DIY Beach Waves Hair Spray

Second to Dry Shampoo, sea salt spray is probably my most used hair product, and it is also super easy to make yourself!

Sea Salt spray or Beach Waves Spray has gained popularity lately, and it is the product most often used for those beachy waves that are so popular. Many of the sea salt sprays are also drying to the hair, as salt pulls moisture and natural oils out.

Homemade Beach Waves Texturizing SprayThe gold standard of beach sprays for hair (in my opinion) is Bumble to Bumble Surf Spray, which does work great, but costs $25 a bottle which is about $24.50 out of my price range for hair products. This particular brand uses Magnesium Sulfate (aka Epsom Salt) instead of Sea Salt, which makes it less drying to hair. It also has some natural oils (aka Conditioner) to replenish hair.

This is one of the simplest natural hair care recipes to make at home, and it literally costs about 1/50th of the store bought versions. It adds great texture and volume to hair without the chemicals. If you make it yourself, you can also customize to your hair type to get the texture you want.

I use this all the time and it works great, even on my hair that can be hard to tame and really hard to get to hold a curl. In fact, I used this in the cover for my recent cookbook, and I got a lot of questions about how I got my hair to stay like that and if I used natural products (I did).

My whole protocol for the cookbook cover hair was texturizing spray and dry shampoo for volume, this ceramic curling wand for curl/waves, and sugar and salt spray to set.

What You Need for DIY Beach Spray:

  • hot water
  • epsom salts
  • Himalayan or Sea Salt (optional but adds stiffness- I get it here)
  • aloe vera gel (I get it here)
  • natural conditioner (I’ve used this Organix coconut one and Dr. Bronners Lavender Coconut ) or a few drops of almond oil or jajoba oil (optional- you may not need it if you have fine/oily hair)
  • Optional: a few drops of essential oils or a spritz of your favorite perfume for scent- Lavender and citrus are great options
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1 teaspoon vodka or alcohol- if you want to lighten hair (the lemon juice lightens and the alcohol preserves)
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DIY Beach Waves Hair Spray
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Simple homemade texturizing salt spray helps you get volume and beach waves at home!
Recipe type: Beauty
  • 1 cup of hot water (not boiling)- Can also use strong Chamomile Tea as the base if you want to lighten hair or black tea as the base if you want to darken hair, but you will need to keep in the fridge.
  • 2 tablespoons epsom salts (or more for extra texture)
  • ½ tsp Himalayan or Sea Salt (optional but adds stiffness)
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  • ½ tsp conditioner (optional- don't use if you have fine/oily hair)
  • Optional: a few drops of essential oils or a spritz of your favorite perfume for scent- Lavender and citrus are great options
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1 teaspoon vodka or alcohol- if you want to lighten hair (the lemon juice lightens and the alcohol preserves)
  1. Get a spray bottle that holds at least 10 ounces. I used a glass bottle made from an old apple cider vinegar bottle and a regular spray top. I also tripled the recipe to accomodate the size of my bottle. Put the hot water (or tea) in the spray bottle and add the epsom salts, sea salt (optional), aloe vera, conditioner, scent (optional) and lemon juice/vodka (if using). Put the cap on the bottle and shake for 1-2 minutes or until epsom salts and sea salt are dissolved. Store in the fridge if using lemon juice or tea base, or at room temperature if you aren't. Will last 3-4 months or longer.

How to Use

Spray on damp hair and scrunch with a towel to dry for loose beach waves. (See picture of me- please excuse how large my nose looks in this picture and the fact that I am not wearing any make-up! Also, please excuse my lack of hair photography skills!)

Spray on dry hair and on roots for volume and texture without the waves. (See picture of the volume it gave my three year old. Excuse the apple eating and unorganized bookshelf!)

If your hair is straight and thin and you want all-day waves: Wash hair the night before and spray hair with Beach Spray while still damp. Then, either french braid into pigtails or wrap in a tight scrunched bun on top of your head. and leave overnight. By morning, your hair should be dry. Spritz with a little more spray and take out the braid/bun. Voila- all day beach waves. Spray with additional spray and scrunch if you want more stiffness.

Ever used Sea Salt Spray? Ever made your own hair products? Tell me below!

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Reader Comments

    • Ann Marie says

      I know this was posted awhile ago but I wanted to say thanks. Also, you do not have a big nose, you look lovely without make-up (what I can see you), you have good photography skills, good to see your daughter eating an apple and the bookshelf is neat.
      You have nothing to apologize for lovely lady.

