DIY: Sea Salt Spray

Amanda/November 19, 2012

For as long as I can remember, my mom has been sneak attacking me with a hairbrush, trying to smooth what is tangled and unkempt. It’s a futile move though, I embrace messy hair and on the odd occurrence that she is able to catch me with that brush, I instantly run off to a corner and re-tousle it with my fingers. Messy hair is quite simply the easiest way to up your cool points. Kinda like a broken-in leather jacket, it can make any look suddenly seem edgier.

The holiday season is upon us, so in an effort to help you pinch your pennies we’re gonna let you get that tousled, tangled, and perfectly disheveled look without having to invest a small fortune on professional products. Your family will thank you. Not only will you have more money to spend on holiday gifts, but you may even look cooler in their end-of-the-year newsletter.

What you will need:

-A clean spray bottle. Go super cheap on this one. It doesn’t matter what type, just needs to hold a minimum of 8 fluid oz.

-8 fl. oz. of water. If you think your tap water is hard on your hair, you may want to consider filtering it for this step.

-Sea salt. Remember, the more finely ground  of a salt you can get the easier it will be to dissolve it. You can get a large canister of sea salt from the grocery store for a couple of bucks. Use 1 tsp for each 8 fl oz of water.

-Coconut scented conditioner. The coconut scent is just our personal taste, but the conditioner is included to counteract the drying effect salt may have on your hair. It doesn’t have to be an expensive conditioner, in fact, Suave has a coconut scented conditioner that works great! Use 1/2 tsp – you can add more if you have extra dry hair.

-A dab of hair gel. Unscented, preferably (otherwise it will interfere with the beachy coconut scent of the conditioner). Usually the cheaper brands are a bit runnier and mix more easily…so, yet again, go cheap with this one too.

After a little research we found these additional add-ins that you can use to customize your own sea salt spray to your hair type:

-Essential oils- If you have dry or coarse hair, this is a good addition. They will help condition your hair and add some shine. Choose whatever scent you want. Ylang ylang works great for sensitive skin and problem scalps. Rosemary is great to help deepen the color of brunettes’ hair and chamomile brightens blondes. Use 3-5 drops.

-Tea Tree Oil – Great for sensitive and oily scalps. If you have oilier hair, this is the best oil to add since it won’t make your hair any oilier or weigh it down. Use 3-5 drops.

-More sea salt – You can add a little more if you have hair on the oilier or thicker side. The more salt you use the more it will dry out your hair, BUT, the more you use the “beachier” your hair will look and the more hold there will be. So, consider what you want out of your spray and then add salt accordingly. If the original recipe doesn’t have enough salt for you, add 1/4 tsp at a time until you reach the desired level.

Add all your ingredients to the spray bottle and shake it until it mixes together. Any oils  you may have added will never fully combine well with the water so you’ll have to shake it a little before each use. If your hair gel or conditioner doesn’t combine, you can try warming the mixture in the microwave (remove any metal pieces and don’t use until cool, of course) and if that doesn’t work consider a thinner conditioner or gel next time.

Now, spray that hair (hair with a day-old washing works best, we think), tousle with your hands, and let your homemade sea salt spray work its magic. The beauty here is that once your hair dries to be perfectly unkempt, you can do anything with it and it should look cool – even updos look edgy. So, go forth and look awesome!

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