The 28 Best Sea Salt Sprays for the Hair of Your Dreams

Perfect vacation hair with these fake-it-'til-you-make-it products.

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Sun-kissed skin coupled with carefree, tousled hair—like you've been laying out on the beach all day, basically—sounds dreamy. But if it's not your reality, you can fake it 'til you make it. Those perfectly tousled, piece-y, just-napped-on-a-beach waves? Yeah, those don't just happen. Blake Lively didn't just come out of the womb with gorgeously textured hair, and Chrissy Teigen doesn't emerge from bed each morning with gently mussed waves. No, the secret to getting the ultimate "what, this ol' thing?" beachy waves is to use the actual beach on your hair—via sea salt sprays.

Salt sprays are exactly what they sound like: Sprays that are formulated with your classic sodium chloride (i.e. salt). Some contain a more traditional molecular structure, while others tap sea salt, which also contains minerals that can add grit and nourish your hair. When the formula is done well—i.e. it also contains a mix of softening, volumizing, and shine-enhancing ingredients—you'll be blessed with red carpet–level beachy waves. When it's done poorly, however—i.e. it's mainly just salt and alcohol—you'll be left with a sticky, straw-like mess. Thankfully, we rounded up only the best of the best for you, ahead. Spritz them over damp or dry hair (or both!) for a perfectly wavy finish, even if your beach vacation isn't in the foreseeable future. But hey, it's summer. It's time to start planning.