One of my favorite summertime hair products is sea salt spray…which turns my frizzy curls into pretty, tame waves. I try to make it to the ACTUAL beach (Pacific ocean) at least once a year, and when I do – just an hour or two walking in the sand with a little ocean spray whirling around my head makes my hair happy.
Unfortunately, too much exposure to salt water can make hair dry and brittle. That’s why sea salt sprays are so popular, because the ingredients can be controlled to give you the same excellent effects of wavy, ocean-kissed hair without the split ends.
Annnd…the great thing about sea salt hair spray is you can make it at home for about 1/10th the price you pay at a beauty supply, hair salon or drug store, and it won’t be full of chemicals or synthetic ingredients.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Start with epsom salts (2-3 tablespoons, depending on the strength/hold of the spray you want). Epsom salts aren’t nearly as drying as actual sea salt on the cuticle (outer part) of the hair shaft, but still strong enough to shape the cortex (the middle part). You’ll need a jar with a lid…big enough to hold about a cup of water.
You’ll also need a few pinches of pink himalayan salt (to add extra texture and nourishing minerals).
In addition, you’ll need aloe vera gel (a blob about the size of a nickle), coconut oil (one tablespoon), and a teaspoon of your favorite leave-in conditioner.
And a must for me (but optional): 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Fragrance is a lovely addition (my daughter uses neroli, I love jasmine) to make your hair smell wonderful.
Finally, you’ll need a spray bottle (I like to use a size I can carry in my purse or pool bag).
To make the sea salt spray, pour a cup of hot water into the jar, add the above ingredients and shake until everything is dissolved. Pour the mixture into your spray bottle and add a pretty label…and there you have it.
Use your sea salt spray on damp hair, and either wrap your hair around your fingers to get pretty ringlets or scrunch (gently) to get beachy waves.
Here’s me with beach hair last summer (at Ventura Beach) and no make-up.
Here’s my dog, Scotch, with beachy hair, too.
And lastly, here’s one of my favorite photos of the California coastline, driving along Highway 1.