Our Deep-Dive Review: Sachajuan Ocean Mist

Our Deep-Dive Review: Sachajuan Ocean Mist

Generally speaking, I love my hair. It’s fussy and has a mind of its own, but it’s one of my favorite things about my appearance. Unfortunately, it’s also the part of my appearance that takes the most work to manage.

Because it’s finely textured but also curly, I have a very hard time finding products that work well without weighing it down. The list of things I’ve tried in my quest for healthy hair is staggering, yet there are only a few products that I’ve actually liked enough over the years to repurchase and recommend to others.

The Sachajuan Ocean Mist spray is officially on that list.

 

Sachajuan Ocean Mist Texturizing Spray Review

This spray has apparently been winning awards from beauty magazines like Nylon and Marie Claire since 2014, so I’m late to the game! In this case, I’m definitely feeling like it’s a “better late than never” situation because I love this product so much.

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The Claims

Sachajuan says that their sea salt spray “keeps that look and feel your hair gets after a day at the beach with sun and salt water.”

Honestly though, my hair feels totally gross after a day at the beach, so I’m glad this spray doesn’t do that. However, it’s meant to deliver grip, volume, and texture regardless of how curly or straight your hair is, and it does the job beautifully.

This is also a product that can be used on wet or dry hair, and it works regardless of whether you heat style or air dry.

Who can benefit from using this hair texturizing spray

Anybody who wants to add texture or volume to their hair should try this! It doesn’t leave behind the same sticky, crunchy feeling that a lot of other texturizing products and finishing sprays have.

 

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Who should skip this product

If your scalp is sensitive to any of its ingredients, give this spray a pass. Other than that, I think that if your hair is already quite coarse, textured, or coily, this might just dry your locks and not add anything positive to your styling routine.

Where to add this spray into your hair routine

The label on the bottle says to spray it on dry hair. However, I spray it on soaking-wet hair before I plop it to dry, and I get amazing results.

It also works as a second-day refresher for me if I need root volume or I’m using a curling iron to fix small sections of my curls that need some help.

The label on the bottle says to spray it on dry hair. However, I spray it on soaking-wet hair before I plop it to dry, and I get amazing results.

 

Sachajuan Ocean Mist Ingredients

Here’s the full ingredient list:

Alcohol Denat, Sodium Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Sorbitol, PVP, Phenoxyethanol, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trideceth-12, Peg-25 Paba, Parfum, Ci 42051

And you can check out the CosDNA analysis here.

Star ingredients

Sodium chloride: This is salt. Just good ol’ “in the ocean but also on my fries” NaCl salt. Obviously an essential part of a salt spray. It gives your hair grip and texture.

Magnesium sulfate: This is also salt! It’s Epsom salt though, and it’s a common curl booster and activator. I could write a whole post on how interesting this ingredient is for curly hair! For now, it’s enough to know that it’s excellent at enhancing your natural curl pattern, and it “roughens” your strands a bit for the appearance of extra volume.

Potential Red Flags

Denatured alcohol: More commonly listed as “alcohol denat.,” this is a drying alcohol. It’s necessary for the formula, but it can dry out your strands, especially if you already have damaged hair.

Limonene and linalool: These are two common fragrance additives that some people are sensitive or allergic to. Since this product will likely come in contact with your scalp or neck skin, skip it if you’re sensitive!

 

How the Sachajuan Ocean Mist Spray Performs

Guys, I’ve tried other texture sprays and sea salt sprays, but none have given me such consistently beautiful curls. At its best, my hair is typically a mix of 3a and 3b curls. On most of my mediocre hair days, I have 2c waves that are pretty flat. So naturally, my hair goals are always enhanced volume and curl, which this Sachajuan Ocean Mist delivers in spades.

 

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The Curly Girl method recommends applying your conditioning and styling products to soaking-wet hair straight out of the shower, so that’s primarily how I use this mist. I start with a bit of leave-in conditioner, and then I spray a very generous amount of Ocean Mist into my roots and lengths and scrunch it in. Seriously, I almost feel like you can’t overspray this into wet hair. I’ve drenched my wet hair in it just to see what would happen, and I still got bouncy, spirally curls that were soft to the touch!

Since Sachajuan says to apply the spray to dry hair, I’ve tried it that way too. My curls don’t take well to the “wet and refresh” method of reviving curls after wash day, and unfortunately, even this amazing spray couldn’t perk them up sufficiently without help from my curling iron. It does give subtle, not-sticky texture to my roots though, which is great for fluffing up my third (ahem … and fourth … and fifth) post-wash day hair.

I’ve drenched my wet hair in it just to see what would happen, and I still got bouncy, spirally curls that were soft to the touch!

 

Final Thoughts

No question, this is hands-down the best texture spray I’ve ever used. I didn’t even know a single product could make such a big difference in my curls.

Even if you have straight or only slightly wavy hair, I think this is a product worth trying. The magnesium sulfate in the formula can help to bring out any little bit of curl your hair might have, so it could give you some surprising results!

As of right now, this is a ride-or-die product for me. I’m already thinking about when I’ll need to order backups, and I’m recommending it to all of my friends.

 

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