  1. Las says

    I love it!!  Having the Beach wave hair without going to the beach.  I often do mine through curling iron then using my hands to separate the waves.  I will try this one soon, but one question, won’t it leave the hair stiff and dry?

  2. says

    I can’t wait to try this! I’m almost out of my “Dream Curls” spray, which is very similar to the beach waves spray… So you’ve saved me a trip to the store! 
    And I agree with Smoochagator above — nice to see a picture of YOU! You’re lovely! 

  3. says

    That is AWESOME! I’ve seen “homemade salt spray” recipes before, but they always call for adding some commercial hair gel, which for me defeats the purpose of avoiding those chemicals. I make my own shampoo and conditioner, but have not had any success with homemade styling product yet – this looks like it could be my first big win in that arena. Thank you!

    • Armando says


      Thanks for the tips!

      I was interested in making this, and I would like to know if this recipe needs a natural preservative in it for shelf life, especially if we’re using an essential oil in it. Can bacteria even survive in a salt based solution?


  4. Cari Osborne says

    I just want to say THANK YOU! I have recently educated myself about the dangers of chemicals in household products and as I’ve been looking for alternative solutions I came across your site. It is THE most complete (and useful) site I’ve found for making your own without being too complicated, and the things I’ve tried so far really work! Thank you so much!

  5. says

    I have thicker hair that is sadly prone to frizz :( does this cause a lot of frizz or control frizz at all? It looks great and I hate having to dry & straighten my hair everyday or pull it back in a pony tail when I don’t feel like it.

  6. roxanne says

    This is fantastic!  I buy those beach hair sprays and they are expensive!  I’m definitely gonna try this!

  7. Jocelyn says

    Thanks to another great blog (Crunchy Betty, if you’re wondering!), I tried rinsing my hair with the water that quinoa has been washed in. Pour it through your hair after washing, leave in for 3 minutes, then rinse out. I have fine hair that wants to wave, but can’t so much and this little trick gives me silky waves. It’s amazing! I am definitely trying your recipe, though. I absolutely love beach hair! Thanks for the share!

    • Claire says

      Hmm! I’ve got to try this. My hair is like that, too… doesn’t want to be stick straight, but not quite a wave, either. I better get to rinsing some quinoa. ;) Do you know how long a shelf life it has?

  8. Jenny P says

    I have everything but the aloe vera gel, do you think I could get the same effect without it?  Or should I go grab a little for this? 

  9. Kym Camac says

    I have decided to embrace my curls cant afford store bought stuff and they leave my curls crunchy. just made this and dryed my hair with a diffuser wow my curls are spiral and defined firm no crunch. i will never use anything else thankyou

  10. Regina says

    I have very thin hair but I am going to try this. Does anyone have a recipe for homemade hair spray? thanks

  11. Jaden says

    I bought not your mothers beach spray stuff, and it doesn’t work at all for my hair. Excited to try this out! Hope it works,

    • Alyson says

      I tired that as well, I Hated it!! It made my hair so dry and dead looking, it was sticky also. Not for me at all. I can’t wait to try this. I love how my hair looks at the beach.

  12. Erica says

    We are in the midst of a lifestyle change in our house. First I switched to all natural homemade cleaning supplies. Hair products were a bit scarier…. I have naturally curly, thin (since having kids), hair and admit that I am a hair product junkie. I made the coconut milk shampoo and was soooo surprised at the results. With a small amount of coconut oil run through my hair after it was dry, the frizz disappeared! It was a bit limp though, especially since I’m used to dream curls daily, so I mixed up a batch of the beach spray….. Love it! I didn’t have any aloe, but went for it. My hair is not as soft to touch, but I looks great, ringlets and all! Thanks so much Wellness Mama! Can’t wait till the new baby comes in feb. to try out some more recipes!

  13. Elaine Kwok says

    Would this work as an alternative to dry shampoo, if I have the time to let it dry out?

    My hair is very fine and oily, and I’m trying to find a great, volumizing option for the in-between wash days. I’ve been using cornstarch and commercial dry shampoos, and they just leave it somewhat less greasy and flat.

      • Elaine Kwok says

        It worked perfectly and kept my roots dry even through the next day! (though it was kind of stiff and required some styling). Thanks for the great recipe!

