We all have those moments when we don’t have the tools we need on-hand to create a look we’re going for. Let’s take beach waves, for example. Sure, this look can be achieved by taking a swim into the ocean, but you can also get the look by spraying your hair with a salt texturizing hair spray product. But what happens when you have neither? This is where you can take matters into your own hands and create your own natural hair spray at home.
It’s easy to make an at-home natural hairspray, but it may not always work like the real thing. However, it’s worth giving it a shot! If you’re pressed for time or in a situation where you don’t have a drugstore or beauty supply store nearby, this is the perfect time to get creative. Below we’re giving you tips on how to create your own natural hairspray for waves and the drugstore alternative you should use if your homemade natural hair spray concoction fails.
Natural Hair Spray: The Salt Spray Edition
To create your homemade salt spray, all you need is natural ingredients found in your pantry: water, sea salt and if you want something that provides some extra conditioning, try a conditioning oil like coconut oil. (Ed’s note: You can also use an oil like olive oil if you rather an oil that doesn’t turn solid in cool temperatures.) Boil some water and add a teaspoon of salt and stir for it to dissolve. Once you’ve done that, apply a few drops of oil while the water is still warm and mix well. Before pouring your mixture into a spray bottle, you can let it cool off for a bit. To speed things up you can place the mixture into your refrigerator for a few minutes, then pour it into your spray bottle and shake it up!
Now it is time to put your new creation to the test! Apply your salt spray to clean, slightly damp hair. Twist each section of hair then allow it to set. You can also try spritzing your hair with the salt spray before you do a braid. The salt spray will help create texture and definition. Once your braids are dry, release and fluff your hair.
If this doesn’t work for you—or you’re simply not good in the kitchen—you can always opt for a texturizing salt spray product. Our favorite is Suave Professionals Texturizing Sea Salt Spray. This product is cost-friendly and works just as well as all the other salt sprays on the market. To make sure you never, ever run out, buy a few and save one just for when you’re traveling! This stuff is literally like having a beach in a bottle minus the sand. It gives your hair a beautiful texture and flawless, beach-like waves.