After much trial and error and research and thought, here is my personal mixture for DIY Sea Salt Hair Spray. I use it on myself to add volume and waves to my fine straight hair and, I use it on my 4 year old daughter in between hair washings.
A basic sea salt hair spray mixture consists of water and sea salt, then you get a little advanced and add leave in or light conditioner. Most people use Suave from the big box stores because it’s affordable and the texture is ideal for this kind of thing. Last ingredient is gel to make sure everything sticks and holds, but not soo much that the hair ends up clumpy, flaking and sticky as gels has the tendency to do and doesn’t always properly dissolve in water. What I did was simply put together the best of the best.
What it does:
-make your hair smell good
-freshens your hair
-conditions your hair
-give your hair body
-gives your hair a healthy sheen
-fortifies and nourishes the hair
-gives you a day at the beach, beach waves without the beach
It will not:
-dry your hair
I can adjust it to be more of a detangler or more of a setting spray or a hair freshener or a sea salt body building spray.
Best of all nothing in it will hurt your hair or your skin! It is all natural!
The following are the ingredients of this concoction and an explanation of the benefits of each ingredient.
Pearls and Gems
I’ve infused each bottle with either pearls of semi precious gemstones, for good luck, because it looks cool, must most importantly to remind you to shake the bottle before each use. =)
leave in conditioner
Here is where some research and trial and error took place. I had to find something natural, without any parabens or chemicals that could harm the scalp or hair. EO Leave-In Conditioner in French Lavender is just that, it is paraben, polysorbate, disodium, EDTA, sodium laureth and lauryl sulfate FREE.
The EO leave-in conditioner has the following beneficial ingredients:
Lavender essential oil
Hibiscus essential oil
According to AromaTherapy Savvy Cafe hibiscus is known for it’s healing properties, from sunburns to to swelling, it even helps constipation and urinary tract inflammation.
Papaya which is rich is vitamin A and an anti-oxidant.
It’s high fatty content helps nourish and enrich the skin. And according to HerbWisdom.com “The rich stores of essential fatty acids in evening primrose oil not only prevent nails from cracking but also help to keep them generally healthy. In addition, the essential fatty acids nourish the scalp, making the supplement potentially valuable in treating a variety of hair problems.”
evening primrose cultivated in england
The juice of Alfalfa helps in hair regrowth and prevents further hair loss.
Pomegranate seed oil give luster and life back to dull hair, it also helps shield the hair from further damage from environmental factors.
Quinoa is a grain-like crop with edible seeds. Think, rice, wheat, barley types Except this plant contains protein that nourishes the hair when applied.
Gotu Kola is used in India, China and Indonesia to treat skin conditions such as leprosy, open wounds and psoriasis. In China it is said to remedy hair loss. In Ayurveda it is said that a Gotu Kola oil treatment for the hair is so light and easily absorbed by the hair the end result it you have lustrous and shiny hair.
TheJojobaOil.com states “Jojoba oil is extremely beneficial for your hair. It deeply moisturizes your scalp. It prevents hair from looking greasy or oily. Jojoba oil prevents and stops hair loss and thinning of hair.” I believe them.
Olive oil is known to help repair hair damage, soothe and cleanse the scalp.
At a personal level I have seen my grandmother apply coconut oil to her hair as a ritual before bedtime. Her hair was soft, shiny and thick up until the day she passed away. She didn’t eve start graying till she was 65! Coconut oil helped keep her hair strong, full and healthy throughout the years. Need I say more?
I used John Masters Silk Protien Styling Gel because of its ingredients, it smelled good, it didn’t flake after it dried and it dissolves properly in regular temperature water. Once again it is paraben, GMO, EDTA, DEA, MEA, sodium laurel sulfate, artificial color, artificial fragrance, petrochemical, polymer and alcohol FREE. It is Certified Organic.
John Masters Organics Silk Protein Hair Gel contains the following beneficial ingredients.
Aloe Vera Juice.
I think I was taught by the age of 5 that aloe vera is good for the hair. I used to watch my grandmother plant these things and cut the leaves and rub the sap directly to her scalp.
According to blackgirllonghair.com there are 4 benefits of aloe vera juice. It promotes hair groth, helps control dandruff. It can be used as a nourishing shampoo and natural conditioner.
Soy Protein from soy beans moisturizes and strengthens the hair. Yes, hair needs protein too, not just out muscles.
Mandarin Orange Oil
Not only does citrus work well and is pleasing to the nose when mixed with almost anything it also does the hair good. It has the ability to soothe and calm the mood as well as deodorize the air or whatever is being sprayed. It has anti-septic and cleansing properties that when applied to the scalp it purifies and circulates and acts as a toner. the end result is a clean, fresh and hydrated scalp.
Cedar wood oil
Cedar wood is an astringent. It helps revitalize dry hair, control dandruff, bring back luster to the hair.
Honeysuckle Flower Extract
This hydrates the hair giving new life to dry, brittle hair.
Last ingredient is a synergy blend of essential oils. A synergy blend is when essential oil advantages are enhanced by blending it together with other oils.
This blend is relaxation synergy blend. I chose this because a day at the beach reminds me of calmness and relaxation. Why not have all that in a spray bottle to use anytime and carry it with you anywhere?
I mixed lavender, marjoram, patchouli, chamomile essential oils diluted in jojoba oil for maximum benefits.
Patchouli also treats dry and brittle hair and is safe even to massage directly to the scalp to stimulte the hair.
Chamomile helps prevent hair loss aside from being a natural hair lightener.
Marjoram also helps nourish the hair and fight baldness or hair loss.