The Easiest DIY Sea Salt Spray for Beachy Waves

*The Easiest DIY Sea Salt Spray for Beachy Waves first published June 2016. Updated July 2020!

Looking to save some money on hair products but can’t live without your sea salt spray? Love the look of fresh beachy waves after a day at the beach? Today I’m showing exactly how to make an easy DIY sea salt spray to cut costs but not sacrifice style!

I’ve been using Bumble and Bumble’s Sea Salt Spray for years and love it! The cost of it can add up quickly, especially with long hair, so I wanted to share a super easy tutorial for your own DIY Sea Salt Spray!

The Easiest DIY Sea Salt Spray for Beachy Waves

This spray is great for adding texture and giving you that beachy wave like you get from the ocean!

In the summertime especially, I love the effortless waves that I get after a day at the beach or lake. Even better is when we’re at the ocean and you get that beautiful beach wave just from being in the salt water!

Sea salt sprays can be quite pricey especially if you have long hair that requires a lot for one use! The one I use is such a small bottle so I seem to fly through it super quick, especially with my hair is as long as it is!

Making your own sea salt spray at home can save you lots of money in the long run and you can make double (or more!) the amount of the tiny bottles you normally buy.

It also works just as good, if not better than something you can buy! You can easily DIY your own sea salt spray and the best part of all is you likely have all the ingredients you need in your cupboards!

What does salt water spray do to your hair?

Sea salt spray is super popular for creating beachy waves. It can, however, dry out the hair due to the sea salt so be warned and don’t overuse it!

I typically only use it once a week but don’t wash my hair for 2 or 3 days after using it.

So those 2nd and 3rd days after your apply your spray are great for hairstyles like fishtail braids since this will help hold your hair in place because of the additional texture!

Sea salt spray is great to add some texture and volume to your hair without all the chemicals. It also makes it easier for your hair to hold waves or curls and also braids.

If you want to a salt spray that’s not as drying, use epsom salt! It will give you the same look but won’t dry your hair out like sea salt will!

If you have fine or thin hair, using a generous amount of sea salt spray will help your hair thicken up and get a good amount of volume.

On the other hand, if you have naturally curly or voluminous hair, you won’t need to use as much to get the same effect!

DIY Sea Salt Spray for Beachy Waves

The Easiest DIY Sea Salt Spray for Beachy Waves

Paisley + Sparrow is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program This post may include affiliate links which means I may earn a small commission if you shop using the links below at no additional cost to you.  Thanks so much for supporting me and this blog!

You can make your own sea salt spray in just 3 easy steps using 3 ingredients! You can literally do it in less than 5 minutes.

Ingredients for DIY Sea Salt Spray

  1. 1-2 tsp sea salt* (the more salt you add, the more texture it will give) *or swap sea salt for epsom salt to prevent your hair from drying out too much
  2. 1 tbsp coconut oil
  3. 1 cup warm water
  4. spray bottle (you can get an inexpensive plastic spray bottle or a more durable glass spray bottle!)

Directions for sea salt spray: 

1. Warm up 1 cup of water.

You can choose if you use a microwave or the stove but heat up 1 cup of water. This part is super easy and only takes about 2 minutes.

Tip – start warming up your water while you pull out the rest of your ingredients!

2. Add coconut oil and sea salt.

After the water is warm, add in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 to 2 teaspoon of sea salt to it.

I typically just stir the ingredients together directly in the measuring cup with the water. Alternately, you could also combine these 2 in a separate bowl while the water is heating.

Don’t worry if it’s not exactly perfect! After you make a batch or two, you can always adjust the measurements to your hair. If you have more oily hair, you may want less coconut oil.

On the other hand, if you want additional texture, add in a bit more sea salt! Or if you notice your hair is getting more dry after using it, swap the sea salt for epsom salt! Play around with different amounts!

3. Pour the sea salt spray into your spray bottle.

Pour the sea salt spray into your spray bottle.

After stirring together the ingredients, carefully pour the sea salt spray into your spray bottle. And there you have it! You’re done!

Other options:

You can add a few drops of essentials oils like lavender which not only encourages hair growth but also reduces stress (yes please!), rosemary to improve thickness as well as growth or cedar wood to reduce hair loss.

You can add some epsom salt as well to increase the amount of texture the spray provides rather than using a texturizing spray to finish. Or swap the sea salt for epsom salt to prevent your hair from drying out as much like sea salt will.

Adding leave-in conditioner will help keep your hair soft if tends to dry out.

