Wavy Beach Hair: DIY Natural Sea Salt Spray

By JULIE - 4:29:00 PM

 Photo by luxora via Mother Earth Living
Well it's suppose to be -24 for a low Sunday (tomorrow) in Minneapolis, the coldest it's been in 20 years here.  So we are far from beach weather, but that doesn't mean you can't look like you spent a day at the beach.  I've been writing a series for my other blog Oh You Crafty Gal  Big Sexy Sixties Hair.  In thinking of ways to create body and volume in your hair I learned that you can easily make sea salt spray like Bumble to Bumble Surf Spray only without any chemicals and for a whole lot less!  Surf spray will give your hair texture and waves similar to what you would get from swimming in the ocean. Who doesn't love there hair after a day at the beach?
Before I made my own surf spray I scoured the internet for recipes.  One of the best I found was from Wellness Momma  she pointed out that in Bumble to Bumble's Surf Spray it uses Magnesium Sulfate (aka Epsom Salt) instead of Sea Salt because it is less drying to the hair. Wellness Momma said they add conditioner in Bumble Bumble's Surf Spray, but I could not find it on the ingredients, but it doesn't hurt to put a tiny bit of oil in since it would act like a light leave in conditioner.

Before and After from Free People

DIY Natural Sea Salt Spray
 (adapted from Wellness Momma)
  • 1 cup of warm distilled water (not boiling)
  • 2 tablespoons epsom salts (or more for extra texture)
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan or Sea Salt (optional but adds stiffness)
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of your favourite oil (olive, almond, jojoba, etc.)  
  • 1 teaspoon vodka or alcohol to use as a preservative, (you don't want it to get moldy!)
  • Optional: a small dab of natural hair gel
  • Optional: a few drops of your favourite essential oils
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon lemon juice (if you want to lighten hair)
  • Optional: a few drops of kelp or seaweed extract (is listed as an active ingredient in  Bumble to Bumble's Surf Spray


  1. Use a sterile spray bottle that holds at least 10 ounces, I like to reuse containers for mine but you can also often get bottles at your local coop or health food store, your local dollar store, or online. 
  2. Put the warm water in the spray bottle and add the Epsom salts, sea salt (optional), aloe vera, oil, scent (optional) and lemon juice/vodka (if using). 
  3. Put the cap on the bottle and shake for 1-2 minutes or until Epsom salts and sea salt are dissolved. 
  4. Spray on damp hair and scrunch with a towel to dry for loose beach waves. 
  5. Store in the fridge. It should last 3-4 months or longer.

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  1. where did you get that seaweed extract? is that powder or oil? thanks :)

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  2. Can you substitute anything for the vodka or alcohol

  3. The vodka or rubbing alcohol acts as a preservative in the recipe. You could order a chemical preservative online but I find vodka or rubbing alcohol to be easy for people to find and are natural. I have tried essential oil's that you are suppose to be able to use as preservatives such as tea tree oil and have found it not to work, it might help but you need a stronger preservative. If you don't use a preservative it will get moldy because it has water in it. If you chose not to use a preservative I would 1/2 or 1/4 of the recipe (however much you think you will use in a week) and keep it in the fridge. Hope this helps!


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