  14. says

    Hey I just wanted to ask what the Aloe Vera Gel is for? I just made it and tried it once, I smell wonderfully beach like its amazing, it worked okay, I think I need to try on wet hair as my hair is pretty straight and limp. The way I made it was Epson Salt, Aloe Vera Gel, Organix Coconut Milk Conditioner as well as the the Coconut Milk anti-breakage Serum, and i used a water base.

  15. Yolanda Dobler says

    I made this and my hair is thick and well not curly but wavy and frizzy. It made my hair stiff, should I add some more distilled water to it??

  16. Tia says

    Howdy! I was just wondering if I could use some other alternative to Almond or Jajoba oil. Would coconut work?

  17. Melisa Crosby says

    I absolutely love this stuff. After I developed autoimmune thyroid disease my once thick and wavy hair fell out and grew back in thin and lank. I’m finally able to grow it out again but any attempt to braid my hair or put it into any kind of undo was foiled by its slippery, lank texture. Enter the sea salt spray! Suddenly my hair will hold in braids or rolls and even loose it has far more body. I am thrilled. My only question: will this damage my hair if I use it long term? Should I condition more frequently if I use the salt spray regularly?

    • says

      I do a coconut oil and honey treatment once a week to make sure it isn’t damaged and I havent had any trouble (and I’m hard on my hair in the summer with swimming, time in the sun, etc)

  18. Jessica says

    WM, I’m finally out of my other {chemical} hair goop & am going to try making this sometime this week! One question though–my epsom salts have eucalyptus & lavender scent added. Will that throw off the recipe or just count as the added scent? Thanks so much! Love all your posts!

  19. Star says

    I absolutely L O V E my Waves (: They’re Perf. Thanks.! I also used twist holders and then towel bunched then and took them out (:

  20. Jane Carr says

    I just tried this! Since my hair is only shoulder length I wrapped my hair into four loose buns. :D hopefully it comes out well and not too tight.

  21. Miranda Nickerson says

    I’ve got some organic leave in conditioner and frizz-ease that I will be adding because of my SUPER frizzy hair, but other than that I can’t wait to try this!! c:

  22. Kristy says

    Can you just use regular conditioner with a smell or does it have to be coconut? I am having a had time finding the kind you got in a store. I have been trying to buy a spray like this. I can not find it. Going to try this.

  23. Kristy says

    I am going to use the suave coconut conditioner and add tee tree oil. I heard that it is good for your hair and scalp if you have oily hair. I went today looking for a beach spray. I am going to try this. We ran into a problem that will cost us some money. This would save me more money then to buy it. Thanks!

  24. Bek says

    Epsom salt, genius!!!!! I have thick hair, I’m hoping this is the key ingredient I’ve been missing, I’ve tried nearly every spray out there and they just won’t hold for me. I’m curious about the use of the Aloe Vera gel. I’ll let you know if this works for my mop, lol

  25. LORE SMITH says

    I love, love, love this stuff!!! I live in Mexico now and have had a heck of a time with frizzy hair. It’s only gotten worse as the summer is super humid here. Anyways, I made your recipe this morning and now, already a few hours later, my hair still looks amazing! And of course, the price just rocks! Thanks ever so much! You saved me a bundle by not having to buy the bumble and bumble. I’ll be sharing this one with all my friends here!

  26. Justine Kennis says

    Thanks for posting this! The only thing im a little worried about is that my aloe vrea gel is not 100% pure aloe vera gel, so there is chemicals added to it. Do you think it will affect the way it will look on the hair? If it will, what should i do?

  27. Lauren says

    Thank you so much for this recipe! Years ago I was a Bumble & Bumble addict, but the combination of cost and unnatural ingredients made me stop. This DIY spray is wonderful! I doubled the conditioner and added a half-teaspoon of raw honey. It works as perfectly as the Bumble & Bumble… and is healthy and thrifty.

  28. says

    Katie, thanks for this recipe! Just made it – I added a few drops of Lemongrass essential oil. You are inspiring me to start making more of my own products at home, free from chemicals and healthier for my family. Thank you!

  29. Torna says

    This sounds great, and so easy. Can’t wait to try it. I currently don’t use any kind of “product” on my hair, so boring, so it would be fun to try this!

  30. teri says

    I have short stick-straight hair; I have been dragging my feet on going natural with hair care. I use mousse, gel, and hairspray to give my limp, straight, curl-less hair some volume and style. Can I use a curling iron with this? Would this even be a product for me?

  31. Natalie Davis says

    This would go bad WAY before 3-4 months! Especially with lemon (a fresh fruit) in it!!!!! With the ingredients you’ve listed, it would last maybe 2-3 weeks..

