6 sea salt sprays to try if you want people to think you’re an actual mermaid (because you are)

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In case you needed to hear this today: Playing Mermaids is not just for kids in a pool. You can still play Mermaids as an adult and without an actual pool, thanks to everyone’s favorite low-maintenance hair product, sea salt spray.

OK, but in all seriousness, sea salt sprays are the easiest way to give your hair texture, body, movement and tousled waves without spending hours with a hot tool. Just imagine the saltwater, sand, smell of sunscreen and general beachy air all bottled up for you to take home, and you’ve got yourself a sea salt spray.

All you wannabe mermaids need is to spritzity spritz one of the many versatile formulas out there on damp or dry hair. Then, you’ll have the beach waves of your dreams without any effort. I’m pretty sure that’s what “Part of Your World” means, right?

Since the weather is getting warmer and it’s almost time for mermaids season, we rounded up the best sea salt sprays to get those coveted beach waves below.

Best Sea Salt Sprays

1. Verb Sea Spray, $20

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We’re obsessed with Verb because it offers bougie hair care at a non-bougie price, and this sea salt spray is a favorite with In The Know editors. The coconut-y mist is made with so many powerhouse ingredients, including seaweed and kelp for cleansing the hair of excess oils, sweet almond extract to seal in moisture and sunflower seeds for fatty acids that nourish your strands.

Also available at Sephora.

2. Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray, $6.99

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If you didn’t use the Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe sea salt spray the night of your first middle school dance, I don’t trust you — and you missed out. There’s a reason this was everyone’s go-to drugstore sea salt spray for years: It’s super affordable, adds a wild amount of volume on wet or dry hair and has the most user-friendly mist nozzle.

Also available at Not Your Mother’s and Amazon.

3. Briogeo Superfoods Banana + Coconut Hydrating Soft Wave Texture Spray, $25

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Another excellent-smelling sea salt spray is this Briogeo one. But here’s the thing, there’s no sea salt (or alcohol) in this sea salt spray. Instead, the Briogeo wave spray features antioxidant-rich fruits and vitamin B5 to support long-term hair health and soften your tousled strands for beachy waves.

Also available at Briogeo, Nordstrom and Amazon.

4. Bumble and bumble Surf Spray, $30

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Don’t quote us on this, but most hair enthusiasts would say that this is the sea salt spray formula that started it all. Full of Epsom salt for texture and seaweed and kelp for smoothness and shine, the Bumble and bumble Surf Spray is lightweight enough to make the finest, straightest of hair mermaid-esque.

Also available at Amazon and Ulta.

5. OUAI Wave Spray, $28

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Fun fact: OUAI also makes a salt-free mist that still gives you that sea salt spray mermaid look. Instead, the formula features rice protein and coconut water to achieve the desired beachy results—just scrunch or twist for an easy, undone texture. When you’re done with the bottle, you can recycle everything but the pump!

Also available at OUAI, Amazon and Ulta.

6. OGX Moroccan Sea Salt Spray, $9.39

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Another drugstore fave, the OGX Moroccan Sea Salt Spray, is perfect for oily to normal hair types. Formulated with sea salt and the brand’s signature Moroccan argan oil, you know that you’ll get that gorgeously messy texture with an extra dose of fullness and shine.

Also available at Amazon.

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