DIY Sea Salt Texturizing Hair Spray

DIY Sea Salt Spray |

Oh my goodness, sorry for the radio silence on the DIY side of the blog lately!  Busy season with lots of do-it-yourself cooking, versus projects.  But today I’m back with a new and super-easy “recipe” that I’m currently obsessed with — DIY sea salt spray!

I will admit that I am totally a hair stylist’s customer-come-true when it comes to buying hair products.  I never really seek them out on my own.  But when my stylist works her magic and my thin, straight, flat hair suddenly has volume?!?  Well, let’s just say that I’ll buy just about any products to try and re-create the look.  One of those, of course, has been my trusty sea salt spray.

To be honest, I’m not quite sure why I love the stuff so much.  Maybe it’s my undying love of all things salty, maybe it’s living just a little too far away from the ocean, or maybe it really is that effective.  But whatever the reason, I’ve been hooked on using sea salt spray as a texturizing product for years.  Something about it just seems to give my hair that extra “oomph” when it comes to volume, and also hold curl better all day long.  (And, um, sometimes a few extra days.)

But paying $20+ for a bottle that’s practically just saltwater?  Well, when my last bottle ran out, I decided to do a little improvising and see if I could make a homemade version instead.  Turns out you can, turns out it only takes 4 ingredients, turns out works beautifully, and — the best part? — turns out that it literally costs pennies to make.

Here’s how I made mine:

Begin with 4 basic ingredients:

You’ll also want to have a nice spray bottle ready to go.  I used this glass bottle from Amazon.

Heat the water in a measuring cup or small bowl until it comes to a simmer.

DIY Texturizing Sea Salt Spray -- all you need are 4 easy ingredients! |

Stir in the salt until it is completely dissolved.  Whisk in the oil and a few drops of the essential oil.  Then pour it into your bottle (with the help of a funnel, if you’d like) and give it a good shake.

DIY Texturizing Sea Salt Spray -- all you need are 4 easy ingredients! |

Spray it all over your hair while it’s still wet.  Then once you blow it dry and style it…

DIY Texturizing Sea Salt Spray -- all you need are 4 easy ingredients! |

…get ready for some extra texture!!!

The formula I’ve listed above works best for me.  But if you have more:

  • Dry hair, and you’d like a little extra moisture, add in an extra teaspoon or two of the oil.
  • Oily hair, then I’d go light on the oil and just use 1 teaspoon.
  • Curly hair or styled hair, and you want to really “set” or hold a style in place, you can add in a teaspoon or two of hair gel.  (Otherwise, I’ll sometimes just use a bit of regular hair spray after styling my hair.)

Seriously, the sea salt creates that perfect “beachy” feel that’s perfect for curls, waves, or even just giving your straight look a little extra boost.  Feel free to tinker around with the proportions to find the mix that’s perfect for you.  But otherwise, enjoy this easy (and super affordable!) DIY alternative to the salon prices!
DIY Texturizing Sea Salt Spray -- all you need are 4 easy ingredients! |

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  1. Emily Hayden — June 6, 2015 @ 6:50 am (#)

    I love this so much because I’ve been using a store-bought sea salt spray that sometimes just leaves my hair more sticky than anything else. I love natural products that actually work! Thanks for sharing!

    • Ali — June 6th, 2015 @ 10:32 am

      Me too! And yep, this one doesn’t leave your hair sticky at all. (Although if you want extra “hold”, you can add in a teaspoon or so of hair gel to the mix.)

  2. Amie — June 6, 2015 @ 8:25 am (#)

    so how does your hair look if you spray this on while damp and let it air dry??

    • Ali — June 6th, 2015 @ 10:32 am

      Works great! Granted, I have naturally straight hair, so I pretty much always blow dry to give it extra volume. But it still works well if you air-dry (especially if you scrunch it for waves).

  3. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — June 6, 2015 @ 8:26 am (#)

    Ahhh… I love this so much!!! You are so absolutely stunning my friend!!! DIY scares me but this really seems doable!! If you make challah I’ll try this, deal?

    • Ali — June 6th, 2015 @ 10:33 am

      Ha! DEALLLL. :)

  4. Chicago Jogger — June 6, 2015 @ 9:24 am (#)

    I love it! It’s fitting that my bottle of sea salt spray JUST ran out this week. Can’t wait to try this :)

    • Ali — June 6th, 2015 @ 10:33 am

      Perfect timing! And yep, that’s exactly why I made a batch for myself. (Plus not wanting to pay $20 for another bottle of saltwater.) ;)

  5. Ali @ Anything You Want — June 6, 2015 @ 9:34 am (#)

    Wow that works so well! And what a great (and inexpensive!) way to feel really summery without even going to the beach! 

