There was a time when the only way to give hair that sexy, mussed-up look was not rinsing your locks out thoroughly enough post-dip in the sea. In fact, legend has it that this was exactly the inspiration behind the original salt sprays that give that beachy texture without the damaging, dehydrating effect on the hair of actual seawater. They did however, tend to leave hair feeling on the crispy side. Modern versions like this superb trio are cleverly crunch-free, ensuring hair stays soft and flexible while you go as tousled and textured as you like.

Percy & Reed Beyond The Beach Texture Spray

Created to use on damp and dry hair to get the perfect dishevelled finish, this super-sheer mist is infused with finely-ground sea salt crystals from the Cornish coast that immediately give hair a sultry, post-beach style and lasting hold. Used on air or diffuse-dried hair, the effect is soft, sexy and full of volume; misted again over dry hair, then tousled through, the style takes on an edgier finish. The formula also boasts pro vitamin B5 to help promote hair health and keep it conditioned no matter how mussed-up it gets.

TIGI Bedhead Beach Me Wave Defining Gel Mist

A marine algae extract is the secret to the wave-enhancing capabilities of this deceptively light liquid gel. Best suited to curly and wavy hair, it gives some serious oomph without being sticky: simply spray through damp locks then scrunch or twist in to add texture. It’s formulated to be buildable without being sticky so you can keep layering on until you reach windswept perfection. Hair stays moveable but mussed-up and humidity protected for 24 hours, plus it brushes out easily too.

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray in Malibu Beach and Montauk Dunes

The formula for these limited edition versions of one the original and most iconic sea sprays has the same power to give hair the same sexy, sun-dried finish, but with a twist. Bumble have collaborated with cool swimwear company Solid & Striped to create two smart designs to grace the bottles. Not content at that, each comes in a different scent. Malibu Beach has a tropical twist with coconut, orange and red fruits, giving it a Cali cocktail vibe, while Montauk Dunes channels seaside upstate New York-style (hello The Affair) that’s crisper and more floral thanks to lily of the valley and dewy green notes.