If you add a little bit of pomade or water-based gel, it can help hold your beachy waves in place!

How to Use Sea Salt Spray

1. Start with damp hair

You can use this spray after washing your hair or just simply getting your hair damp. The most important thing is to make sure your hair isn’t soaking wet when you apply it!

If you’re spraying it on after washing your hair, be sure your hair is towel dried and not too soaked, otherwise it won’t work as well.

When you choose to wash your hair, use either a moisturizing shampoo or a curl enhancing shampoo depending on your hair type.

If you have stick straight hair, go for the curl enhancing shampoo. Or if you tend to have more dry hair, use a moisturizing one!

After you’ve been using sea salt spray, if you notice your hair feeling like there’s a lot of build up after using sea salt spray, use a clarifying shampoo. Just don’t use it before using your spray or it won’t do as good of a job!

Most of the time I use this spray on slightly damp hair and simply scrunch and spray! After my hair is dry, I sometimes curl a few pieces that didn’t get as wavy as I wanted.

2. Shake your bottle of sea salt spray

This step is super important because you want to make sure that it’s well mixed before applying! You don’t want to get just oil or just salt or just water! 😉 Shake, shake and shake some more!

3. Spray on to your hair

You can do this a variety of ways. I like to section my hair in to 2 sections and spray from roots to the middle of my hair. I stay away from the bottom of my hair so it doesn’t dry it out as much.

If you don’t spray your roots, you can always use a dry shampoo to add some volume (and also clean it up a bit!). Here’s some of my favorite tips for using dry shampoo.

4. Scrunch and twist your hair

After you spray on your sea salt spray, mess with your hair! I had a hair stylist who used to twist my hair into sections and let it dry that way before shaking it out.

Scrunch and twist your hair after applying homemade sea salt spray

Or you can scrunch up your hair off and on until it’s dried! Test out a few different ways to see which style you like the best.

5. Finish with a hair dryer (optional)

If you’re short on time or just don’t want to deal with wet hair (like in the winter!!), finish up with a hair dryer! If I need to speed things up a bit, right before my hair is fully dry, I’ll blow dry my hair slightly with a diffuser. That helps to add a bit more volume to my hair as well as the texture and wave that the sea salt provides.

This tutorial is literally super easy and such an inexpensive way to make your own homemade sea salt spray!

DIY Sea Salt Spray

DIY Sea Salt Spray

Yield: 1 Bottle
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

A simple, inexpensive Bumble and Bumble Sea Salt Spray Dupe!

Materials

  • 1-2 tsp sea salt* (the more salt you add, the more texture it will give) *or swap sea salt for epsom salt to prevent your hair from drying out too much
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Cup Warm Water
  • Spray Bottle

Tools

  • Measuring spoons

Instructions

    1. Warm up 1 cup of water.
    2. Add coconut oil and sea salt.
    3. Pour the sea salt spray into your spray bottle.

Notes

You can add a few drops of essentials oils like lavender which not only encourages hair growth but also reduces stress (yes please!), rosemary to improve thickness as well as growth or cedar wood to reduce hair loss.

You can add some epsom salt as well to increase the amount of texture the spray provides rather than using a texturizing spray to finish. Or swap the sea salt for epsom salt to prevent your hair from drying out as much like sea salt will.

Adding leave-in conditioner will help keep your hair soft if tends to dry out.

If you add a little bit of pomade or water-based gel, it can help hold your beachy waves in place!

LOVE HANGING OUT ON INSTAGRAM?

Join me there for more home decor inspo, fashion tips and mom life fun!

You definitely get more for your money in comparison to the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, which costs $27 for a 4 ounce bottle.

This DIY sea salt spray works well with any hair type and is so easy to make! Let us know what you think of it!

If you need more hair tips, be sure to check out my 6 Favorite Hair Thickening Products or  How To Use Dry Shampoo – 6 Easy Tips!

As always, thanks for reading and following along!

Jen

About Jen

Jen is a mom of 3 who loves frozen cookie dough, plants and a generous pour of creamer in her coffee. Her biggest joy is helping others find joy in their life, style and home through tips, tutorials and encouragement. She also runs 2 additional blogs. Feel free to send Jen a message or join the fun on Instagram!

4 thoughts on “The Easiest DIY Sea Salt Spray for Beachy Waves”

  1. I’ve tried this and as soon as the coconut oil chills, it solidifies. How can this be sprayed when it’s a solid inside the bottle? Do you have to reheat it every time you use it? Shaking doesn’t warm it up enough to become a liquid again.

    Reply

Leave a Comment