Sweet Salt Texturizing Spray for Hair

Sweet Salt Texturizing Spray for Hair - Simple Recipe

I’ve shared my natural hair spray recipe and my Beach Waves Sea Salt Spray before. I like both of them but wondered if I could combine them to make one everyday hair product.

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

Turns out, combining these two recipes is not only possible, but awesome.

I have naturally baby-fine hair and even though it is naturally wavy, it doesn’t naturally hold style well. My hair is also long and blonde, so it gets easily weighed down and looks dirty if I put certain hair products in it.

I stumbled upon my beach waves spray and homemade hair spray when looking for natural hair products that would give my hair some body without weighing it down or making it look greasy.

Katie Wellness MamaThis texturizing spray combines the texturizing ability of my original sea spray with the extra hold of my homemade hair spray for a long-lasting texturizing spray. (It is what I used to style my hair for this picture)

I also added essential oils to this recipe for scent and to stimulate hair growth. I spend a lot of time outside in the summer, and these oils help protect hair and encourage new hair growth.

Natural Texturizing Spray

This spray is incredibly inexpensive and simple to make and it has worked better on my hair than any store-bought product I’ve ever tried. In fact, even if you buy a top of the line glass spray bottle to use for this recipe (which can be re-used many times) and use all of the optional ingredients, this 8 ounce recipe still costs much less than a 4-ounce bottle of Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, which is one of the few conventional products that I’ve ever really liked.

NOTE: I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the glass spray bottle in the picture above. I got it on Zulily and it is sometimes in stock but can be hard to find. I also recently tried this glass spray bottle and like it better since it can spray a fine mist or a thicker spray. Another option is to use an old apple cider vinegar bottle and just replace the top with a regular spray bottle top.

Texturizing Spray Ingredients

  • 1 cup distilled water, heated but not boiling
  • 1 Tablespoon Epsom Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Organic White Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Spiced Rum (optional- to help preserve and avoid sticking)
  • 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil (optional)
  • 10 drops Lemon Essential Oil (optional)
  • 10 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil (optional)
  • 5 drops Rosemary Essential Oil (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of Coconut Conditioner (optional but can help prevent the bottle sticking. Adding conditioner will not work for all hair types and will make the spray thicker. If you don’t want to use conditioner, you can just soak the spray top in hot water to dissolve the sugar/salt if it ever sticks)

How to Make Texturizing Spray

These directions get pretty complicated, so bear with me… Just kidding! This recipe is incredibly easy to make so don’t blink or you might miss the directions.

Pour the hot water in to the glass spray bottle.

Add all of the other ingredients.

Shake until ingredients are dissolved.

How To Use Texturizing Spray

Spray into dry hair and scrunch until the spray dries.

For extra volume, use a curling iron to loosely curl 1 inch sections of hair and scrunch again.

TIP: For easy morning hair, braid dry hair in to a french braid (or french braid pigtails) at night and spray with this spray. In the morning, use dry shampoo if needed and unbraid hair. Re-spray and scrunch for all-day texture and waves.

Ever made a homemade hair product? How did it work? Tell me below!

This hair texturizing spray combines epsom salt with volumizing natural sugar and essential oils for a sweet sea spray that naturally thickens hair.

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Reader Comments

  1. Haha tee hee! Priceless. “…turns slightly green when placed next to a shinier specimin…” I know that feeling all to well.

  2. I can’t wait to make this in the morning!

  3. I love the sound of this! A few questions, do you think Himalayan or Celtic salt would work also what about vodka instead of rum? This is what I have on hand…. Although maybe I could get some spiced rum 🙂 cheers

      • Yay! I have vodka from making extracts. Great post!

  4. In regards to the spray bottle, I’ve had incredible luck with myoilbusiness.com recently! I ended up paying $13 with shipping for four glass bottles with spray tops! The glass bottles are a standard size, so you could easily pick up different types of lids.

    There’s also a thread going around about just using glass water bottles with a spray top, but I haven’t tried this!

  5. Could you use any conditioner in this?

  6. Do you ever have problems with bees or flies when you’re outside since it contains sugar?

  7. Thanks for the help I will try and make the hair spray at the moment I have no essential oil handy and no rum but I will find something x

  8. Do you have to use organic sugar?

    • It’s definitely preferable to inorganic sugar, but not necessary.

      • Can you use rubbing alcohol?

  9. Can you use this on colored hair? My hair started turning grey early in my 20s. Now it’s totally grey but my wonderful hairdresser colors my hair to an auburn base with blonde and strawberry blonde highlights. I get compliments on it all the time, and don’t want to use anything that would strip my color. Reds are notorious for fading, but the EO coconut and hibiscus shampoo and conditioner that I get at Whole Foods does a great job at not stripping my color. Think this would work for me?

