Beach waves may or may not be supposed to look easy-breezy, but in all actuality, they’re really not that easy to achieve—at least not without the right products by your side. Using a curling iron or hot rollers will leave you with a look that’s a bit too polished and refined, but sleeping with braided damp hair tends to be pretty hit-or-miss. The best way to get that coveted textural bed-head vibe is using a sea salt hair spray with a bit of scrunching motions to get the piece-y, lived-in look without damaging your hair with heat styling tools.

Sea salt texturizing sprays often get a bad rep for being sticky and leaving your look feeling hard and crunchy, but as is always the case, not all formulas are created equal. In fact, there are plenty of hydrating, sea salt sprays that leave your locks feeling touchable, yet defined. You can use these products on dry hair for a subtle effect, or apply to damp hair and use a diffuser on low heat for a more voluminous effect. Check out some of our favorite formulas below to test out for yourself.

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