Use these tips to make your own saltwater for just-from-the-beach hair waves.
By: Sarah James
Given that I live within one mile of the ocean, I do consider myself a bit of a beachy- wave expert when it comes to styling hair. There are many ways to emulate beachy waves using products, braids, twists or blow dryer diffusers to name a few. But the real way to create the style (and the true reason loose, messy waves are donned "beachy") is by using saltwater.
Saltwater creates the most perfectly un-perfect waves, and it's nearly impossible to recreate those covetable carefree curls without it. However, you don't need to travel hundreds of miles to dip your mane into the ocean! Just follow these tips, and you'll have the best (and most economical) salt water-based beach wave spray out there.
- Spray bottle
- Kosher or sea salt
- Coconut oil
- Hair gel
1. Fill the Spray Bottle With One Cup (8 Ounces) of Water
Make sure the water is warm to help dissolve the salt and coconut oil.
2. Add 1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt to the Water
3. Add About 1/2 Teaspoon of Coconut Oil to the Bottle
Coconut oil is my very favorite oil to cook with and use as a beauty aid. However, if you've used coconut oil before, you know that it can harden a bit in the jar. That's why it's important to add the oil to warm water so it can liquefy properly.
4. Once You've Mixed the Above Ingredients, Add Just a Dab of Hair Gel to the Mixture
This will help form and set your waves. A great inexpensive gel is Pantene Pro-V Stylers Strong Hold Gel.
5. Secure the Top on the Spray Bottle and Shake Thoroughly
Whenever the mood strikes, use the spray on barely damp or dry hair, and scrunch the ends towards your head to create the beachy texture. Be careful not to fuss with your hair too much — one of the reasons hair looks so great after a day at the beach is because you probably didn't touch it much! Just let it air-dry if you have the time, or use a diffuser attachment on your blow dryer.
And voilà! Loose, textured waves that won't cost you a trip to the beach or an arm and a leg in products. Perfect!
Quick Tip: Coconut oil not only promotes healthy shine, it smells delicious!
Sarah can be found contributing her musings on style, beauty and parenting at her personal blog, Whoorl, as well as the popular beauty website Hair Thursday. Her blogs have been featured on “The Rachael Ray Show,” “ABC Nightline ” and in The New York Times.