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Hair Romance - how to use sea salt sprays
Sea salt sprays offer the hope of perfect beach hair, but is it really that simple?

They may seem like a fad product but sea salt sprays do work. They are fantastic and quick ways to add texture and body to your hair, even if you’re miles from the sea.

I received a lovely email from Mary Anne after I wrote about sea salt sprays and Clemence Poesy’s hair. She writes:

Hi, I love your blog and follow you on Pinterest as well, thanks for all of the great hair ideas. :)

I have a question about the Short hair inspiration from Clemence Poesy – such a cute long bob. This is such a dumb question, but do you use the sea salt texturizing spray before you blow dry, or after you use the curling iron? Just the way it was written made me question the process. I love sea salt spray, by the way, and use it on damp hair, scrunch and go.

Thanks for the cute hair inspirations,
all the best,
Mary Anne

Hi Mary Anne!

That’s actually a really good question and it kind of depends on what your hair texture is like and what you want your hair to look like.

For the Clemence Poesy style, I would curl the hair first and then spray the sea salt on the finished look to scrunch it and mess it up a bit. This works if your hair is curly or straight, but really adds texture to straight hair.

You’re right to use sea salt spray in damp hair too. It’s a really versatile product and below are more tips on how to use sea salt spray for different looks.

@HairRomance - how to use sea salt spray

How to use sea salt sprays in dry hair

When to sea salt sprays in dry hair:

  • To add texture to all hair types
  • To mess up curls that look too perfect
  • To add waves to straight/wavy hair
  • To restyle hair on the second day, when it doesn’t need a wash but looks a little flat
  • To get that perfect bed-head hair

Tips for using sea salt sprays in dry hair:

  • Always use sea salt spray as the last step in your styling process. Finish blowdrying or curling your hair, and apply any serums or creams. Then use sea salt spray as the final spritz on the midlengths to the ends of your hair.
  • Don’t apply sea salt spray to your roots. Sea salt spray works best on the ends and midlengths on your hair. Lightly spritz it on the ends of your hair and shake your hair or scrunch it up in your hands to encourage the curl.
  • Spray lightly. Sea salt spray adds texture to your hair so is perfect for fine hair. But if you spray too much you risk weighing your fine hair down. Avoid spraying your roots and instead scrunch it into the ends of your hair.
  • Still need extra volume at the roots? Try a styling powder instead.
  • Skip the hairspray. Sea salt spray offers some hold so you won’t need to use a hairspray as well.

Remember that salt is drying on your hair and these products replicate that effect on your hair. It’s a good idea to condition your hair well after using sea salt sprays.

How to use sea salt sprays in wet hair

When to sea salt sprays in wet hair:

  • To enhance your natural waves or curls
  • To add texture to straight hair

Tips for using sea salt sprays in wet hair:

  • Apply to damp hair, not wet hair. It’s best to apply sea salt to towel dried hair, not when your hair is soaking wet.
  • Don’t rub your hair with a towel. If you have curly hair, be careful not to rub your hair with a towel as this will break up your curls and make your hair frizz. You’re aiming for texture but not frizz. There’s a small but distinct difference.
  • Spritz at the ends and midlengths of your hair. Then lightly scrunch it into your hair but try not to touch your hair too much.
  • Let your hair air dry. Let your hair dry naturally and once it’s dry you can scrunch the ends a little more to emphasise the texture.

Remember that sea salt sprays add texture and enhance curls, but only if you had something there to begin with. Spraying sea salt spray in really straight hair when it’s wet will add some texture, but you won’t get the same result. It’s best to let straight hair dry and then spray the sea salt in at the end to add texture.

My favourite sea salt sprays

Hair Romance - sea salt sprays

Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray really makes you feel like you just stepped off a boat with perfectly windswept waves.

Pureology is the interesting one in this group as it’s salt-free but still gives you sea kissed texture. It’s designed for highlighted hair which is usually dry, and needs more care.

