​All Natural DIY Spray for Beach Waves

Why we use it:

Everybody loves a good beach day. Warm sand, cool water and let’s not forget those voluminous, perfectly textured and incredibly manageable waves that magically appear in your hair after spending some time in the surf. I’ve tried just about every product out there in an attempt to replicate this glorious “beach hair” since moving (far) away from the subtropics. I’ve found a few decent products but they were either full of ingredients that I didn’t recognize or insanely expensive. Thus, this super simple, all natural alternative (I also use it to hold up-dos in place and too freshen up my newly converted no-shampoo-hair, but more on that later.)
What you’ll need:
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/8 cup of sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of jojoba oil
  • 7 to 10 drops of lavender oil
  • spray bottle
How to:
In a spray bottle combine the water, salt, and jojoba oil. Next, add in the lavender oil (You can really use any essential oil you like. Cedarwood or rosemary would work really well too.) Shake vigorously! If you’re going for waves, spray the solution on wet or dry hair and then give it a good scrunch and/or twist. If you’re using it as a styling agent for an up-do, spray on dry hair (with your head flip upside down) and then work it through to the ends with your fingers. And there you have it. Wavy, manageable, yummy smelling hair. 

I use this spray almost every day and haven’t had any issues with dryness from the salt (that jojoba oil works wonders.) But everyone is different, so it’s probably best to test it out before committing to full time use.


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  1. I've been using a sea salt spray from Whole Foods and decided to try making this as an alternative when mine ran out. I'm wondering if the measurements that you typed are possibly off? The salt to water ratio seems to be not right considering when I made it the water wouldn't dissolve the majority of the salt.

    • Cheryl! Thank you so much for commenting. You are absolutely right. It's supposed to be 1/8 cup sea salt and 1 cup water. I'm so sorry! Thank you again for pointing that out so I could correct it.