Now that summer is drawing to a close, I’m beginning to feel a bit wistful for all my favorite parts of the season. The lightening bugs are fading, kids are going back to school, and pools are closing. One thing that is especially sad to me, though, is that my family won’t be taking a trip to the beach for another year.
We’re lucky to live about five hours from the Carolina coast, so we make it there every year for at least a few days of sand and sun. The seaside is just good for the soul, don’t you think? I always feel healthier for breathing in the salt air and stocking up on some good old Vitamin D.
I love the beach for the good it does to my soul and my body, like I said, but I also have a slightly more shallow reason for relishing my time by the ocean. I almost hate to admit it, but part of the reason that I love going to the beach is that–well–my hair looks kind of awesome there.
I know, I told you, that’s totally shallow. But my hair is naturally wavy and thick, and it has the potential to be spectacularly frizzy. It’s never like that at the beach, though. It’s just wavy and smooth and textured. If it were up to me and my hair, we would just live at the beach. Since I actually cannot choose the town I live in based solely on good-hair-day-likelihood, however, I had to figure out a way to get that beachside casual look even when I’m home in the mountains.
You’ve probably heard of sea-salt spray for your hair. I’ve been seeing the products in stores for a long time now, and I have friends who use it daily. Seriously, people rave about sea-salt spray. I might have been tempted to buy some, except that it sounded exactly like the sort of thing I could make myself with natural ingredients.
So of course, I did. And I love the results.
How to Make Sea Salt Spray For Hair
Sea-Salt Spray Ingredients
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 Tbsp sea salt (find real sea salt here)
- 1 tsp Epsom salt (find it here)
- 1 Tbsp organic coconut oil (find it here)
- 1 Tbsp aloe vera gel (find pure aloe vera gel here)
- 5 drops essential oil, optional (find 100% pure essential oils here)
You’re going to need to start out with very warm water, preferably heated on the stove to nearly (but not quite) boiling. My tap water wasn’t sufficiently hot. Next, add the sea salt and Epsom salt and stir until they are dissolved. When the salt is dissolved, add one tablespoon of organic coconut oil. You’ll have to stir it until it is melted completely. Next, add one tablespoon of aloe vera gel. If you want to add essential oil for scent, add five drops at the end. Mix well, then pour into a spray bottle.
Why These Ingredients?
Sea salt is beneficial because it adds texture to your spray. You may have heard that salt is harmful to hair, and that is partially true. The salt content in the ocean is much more concentrated than in this spray and can definitely dry your hair after excessive exposure. This homemade sea-salt spray contains four types of natural conditioners, though, so there’s not much danger for your hair.
Epsom salt is actually just crystallized magnesium, and it is commonly used to give hair volume. It also has conditioning properties.
Coconut oil is incredibly moisturizing. It is a common ingredient in hair masks and homemade conditioners. The coconut oil also helps the sea-salt spray to coat your hair and stick to it well.
Aloe vera gel works wonders on hair. It is another moisturizing ingredient, and it has also been known to promote hair growth, hold curl, and decrease dandruff build-up. It’s definitely good stuff to add to a hair treatment.
Essential oils aren’t really necessary for sea-salt spray, but they can make it smell good! I use lavender for mine because it’s my go-to scent, but I think that an orange or lemon essential oil would capture the summery essence of true beach hair.
Application of Your Sea-Salt Spray
This works best on damp hair. Spray it evenly on your hair, scrunching often. My advice is to use less than you think you need the first time you use this, then build up as you get used to how it works. There are a lot of conditioners in here, so if you have naturally oily hair, use sparingly.
Enjoy Your Waves
So while summer has passed us by and our vacations are over for now, we can hold on to everyone’s favorite season in a small way, at least. We may not be able to winter by the sea, but with our homemade sea-salt spray, we can have our beach hair. And call me crazy, but I think beach hair goes really well with sweaters.
Have you ever tried a sea-salt spray for your hair?
How did it work for you? Share in the comments section below!