Blake Lively, Kate Hudson and J. Lo are a few of our favorite celebs for many reasons—one of them being that fantastic hair. These three nail the polished-yet-effortless beach wave look, and you can, too, with a little help from an at-home sea salt spray. Sprays are easy to make and easy to use.
Surf spray is best used on hair when it is still a bit damp—or to spruce up post-beach hair. For extra volume, spray directly at the roots when hair is wet and lift with fingers. Blow-dry the roots for optimum effect. Spritz generously on the rest of hair when it is almost dry. If your hair still isn't the ideal level of wave, curl a few sections with a 1" to 1.5" curling iron, and comb through with fingers for a worn-in look.
After extensive research and some at-home testing, we've come up with an easy-to-make and wallet-friendly sea salt spray recipe that can be customized for your hair type. Sprays can be drying due to the high concentration of salt, so if your hair is on the dry side, try adding half a teaspoon of conditioner or a few drops of an essential oil to keep hair hydrated. Fall more on the oily end of the spectrum? Keep the essential oils to a minimum. Adding a mixture of 1 part lemon to 1 part clear alcohol, such as vodka, can act as a lightener for blondes. Some recipes call for aloe vera or styling gel, which can aid to keep more structured waves.
Use our recipe as a guideline for the base, and feel free to play around with additional ingredients. You may need to adjust the salt-to-water ratio depending on thickness and texture of hair. We found that thicker hair can withstand more salt, but thinner hair will fall flat if too much salt is used. We love the addition of a lavender or coconut oil for its shine and scent. Here's how to make it:
DIY Sea Salt Spray
Mix the following ingredients in a spray bottle and shake for 1 to 2 minutes or until all the salt has dissolved. Add extra ingredients once water and salt are completely mixed. Store at room temperature or in the fridge if you used lemon and vodka.
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 to 2 Tbsp.natural sea salt or Epsom salt
- Additional options: 1/2 tsp. conditioner; 2 to 3 drops essential oil; 1 tsp. hair gel or aloe vera
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