Who can say no to a day at the beach? It’s the perfect chance to catch waves in the ocean and your hair. In just a few hours, sunshine and saltwater become your stylists, creating a natural look that’s always on trend. But when a daily beach trip isn’t possible, you’ll have to use the next best thing: sea salt hair spray.
Forget the pricey hair products, though. All it takes is a few natural ingredients to make a DIY version at home. Most importantly, you can customize the spray to your heart’s content. Love the scent of lavender, but want to hydrate your locks? It’s totally possible.
The homemade route also helps you ditch the toxins. Today, many toiletries and cosmetics are really just chemicals in disguise. It simply increases the risk for allergies and irritation, especially for those with sensitive skin.1
Go all-natural with DIY sea salt hair spray. Aside from getting those beachy waves, you’ll nourish the hair with real, wholesome ingredients. Here are their benefits and how to use them!
Sea Salt Spray Ingredients And Their Benefits
1. Sea Salt
Never use ordinary table salt. Sea salt contains more magnesium, one of the nutrients behind the spray’s magic.2 It creates that tousled look by absorbing your hair’s moisture. But don’t worry – other ingredients in the spray will avoid dryness and breakage.
Moreover, magnesium reduces inflammation, making it useful for itchy or flaky scalps.3
2. Coconut Oil
Add coconut oil to balance out sea salt’s drying properties. As a powerful moisturizer, it’ll hydrate both the skin and hair.4 Don’t have coconut oil? Reach for grapeseed, olive, or avocado oil.
3. Essential Oils
Essential oils can be added for a lovely scent. Even better, some have excellent benefits for the hair. Peppermint oil increases hair growth by enhancing blood circulation, while lavender extends the life cycle of hair follicles.5 6
4. Epsom Salt
Epsom salt is a crystallized form of magnesium. It’s traditionally used to relax sore muscles, but it can help absorb excess oil when applied to the scalp. This ingredient is optional but definitely recommended.
5. Lemon Juice
Highlights and beach waves go hand in hand. To get them naturally, add a splash of lemon juice. This simple bleaching agent will lighten the hair while you’re in the sun.
Just don’t use too much. Lemon juice is pretty harsh, so it can easily irritate the skin.
How To Make DIY Sea Salt Spray
You’ll need an empty spray bottle. Cobalt or amber glass bottles work best, but you can find plastic ones in the travel section of your local drugstore.
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 teaspoons melted coconut oil
- 5 drops essential oil (optional)
- 1 teaspoon Epsom salt (optional)
- 5 drops fresh lemon juice (optional)
1. In a small pot, bring the water to a simmer. Do not let it boil.
2. Add the sea salt. Stir until dissolved.
3. Mix in the coconut oil, essential oils, lemon juice, and Epsom salt.
4. Once cooled, pour into the spray bottle.
Before using your homemade sea salt spray, give it a good shake. Add texture and volume by scrunching up your hair. For realistic beach waves, let your hair dry naturally.
|↑1||Biebl, Katherine A., and Erin M. Warshaw. “Allergic contact dermatitis to cosmetics.” Dermatologic clinics 24, no. 2 (2006): 215-232.|
|↑2||Sea Salt vs. Table Salt. American Heart Association.|
|↑3||Chandrasekaran, Navin Chandrakanth, Washington Y. Sanchez, Yousuf H. Mohammed, Jeffrey E. Grice, Michael S. Roberts, and Ross T. Barnard. “Permeation of topically applied Magnesium ions through human skin is facilitated by hair follicles.” Magnesium research 29, no. 2 (2016): 35-42.|
|↑4||Verallo-Rowell, Vermén M., Stephanie S. Katalbas, and Julia P. Pangasinan. “Natural (Mineral, Vegetable, Coconut, Essential) Oils and Contact Dermatitis.” Current allergy and asthma reports 16, no. 7 (2016): 1-11|
|↑5||Oh, Ji Young, Min Ah Park, and Young Chul Kim. “Peppermint oil promotes hair growth without toxic signs.” Toxicological research 30, no. 4 (2014): 297.|
|↑6||Lee, Boo Hyeong, Jae Soon Lee, and Young Chul Kim. “Hair Growth-Promoting Effects of Lavender Oil in C57BL/6 Mice.” Toxicological research 32, no. 2 (2016): 103.|