DIY Sea Salt Spray for Beachy Waves (Works for Every Hair Type)

sea salt spray recipe for hair

Ocean air, salty hair. How to make an all-natural DIY Sea Salt Spray for textured, wavy hair.

I remember back to one of my family holidays at the Gold Coast.

We stayed right on the beach for about a month or so, just relaxing and spending our days by the sea. It was heaven.

My favourite hairstyle became the mermaid hair look, which the salt water gave to my long 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?

I really wanted to keep my gorgeous curls even after I’d left the beach. Which is how this sea salt spray came about.

I love this spray and the waves it gives my hair.

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.

Those ocean waves need to watch out, cause they’ve got some new competition with these waves of mine…

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Homemade Sea Salt Spray

No matter whether your hair is flat, wavy, kinky, or coiled, this sea salt spray has got you covered.

Instead of water, you can change the base to chamomile tea or lemon juice to lighten hair, or black tea to darken hair.


  • 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

To make:

  1. In a spray bottle, pour in the warm water (or tea) and salts, stirring until dissolved.
  2. 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.

To use:

There are a few different ways this spray can be applied:

  • Spray the 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, 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 the morning arrives, your hair should be dry. Spray some more of the mixture onto your 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 of bend, spray the mixture all over wet or dry strands, scrunch, then let hair air-dry. If waves fall flat throughout the day, spritz again to revive the wavy texture.
  • For hair with curls, kinks, and coils, spray the mixture onto sopping wet hair, post-wash. It’ll promote defined, hydrated curls, minus the crunch.

Beach waves hair spray tutorial

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. I am not a doctor. All opinions expressed are my own personal thoughts and feelings of the products mentioned. Check with your doctor or health practitioner if you are uncertain about trying out any of the products, recipes or tips mentioned in this post.

What’s your favourite thing about going to the beach? Does your hair develop waves after swimming? Share below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa


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