Add volume. Add texture. Add grit. That’s what this do-it-yourself mixture does to your hair. It gives you that ‘I spent the day at the beach’ look, any time of the year … and for PENNIES in comparison to the store and salon bought brands. I was given a bottle of Bumble and Bumble‘s Surf Spray a while ago, and I have also tried Sunsilk‘s Waves of Envy in the past – but both companies test their products on animals (or allow their products to be tested on animals in other countries), so they will not be getting any of my business ever again. I encourage you to send both companies hate mail 🙂
Let’s talk about hair for a minute. I want to start off my saying that my hair sucks. It always has, and it always will … it’s fine, and thin, and has gotten worse over the years … gotta love genetics! But: making this solution has really helped me achieve that “full look”, which I have tried so desperately to achieve in the past. And the best part is, it’s EASY, it’s FAST, and it’s CHEAP!
My hair is quite dark – so please excuse the obnoxious filters on the selfies – I had to lighten them with my “emo” filter so the beach waves were clearly visible – otherwise all you’d see was a mass of dark hair. I think the photos give you a clear indication on what this spray does.
There are many variations of this recipe online, and depending on your hair, some ingredients may work better than others – so experiment and find out what works best for your hair type and length.
Here is a general idea of what kind of ingredients you can incorporate into your very own personalized DIY Beach Waves Salt Spray:
1 cup of warm water
2 teaspoons of fine sea salt, Himalayan salt or epsom salt (the finer the easier to dissolve)
4 or 5 drops of essential oil of choice (optional, for scent only)
1 tsp of conditioner
1 teaspoon of hair gel or aloe vera gel (preferably unscented)
Combine all ingredients into an empty spray bottle & shake! (shake before each application)
* replace warm water with warm chamomile tea lighten hair or black tea to darken hair
* add 1 tsp of lemon juice to lighten hair in the sun
Applying the sea salt spray to your hair is simple!
After a shower, comb out knots with a wide-toothed comb. Towel dry your hair and wring out any excess water. If your hair is TOO wet, your beach waves wont be soft. You may want to let it partially dry prior to applying the spray, to avoid that “gel-curl” look.
Once desired dryness is achieved, spray your sea salt spray mixture all over your head working it into your hair with your fingers.
Try “scrunching” your hair to get waves and volume. You want to be sure to evenly spray your entire head of hair. If you notice some areas end up being a bit stiff, you can spray with water and scrunch again. The waves should then dry soft.
If you preferred the “gel-type” waves, you can use a hair diffuser – but air dry to keep soft.
This style keeps for a few days – even if you sleep on it and it looks funny, you can simply spray more salt spray on your ends, and scrunch back into place!
Experiment with the ingredients and scents. Find out what works best for you! And let me know if you have other suggestions or ingredients you feel will make this recipe better.
Note: If you elect to use tea or lemon juice in your recipe, be sure to store the finished mixture in the refrigerator.
If your hair is on the dry side, opt for the oil instead of conditioner, and aloe vera instead of the hair gel.