Sugar Spray Is the New Salt Spray, and Your Hair Will Never Be the Same

Your beach waves will thank you.

The dethroning of salt spray? You mean *the* secret behind eternal vacation hair, beloved by hairstylists, off-duty models, world-class surfers, and the 7th grade versions of ourselves who used a whole week's worth of allowance on Bumble and bumble Surf Spray alike? We never thought we'd see the day.

But it's here. And it has us begging for sugar as desperately as Adam Levine—not to mention redefining beach hair as we know it. Declaring itself the "anti-salt spray," Keratin Complex's new Sweet Definition Texturizing Sugar Mist is throwing shade and possibly waging war—and not without the results to back it up.

Sugar vs. Salt Spray

But real talk: does sugar really have a leg up on salt? Having tried both, we're not so keen to pit one against the other. As far as we're concerned, they operate differently for essentially the same endgame: perfectly undone texture.

What it comes down to is your hair type and how you want your tousled waves to feel. If you want that straight-from-the-beach, air-dried look with its slightly crunchy texture, stick to salt spray. If you're looking for softer beach waves and a less drying formula (salt and sodium chloride can strip your hair of its keratin proteins), sugar mist is an undeniable game changer.

Packed with curl-enhancing ingredients, like plankton and sea kelp extract, and ultra-moisturizing and conditioning sugar cane extract, sugar spray is as nourishing as it is texturizing for your thirsty strands. Plus, it leaves a glossy shine without any greasy residue. (Score.)

How to Use

Much like you would a salt spray, simply shake it up and mist on your damp or dry hair, tousling or scrunching small sections depending on what kind of waves you're going for. If you're going to blow-dry it, use a diffuser to keep curls intact.

Keratin Complex Sweet Definition Texturizing Sugar Mist, $17;

Keratin Complex Sweet Definitom

(Image credit: Keratin Complex)
Lauren Valenti
Lauren Valenti

I’m the associate web editor at Marie Claire. I love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. I firmly believe that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.