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Men’s hair styling tips: What is a sea salt spray & how do I use one

In the past, when it came to choosing a hair styling product, men adopted a “that’ll do” attitude – they grabbed the first product they saw (usually a wet-look gel) and smothered their hair with it. Thankfully, for the sake of all mankind, male grooming has evolved.

Today, discerning gents have a choice of hairstyling products that rivals even the most diverse takeaway menu. But, unlike their takeaway orders, they’re starting to experiment with different options. As they look to broaden their horizons, one product that deserves to sit proudly on their shelves is a sea salt spray.

Unlike some products that weigh the hair down and make it look heavy and slick, a sea salt spray offers a natural finish that can be touched up throughout the day. A good one should add volume, hold and texture to flat hair, without leaving a visibly sticky residue. These sprays work best in medium to long hair and are super effective as a pre-styling agent.

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Sea salt sprays are designed to create the same look that you would achieve from a day at the beach from the comfort of your own home.

What really sets a sea salt spray apart from any other gel spray or volumizing spray is the inclusion of salt minerals. The salt helps to bind individual strands of hair together for added texture – something that is becoming increasingly popular for men as wet looks become a thing of the past.

The added texture supplied by a sea salt spray means it has become a product often associated with wavy beach looks, such as the increasingly popular surfer-inspired pompadour.

So we now know what a sea salt spray actually is, but I’m sure you are asking the question, how do I actually use one? Well help is on hand as we’ve asked award-winning British barber Tom Chapman for his top tips and styling tricks. Tom, who is also the founder of mental health charity Lions Barber Collective, believes sea salt sprays will be the go-to styling product of 2018.

The 32-year-old from Devon has just helped male grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge develop their very own barbershop quality sea salt spray,

He told us: “I love The Bluebeards Revenge Sea Salt Spray because of its versatility. It can be used as a pre-styling product – to help with sectioning and parting – and really comes to life when you blow dry it into damp hair. It’s also fantastic at adding wave to a man’s dry, limp locks.”

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Tom Chapman is an award winning British barber. Image credit: Ria Smallwood for The Bluebeards Revenge

How to apply a sea salt spray by Tom Chapman

– Start by shaking the spray well to activate its sea salt minerals.

– Apply the spray to the roots and tips of clean, damp hair and comb it through.

– Blow-dry the hair into the desired shape with The Bluebeards Revenge Vent Brush or Quiff Roller to activate the spray’s volumizing properties.

– Alternatively, apply the spray to dry hair and ruffle it through to create natural-looking waves and bends.

– Enjoy a natural, textured look that will last all day!