    • Ali — June 6th, 2015 @ 10:31 am

      Agreed! (Especially when you live in Missouri and basically nowhere near a beach like me.) ;)

  6. Sara @ Cake Over Steak — June 6, 2015 @ 11:28 am (#)

    This is so awesome! I almost bought some sea salt spray the other day, but this is way more up my alley. Question: Does the coconut oil ever re-solidify and kind of separate from the water? Or does it all stay pretty well mixed together after you initially make it?

    • Ali — June 6th, 2015 @ 3:47 pm

      Oooh, good question. I actually went in an hour ago and put in a note about coconut oil. It WILL re-solidify if you keep the spray somewhere cooler than 76 degrees. So if that’s the case, I recommend using olive or argan oil. I made mine with coconut oil and keep it near the shower, though, so it tends to heat up each time I use it. :)

  7. Kara B — June 6, 2015 @ 6:11 pm (#)

    Oh, how clever! I never would have thought to make my own! I’ve become obsessed with sea salt sprays myself of late – especially the Parlor version. But I love that this is an easy homemade version where you know exactly what’s in it. Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to make a batch!

    • Ali — June 8th, 2015 @ 8:40 am

      Thanks, Kara! I hope you love it as much as I do! : )

  8. Stephanie — June 6, 2015 @ 6:24 pm (#)

    Very cool. Although my beach hair is usually a hot mess. Your hair is gorgeous! :) 

    • Ali — June 8th, 2015 @ 8:40 am

      Thank you, Stephanie!

  9. Tami — June 11, 2015 @ 9:10 am (#)

    How well does this work on short (just at the shoulders) hair? I have super straight hair and without a volumizer or blow dry it just lays! Would love to use this at the beach next week!

    • Hayley — June 12th, 2015 @ 5:34 pm

      We’re not really sure, Tami, but it should work just as well! Have fun at the beach!

  10. moe — June 21, 2015 @ 1:34 pm (#)

    ooh these pictures are hawt ;)

  11. Kristin — June 21, 2015 @ 4:47 pm (#)

    Wow, your hair looks absolutely gorgeous! Trying this out. My hair could use some oomph and texture!

    • Ali — July 6th, 2015 @ 11:17 pm

      Thank you! :) Hope you enjoy it!

  12. Morgann — June 26, 2015 @ 4:11 pm (#)

    How long can you keep it? Definitely want to try this out!

    • Ali — July 6th, 2015 @ 11:21 pm

      It should keep for at least a month or two!

  13. JOANNE JOHNSON — July 3, 2015 @ 12:50 pm (#)

    Your photography is exquisite. Best I have seen. Thanks for the ranch dressing recipe which is also the best I have have read.

    • Ali — July 6th, 2015 @ 11:23 pm

      Wow, thank you and thank you! I appreciate your encouragement!

  14. Sandra — July 6, 2015 @ 8:15 pm (#)

    I have been looking for such a “recipe.”  So, thanks.  And, how do you get such beautiful curls in naturally straight hair?  I would really love to know!

    • Ali — July 6th, 2015 @ 10:33 pm

      Awesome! And I scrunched my hair partway, and then added some curls with a straightener (that I basically use as a curling wand). :)

  15. k.kimmel — August 28, 2015 @ 2:48 am (#)

    thanks for posting this!  i just bought an expensive bottle of sea salt spray and will now be taking it back!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 31st, 2015 @ 11:33 am

      We hope you love it! :)

  16. Kristy — November 1, 2015 @ 11:36 pm (#)

    My little 2yr old dude has killer curls but super sensitive skin. I found any store bought product seemed to flare up his eczema. 
    I’m excited to try this to tame his curls. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 2nd, 2015 @ 7:52 am

      Awww we hope it helps him Kristy!