Schwarzkopf / Taft / Got2B (the name changes around the world) but the product is great value for the price, giving you surfer chic hair.

For perfect bohemian style, the David Babaii Boho Beach Spray is a classic.

Eleven is a new Australian brand that’s making waves (pun intended). Their Salt Texture spray smells divine but the range is currently only available in Australia.

Original & Mineral Surf Bomb is the bomb. Low chemical but high performance, this will make you look like an Aussie beach babe.

Leave me a comment telling me your favourite brand of sea salt spray and how you like to use it.


Two easy ways to pin back your hair

by Hair Romance on April 22, 2014 · 10 comments

in Tutorials

Hair Romance - secret hidden pin hairstyle tutorial

Do you hate brushing hair out of your face all day long?

Try these two easy ways to pin back your hair for fuss-free down styles.

I love wearing my hair out but I’m forever tucking my hair behind my ears to keep it out of my eyes.

Tucking my hair behind my ear is such a habit that I do it even when my hair it back. It’s like when you go to push up your glasses and realise you’re wearing contact lenses. I had laser eye surgery and I till kept pushing my glasses up for years!

But back to hair habits, constantly touching your hair is not a good idea. Dirt from your hands transfers to your hair making your hair look oily and dirty very quickly. With this simple side pin back, you can keep your hair out of your eyes while still keeping your hair loose.

The second hairstyle builds on the side pin back, with a secret tie at the back. This hidden hair band keeps your hair back off your face, and stays in place more securely than bobbly pins alone.

The side pin back hairstyle tutorial

Hair Romance - Side pinned back hairstyle tutorial


  1. Part your hair in the middle, or off to the side. Comb through to smooth it down at the front.
  2. Take a 1-inch section of hair next to your part. Pull this section back but make sure to separate it from the hair at the side of your face. You want to leave the sides down.
  3. Pin your hair back. Use a strong bobby pin and place it horizontally or at a slight angle with the open end pointing up to hold your hair back.
  4. Cover the pin with your hair. Bring your hair over the pin from the back to cover it and make sure the hair at the side of your face is not caught in the pin.
  5. Repeat on the other side and you’re done!

Hair Romance - side pin hair tutorial

Style tips

  • This side pin back is perfect if you’re growing out your fringe/bangs. They’ll blend into your hair and give the impression of long layers.
  • You can cross a second bobby pin over into an X-shape if you find your hair isn’t staying in place with one pin.

The secret pin back hairstyle tutorial

Hair Romance - Side pin back hairstyle tutorial


  1. Start  by pinning back your fringe/bangs as in the previous tutorial, or leave them loose.
  2. Take a small section of hair at your hairline above your ear. Take equal sections on either side or your head.
  3. Tie the sections together with a hair elastic. Make sure they are tied really tightly at the back of your head.
  4. Using your index fingers, separate a section of hair at the back of your head and pull it out and over your hair elastic. Hold the tied section in place as you pull your hair with the other hand.
  5. Tighten the hair elastic again and arrange the top section of your hair over the top, making sure that you can’t see the band underneath.

Hair Romance - secret pin hairstyle tutorial

Style tips

  • Use a small hair elastic as this will be easier to hide in your hair. Choose a clear elastic or one that matches your hair colour.
  • You could also pin the top section of your hair up and out of the way before tying your hair back. I only thought of this after shooting the tutorial and it does seem an easier way to so this hairstyle.

Tell me, what’s your favourite trick for keeping your hair out of your face when you wear it out? Do you love headbands or hair pins, or do you let your hair go wild?


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Hair Romance - 10 things to eat to make your hair grow faster

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Hair Romance - Spring Flower Hair Tutorial by Design Everyday

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Vintage French Roll hairstyle tutorial - @HairRomance

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Hair Romance - gold runway at Alex Perry MBFWA

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BIg hair - The classic French roll

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Hair Romance - Scenes from MBFWA 2014 Day 4 - Glitter hair at Alice McCall

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