I'm doing something a little different today - I've been wanting to switch things up for a little bit. Not that I don't really love talking about sewing, but a change can be nice too yeah? No? Maybe not...okay.
I do feel like there probably is an adequate number of reviews out there for different sea salt hair sprays, but the reviews I've seen of multiple products by the same person are usually written by someone who doesn't have the same hair type as me. I think that having one person test out multiple products can be helpful because there is some point of reference for what works better in comparison to another product.
So for reference, I have naturally straight, fine hair. It tangles easily and doesn't have any volume without a lot of help. It takes well to salt sprays that have a LOT of salt in them, and will continue to be limp and lifeless with less salt. I also tried more products from each brand so I'll mention them as well. Each photo is a link to the product, and just a disclaimer - what didn't work for me would probably work like a dream for someone with different hair. I feel like that can go unsaid, but I just wanted to put it out there that I'm not discounting the effectiveness of any product.
Lush Sea Salt Spray Hair Mist
$12.95/3.3 Fl. Oz.
Texture and Hold: 9/10
The Lush product has a light hair gel in it, so it holds better than some of the other products I tried. I think potentially more salt would be just as effective, but it works well for my hair as is. The smell isn't my favorite, but I also don't dislike it; it's odd for a hair product I think. The only major downside is that it can be hard to spray at first. It took a few uses before the sprayer got unclogged and it started spraying freely. I tried this with their Dirty Styling Creme, which I would highly recommend to anyone asking. It doesn't take much and it gives hair volume without making it feel gross (ironic). I would definitely buy both again, as I feel like the price to effectiveness ratio is favorable.
R+Co Rockaway Salt Spray
$25/4.2 Fl. Oz.
Texture and Hold: 7/10
I was initially enthralled with R+Co because of their packaging, and I still stand behind my decision to purchase and try out this product for what mostly amounts to me judging a book by its cover. My justification was that if this spray worked well, I may have to buy it much less frequently than the spray I was using at the time, and it could make up for the extra cost. So without further ado, my thoughts on the product: at the outset it did give my hair more texture than the NYM spray, but it didn't hold for more than an hour unless my hair was already somewhat textured (read: unless I took a shower at night and slept with wet tangles in my hair before brushing it out in the morning). I had to use about the same amount of product, and it just ran out more quickly, so in the end it wasn't worth the money to me. I tried this with One Prep Spray and Jackpot Styling Creme , both of which I highly recommend, as they've lasted me a long while (and I'm no where near done with them), smell great, and work really well.
NYM Beach Babe Texturizing Spray
$7/8 Fl. Oz.
Texture and Hold: 6/10
Without any doubt, the best thing you can get for the price is this NYM spray. You may have to deal with checking out of Ulta, Target, or wherever you buy it while suffering the embarrassment of willingly purchasing something that says "beach babe" on it, but nothing can beat the $7 price tag when every other spray boasts $20 and above. This product actually works pretty well for my hair, but there are some obvious downsides too. The biggest issue I have with continuing use of this spray is that it gives my hair texture, but about an hour later it also gives my hair a nest of tangles. It's pretty frustrating to deal with when you can't stop working to go brush your hair for a minute, and since my hair already gets gnarly tangles after a few hours of regular living, I don't want anything to help put them there quicker. In any case, you can't beat the price to effectiveness ratio here, so when I can't make it to Lush this would probably be my next choice.
Herbivore Botanicals Sea Mist
$20/8 Fl. Oz.
Texture and Hold: 1/10
First, let me say that I wanted this product to work so badly. I didn't mind paying $20 for the beautiful packaging and all natural ingredients. I think the main issue with this product may be the amount of salt in it - it doesn't feel like there's any at all. This spray doesn't give my hair any hold, even in the first five minutes of use. It also feels pretty greasy and weighs my hair down. I'd seen a mixed bag of reviews on Birchbox and so I knew right away that there was no telling how this would work for me, but I would say that this product likely works best for someone who has dry/thick/curly hair. I tried this with the Pink Clay Cleansing Bar Soap and the After Sun Soothing Aloe Mist. Out of all the products I tried, the only one I would purchase again is the aloe mist, and even then only if I could spend more time in the sun. It's been nice after pool days though. (My friend thought this product smelled fantastic, but the only opinion on smell here is my own. It's all so subjective.)
My next goal is to try a DIY recipe, and I'm excited about that, but it may take a while before I have the time.
Have you guys jumped on the salt spray bandwagon? If so, which ones are your favorites? I've been using this stuff pretty consistently for the past few years and I'm not sure that trend will slow down any time soon for me.