Beach hair, it shouldn’t cost a thing!

Posted on 2 July 2011 by


Its July and finally there seems to be a temporary reprieve in the weather, so your flip flops are back and bare arms turn towards the missing sun in anticipation. I have wavy hair, bits of it, the rest seems to hover somewhere between frizz and spaniels ears. I do love the post sea swim kiss curls that emerge from the unruly mass but I refuse to spend money on getting this urchin look, so, here’s the key to cheap and effective, don’t pay for a bottle of ‘designer hairdresser’ muck that’s THE VERY SAME THING

Ingredients for Homemade Sea Salt Hair Spray

  • 8 to 10 fluid ounce clear spray bottle (try a beauty supply store, the euro store, or an old empty bottle you have around the place)
  • 8 ounces of water (have hard water? try something bottled for this recipe)
  • 8 teaspoons of finely ground sea salt (more for super thick or oily-prone hair)
  • 2-3 teaspoons of conditioner (prevents hair from drying out, try a coconut or tropical scent for that real beach feel)
  • 1-2 teaspoons of hair gel (helps set the salty style without adding too much crunch)
  • 3-5 drops of essential oils (like jojoba or tea tree but totally optional)


  1. Add the sea salt and water together in the spray bottle and shake until the salt appears to be completely dissolved.
  2. Once the salt and water are mixed, add the conditioner and hair gel along with any essential oils.
  3. Before use, shake the bottle vigorously to help the oil and water-based ingredients combine and spray over damp hair.
  4. Give hair a quick, light scrunch to help the spray settle into waves. Allow hair to air dry.
  5. Keep the spray bottle somewhere cool and dry. Shelf-life should be about 1 year.

Additional Options for Enhanced Sea Salt Hair Spray:

  • Apply sea salt hair spray to damp hair and twist your hair up into a bun. Allow hair to air dry and remove the bun for extra volume and waves.
  • Add the juice of 1 lemon to the mixture and combine. Spray damp or dry hair before heading outside for some sun-kissed highlights. This citrus touch will help hold your look longer, too!
  • Mix equal parts lemon and vodka before adding it to the sea salt spray for even more natural highlights. Light highlights are the perfect complement to beachy waves.