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Review + Tutorial Rahua Enchanted Island Salt Spray

Carefree mermaid locks and sexy tousled beach waves… Or: dry, crunchy ends and greasy, sticky roots? Sea salt sprays are all the craze now, and I’m here to offer a no-bull breakdown.

Because I received oh so many questions from you since showing the Enchanted Island Salt Spray for the first time, I want to tackle both my review and my best tips by doing a round of Q&As, answering questions like what a salt spray does and doesn’t do to the hair.

It might also be easier to take in allllll the info 😉

Rahua Enchanted Island Sea Salt Spray

How to successfully use a sea salt spray:
Rahua Enchanted Island Salt Spray Q&A-Style Review + Tutorial

Questions:

1. What is a sea salt spray anyway?
2. How does a salt spray work?
3. How do I use the Enchanted Island Salt Spray?
4. Will it give me effortless beach waves?
5. Does the spray smell like the ocean/ like salt?
6. Does it make my hair feel crunchy or dry?
7. Does it make the hair feel greasy or dirty after use?
8. Does it work for curly, wavy or straight hair?
9. How much product do you need?
10. Can I use it on coloured hair?
11. Can men use it?

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1. What is a sea salt spray anyway?

It’s basically sea salt and then some more ingredients in a water solution.

Rahua Enchanted Island Salt Spray (124 ml, 38€) has a more sophisticated ingredient list, adding some Aloe Vera juice, several plant and flower extracts, PEG-free emulsification agents, with Phenethyl Alcohol an antimicrobial agent that doubles as floral fragrance (an interesting, synergetic ingredient really) to the mix:
Aqua, Sodium Chloride (Sea Salt), Glycerin, Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Psidium Guajava (Guayaba) Fruit Juice, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Passiflora Incarnata (Passion) Fruit Extract, Phenethyl Alcohol, Caprylyl/Capryl Glycosides, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Hibiscus) Flower Extract, Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Citric Acid, Alcohol (SDA 38B Lavender Oil) Lavandula Angustifolia, Eclipta Prostrata Extract (King of Hair), Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Oil

The liquid of the Enchanted Island Salt Spray comes out with a tiny bit of foam, definitely not as a mist, and one push yields enough liquid for several strands of hair. (My only pet peeve: a finer mist would be easier to manage.) Once your hair is dry, it is brushable but texturized. For me, it’s a styling and volume product with the most effortless handling that also freshens up the hair and leaves it subtly scented: a 4 in 1!

2. How does salt spray work?

A salt solution simply adds a little texture to the hair without really offering any “hold” as created by hair spray. Hair strands slightly covered in (dried) salt look more tousled and get all the perks of great, low-maintainance styling.

Before and after pictures using Rahua Enchanted Island Sea Salt SprayVolume and tousled style with Rahua Enchanted Island Sea Salt Spray

3. How do I use the Enchanted Island Salt Spray?

Depending on your hair type, length, style the how-tos may vary.
Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t work out right away, after all, trial and error is how our civilisation was built. What I do is spray it into the dry hair, mid section and tips, and then I either make a quick bun using an old, loosened scrunchie or just sort of press the lengths with my fingers into chaotic waves. It can literally be done on the go!

How to use the Enchanted Island Sea Salt SprayWill the Rahua Enchanted Island Salt Spray make my hair crunchy, dry or greasy?

4. Will it give me effortless beach waves?

Define “effortless” you lazy bum. Said another lazy bum.
As I just said, you can do this thing on the go. And it’s the maximum of hair styling Yours Truly can bear. I simply can’t be bothered with complicated styling rituals. But back to the Q.
So, if you have naturally wavy/ curly hair – this spray will make the waves and curls lighter, bouncier, fuller-looking. If your hair is straight, you’ll get some additional volume and a “tousled” beach look (in my opinion, more like a “bedroom look”) if you don’t style much; or a bit of a wave and oomph if you “knead” and scrunch or braid your hair after dampening it with the spray. Don’t do anything harsh though – damp hair is super prone to mechanical damage.

5. Does the spray smell like the ocean/ like salt?

While a DIY sea salt spray will definitely have a faint smell of sea salt or of whatever essential oil you have added, it’s similar with store-bought products. The Enchanted Island Salt Spray has a fine, pleasant, slightly sweet floral scent.

The Enchanted Island Sea Salt Spray has a fine, pleasant, slightly sweet floral scent

6. Does it make my hair feel crunchy or dry?

Generally speaking, a strong (maybe homemade) sea salt solution can leave your hair feeling really dry and uncomfortably crispy. Depending on the ingredients, alcohol in store-bought sprays can add to the dryness. The Enchanted Island Salt Spray however has softening ingredients and leaves hair texturized, manageable – but not crunchy in the least. It even maintains the hair’s natural lustre (as you can see) which was surprising to me, who has experimented with all kinds of sugar, salt, or beer-based hair style DIYs.

Rahua Enchanted Island Salt Spray – a slightly foamy liquid with a pleasant floral scent

7. Does it make the hair feel greasy or dirty after use?

No.
Again, speaking more generally, if any sea salt spray gives you a greasy look, you need to stop spraying it into the roots and try using less product.
For me personally, the Enchanted Island Salt Spray causes no greasiness at all, in fact, I use it to refresh my hair in-between washes. For me, it’s unexpectedly powerful as a volume booster, even though I don’t use the spray on the roots, the middle section somehow gets enough oomph.

8. Does it work for curly, wavy or straight hair?

Yes, yes and yes. For naturally curly and wavy hair, it helps define curls and hold the volume. For straight hair, if you don’t additionally style your hair, it will just leave them texturised and with added volume, but you need a bit of styling effort to create waves.

Enchanted Island Salt Spray works for straight hair

9. How much product do you need?

A little goes a looooooong way.
You want your hair slightly dampened by the spray (think walking by the beach on a windy day and through the delicious salty brume created by the surge of wild waves – not the girl in those The Ring movies).

10. Can I use it on coloured hair?

Generally salt is no bueno for dyed hair. If you just had a colour, I would not recommend styling your hair with anything salt-based. Your colourful tresses need mild acidic rinses and mild acidic hair products, and salt, as we know, is alkaline.
However, Rahua themselves say that they do recommend the Enchanted Island Salt Spray for all hair types – and given that the spray doesn’t make my hair look matt, I would think they might have gently counterbalanced the sea salt in the formula. Now, my hair hasn’t seen hair dye for ages, so I can’t judge. If someone with coloured hair wins the Rahua set, let me know and I’ll update this review!

11. Can men use it?

Okay, what follows is not a science-backed statement, but I’ll make a leap and say: If your hair is longer than 5-7 cm, you can use it to the “lengths” to add some texture and volume and a manageable, slightly tousled thatch.

And this, Adventurers, have been the Q&As that hopefully have helped you as both a product review and a tutorial. 

Review + Effortless Tousled Beach Hair Tutorial Rahua Enchanted Island Salt Spray

I received this particular bottle as a press sample – a necessary exception to my “buy, not borrow” rule because, as I was preparing this article (and this giveaway), the spray was temporarily sold out. This didn’t influence my opinion of the product.