For the beach or for the office, surfer hair doesn't have to mean a day in the waves and sand.
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Photo Credit: Matty Conrad
Ah summer. Time to pack up the Woodie with the board, get the cooler locked and loaded, and hit the waves from dawn until dusk. OR, like most people, sit in the overly air conditioned office, crank the same numbers as last month, and make it out in time to realize you don’t need your sunglasses anymore.
But that doesn't mean your hair can't look like the dude that did spend the day at the beach. Salt sprays have been around for years now (Bumble and bumble leading the race by introducing theirs to much fanfare in 2001) but guys have just recently taken a major interest in them. And you should too. I've picked three of the absolute best of the season for you to test out; one for guys with short hair, one for mid-length, and one for longer hair.
Salt spray should be used combined with other styling products when you have fairly short hair. Always shake the spray vigorously as the components will naturally settle a little between uses. Paired best with a paste and/or hair spray, this salt spray adds the perfect amount of grit to help get that slept-in hair look without sacrificing a clean scalp.
Hair that’s not too long and not too short is just right for salt sprays. You get grit and separation while maintaining a specific direction (say you want to have a part or you like some extra layers). Salt spray is a great finishing touch. Simply towel off your hair and put in the spray, and it should be dry by the time you're dressed and out of the door.
If you have long hair and wash it every other day, that doesn’t rule out salt spray; it just changes the application process. Focus on the ends, or as high up as half of the hair shaft so as to not make your hair look greasy. If you’re like most guys with long hair, you’ll be throwing it up in a bun or hiding it under a cap anyway. But for those who are rocking the long hair in it’s natural state, blow dry with a diffuser or on low blast in order to avoid negating all that salt spray work you just did.