If you love the natural, sunkissed beach look but are nowhere close to a beach you can try this simple recipe for sea salt hair spray at home.
It's cheap, smells great and will give your hair a glossy boost of volume with a wavy texture that looks natural. And the best bit is that you won't need to use curling irons for the ultimate beachy waves look.
You will need:
- A clear spray bottle, which you can get from your local dollar store.
- A 25cl bottle of distilled water. If your tap water is not very hard you can also use it, or water filtered using a filtering water jug.
- Between 6 to 8 teaspoons of natural sea salt, ground to a fine powder. You can use any sea salt, but the finer it's grounded, the easier it is to dissolve. If you have thin or dry hair use less salt, if your hair is greasy or thick use more. Salt will dry your hair.
- 1 to 3 teaspoons of leave in conditioner. Try one with a tropical scent, such as coconut or mango, for that perfect beach feeling.
- 2 teaspoons of cheap hair gel to help set the style. Don't use too much or your hair will become crunchy instead of natural.
You may want to add some of the following for a truly personalised home made sea salt hair spray:
- Essential oils: If your hair is dry you can try adding some drops of essential oils such as rosemary if you have brunette hair or chamomile if you are a blonde. This will help bring in natural highlights on your hair. Don't use more than 3 to 5 drops or your hair will become oily.
- Lemon: If you add a bit of lemon juice to your sea salt hair spray and go out in the sun your hair will get some natural lighter highlights. Be careful with it since it can dry your hair a bit.
Put your chosen ingredients in the bottle and shake well until it mixes. You can try warming the water a bit to make it easier but don't use until it's cold! It is a good idea to keep track of your ingredients and play around with the amounts until you find the right amounts to achieve the degree of hold you want without your hair feeling too dry. This mixture can last around a year provided you keep it closed and somewhere dry and cold.
If it doesn't mix the most likely cause is that the hair gel you got is too thick. You can try using hot water to make the mixture, this will also help if the salt is not mixing well. If you used a lot of oil it will never mix with the water, but you can just shake the bottle well before each use and it won't be a problem.
If your waves just disappear after a short while you may need to use more hair gel or one with a stronger hold. If your hair gets too dry or coarse try using less sea salt and more conditioner until you find the right sea salt hair spray recipe for your type of hair.
How to Use Natural Sea Salt Hair Spray
Using your home made natural sea salt spray to get that tousled beach waves look cannot be easier. Just apply it liberally to your hair while scrunching with your fingers and let it dry naturally. The hair gel will help keep the waves for longer, but you can always just refresh your hair style before going out by applying a bit more and scrunching hair with your fingers again.