It might not be beach weather just yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sport a gorgeous beach-inspired hairstyle, right? Texturizing hair sprays are a great way to add a little oomph to lifeless locks or boost fine hair in order to give it more volume and energy. If your hair is straight, a texturizing spray can help give it lift, plus hold waves if curled. If your hair is already wavy, the spray can breathe life into dull strands.

DIY sea salt spray via Michelle Phan

There are tons of these types of sprays out there, but if you have the ingredients, why not do a little DIY? Not only will it save some much appreciated $$$, you can customize the intensity (how much salt used), whether it’s moisturizing (by adding leave in conditioner) and the scent too. Here’s a recipe to use as a guide:

(makes 1 mini bottle – for full size, triple the ingredients)

1/2 tsp – 1 tsp sea salt (coarse salt shown for illustrative purposes, you can grind it up or use fine)
1/2 tsp coconut oil, liquified
1/4 tsp diluted sunscreen or UV/heat protectant spray
1 drop essential oil for fragrance

DIY Sea Salt Spray for Hair

1. Boil enough water to fill bottle 3/4 full, add in salt and add to bottle.
2. Add liquid coconut oil to moisturize. Note: You can use another oil instead, but if using coconut, make sure to store in a warm enough place that it doesn’t solidify!
3. For this, I added just a small amount of UV protectant spray. This is optional but if you’re trying this hairstyle out in the sun, you’ll want the protection. Adding leave in conditioner is also optional if this spray feels too drying, but too much can combat the texture.
4. Try a drop of essential oil if you prefer a fragrance. Grapefruit smells delicious and summery! Make sure to keep this to a minimum… A little goes a long way.
5. Once all ingredients are in, shake!

Test it out with a few spritzes while going through your daily routine to get a feel for any ingredients you might want to add or increase. You want to strike a balance of tousled and natural, not unruly and stiff! And if you find that it looks nice but doesn’t keep a hold, there’s no harm in topping the look off with a spritz of your favorite hairspray.

And if you’re not into DIY or just want to compare your creation to another product, you’ve got options:

Good luck!


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