    • I would be slightly concerned about the alcohol being drying a little, and possibly stripping it. You might do a strand test underneath to see… That’s what I do.

  10. Hi I made the spray it is great but doest it go bad it made 2 bottles for me and the other bottle smells when its sprayed? I do like it but dont use it all that fast?

  11. I can’t wait to try this. I LOVE the sea salt spray!

  12. Hi Katie! First off, I would like to tell you what an awesome job you’re doing! I’ve used tons of your ideas and have also recommended them to other people, as well, and told them about your website. That being said, I was wondering if I could use coconut sugar in place of the organic sugar. I’m trying to get away from using sugar, and besides having brown sugar on hand (which I haven’t found a replacement for), the only other sugar I have is the coconut sugar. Thanks so much, and keep up the great work!

    • Go for it! I don’t think it will cause any problems.

    • Just as an aside note, you can use coconut sugar or any other variety of sweetner to make your own brown sugar. Super simple and easy too, just add 1 TBSP of molasses to every one cup of sweetner/substitute (or regular sugar since I really dislike the store bought browns!) and mix with a mixer until completely incorporated. You can do this by hand, it takes a while and you won’t have to do any arming toning exercises for two days but it is doable 😀

  13. I’ve tried sea salt as a spray before. While it gives incredible body/volume the first few times of use, it eventually ends up being very drying to my hair. Have you found this to be the case? Or is the addition of essential oils what keeps this from happening?

    • It can certainly help, although sometimes hair doesn’t like salt. This may be the case for you, but I encourage you to try it.

  14. Can you use raw sugar? I only have raw cane sugar which has larger grains but I can grind it up. Is this fine? Any reason o use white sugar?

    I can’t wait to try this 🙂

    • Go for it! The only reason I can think of not to use raw sugar is that it might shorten the shelf life.

  15. Can this be stored in a plastic spray bottle once cooled?

    • Glass is better (no leaching chemicals) but I suppose plastic will do in a pinch.

  16. Will it work for my hair style. Kinky curly crlly hair or African American women hair.

    • It might, but you may find it a bit drying. It’s worth trying though.

    • I was just wondering if this worked for you, I want to try it, and it sounds like you have my hair type 🙂

  17. My hair is naturally straight and does not hold curl well at all. Do you think this would still work on my hair? Also will this protect against heat damage from styling tools? If not, do you have any suggestions for something natural that would? Thanks so much!

    • It might help it to wave gently. For heat protection, that’s harder. You are more likely to burn the sugar (ick). Honestly, there are not many natural products that will work for that. The best thing would be something with protein in it that will help seal your hair shaft. You could try coconut oil.

  18. Does it have to be that conditioner? Or can I use a different conditioner? (I have doTERRA’s Salon Essentials conditioner)

    • You can use any natural conditioner you like!

  19. Will regular white sugar work with this, or does it have to be organic?

  20. I thought I’d mention that this doesn’t just have to go on dry hair… I’ve put just a few spritzes with a fine spray right at the roots and crown to replace root volumizer or thickening mousse. Mind you I am blow drying afterwards, not sure how a natural dry would turn out. Thanks for all the tips and tricks!

  21. Ohmagosh!! I thought I was in love with Beach Waves. This stuff is spetacular! I used to buy a product for this style and felt guilty every time I used it. My naturally wavy hair is now naturally sassy and curly. Thanks, Katie, for your great recipes and informative site! 🙂

  22. Saw it, made it, used it! My hair is thin and a bit wavy, I use surf hair goop to make it textured; this stuff is AWESOME! I appreciate the share!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So easy and there are ways to experiment with it with different oils and such. Thanks so much!!!!

  23. What do the oils do? Is it for smell or something else?

  24. how can i tell the date of your posts – other than looking at the comments?

    • I try to write all of my posts so that they are not time sensitive, and the ones that are I usually update so they are relevant no matter when you read it.

  25. Hi KAtie!
    What is the shelf life for this spray approx? Also curious what the clary sage’s purpose is in this? I have seen it in many of your hair recipes but when i read up on it i haven’t read anything about it being useful for hair in particular. Just curious 🙂
    Thank you!!

  26. Do you have to wash your hair every time you use this? I only wash every other day, and I’m wondering how Day 2 is after using this spray. Do you use some more the second day? Thanks!

    • I’ve gone multiple days and usually just a scrunch with damp hands is enough to reactivate it and I just use dry shampoo if needed

  27. Can this be used as a root lifter in wet hair? Im looking for a natural way to give my hair more body without making it wavy.

