Salt in the air and sand in my hair!
Gorgeous wavy beach hair makes me think of my happy place…the beach! Unfortunately, with location, weather, and time, beautiful and natural beach waves are not always an option when you want them. Living near the ocean doesn’t make it much easier. After a long hot day at the beach, a shower is always a necessity, ruining the perfect waves formed just hours earlier.
The salon and home alternatives are not much better…loaded with chemicals. What’s a girl to do? Luckily after raiding through numerous DIY blogs, natural healthy blogs, and hair care blogs, I settled on a standard for recreating beach waves at home! With a few optional touches to the recipe, you can customize this DIY salt spray to best fit the needs of your hair.
I’ve tried the recipe out numerous times on my naturally wavy hair as well as had a couple friends with straight hair try it out. See below for the results.
Please make sure to leave a comment as to what variations worked best for your hair, as everyone is different and I’m sure it will be helpful to others trying out this recipe!
Enjoy your beautiful, easy, chemical-free head of beach waves! Here’s to regaining our sparkle together,
- 1 cup hot (filtered) water
- 1 tablespoon Epsom salt
- 1 tablespoon sea salt (will make waves stiffer)
- 6-8 drops essential oils (for scent)
- 1 spray bottle (glass is preferred) + funnel (to help get ingredients into glass bottle)
- ½ teaspoon conditioner (adds shine and moisturizes)
- 1 teaspoon aloe vera (optional, softens and conditions)
- For lighter hair: 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- For darker hair: sub hot black tea for the water
- Find a good spray bottle (preferably glass). Pour hot water in the spray bottle, then add the Epsom salt, sea salt, and essential oils. Add optional add-in or use substitutions if desired.
- Put the cap on the spray bottle. Shake for 2-3 mins or until salts are dissolved.
- Spray on damp hair and scrunch with a towel. Allow to air dry. Very straight hair may require spraying damp hair the night before. Then braid or put in a tight bun overnight. In the morning unwind then add extra spray and scrunch.
- Store extra at room temperature for 2-3 months (if you use lemon juice or black tea, it will need to be stored in the fridge).
- *I love tropical scents, so for the version I made, I used four drops of orange essential oil and four drops of grapefruit essential oil.
- **Feel free to vary up the proportion of Epsom to sea salt (as long as you get around 2 tablespoons salt total between the two) depending on what works best for your hair. The above recipe was what worked best for my naturally wavy hair, however, my friend with straight hair found 2 tablespoons Epsom salt and 1 teaspoon sea salt worked best for her.
- ***If you choose to use a plastic spray bottle, just make sure to stir/mix the solution in a glass measuring cup and pour the completed mixture into a plastic spray bottle for dispensing once cool.
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