DIY SEA SALT SPRAY, or, not buying more crap

As a pale, freckled, chubby kid, and now, adult (the triple threat, and by that I mean, I love my curves now, duh), I nurse a grudge again hot, humid weather. I spent summertimes reading and watching X-Files reruns and old movies indoors, avoiding the sweat, bugs, beach, and well, people. When it came to family vacations and the obligatory East Coast family-goes-to-Orlando’s theme park mecca trope, I was all about the indoor air conditioning: gift shops, restaurants, information centers — count me in. My hair was long and heavy, and I was sweaty, perpetually.

Fast forward a couple of decades, add some actual confidence, life experience, shorter locks and make it half-a-head shaved later, I’ve come to relish working and playing in hotter, humid climates from time to time. Why? Well, besides the excitement of traveling, and despite the mosquitos, one big perk was learning I had wavy hair! Like the magazines! Sorta. It helps to have a bit of angled layering or whatnot worked in, and more importantly, a bit of product. The right product.

As we all (should) know, we are destroying our planet with the insane, mind-bogglingly gigantic production of plastics, and I’d assume the vast majority of hair care products on Earth are made of crap while testing on innocent animals. There are totally cruelty-free hair care products out there, and a bunch I’ve purchased and dig, but overall, I’m trying to buy less and create less waste. And as an obsessive home cook, sure do appreciate some DIY action. 

Point delivered: I’ve made this DIY sea salt spray twice now, adapting the ratios and ingredients found on what seems like a bajillion holistic beauty care and paleo makeup (huh,,,) blogs out there. I like it because it has basic-enough ingredients that I apparently actually had in my bathroom cabinets — thanks to whoever gifted Jules with the cinnamon essence, and however I got my hands on argan oil — and it does a little something something (but not too much) to encourage my hair to wave, even when I’m not in Texas, or better yet, Thailand.


Point, delivered: I’ve made this DIY sea salt spray twice now, adapting the ratios and ingredients found on what seems like a bajillion holistic beauty care and paleo makeup (huh,,,) blogs out there. I like it because it has basic-enough ingredients that I apparently actually had in my bathroom cabinets — thanks to whoever gifted Jules with the cinnamon essence, and however I got my hands on argan oil — and it does a little something something (but not too much) to encourage my hair to wave, even when I’m not in Texas, or better yet, Thailand.

 Salt, essence, argan oil, water, fun

Salt, essence, argan oil, water, fun

How to Make: DIY Sea Salt Spray

What you'll need:

  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 1 tablespoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon largan oil (or other liquid oil you’d be okay putting on your body and smelling in your hair)
  • 5 drops of pleasant essential oil or tincture (optional, but clearly nice)
  • 1 spray bottle that fits at least 8 fluid ounces

What to do:

Bring the water to a gentle simmer in a small pot, remove from heat, add in the salt, oil, and optional essential oil or tincture, and let cool. Once cool, pour into your spray bottle, using a funnel if needed. Cool, shake, and spray, using right after the shower.

I put it on after I comb my hair and blow dry my bangs, spraying my hair and letting it air dry or blow drying from there. FYI, I used cinnamon essence and reuse a spray bottle from a texturizing spray I ran out of at least 2 years ago, which is a fun perk.

More DIY, easy peasy "beauty" tips welcome!