Homemade Sea Salt Spray

beachbabe

The "Surf Style" article inspired me to update my summer hair-do. My hair is naturally wavy so normally, I may lightly curl it to enhance some wave (or add wave to the areas of my head that chose not to cooperate). So then I thought, in the summer it'd be nice to use a beach spray to enhance my wave and perhaps even not have to use heat on my hair at all.

In my research I came across Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray as well as Redken's Nature's Rescue Radiant Sea Spray. I still have yet to try both... BUT I came across another point someone made on another website. Why not just make your own?

So I did! I cannot find the original website (although there were many) with the recipe but this is my concoction:

1 cup distilled water
1 tsp sea salt (I read anything more than 2 tbsp. is too drying but the salt content is ultimately up to you)
A drop of your choice of conditioner (coconut will smell beachy!)
A drop of regular hair gel

Research what kind of oils (if any) you'd like to add such as:
Rosemary for brunette hair
Chamomile for blonde hair
Tea tree oil for sensitive or oily scalp
Rose, vanilla or coconut for smell
Lemon or lime for citrus-y scent and extra hold

Shake in a clean spray bottle until all is mixed together.

My only concern is this how drying the salt will be. But I guess if you don't use it ALL the time and condition your hair well it shouldn't be a huge deal. I've heard most products have lots of salt in them anyway.

I did try it yesterday and it worked! I'm happy with the results. Beach waves are a fun, easy-going and low maintenance 'do that looks great on anyone. Has anyone ever tried something like this or would try it? Or, have you tried any other sprays that worked well?
May 10, 2011 @ 03:09 pm


10 Replies

jskim07

that's a great idea!

I should start formulating my own hair products too!
I have never tried making my own anythings, though I've seen others make their own facial scrubs (honey, sugar, and some other natural ingredients that I can't remember....)
It's a great way to use ingredients that work for your self.

I think im gonna have to try this!
I'm wondering why you would use salt in the first place, if it is drying? is there a purpose for the salt?
May 11, 2011 @ 09:19 am
Ali de Bold

Brilliant!

Thank you, Beachbabe! I'm totally going to try this.
May 11, 2011 @ 09:24 am
beachbabe

The reason for the salt

@jskim07- I think the idea of the salt is just to mimic the "spray" you'd get by being ocean side all day. I don't know if it's true (but I assume that it is based on life experience!) that the salt adds texture, a matte finish and brings out the natural waves in hair. I do not know what the scientific explanation is though! I've heard that table salt won't work as well. If the salt concentration is a huge concern to people, then I'm sure you could even leave out the salt and add more gel to make it more of a curl enhancer spray only.
And I love using honey and sugar for a lip exfolient. I don't mind if it gets in my mouth :)

@Ali - let me know how it goes! It was fun mixing it up and I like that you can customize the scent to suit your personality.
May 11, 2011 @ 10:46 am
TammyK

<3 your recipe

I have thin but wavy hair so this spray would be great so I won't have to use heating products as much in the summer. I am so going to try this! Great Recipe!
Btw, how much oil do you add?
May 11, 2011 @ 11:05 am
beachbabe

@TammyK

Just one small drop will do. I'd say pick a max of 2 oils you'd like to add especially for thin hair since you don't want to look like a grease monkey! Just make sure to shake the bottle well before each spray because the oil will never completely mix with the water.
May 11, 2011 @ 11:11 am
TammyK

Okie dokie

Thanks beachbabe!
May 12, 2011 @ 09:22 am
shuey

Awesome~ love the reciepe~ love the beach


Awesome! The whole time i was reading the article I was thinking, "can I make my own?". You read my mind....lol Thanks
Apr 12, 2012 @ 07:38 am
Aliza

Great idea!

Thanks for this @beachbabe! Will definitely be trying this out!
Apr 12, 2012 @ 08:07 am
acpelletier

Yay!

Thanks for the idea!! I cant wait to try this!!
Aug 06, 2012 @ 05:52 pm
Bren

Thanks

Great recipe thanks!
Aug 06, 2012 @ 08:03 pm

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