Sunday, May 12, 2013
Over the past year or so, I fell in love with using Not Your Mother's BEACH BABE Salt Texturizing Spray. It's great stuff--not really a spray for hold, but a spray for texture. It gives the same look as having been at the beach all day (you know, with the great waves and volume...not like you sprayed your hair with AquaNet and hung out in a wind tunnel). I had stopped using it when I stopped using commercial shampoo and conditioner; however, from time to time, I'd really like to use it! Unfortunately, I looked at the ingredients of the spray, and it's definitely a no-go for use. That being said, it's a great bottle...so I cleaned it out and saved it...and set off to find a homemade version of my favorite spray!
I had no idea that it would be so simple. Here is what you need:
1 cup hot water
2 Tbsp sea salt (I used pink Himalayan salt)
1 tsp coconut oil (or 1/2 tsp almond or jojoba oil)
Essential oil (if you want it to have a scent)
* If you want this to have a little more hold, add 1 tsp of aloe vera gel
*EDIT* One of my friends just brought to my attention that in some climates, coconut oil will solidify in the water, clogging the pump. In San Antonio, it's warm and humid enough that my coconut oil is partially in liquid form at all times LOL! So, if you keep your house cold, live in a less humid/cooler climate, try almond oil, jojoba oil, or grapeseed oil instead (remember, only 1/2 tsp). Additionally, my hair is baby fine, so I don't need a lot of "grit" in my spray to obtain the desired texture. If you don't have super fine hair, or if you have heavier hair, use 2 Tbsp of EPSOM salts and 1/2-1 tsp of sea salt instead of the 2 Tbsp of sea salt.
So...put the hot water in a large measuring cup or whatever. If you're using coconut oil, drop it into the water and it will melt fairly quickly. Put in salt and optional essential oils and/or aloe vera. Mix. Pour it into whatever spray bottle you have lying around. The opening of my bottle was pretty small, so I used my handy dandy funnel to pour it in the bottle. For whatever reason, when I first put it in my bottle, it didn't spray right (it may have been because I didn't clean the pump enough and something got stuck in it). An hour later (and since then), it has worked just fine.
Happy Spraying and Beach Hair!