  32. Gabe says

    I just made this and used it and I really love it! My hair tends to straighten and flatten out when I comb it after showering. I hate flattened hair! The Beach Waves spray makes it a bit ‘messy’ but leaves NO feeling of residue in it. It gives it more body as well. I used it with the chamomile tea and the vodka and lemon. I also added a few drops of lemon, orange and lavender essential oils. Great stuff!!!

  33. Kelly Monzo says

    OMG! I love this. I have super straight long hair that even perms don’t stay in. I used this on my dry hair and was going to wrap in a bun like you said, but it maid my hair wavy just by spraying and scrunching it on my dry hair. Thank you I love all your whole site! Thanks for all the work you put into it.

  34. Sami Nichole Hinton says

    I have really thick hair that is very slick and will hardly hold curl. Do you think this would help hold in some curl if I used a curling iron once this dried in my hair, since it’s supposed to add some texture? I hate the smell and crunchiness of hairspray!

  35. Yvette Russell says

    I had to come back and give you some kudos — I made this and it works REALLY well for volume and texture. I didn’t get a lot of waves, but my hair definitely falls into the straight and fine category so I’ll probably have to try the french-braid method. But otherwise, it’s great and it didn’t frizz the hell out of my hair like most “volume” products do. Yay for you!

  36. Bri says

    I have salt and pepper hair (mostly salt). Needless to say, it has a mind of its own. Recently went to no poo to prevent yellowing of the white hair. I was so pleased with the result, I thought a more natural styling product was in order. Made your recipe last week, and thought I should use it a couple of times before commenting. I LOVE THIS! So easy, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the result. Thank you for a great recipe!!

  37. Amaretto says

    I’ve made beach sprays without the alcohol/vodka before and after a week, it smells off. Does the alcohol/vodka really work to preserve it?

  38. Sylihra says

    hmm..I followed the measurements, but this mixture leaves my hair very dry and like hay…as well as being able to see the salt residue on the ends of my hair…not really a fun look. lol It did feel thicker and I no longer had to worry about static in this cold weather…but it was so stiff. I’ve used purchased salt sprays in the past, but love the idea of making it at home so I may just play with the measurements a bit. My hair may just be weird. :p

  39. Lina Msl says

    This is my favorite post about DIY beach hair spray; I like the explanation of salts :P
    Also a note, if you want some extra hold you can add a little bit of a cheap water based hair gel!

  40. Sydney says

    Thank you so much for posting this! Just one question, I used Myer lemon tea for my recipe and I was wondering if this made your hair lighter as well?

  41. Caitlin says

    Hi! So glad I found this recipe! It brought my curls back along with tons of volume. I have fine curly/wavy hair and my all natural hair care quest has been leaving my locks less than pleasing. Any idea if long term use will dry out my hair? So excited right now!!

  42. Rachel Cox says

    I made the recipe with a chamomile lavender organic tea and used fresh aloe off a plant along with almond oil and the 2 salts. It worked great except for leaving a white flaky lawr on my hair. What else should I add to not have this residue? Also since I have gray hairs, could I additionally add the lemon and vodka to the mix? Thank you so much for sharing all your wisdom! I have officially gone almost all natural in my “beauty” regime. I just need to get a natural mascara and eye liner.

  43. Kris says

    Great recipe that actually works! It gives my fine, normal-to-oily hair all day volume without crispness or residue. Only need to apply a little to see good results.

    I followed the base recipe, but cut it in half for a small spray bottle. No extra scents, oils, or lemon, vodka or tea – though I used a bit of Aveda Smooth Infusion conditioner. I mixed it all in a Pyrex cup and when it seemed as though the epsom salt would never dissolve, I microwaved it for 20 seconds and all was good. Let it cool for a bit before adding it to the plastic bottle.

    Thanks for the easy solution!

  44. Sara says

    I have made this several times and I love it but the spray bottles I have used always end up getting corroded by the salt and not working! Any suggestions…

  45. Emily says

    Can I use Magnesium flakes instead of epsom salts? If I cut out the epsom salts altogether, should I replace that amount with sea salt? (i.e. 2 tbsp + 1/2 tsp sea salt) Thanks!

