DIY Beach Waves Hair Spray

DIY Beach Waves Sea Salt Spray Recipe Cheap and works great

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 Spray 280x300The 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.


  • 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)


  • 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)
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan or Sea Salt (optional but adds stiffness)
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  • 1/2 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)

What to Do

  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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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!)

diy beach waves spray recipe

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.

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Reader Comments

    • 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.

    • I made this a while ago and used it for a while until I realized that the salt was drying out my hair from the tips up. They felt like straw. This is bad since my hair has always been really healthy.

  1. 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. 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. 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!

    • Hi,

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

  7. 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!

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

  11. 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,

    • 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. 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. 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.

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

  17. 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?

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

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

  40. 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. 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. 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. 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. Do you have any recommendations for a diy hair spray that doesn’t contain alcohol but is good for curling and updos?

  45. 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…

  46. 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!

  47. 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…

  48. 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!!

  49. 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. :)

  50. 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!

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

  52. 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!

  53. 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!

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

  54. 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?

  55. 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!!

  56. 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)

  57. 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! :-)

  58. 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!

  59. 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!

  60. 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!

  61. 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!

  62. 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!!!

  63. 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!

  64. Hi!
    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!

  65. Hi,

    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!

  66. 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?

    • 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.

  67. 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!

  68. 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?

  69. 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!

  70. 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!

  71. 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 😉

  72. 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!

      • 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)

        • 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!

  73. 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!!

  74. 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.)

  75. 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.

  76. 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!

  77. 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?

  78. 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?

  79. 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.

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

  81. 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 :-)

  82. 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!

  83. 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!

  84. 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.

  85. 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?

  86. 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!

  87. 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.

  88. 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?

  89. 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.

  90. 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!

  91. 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.

  92. 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!

  93. I really like this for thickening my hair. I have very fine hair and this gives it texture and volume. Thanks for the recipe Katie!

  94. The recipe looks great, I have 2 questions:
    I have heavy curly hair
    1) Can I use Argan oil instead of the conditioner? I don’t want to use conditioner
    2) Epson salt- do you have any specific brand? your link doesn’t work and I’m not sure what is that…..

    Thanks! I love your blog!

  95. I am a grand momma of 79 yrs. I have been trying all kinds of natural hair products. I have always had a very sensitive scalp. Before your idea I was using beer and loads of Finesse Hairspray. I took one of my little spray bottles , put a couple of drops of honey in and a heaping tsp. of sea salt. then I filled the bottle 3/4 way up with warm water. At first I thought my hair was sort of sticky and it took quiet a while to dry. I had to revert to the hair dryer. Now it is voluminous and soft at the same time. It is not curly as usual just wavy. I look better with wavy anyway. One thing though I teased the front bangs a little and the white hairs seemed to group together. I love it. I now look like I have sun streaked or frosted hair instead of gray. Thanks so much for this idea. I just hope I can remember what I did and that it works each time.

  96. I would never be able to use this up before it would go bad, is there a certain preservative you could recommend or would any water soluble preservative work? Thanks in advance :)

  97. I’m excited to try this but wonder if you would have a substitute for the conditioner. I’m a baking soda and ACV washer… haven’t used shampoos or conditioners forever! Thanks!

    • Hm… The conditioner adds part of the hold, and keeps the hair from getting too crispy, so I am not sure what you could use as a substitute. Anyone else?

  98. I made this and it worked great! I get my hair damp, scrunch it a little, let it air dry a bit, spray this in and then diffuse. I thought it did just as good of a job as my expensive salon stuff.

  99. Hi, did you have any issues with your spray bottle pump clogging with this recipe? I put it in an old push pump hairspray bottle and after two pumps it was clogged :(

    Also, do you mean rubbing alcohol as far as adding a preservative?

  100. Hi,
    I’ve recently found your blog and I absolutely love it, there are so many things to read about and recipes to try.
    I was very interested in trying that beach hair spray, so I made it 20 minutes ago :) I am very excited, cant wai to test it.
    I live in France, and it seems tricky to find Epsom salt, it’s not that common so instead I used sea salt and also fleur de sel which is basically ‘bulk’ salt, not refined and quite thick, I hope this will be good for the recipe.

  101. Love this!! My natural wavy hair is kind of meh but this added volume and made it curly. People at work even asked what I did different. Thank you!

  102. I want to thank you for this I came across it the other day and had everything on hand but the epsom salts so I grabbed some and tried it.

    It took all of five minutes to do my hair the next day. My hair doesn’t hold curl yet but it’s pretty easy to sprunch it’s just a matter of how long it stays.

