annoyingly slick and smooth locks into something a little messy, à la Mossy. Like that’s how your hair looked when you fell out of bed this morning; a little wave, a little grit, sorta like second day hair in a bottle. So here’s my salt spray selection for when I want my hair to look like I haven’t done anything at all…

Best for a bit of va-va-voom: Philip B Maui Wowie Beach Mist – £22 – from Cult Beauty. The clue’s in the description here – it’s the best volumiser of the bunch. I focus it on the roots to really get some lift, and I like that you can be pretty liberal without things feeling weighty at all.

Best for authentic sea-scrunch: Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray – £21.50 – from Space NK. It’s the original and one that I always end up going back to, especially in the summer months. It creates much more of a sea battered look than the others so lends itself as a beach bag must-have.

Best for some wave with a whiff: Lee Stafford Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray – £7.49 – from Boots. Lee Stafford’s highly perfumed offering will always take me back to my teenage years and this is no different. I’d recommend not getting too trigger happy with this, but a light mist gives the right dose of texture and teasing.

Best for a gritty texture: Fudge Salt Spray – £7.44 – from Boots. I find this to be the most drying of the bunch, really adding some serious texture into proceedings. Again it’s one to be a little conservative on the spritzing with but with a Pina Colada scent and nailing that two-day old hair thing, it’s one to consider.

Best for all-round beachy-ness: Sachajuan Ocean Mist – £18 – from Cult Beauty. My favourite. Not too drying, too sticky or crunchy. It just secretly blends into the hair, fattening follicles and beefing everything up without looking too product laden. It does wonders for my waves too. Full rave here.

The same hair routine recipe goes for all five. Load-up from the salt spray selection while hair is still damp after rinsing, roughly blow dry, keep away from the comb and juzch into place when everything’s dry. A beach babe bonce is just a spray (or ten) away.

  • Anna Blush

    I’ve recently been trying the Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray and really like it! Salt sprays are great x

  • AgentSmyth

    I was literally this morning considering which salt spray to buy so thanks very much!! Perfect post at the perfect time for me :)

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  • Lauren Alice

    I love the Bumble and Bumble salt spray, it’s one of my all time favourites. But I picked up an emergency mini sized one of the Toni & Guy one the other day when I forgot to pack mine and I love it! It’s not subtle but gives serious texture that lasts all day.

  • Mani

    Ooh, thanks for the recommendations! I’ve never tried salt spray before, but I’ll definitely give some of these a try.

  • Honey Go-Lightly

    I have the Fudge spray on my list to try. Might have to make that into a reality ;)

  • Zoe Bennett

    I have always wanted to try the Bumble and Bumble surf spray.I currently use the tresemme texturising spray as there is such a good hold to it :)
    Zoe x

  • pinklovenugget

    I totally love the Fudge salt spray (I cant justify over a tenner for ‘messy’ hair) as it really saves me having to blowdry my hair – a few spritz’s and I’m done, verging on curly actually. In fact, I’ll be taking it to hospital with me when I have my baby – it will save me taking a hairdryer (which I dont think I’m allowed anyway) and all the extra faffing that comes with that! :-)

  • Martyna

    I haven’t used any of those, I really like my Toni&Guy Salt Spray but I have always wanted to try the Bumble&Bumble! xx

    Martyna | NEON MIZZLE

  • Kelly Amber Tipton

    i’ve teid a schwarkopf salt spray, and i didnt love it, it was really sticky! I think i might pick up a B+B mini surf spray?! I’ve wanted to try it for so long no!

    kelly xxx

    • Kelly Amber Tipton


  • Anya Cross

    I’ve been eyeing up the Sachajuan one for a loooong time. It looks lovely on people’s hair.

  • Kady Sandora K

    I have tried the Fudge Salt Spray, it doesn’t work for thick curls like mines, I gave it away. I also had a sample of the BB surf, didn’t work out either. Perhaps salt sprays are not for curls :(

  • Nikki Canning

    It’s usually Bumble and Bumble all the way for me, but now I’m desperate to try out Sachajuan too!

  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

    I really want to like B&B and I do use it a lot, but it’s almost a little too authentic with the crunch. I’m a bit ambivalent about it so might try another one as well…

  • Megan Mckee

    The Lee Stafford one always reminds me of my teenage years lol.. but I do really want to try out the Sachajuan one :)

  • Oresiri teru

    I need to get round to trying salt sprays , I’m leaning towardy the Lee Stafford one

    Love Oresiri xoxo

  • Brittany

    Great post! Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs, Brittany, xx

  • Mabel Eugenia

    I have a kind from the brand Not Your Mother’s and I love it. Though I don’t use it anymore since I’ve bleached my hair and basically destroyed it! The salt would only make things worse. Not sure if you’ve got that brand in the UK?


    Life of Mabel

  • F-S Marylebone

    That ocean mist sounds perfect! x | A his & hers blog entailing adventure of food, fashion & London lifestyle

  • Aurelia

    Bumble and Bumble is amazing!!

  • yourdailybreak

    Will have to try the Sachajuan Ocean Mist! Might have to give the Lee Stafford one a whirl because their products tend to be on a sale a lot of the time here in Australia and have never tried anything from them. Thanks for posting :) xo

    Your Daily Break

  • hannah

    i use the bumble and bumble spray and it truly does create amazing sea salt texture. once again, a great post! xx

  • Notebooks & Nail Polish

    Do they make your hair feel quite dry?

  • Charlotte

    You are missing out on the Label M spray! I’ve tried the bumble and bumble and I much prefer the Label M one

  • Emily Allen

    Bought a tony and guy salt spray the other day and it didn’t make a slight bit off difference I think I’m going to buy the bumble and bumble one :) thanks Anna xx Emmi

  • Erin Jaine

    Love this – I bought a cheapo Got2B one in the vague hope it might do something but it’s really quite terrible! Like the look of the Sachajuan one.


  • Rebecca

    The Philip B mist sounds very tempting. Might be what I need to give my fine flat hair a rev up!!

  • Celina

    I’m torn between the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray and the Sachajuan Ocean Mist. The Surf Spray is much easier for me to get a hold of but I’ve heard nothing but absolutely amazing things about the Ocean Mist.

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  • Beautearose

    Salt sprays are the absolute bane of my life, I want to try all of them! xx

  • Tanya

    I’ve seen the Lee Staford and Fudge sea salt sprays at my local drugstore so I must try them out next time i’m there. Great post! x

    Tanya |

  • Emily

    I’m so desperate to try the Bumble and bumble one, but I have the craziest, thickest and DRIEST curly hair so I’m a bit wary! May have to pick it up though, it looks too good not to and just pile on the conditioner!

    Emily at Sour Strawberry | UK based beauty blog x

  • Kaelyn

    I definitely want to try out the Bumble and Bumble surf spray! I am currently using the sea spray form LUSH and I love it, but I am curious as to how the Bumble and Bumble will work for me!

  • Zoe

    I love the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray so I’m glad you did this post, more products to try!

  • esme

    have you tried the loreal matte and messy salt spray? its quite a lot cheaper than a lot of the other alternatives:)

  • Jess

    I got a bottle of driftwood’s salt spray.

    I went for it because they only use 100% natural ingredients and its a fair price for the size (300ml I think).

    It is absolutely brilliant. I really can’t fault it. An all-round great buy!

    I’ve been looking for bottles on the high street but can only seem to find it on Ebay at the moment – Boots get involved!!!

    Worth taking a look if you’re looking for a salt spray.

  • Erika Ivanova

    I love all Lee Stafford products actually but I haven’t tried this sea salt spray yet, gonna check it out