  46. Shaban says

    Thanks for your great blog and useful suggestions Katie. I just had a quick question – how can I make this spray last longer? I don’t use hair products that often, maybe several times a month, and therefore I don’t want to waste the ingredients. Can this last for say 6 months? If not, what can I do? I read that a small amount of alcohols could preserve the ingredients, but I have no idea how much to add…

  47. Scarlett says

    Just want to say thank you! I have been using your beach spray for about 6 months and love it. I have fine, naturally curly hair and this works better for me than all the other commercial products I’ve tried. Gives so much volume and (as long as I don’t put too much on) is never crunchy. I was inspired to make it after my hairstylist suggested I buy a fancy Swiss-made sea salt spray, and I figured that instead of paying big bucks for that, I could make my own…and it works great. Big, big plus is that it’s all natural ingredients, which I’m trying to use more of. Thank you!!

  48. Sara says

    This is my second time making this spray–THANK YOU! I’m presently growing out a pixie cut, so texture and body are really important to get through the growing-out stage with minimal awkwardness. My hair and my bank account are both very grateful to you. :)

  49. Juli says

    Hi! Can I use rock salt instead of Epsom salt? I try to avoid buying as much as possible and I only have rock salt. Will using rock salt have the same effect as using Sea salt and Epsom salt?
    Thank you very much! And the hair looks very nice in the photos!

  50. Ashley says

    Do you have to use a glass bottle for this and for you other sea spray? Or would a regular plastic spray bottle work?

  51. Kassy says

    LOVE the spray! I just made it last night and tried it on my hair this morning. I have really fine, straight hair, so I sprayed, then scrunched, and then put it in a loose bun until I was on my in for work this morning. When I got to work my co-worker literally said, “Your hair looks great. It looks like beach waves!” Score!

  52. Deni says

    Wow! I have very fine hair that will not stay ‘up’ in an updo – no matter how ‘dirty’ it is!! Your spray has
    worked magic – my hair has body and ‘grip’ and even looks great when I take the pins out and it’s loose. The bun works great for waves – THANKYOU! THANKYOU!

    • Louise Andrews says

      She probably meant vodka/grain alcohol. I doubt you want rubbing alcohol on your head….or anywhere else, for that matter.

  53. Amber says

    I have seen many recipes all over the web and such that call for aloe vera gel, which i have, but it goes pretty fast, and isnt very economical for me. Do you know if it is possible to substitute aloe vera juice (which i can buy by the gallon at my local grocery store) since you mix it into the recipes anyway? Does it have the same moisturizing effect?

  54. Sarah H says

    This stuff is amazing!! I wake up in the morning, shower, spray this in my hair and it makes my curls curlier and it HOLDS the curls all day. NO FRIZZ, Even in the muggy South Carolina summer!! This is my FAVORITE hair product. I’ve thrown everything else away!! Thank you soooooo much!!

  55. Tamar says

    I just made this, but I didn’t use any aloe vera gel because I didn’t have any at home. I used epsom salt and black dead sea salt (i don’t know why we have that in the pantry, but we do). Worked great! Thanks so much! Cost me $0!! (Had everything at home already)

  56. Jennifer says

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I never use products in my hair because of all the chemicals, but I’ve always wanted to try a beach waves spray. This will be perfect for my vacation to Cancun at the end of this month! :-)

  57. Lotte says

    Hi I have to try this Beach spray. but one question. do you think I can use fresh alovera sapt reather than bying the gel. I have so many alo vera’s in the garden it seams silly to by some!

  58. Laura says

    Thanks for posting this recipe! I’m not sure if it’ll magically provide waves or anything, but I can tell you one thing, it works really well at giving my hair (fine, slippery texture but lots of it) texture. It helps it hold a shape and style much better (like some teasing for volume). I used the chamomile tea base, and next time I’ll add lemon juice since I’m keeping it in the fridge anyway. I also added the Himalayan salt along with the Epsom salt, and even spraying a fairly generous amount, I didn’t find this made my hair weird at all, besides adding texture. Next time I think I’ll add just a tad more conditioner, or something, because my natural hair texture does tend to tangle!

  59. Cindy says

    I recently was in Mexico and didn’t blow my hair once while on vacation because I loved what sea water did to my hair. Thank you for this sea salt spray recipe, Katie. I’ve tried the spray twice now (using your exact recipe) and I love, love, love the way my thin hair looks with waves. I like to spray my hair while I’m in the shower, after shampooing/conditioning my hair. Then I soak my hair in a bit in a wrapped towel and let it air dry for a few minutes. Afterwards, I wrap my hair in a bun for a while and presto – wavy hair!

