How Zendaya’s Hairstylist Uses Heat-Protectant Spray to Revive Hair Texture

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All eyes were on Zendaya last night at the MTV Movie and TV Awards—or should we say, Zendaya’s hair.

“The Greatest Showman” actress wore a striking, sculptural brown leather dress on the red carpet, and paired it with elegant (albeit enormous) gold disc earrings. But only true beauty connoisseurs know that her subtle, wet-looking hairstyle is what really stole the show.

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You might imagine that to achieve the balancing act of a natural and textured, yet sleek and sophisticated look, Zendaya’s hair was weighed down by a variety of hairsprays, gels, and mousses. But the star’s celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen relied on just one product: heat-protectant spray.

According to the beauty guru, the spray, which she uses as leave-in conditioner, does much more than just protect your strands from heat damage. It also adds extra moisture, rejuvenates natural curls, battles frizz, and boosts shine.

“Pro tip: This also works as a light, leave-in conditioner, so [it] was great to revive some of the curl in her hair and boost shine,” Stephen told E! News

Perhaps the best part of this hairstyle is that it’s appropriate for any occasion. It certainly looks gorgeous on the red carpet, but it’s also perfect for a trip to the beach or pool, a day at the office, or just a fun weekend in your city! Check out the slide show below to shop the new summer products you need in your beauty closet, so you can achieve the perfect not-trying-but-trying look—just like Zendaya.

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STYLECASTER | Best Products for Beach Waves | Drybar Mai Tai Spritzer Sea Salt Spray
Drybar Mai Tai Spritzer Sea Salt Spray

Made with natural sea salt, algae, and aloe, this texturizing spray adds texture without depleting your hair's moisture levels.

$25 at Drybar

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STYLECASTER | Best Products for Beach Waves | Herbivore Botanicals Sea Mist Coconut + Sea Salt Beach Wave Hair Mist
Herbivore Botanicals Sea Mist Coconut + Sea Salt Beach Wave Hair Mist

Sea salt combined with coconut oil make this an ideal texturizer that can be used on the hair to add volume and on the skin for hydration.

$20 at Herbivore Botanicals

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STYLECASTER | Best Products for Beach Waves | Ouidad Wave Create Sea Spray
Ouidad Wave Create Sea Spray

This texturizer is enhanced with natural seawater, seawater crystals, plant-derived humectants, and algae to nourish curls as they form.

$26 at Sephora

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STYLECASTER | Best Products for Beach Waves | Rahua Enchanted Island Salt Spray
Rahua Enchanted Island Salt Spray

Prepare to fall in love with the passion fruit scent of this pink sea salt spray that provides a light hold as it creates texture on flat hair.

$32 at Rahua

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STYLECASTER | Best Products for Beach Waves | Bumble and bumble Surf Infusion
Bumble and bumble Surf Infusion

This salt spray is also infused with coconut and mango seed oil and UV inhibitors, so you get sun protection and the beach waves of your dreams.

$29 at Bumble and bumble

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STYLECASTER | Best Products for Beach Waves | Captain Blankenship Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray
Captain Blankenship Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray

The natural gold mica in this spray adds a slight shimmer to your hair as it's coated in sea salts for texture, and there's a bevy of essential oils for moisture.

$28 at Captain Blankenship

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STYLECASTER | Best Products for Beach Waves | Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Soft Waves Tropical Banana Sea Salt Spray
Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Soft Waves Tropical Banana Sea Salt Spray

Alcohol-free and aloe-infused, this sea salt spray delivers texture with a glossy finish.

$4.84 at Target

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STYLECASTER | Best Products for Beach Waves | The Soil & The Sea Sea Salt Texturizing Spray
The Soil & the Sea Sea Salt Texturizing Spray

Hand-harvested sea salt and Japanese saltwater provide calcium and minerals to strengthen hair, while botanical extracts deliver antioxidants for repairing and preventing sun damage.

$16 at The Soil & The Sea

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STYLECASTER | Best Products for Beach Waves | tarte Mermaid Waves Salt Spray
Tarte Mermaid Waves Salt Spray

A vegan option loaded with sea salt for getting beach waves and curls without the crunch.

$22 at tarte

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STYLECASTER | Best Products for Beach Waves | amika Un.Done Volume and Matte Texture Spray
Amika Un.Done Volume and Matte Texture Spray

This salt-free texturizer utilizes rice starch instead to absorb oil, while adding volume.

$25 at Amika

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STYLECASTER | Best Products for Beach Waves | Klorane Sun Protection Protective Oil with Ylang-Ylang Wax
Klorane Sun Protection Protective Oil with Ylang-Ylang Wax

This nourishing oil uses ylang ylang wax to protect the hair strands, keratin to repair damage, and shea butter for nourishment.

$18 at Klorane

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STYLECASTER | Best Products for Beach Waves | Ouai Wave Spray
Ouai Wave Spray

The rice protein in this award-winning spray creates the same type of hold as a sea salt spray.

$26 at Ouai

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STYLECASTER | Best Products for Beach Waves | Verb Sea Spray
Verb Sea Spray

The smoothing moisturizers complement the texturizing properties of sea salt by keeping the hair strands nourished as they take a new shape.

$16 at Verb

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STYLECASTER | Best Products for Beach Waves | Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil
Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil

This lightweight water-resistant mist is infused with UVA/UVB filters that protect the hair from sun fatigue and dryness.

$29 at Aveda

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Taliah Waajid Protective Styles Intense Moisture Bamboo & Coconut Milk Leave-In Conditioner

Spray this leave-in all over textured strands to detangle and keep hair moisturized as you sit under the sun.

$10.99 at Taliah Waajid

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