    One thing I’m wondering (if you see this) is there a way to use it and it not look almost wet without sacrificing the hold?

    • The epsom salts actually contribute to a more “matte” texture, so when you get your hands on some, I’d try adding them and see if you don’t like the look better 😉

  103. This recipe is awesome for fine hair. I mist it on and then curl. Holds the curl really great. Be careful with the essential oils. Just 1 drop is enuf. Bookmarking this 4 sure.

  104. Your daughter’s “messy” bookshelf means someone is using the books–yay!

    Love all your resources. Thanks!

  105. Hi,

    It works super well…

    I have a question after using the product should I throw it away and make a new one for each time?

    Please let me know

    Thank you

  106. Love this stuff! It made my hair wavy! Store-bought ones usually make my hair frizzy and clumpy but this one actually did give me those loose waves that always come after visiting the beach.

  107. I made it with tea to darken my hair but used a tea bag… Was that a big mistake?? Also my hair feels somewhat greasy after using it, what did I do wrong?

  108. Hi Katie,

    I really like this simple yet effective recipe. I use that spray every time I wanna great beachy hair for a casual sexy look.
    I made a batch some time ago, and the product is still fine and works great.
    I even made some for a good friend, it was her birthday. I bought a lovely container, added deco onto it and voilà. she is very pleased with it. so a big thank-you to you, dear Katie.
    I treasure your articles, they are so good, and you make it so easy for us to go step by step through recipes.
    thanks a lot.

    I have a question, Katie, what would you do if you wanted to make your own sea salt/beachy scent to smell ‘the beach’ (like Kramer from Seinfeld)?

    thank you again, I love your blog so much.

    • Hm, good idea! I would try making a blend of essential oils that reminds you of the beach. For me, that would probably be a lot of citrus with some floral notes, but you might think of other things. You could maybe do an internet search for beach-y essential oil combos.

  109. I had been using Wella High Hair Ocean Sprizz to put some texture in my short fine hair. It was not available in the US but I was able to get it on line. I can’t find it online anymore. Must have stopped making it. The new Wella product, that is available, is hard to find, also. And I don’t want to spend anymore money trying out different products. I made your recipe and it’s perfect. I just used the water, Epsom salts, sea salt and aloe vera. My hair is fine, so I don’t need additional conditioner. I also put a little styling gel on my hair after I spray it. Haven’t figured out exactly how many pumps to use yet, but it’s just what I need. My hair is a little stiff, which is what I want. So glad I found this. Doesn’t get frizzy or flat. I love the way my hair looks.

  110. im a guy with long wavy hair this gave me model hair with my long surfer shag cuts parted and not parted it gives you a cali lived in feel. great i look like Matthaeus
    Moore he rocks this look. lol Thank You So Much!

  111. Looks like a great recipe. I swim in the sea a lot and even at 60, my hair has good thickness and texture, the 6 months I am on the sea it is much more curly and has more body, I have figured this out sometime ago, it was from the seawater, so sea salt sprays make sense and I want to make some for my landlocked sister! I will try variations, as I have with my shampoo for pennies – used now for 3 months, the only change to my hair is that – it looks a lot better and has more body! Recipe: tsp BAKING SODA ,just enough warm water to dissolve -about 1/3 cup, 1 TBSP YOGURT. mix well. Pour on your head, massage it through thoroughly and really rub into your hair and scalp. Rinse, then rinse with vinegar, 1/2 tsp in 1/2 cup water – this will untangle your hair and leave it shiny. (did this as a child as well). You will be surprised, I was, and pleased, no more chemicals, no more expensive shampoo! Oh, one final thing: I use cold pressed oils for my face, no lotions or creams, and I just rub through my hair what is left on my hands after applying to my face. You could use just a couple of drops of Almond or Grapeseed if you don’t want to use the oil on your face. “AuraCacia” oils are inexpensive. Just spritz first, then your skin does not feel oily. No one can believe I have been a captain on the sea for 20 years in the sun, my skin looks -maybe, 50!

    • Ps. your pictures are lovely, no need to apologise! None of us contributing or writing such blogs are professional, and professional can get tiresome – REAL is a nice change! Big nose? I don’t see one!

  112. Katie, first off–Congratulations on your pregnancy!!! :)
    Secondly, I made this stuff today after running out of my Fructis brand beach waves product, and this works fantastically! I use it, as I did the other product, on damp hair after showering. On dry hair this type of thing just makes it feel dry and tangled. But it works beautifully and I’m so glad I had all the ingredients. I used a drop of lavender and one of lemongrass, and it smells great, too.
    Thanks for the great recipe. I’ll never buy this sort of thing at the store again!

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