  60. Lauren says

    Usually DIY things I try come out just alright, your recipe however worked wonders! My hair is fine and tends to curl but can get super frizzy with certain products or weighed down. I spritzed this on this morning and let my hair air dry and voila, great waves and no frizz!! Thank you so much!

  61. Ann says

    Great recipe! Thanks for sharing! I find that good quality extracts (like from your kitchen) are a great way to add a scent to this. I used orange. I think I might do lemon or coconut next time. It’ll be fun! Once again, thanks!!!

  62. Kate says

    Thank you, Katie, for sharing this recipe! This is the BEST sea salt/beach spray I have ever used, and very simple and inexpensive to make. The epsom salt is key. I have very straight hair and need a lot of help achieving any body. I experimented with this spray last year in the spring and used lavender oil for the fragrance (I love that you can customize the scent…who wants to smell like a pina colada in March?) It worked so well I ended up using it to prep my hair for my wedding day last May. I have finally finished the bottle and I looked up the recipe again so I can make a new batch–this time with chamomile and lemon for some highlights!

  63. Carol says

    I saved this recipe, even though my hair was not really a good candidate for this product. Recently, I cut it pretty short, and so now am making it to try.
    I replaced the chamomile tea with my own hair helping nettle/rosemary concoction, a very strong infusion, and used the jojoba oil ( 4 drops) instead of the conditioner, since I have NO hair products in my home…. Also added the tsp of organic vodka for a preservative. I am really looking forward to how this makes my hair look. will let you know!
    Thank you for the great recipes for all of the ideas you have!

  64. Diann says


    I recently bought, and finished, a bottle of JOSIE MARAN Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist which I loved but I simply can’t afford it on a longtime basis. I found your post and purchased all the ingredients and then found argan oil which I also bought. Would that replace the optional essential oils or the conditioner? I must admit, the thought of adding conditioner scares me a bit as my hair is very fine and limp.

    Thanks! I can’t wait to try this!

  65. Hannah says

    I tried this on my hair, which is straight and smooth-VERY hard to put in bun or even get volume at all- and it had no effect except added stiffness. My hair was damp and I sprayed a generous amount…any suggestions to make it work better or recipe alterations?

    • says

      Did you use the optional extra salt? That would add more stiffness. Also, if your hair is thick, it’s possible that it didn’t distribute well. If you hair does not like to take direction, so to speak, you definitely want to leave it overnight, as sleeping in it will both set it better, and break up the salty stiffness better. Also, rather than a braid or a bun, try a few different buns. That might give it more texture.

  66. Carol says

    For Hannah: “I tried this on my hair, which is straight and smooth-VERY hard to put in bun or even get volume at all- and it had no effect except added stiffness. My hair was damp and I sprayed a generous amount…any suggestions to make it work better or recipe alterations?”

    I couldn’t find your comment but wanted to reply to it:

    I have very thin, fine and right now, short hair. What works for me is after I get out of the shower, spray it on, pretty well getting it all over, then don’t touch it until it is totally dry. then I flip my head down and fluff it up all over, making sure not to ‘comb’ but just ‘rough’ it up gently, then agin, without combing it, smooth it down. this makes it appear much thicker, and it looks really, really good! Later in the day, I can actually comb or brush it and it still maintains the nice thickness look and feel. I can also just swish water through it, and re-do my usual routine without shampoo on a second day, and it STILL looks good! See my comment just above here, for my slight alterations to the recipe. You don’t say if your hair is really long, or thick or thin, and fine, but you may have different results if your hair is very different than others…
    Good luck!

  67. Kat says

    Great recipe, thanks! How long does it last kept in the fridge and how long does it last without the tea base but with the hot water base?

  68. C. Nels says

    Just a little tip… Don’t add essential oils until after the solution has cooled. The heat will vaporize all the beneficial qualities and the scent of the oils. Love the recipe!

  69. Sharon Ayersman says

    I used this for the first time yesterday and it totally ROCKS! My normally flat, slightly wavy hair is full with tons of curls! I’m wondering if those posters that complain of salt residue in their hair, just didn’t shake the bottle long enough for the salt to dissolve. After sleeping last night, which included lots of tossing and turning, my hair still looks awesome…thank you sooo much!

  70. Maya says

    Love the recipe! The perfume tip is so awesome, and I hadn’t found it before.

    P.S. You don’t need to excuse yourself for anything. I think your nose is very photogenic, the apple is a healthy snack, and an unorganized bookshelf represents well-loved books ;)

  71. Darcy says

    Will the epsom salt fade my dark (colored) hair? I’ve read that people use it to take the blackness out of their hair, but I want it dark.

