I remember back to when I went on holiday with my family to the Gold Coast (which is in Queensland, Australia) and we stayed right on the beach for about a month or so, just relaxing and spending our days on the sand and in the surf. It was heaven. I especially loved the look of my hair, as it adopted a beach waves look which I absolutely LOVED, but unfortunately, when I returned home, the curls disappeared.
I wanted to recreate the hair look again naturally (with all that texture and volume it had) without having to go back to the beach to get the salty water to naturally dry out my hair, and so I looked for a sea salt spray recipe I could make right here at home, and this is what I found.
This recipe is the one I loved most (it’s from Wellness Mama) and is fantastic as it uses Epsom salts instead of sea salt, so it’s less drying to hair, and it also contains some natural oils which act like a conditioner to replenish hair.
Sea Salt Spray Recipe
A fantastic recipe for achieving that beautiful mermaid hair 🧜♀️😍🌊
- 1 cup of hot water (not boiling) – If you like, as the base you can use chamomile tea if you desire to lighten hair or black tea as the base if you want to darken your hair, but you’ll need to keep the spray in the fridge.
- 2 tbsp Epsom salts (or more for added texture)
- 1 tsp aloe vera gel
- Optional: 1/2 tsp Himalayan or sea salt (adds stiffness)
- Optional: 1/2 tsp conditioner (A few drops of almond oil or jojoba oil works well, but don’t use if you have fine/oily hair)
- Optional: a few drops of essential oils (I love using lavender)
- Optional: 1 tsp lemon juice + 1 tsp vodka or alcohol – use if you want to lighten hair (the lemon juice lightens while the alcohol preserves)
- Collect your spray bottle. It needs to hold at least 10 oz.
- Put the hot water (or tea if using) in the bottle and add the Epsom salts, Himalayan salt (if using), aloe vera, conditioner (if using), essential oils (if using), and lemon juice + vodka (if using).
- Place the lid back on the bottle and shake for around 1-2 minutes or until you can see that the Epsom and Himalayan salt have dissolved. If using lemon juice or tea in mixture, store in the fridge, but if not it’s fine to keep at room temperature. It will last for around 3-4 months or more.
How To Use
- Spray mixture onto damp hair then scrunch hair with a towel to dry for loose beach waves.
- Spray the solution onto dry hair and on roots for volume and texture without the waves.
- If you have thin, straight hair and you desire the wave-look to last all day, simply wash your hair the night before then spray your hair with the mixture while it’s still damp. Next you can either french braid into pigtails or wrap into a scrunched bun on top of your head. Then leave overnight. By the time morning arrives, your hair should be dry. Spray some more of the solution onto your hair then take out the braids/bun. And there you have it! All day beach waves hair! If you want more stiffness, spray a little more onto your hair then scrunch again.
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products.
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What’s your favourite thing about going to the beach? Does your hair get a beachy waves look after swimming?
Wells, Katie. (January 23, 2019). DIY Beach Waves Hair Spray. Wellness Mama. Retrieved from https://wellnessmama.com/5054/beach-waves-hair-spray/
Oliver, Dana. (July 23, 2015). The Easiest DIY Sea Salt Spray For Soft, Beachy Waves. Huffington Post. Retrieved from https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/how-to-make-sea-salt-spray-for-easy-beachy-waves_n_55acf716e4b0caf721b32405