Ocean air, salty hair.
I remember back to one of my family holidays to the Gold Coast. We stayed right on the beach for about a month or so, just relaxing and spending our days by the water. It was heaven. My favourite hairstyle became the beach waves look, which the salt water gave to my log locks. Unfortunately, when I returned home, the curls disappeared.
One of my many favourite things about the beach is the beautiful waves I get in my hair from the salty sea water. Who else is in love with mermaid hair? However, I really wanted to keep my gorgeous curls even after I’d left the beach. *Enter this sea salt spray*
I wanted to recreate that hair look again naturally (with all that texture and volume) without the need of going back to the beach.
It’s been my saving grace. I just love it so much. Those waves need to watch out, cause they’ve got some new competition with these waves of mine…
This recipe uses Epsom salts instead of sea salt, so it’s less drying to hair. The spray also contains some natural oils which act like a conditioner to nourish hair.
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DIY Sea Salt Spray
No matter whether your hair is flat, wavy, kinky, or coiled, this sea salt spray has got you covered.
Note: Instead of water, as the base you can use chamomile tea or lemon juice to lighten hair, or black tea to darken hair, however this spray will need to kept in the fridge.
- 1 cup of warm water
- 2 tbsp Epsom salts (or more for added texture)
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan or sea salt (adds stiffness)
- 1 tbsp aloe vera gel (to nourish and hydrate hair)
- 1/2 tsp argan or jojoba oil (acts as a conditioner – do not use if you have fine/oily hair)
- 10 drops of essential oils
- In a spray bottle, pour in the warm water (or tea) and salts, stirring until dissolved.
- Next, add in the aloe vera and oil, then place the lid back on the bottle and shake for around 1-2 minutes, or until you can see that the ingredients are well combined. As aloe vera gel is used, this mixture is best kept stored in the fridge. It will keep for around 3-4 months or more.
There are a few different ways you can apply this spray:
- Spray mixture liberally onto damp hair, then using a towel, scrunch hair to dry for soft beach waves.
- Spray mixture onto dry hair and on roots for volume and texture without the waves.
- If you have thin, straight hair and you’d like the wave-look to last all day, simply wash hair the night before then spray your hair with the mixture while it’s still damp. Next, either French braid into pigtails or wrap into a scrunched bun on top of your head. Leave overnight. By the time morning arrives, your hair should be dry. Spray some more of the mixture onto hair, then take out the braids/bun. Your hair will be wavy all day! If you want more stiffness, spray a little more onto your hair then scrunch again.
- For hair with a bit if bend, spray mixture all over wet or dry strands, scrunch, and let air-dry. If waves fall flat throughout the day, spritz again to revive the wavy texture.
- For hair with curls, kinks, and coils, spray mixture onto sopping wet hair, post-wash. It’ll promote defined, hydrated curls, minus the crunch.
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction.
What’s your favourite thing about going to the beach? Does your hair develop beachy waves after swimming? Share below.
Lots of love,
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