    I am gathering my ingredients to make this, but don’t want to add something that undoes my color!

      • Ethan says

        hi, I’m a guy and I was wondering if this could be an alternative to hair wax (I want my hair to be stiff all day)

        • Carol says

          When I use it (my hair is pretty short), unless I ‘finger-comb” it after it dries, or comb it, it does stay stiff.
          I tweaked the recipe a bit, using almost everything in the recipe, and added my own strong rosemary/horsetail/nettle tea.
          I eliminated the conditioner, because I don’t use it, added argan oil and vodka for help in keeping it stable until it’s gone. (I do refrigerate it also).
          Than added some citrus essential oils for a nice smell, although I can hardly smell it at all.
          Epsom salt, sea salt, aloe vera gel and a bit of water and I really like it.
          I spray it on while my hair is still damp, and when it dries I finger-comb it to get rid of the stiffness and make it a bit more soft looking.
          good luck!

  72. terri says

    i am so excited to have found this recipe that i could just cry. the product i use now was a prize i won in a drawing and i am just about out of it. i have been fretting about what i am going to get to replace it. there is no way i can afford to buy the same thing and i hate spending money on products not knowing if they are going to work or not. but….the most fabulous part of this is the fact that it is homemade and all natural. i already use a lot of products throughout my home that are homemade and natural so this will fit right in to my ‘hippie girl’ ways. thank you, thank you!!

  73. Emily says

    This was my first time making a hair product from scratch–normally I don’t use any product at all! I was getting tired of flat, fine hair, so whipped a batch of this stuff up and OH MY GOSH! Never has my hair looked so fabulous! Thank you so much for posting your recipe and inspiring a new era of hair glory! :) (BTW: I used epsom, sea salt, a peppermint-tea tree conditioner, a lavender-alcohol mix, and lemon juice.)

  74. Shayla says

    Hi Katie, just wanted to say THANK YOU for the great recipe! I have not-quite-straight-not-quite-wavy hair and this gave me great, beachy waves. Nice to know I have a chemical-free product option for air-dry days! Love the site, thanks for all the recipes and advice.

  75. Louise Andrews says

    I think I’m going to try this soon! I never get to the beach, so maybe the spray will lift my mood as well as my hair. It sounds like it does wonders for thin and fine hair, which is what I have. Thanks for all your great recipes!

  76. Donna says

    I have dark hair and when the solution dried there was salt visible all through my hair and it was dropping down on my shirt. I looked like I had serious dandruff. I didn’t use an excessive amount and I mixed it really well. Is 2 Tablespoons the correct amount of Epsom salts?

  77. Donna says

    I have dark hair and when the solution dried, there was salt visible all through my hair and also dropping down to cover my shirt. I looked like I had a serious case of dandruff. I didn’t use an excessive amount and mixed it well with the exact ingredients. Is 2 Tablespoons of Epsom salt correct?

  78. Devi says

    I LOVE this spray!! I don’t know why it never occurred to me to try it before, since I’ve always loved how the sea brings out my natural wave (I’m one of the only girls who can’t wait for it to be humid so my hair can look great).

    I made some using my sandalwood, tulsi, and sweet orange EOs and just adore how my hair looks and smells! Next stop is your DIY hairspray…I’m sure it will give just enough lift to my roots so that I can *finally* be chemical-free in my hair care.

  79. Terry Oliver says

    I dont have that conditioner you mention. I thought it was coconut oil when I first scanned the recipe. Can I use coconut oil?

  80. Marla Urias says

    I also have all ingredients except aloe Vera gel. I was curious if aloe plant would work just as well if I omitted those aloe chunks, of course. Super excited to try this as I am a thick haired, slightly wavy, tend to frizz, oily girl :-)

  81. Carol says

    I made this and WOW! Love it!!! I used it twice so far with great results! I have poker straight, thin, fine hair that is about to shoulder blades. It is lightened and looks greasy easily because of the dark regrowth. But, this gave me body to scrunch it and cause beach waves that lasted even through the next day. Thank you so much for sharing everything! I have made so many of your hair and skin recipes with great success! Thank you for your generosity and kindness to share your knowledge. You rock!

  82. Suzi says

    I have fine hair that is 70% silver and the rest dirty blonde. Do you have any tips on what ingredients I can use in this salt spray? I’m not sure if lightening it with lemon and chamomile will dull it or not. Thanks for all you do to share wellness!

