DIY Sea Salt Hair Spray
I recently chopped off my long locks so I could donate them to Beautiful Lengths who make free wigs for cancer patients who have lost their hair due to Chemotherapy. Along with getting used to a new length of hair I’ve also had to get used to having to ‘style’ it more often (I can’t just throw it up in a bun on a bad hair day anymore). After getting sick of straightening my hair all the time, I wanted to try something different.
My hairdresser suggested I try a sea salt hair spray to create a bit of a ‘beachy wave’ but I was appalled by the price (and some of the ingredients) of some of these hair products. Especially when I should theoretically be able to just go to the beach and use some sea water! So I took it on myself to make my own sea salt hair spray. I have to say, I was pretty happy with the result – see the above picture!
Makes about 1 cup of sea salt spray (250mL)
Time 5 mins
- Take your spray bottle to the beach and fill it up with sea water!
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 T sea salt
- 1 t epsom salts
- 1 T liquid coconut oil or macadamia oil (as a moisturiser)
- 3-4 drops your favourite essential oil (I like lemon and wild orange)
- 1 T lemon juice (optional – if you want to lighten your hair)
- 1 t vodka/alcohol (helps to preserve the lemon juice if you’re using it)
- In a bowl, mix the warm water with the salts until they completely dissolve. Heat up further over the stove if they’re struggling to dissolve.
- Allow to cool to room temperature then add the remaining ingredients.
- I like to blend it all together so that the oil is dispersed evenly amongst the water but it’s not necessary.
- Transfer to a spray bottle – I picked one up for $2.50 at Officeworks.
- Store in your bathroom vanity.
How to Use:
- Give it a good shake before use.
- Apply after a shower where you’ve washed your hair, or just wet it fully (without washing).
- Towel-dry your hair thoroughly.
- Spray the sea-salt spray over your hair (you’ll get a feel for the amount you need after a couple of goes), use your hands to ‘work it into’ your hair.
- Take handfuls of hair and “scrunch” them to create waves. Allow your hair to dry naturally. I often do some ‘scrunching’ as it’s drying as well.
- And voila! You have beachy waves!