As I recently contemplated running out to the store to buy a sea salt spray, it dawned on me that I could make my own. I already make a lot of my own personal care products, and surely if I made my own spray for my hair, it would contain less harmful and more beneficial ingredients than if I bought it at the store.
I quickly realized that I could buy everything I needed for the spray right at The Apothecary in Inglewood and get the best quality ingredients while I was at it. I adapted the following recipe from a recipe at Wellness Mama: DIY Beach Waves Hair Spray.
I made my spray to also lighten my dark blonde hair, but I’ve included instructions for non-lightening spray as well. The epsom salts are more gentle on the hair than the sea salt normally used in sea salt spray.
I’m so happy with the way this spray turned out and it is definitely my favourite summer product (along with the Rocky Mountain Soap Company sunscreen that we sell in our brick and mortar store — which smells like cookies! — I won’t be going to the beach without this). Aside from the lightening power of the chamomile tea and lemon juice, it gives me the gentle texturizing of the epsom salts, some very light sun protection from the red raspberry oil, nourishment from the argan oil and aloe vera, and a really lovely scent from the essential oils (I used a combination of pink grapefruit, red mandarin and a bit of spearmint).
- 1/2 cup hot water or hot, strong chamomile tea if you would like your spray to lighten
- 1 tbsp epsom salts (or more for a more texturizing spray)
- 1/4 tsp Himalayan or sea salt (optional — adds stiffness)
- 1/2 tsp aloe vera gel
- 1/4 tsp red raspberry seed oil
- 1/4 tsp argan oil
- A few drops of the essential oil(s) of your choice
- Optional: 1/2 tsp lemon juice (again, for lightening)**
- If you use tea and/or lemon juice, add 1/2 tsp vodka to preserve the spray**
- 4 oz glass bottle with mister
**Okay, okay, I couldn’t buy the lemon juice or the vodka at The Apothecary. I used Santa Cruz Pure Lemon Juice because I like that it’s organic and not from concentrate; and Nutrl vodka because it’s Canadian and their marketing is very plucky (and it’s great in a Caesar).
Using a funnel, fill the bottle to halfway with the hot water or tea. Add all other ingredients, cap, and shake until salts are dissolved. Fill bottle to neck with more tea or hot water.
If using tea and/or lemon juice, store in the fridge. Otherwise you can store out of the fridge. This spray should keep for 3-4 months (the length of our summer here in Calgary — perfect!).