Sea salt spray is something I must have spent craaaazy amounts of money on a few years back. Before I made the (terrible) decision to cut my hair off I was obsessed with the idea of voluminous, beachy waves and sea salt spray seemed like the easiest and most reliable way to achieve it. Since my hair has finally begun to grow again I've fallen back in love with the 'undone' look, especially as when my hair was really long it took practically no work at all to achieve!
Sea salt sprays tend to be incredibly expensive for what they are so this time I looked into making my own one. After toying with the idea of just taking an empty bottle down to the beach and filling it with sea water (not actually a very good idea, according to google) I found a few recipes for a home-made spray online. After reading them all and picking up on the various benefits of each ingredient I actually ended up making up my own unique mix, combining ideas from a few different websites at once.
The whole thing was really quick and easy and I'm pretty impressed with the results.
Here's what I used:
- A clean, empty spray bottle
- Plenty of tap water
- A pinch of sea salt
- Olive oil
- Vodka (you can use rubbing alcohol too)
- Hair conditioner
- Hair gel
Here's what I did:
- Filled the bottle until it was almost to the top with water.
- Added the sea salt, I used about a table spoon full but my bottle was quite small. A general rule of thumb seems to be about 1tbsp per cup of water you use but I literally just chucked random amounts of every ingredient together so I'm probably not the best person to listen to about quantities!
- I then added a few drops of olive oil. Sea salt is known for being incredibly drying on the hair so I'd definitely recommend adding a few drops of some sort of oil for that extra bit of moisture. Proper hair oils will also do the same job.
- Next I added a little bit of vodka, probably about the same amount as I used for the oil. Alcohol might seem like a strange choice but it (apparently) helps the mixture to last well, as well as combating greasy roots. You learn something new every day!
- Then I added a small blob of conditioner and an even smaller blob of hair gel, just to add hold to help keep the beachy waves in place for longer.
- Finally, I shook it all up inside the bottle until my arm got tired.
That's pretty much it! For the bottle I emptied out a foul smelling body spray I got at Christmas so the ingredients literally cost me nothing as I managed to find everything in my kitchen cupboard! In my experience the best way to use sea salt spray is to just spritz it on to damp hair when you come out of the shower, scrunch the hair and then leave it to dry naturally. The sea salt works at giving hair lots of texture and enhances the hair's natural waves. It's especially good if you share my lazy gene and can't be bothered to sit for an hour blow drying and straightening your hair every morning! Just make sure you shake the bottle well before each use and you should be good to go.