  28. Hi

    Loving all your tips, ideas, recipes etc. I am on a mission to turn as much as possible into a natural, friendlier version of what we currently use, throughout our lives :o)

    I wondered if you have a natural make it yourself alternative to hair gel? I have naturally curly hair and i prefer hair gel to style with over all other products I’ve tried, but would love to switch it to a friendlier version :o)

    Many thanks for any help in advance :o)

  29. Katie, what is the reason behind using sugar in the spray ? I know it makes more bubbles in a cold process soap, and is a wonderful exfoliant in scrubs …but I don’t get the point of using in my hair. I also have the baby fine you do and would love to have alot of body… and not have to have it cut so frequently…

    • When it solidifies as the spray dries, the sugar just gives that good hold that I am used to in a hairspray.

  30. Hi Katie, I have read all the comments on this and on your natural hairspray recipes and I am concerned. I want to dump the toxins and got with a natural hairspray. I have thin, fine, stick straight, organic color treated hair that has absolutely no body on it’s own. I blow dry and then then use a curling iron on it. After I comb it out and get it looking decent I use hairspray. Would this be a hairspray I can use after all of that or is this one you need to use before styling?

  31. This looks great. I no longer have conditioner in the house because I use acv rinse and rub a bit of coconut oil into my hair when needed. My hair’s thick and wavy. Would you suggest adding oil to the recipe, instead of conditioner? If so, one teaspoon? Thanks so much!

  32. wow this actually works well and is simple!

  33. Dear Wellness Mama,

    I love your website and continue to learn much from you. I appreciate all that you do and share. I am currently studying to be a certified doula and preparing to be a mom in the near nurture. So, far I have loved all of your recipes and information. I often recommend them to all my friends. Thank you so very much.

    I have very curly hair and live in rural Alaska. This particular recipe did not work for me at all. It may be great if someone has straight or wavy hair but for curly haired people I would not recommend it unless you have endless amounts of water to use to get it out your hair. I do not have endless amounts of water.

    My husband lovingly combs my hair for me when it needs it about once a week or so. This spray left my hair with a sticky and tangled clumpy consistency. Because of the sugar in the recipe various things clung to my hair and it was very hard to get them out. It was one of the most challenging hair experiences that we have shared. I lost a lot of hair too. It took a total of a whole hour to get most of it out. Even then, there was still some that persisted. Please, if you have curly hair do not use this recipe unless you have endless amounts of water to spare on your hair.

  34. Hi Katie,

    Thank You! I just love your all-natural products. Can i add some peroxide into this hair spray for lightening? If not then ,In the chamomile tea method,won’t the alcohol help in preserving it,do is it necessary to store it in a refrigerator?
    and how much peroxide/chamomile tea should i use?

  35. Just followed the recipe exactly and used it for the first time today… totally impressed with how well it works. I haven’t worn my hair down in a long time because I couldn’t get it the way I like it and didn’t want to use expensive (often chemical-filled) products to achieve the look–but this spray did it easily, cheaply, and naturally. Thank you!!

  36. Hi Katie,

    Can you substitute ACV for the alcohol in this recipe?



    • I haven’t tried, but please let me know if you do! I would think it would work….

    • nice video, thanks

  37. Can I use Witch Hazel instead of the Rum? I don’t have it.

  38. I just made this and put it in my hair and it’s amazing! I’ve tried a few ‘natural alternatives’ to things in the past but am usually disappointed. The no-shampoo thing: Eh. The DIY honey hair lighteners: Pffth. But THIS – holy moley, I smell awesome and my fine, sad, growing-out-a-pixie-cut-awkward-stage hair is acting all sassy for a change. Love it! 😀

  39. I’m new to your wellness blog and am considering trying your texturizing spray. Is the ingredient “spiced rum” really spiced rum?! Is there a good substitute? L

    • Any kind of alcohol will work. It can also be left out, but it is helpful for speeding drying

      • Thank you for your reply. I am excited to have discovered your blog.

  40. Hello! Do you think a more compact spray bottle would work? Like the kind you just press down and not the trigger kind? I’m just trying to figure out what to do with travel since all the bottles i can find with the trigger handle are much bigger than 3 hrs. Maybe definitely need the conditioner in it?

    Example of the type of bottle I’m talking about: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B010YFKO4W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B010YFKO4W&linkCode=as2&tag=wellnessmama-20&linkId=PWCEFHB23LWWMGT3

    Thanks so much! I just chopped off all my hair and would really love this texture spray! Thanks for all you share with the world! You’ve been my long-distance mentor for my journey to natural wellness 🙂