Let me introduce you to my super easy and effective sea salt hair spray DIY.
Summer is ending but we can still prolong summer looks, can’t we? I am a huge fan of self-tanners like this one. Not only does it impart a truly natural, not-orangey, tan after only one application, but it also has very good staying power. I need to reapply only once per week which is a great time saver. But what about the summer-y, beach-y hair that looks so good on everyone?
Why Sea Salt For Hair?
When it comes to hair, I’ve had my struggles with growth and re-growth following chemo treatments.
Since I stopped using commercial hair dye (it is really bad for the hair and can even contain carcinogens), my hair is generally in good shape.
During the past summer, I spend some time swimming either in the ocean or in the pool with salinated water. I avoid chlorinated pools for the same reasons I avoid commercial hair dyes. Chlorine is a harsh chemical that dries out skin and hair and can even turn the hair green!
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After swimming in saltwater, I noticed that my hair was looking better than after a regular shampoo and conditioner. Turns out, saltwater makes hair look wavy and beachy.
Why Sea Salt Hair Spray DIY?
It also turns out that we can easily prolong this summer look by using a salt spray for hair. If it’s a good one, it can add texture and volume to hair without the chemicals.
There are many on the market but they don’t come cheap. I definitely don’t feel like spending upwards of 25 USD for a bottle of basically salt water, do you?
Additionally, if you make a DIY salt spray, you can customize it to your hair type to get the texture you want. My hair is very fine so I can use a bit more salt.
For someone with a coarser texture, less salt would be enough. Also, you can add whichever essential oils are your favorites or whichever might give you an additional therapeutic benefit.
I am after more growth (always, ugh!), so Rosemary and Lavender fit the bill particularly well. I also add my favorite Neroli just for the beauty of its scent. Or, you can use your favorite blend just for the aroma (like the Beach Day Blend from Plant Therapy).
For the blondes or blond wannabe out there, add some lemon juice to the mix to lighten the hair.
Ingredients in My Sea Salt Spray
In my recipe, I am mixing Epsom Salt and Sea Salt, which makes the spray less drying to the hair. Also, Epsom Salt might be beneficial to the health of the hair and the scalp as well as when it comes to hair de-greasing.
It removes oils from hair strands. Doing this may prevent a “slick,” oily, or lifeless appearance to hair. It may also add more volume and buoyancy.Healthline
I’m also adding Aloe Vera juice for moisture – we can never have enough moisture for the hair. But Aloe Vera also has additional benefits for hair health, and might even aid in hair growth.
Advocates of using aloe vera for hair health point to its plentiful supply of vitamins, minerals, and other ingredients linked to hair growth. They say these properties are signs of its ability to promote healthy and abundant hair.Medical News Today
Another addition to the spray is a bit of Argan Oil to further nourish the hair. I would omit the oil if I had oily hair. Instead of oil, you can add a teaspoon of your regular hair conditioner, but here again, omit if your hair is very fine and oily.
Aloe Vera Juice – $16.42
from: Starwest Botanicals Inc.
Organic Argan Oil, Virgin – $23.92
from: Starwest Botanicals Inc.
Epsom Salt – $7.25
1 lb of Epsom Salt
If you are looking for a new great hairstyle, check out the ones in this post about new styles. I am sure you can find something here, and many styles can benefit from using a salt spray for extra texture.
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 TBS Epsom Salt
- 1 tsp Sea Salt (less or more for less or more texture)
- 1 tsp Aloe Vera Juice
- 3 drops of Argan Oil
- 10-12 drops of essential oils (my blend is equal parts of Rosemary, Lavender, and Neroli)
- Optional for lightening: 1 tsp lemon juice + 1 tsp vodka (as a preservative)
Dissolve the salts in the hot water and let the mixture cool down. When cool, pour it into a spritzer bottle and add the other ingredients. Shake well to combine all ingredients.
You can keep this DIY hair spray at room temperature for about two months. After that time discard whatever is leftover and make a new one. The recipe has no preservatives. It is much gentler than store-bought sprays, but it has less staying power.
How to Use the Salt Hair Spray
Shake every time to mix the ingredients.
Spray onto damp hair after showering.
If you have long hair, you can use a scrunchy or two at this point, knot the hair, and let it dry like this to get the wavy effect. Or braid it for different types of wave. Play with it, and have fun.
For shorter hair like mine, I just keep scrunching the hair with my hands and then let them air dry.
For volumizing effect only, I spray onto the roots and omit the shafts of the hair.
I hope you’ll try it and tell me how you liked it. Here is to keeping the summer in our lives a bit longer!
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