  83. Ashwynn says

    Anyone with curly hair try this? Mine is curly on most of my head and wavy on the rest…frizzes pretty easily and there seems to be no rhyme or reason why I have really good hair days sometimes and really bad hair days others. I want more consistency and want to get rid of commercial hair products (already making my own shampoo). And of course I want to save money too. I currently put in 3-4 products after I shampoo and that’s just ridiculous. I have to use something, though, or my hair is just a frizzy mess! I took the Epsom/Himalayan salt detox bath the other day, and some of my hair got wet…I was amazed by how awesome it looked…but it did feel rather dry. I’m hoping this salt spray will be the answer for me.

  84. Olivia says

    Hey, about the Aloe Vera gel, because I don’t live in America I can’t get it off that website you linked, I was wondering if 97% Pure Aloe Vera Gel would work just as well?

  85. Katie says

    Okay, I was really skeptical but I LOVE THIS SPRAY! I actually think it works better than bumble. Thank you so much!

    I actually used juice from my aloe vera plant and it worked great. I’ve been trying to figure my hair out…I’ve been fighting the waves so i thought i should work with it. This spray is all I need now. Works on dry hair as well.

    thank you thank you thank you!

  86. Maiya says

    Refrigerating is somewhat inconvenient (my current beach waves spray is from lush and i keep it on my at all times for slight touchups throughout my active day) so i was wondering whats the shelf life of a tea base with alcohol in it /without/ refrigerating and what is the peak level of alcohol i can add to lengthen the unrefrigerated shelf life without messing up your recipe.

  87. Lauren Lollybean says

    I have a question about Aloe Vera Gel. I have several HUGE Aloe Vera plants. Would it be the same as scraping aloe out of the stalk and maybe using the food processor to make it uniformly gooey? Or is there something more to “aloe vera gel” than that?

  88. Diana says

    I have long, curly hair, and I want to shout to the curly folks of the world: salt spray is AMAZING for curls! Thank you Wellness Mama for this recipe!

    When I discovered I was allergic (got hives from) a couple chemical preservatives in beauty products, I had to stop using the Got2b hair salt spray that made my curls so happy, defined, and long-lived. THIS recipe has come to the rescue! I used it just as printed the first time, and had pretty good results, very similar to Got2b. The best part is, though, having a recipe allows you to break away a little and explore what your hair really wants more/less of. Now I double the aloe vera and add a touch more epsom and sea salt in my mix, and my curls are happier than ever! (also, a tip: don’t use basic table salt. Sea, himalayan and epsom are the only ones you should use, in my experience)

    I just wanted to write and say thank you for posting this recipe!
    And if anyone is/knows a curly-haired person who has not tried salt spray yet–do yourself a favor and get on this boat. Salt and curls are a match made in heaven.

  89. Kay says

    I just did this and it’s AMAZING. I didn’t have gel or conditioner so I subbed some sugar boiled in a little of the water and some coconut oil. I put it in a squirt bottle because I didn’t want the coconut oil to stop up my spray bottle. Poured about 1/3 cup through my hair, then dried. It’s every bit as effective as the chemical root-boosters and mousses I was using. I have fine, thin, flat oily hair and this worked great!! Thrilled. Thanks!

  90. Fran Leaton says

    This salt spray is absolutely amazing. I have used it twice on my wavy hair. It has brought out the natural curl more and the texture it gives has thickened my fine hair. I am really impressed. I have sent your page to several of my friends with curly and straight hair because it has actually tamed the frizziness that I seem to experience with the hot humid Australian summer. I spray my hair with your salt spray after first applying some Redken curling gel and then ready to go. I only need to wash my hair once a week as the spray keeps it looking fresh and well groomed. Thank you for posting your natural spray.

  91. Carol S. says

    I made this for a third time! I use it every time I shampoo and blow dry. It is fabulous!!! Thank you so much for posting this beautiful recipe. I added 1 tbsp of magnesium flakes in place of the epsom salts to mine. I used Organix Coconut Hair Conditioner which is rich but not oily. My last batch I added in addition to the Organix, 1 tsp of Wen Summer Honey Peach. It smelled beautiful. I used every drop. This time I followed the recipe except for changing out 1 TBSP of the epsom salts for 1 TBSP of the Magnesium Flakes. I liked it the best for my hair this time. I also added Bulk Apothecary’s Amazing Grace oil fragrance (1/8 tsp) to the bottle. It is to die for! Thanks again!

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