curio / wellness

Black Pepper + Lilac Sea Salt Spray

04.06.16

lilac sea salt spray

When you’re on a holiday
You can’t find the words to say
All the things that come to you
And I wanna feel it too

On an island in the sun
We’ll be playin’ an’ havin’ fun
And it makes me feel so fine
— Weezer

That’s right. I am currently listening to Weezer. And Island in the Sun came on and it was just perfect for sea salt spray. I can’t say that I have ever noticed my hair feeling different after a day on the beach, but I also don’t really dip my hair in the water when I go to the beach. Oceans smell funny. Maybe I should go see a different ocean than the one you find at Santa Monica pier. I have however noticed an incredible difference in texture when I use a sea salt spray. Some people are ardently against spraying salt into your hair, but I’ve been doing it for years and I haven’t had any issues. It’s the perfect way to add a little volume and texture to lazy straight hair. I like it because it makes my flat soft hair look windblown.

lilac sea salt spray

sea salt spray

SHOPPING LIST:
– Glass Bottle
– Funnel
– Essential oils
– Coconut oil
– Sea salt

DIRECTIONS:
Pour 1.5 cups of warm to hot water into a bowl. Dissolve the sea salt in the water and stir slowly. Add a few drops of your favorite scented oil: I chose black pepper and lilac, which pair nicely for the spring. The black pepper tones down the sweetness of the lilac. Add in a small spoonful of coconut oil and pour into a squirt bottle. I got mine here, but here’s another store with nice bottles too. Take the full mixture and use a funnel to pour it slowly into your bottle. Shake before using.

The key to good sea salt spray is the amount of salt. You’ve got to put a bit more than you’d think in there. If you put in some various oils, you hair won’t dry out too much, but you will feel it get really piece-y when you run your fingers through it. This recipe is the minimum amount of salt. If you want the serious stuff, add another 1/2 TBSP of salt in there.

lilac sea salt spray

I swear this stuff is better than the Bumble and Bumble version, which is WAY more expensive. I do adore Bumble products, but this is one that is better made at home! Plus you can choose your scent and put it in a pretty bottle. Swoony.

What are your favorite homemade products?

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