  17. Kat — November 4, 2015 @ 4:15 pm (#)

    Thank you for that great idea – I’ve bought seasalt hairspray from my hairstylist and it is really expensive!! Now I can do it myself!!👍🏻👍🏻

  18. FoFacy — November 5, 2015 @ 3:22 am (#)

    Fantastic! I was looking for a sea salt spray recipe because I’m trying to use natural products on my hair. I was happy to see your site come up because we use your recipes a lot. Thankfully it was all stuff I had in the house! I mixed peony essential oil and I can’t stop smelling my hair. :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 5th, 2015 @ 3:46 pm

      Awesome, we’re glad you like it (that peony essential oil sounds so lovely)!

  19. Yasmine — November 20, 2015 @ 1:22 pm (#)

    Any notes on how it might work on dry hair? I have waves that are very pretty right after a wash + airdry, but the next day they fall kind of flat. Maybe this spray could pep the waves back up? Anyway, great recipe! I’m excited to try it! x

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 20th, 2015 @ 2:24 pm

      Hi Yasmine! We haven’t tried it on Yasmie, but it might work – we think it’s worth a shot! Let us know, we hope you like it. :)

  20. Alicia — January 6, 2016 @ 1:53 pm (#)

    Thanks Ali!
    I will prepare it a day leT you know how it goes. My hubby found your blog when visiting Aldi and that’s when I got hooked up.  Thanks for the recipes aND your tone in general when you write.  It is super nice and welcoming.
    Have a blessed 2016!
    Alicia Menda. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 7th, 2016 @ 1:40 pm

      Awesome, we hope you enjoy the spray! And thanks to you and your hubby for checkout out the blog, and for your sweet words! :)

  21. Edweener — January 31, 2016 @ 9:57 am (#)

    Didn’t work!!!!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 1st, 2016 @ 12:38 pm

      Hi there, we’re sorry to hear this didn’t work for you. :(

  22. Moriah — February 11, 2016 @ 10:42 am (#)

    Does this add volume or just texture? My hair is pretty fine/limp, but I’m trying to find something to give it some oomph without filling it with store-bought stuff. What do you think?

  23. Catherine — March 17, 2016 @ 4:31 am (#)

    Can you use other oils instead of coconut oil? – what is the oil used for?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 22nd, 2016 @ 12:27 pm

      Hi Catherine! The coconut oil is used for moisturizing. It’s awesome stuff! :)

  24. Brooke — March 29, 2016 @ 6:27 pm (#)

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for! Thanks a million! I live in the PNW so coconut oil is solid ALWAYS haha! I’m going to try making it with some almond oil that I have on hand and see how it turns out ;-)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 29th, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

      Awesome Brooke, we hope you love it! :D

  25. Palak — April 9, 2016 @ 5:53 am (#)

    Do you use all mixture  at once or as you needed? I never use any hair product in my hair other than shampoo. My hair is about two feet long

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 9th, 2016 @ 9:34 am

      We just mist a little here and there, while our hair is damp. Don’t use all of this at once (it will be too much)! :)

  26. Lynne — April 26, 2016 @ 9:00 pm (#)

    Definitely going to try this tomorrow! Such a simple recipe :) thanks for sharing! Also, you should be able to use fractionated coconut oil. It stays liquid so no worrying about it solidifying! It’s a little bit lighter than regular CO too, so if your hair is greasy (like mine), it’s a good alternative. Also, it doesn’t have a smell to it (although I do love good coconut smelling beachy waves).

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 26th, 2016 @ 9:17 pm

      Awesome Lynne — we hope you love it! And thanks for your tip about the coconut oil — that’s good to know! :)

  27. Loretta — May 30, 2016 @ 2:50 pm (#)


    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 17th, 2016 @ 1:34 pm

      Hi Loretta — we haven’t found that the salt dries out our hair. The coconut oil helps condition it too.

  28. Amiel Moodley — May 30, 2016 @ 9:11 pm (#)

    I recently made my own, instead of using coconut or normal argan oil, I used some of my beard oil (mixture of argan and some manly smelling stuff) and tee tree oil.  The spray bottle is currently sitting by my sink. Should I store it in the fridge or is it fine where it is? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 13th, 2016 @ 9:13 am

      Very cool Amiel! Also, we think it should be fine to sit out where it is. We hope you’re enjoying it!

  29. Angela H. Duffy — June 27, 2016 @ 5:42 am (#)

    I am going to use this to spray on my back for my psiriosis. Since I life alone, no one around to give my back the salve needed for this disease. My friend let me use her salt water pool & just one dip helped my skin so much!!! Thanks for this recipe

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 27th, 2016 @ 8:28 am

      You’re so welcome Angela — we hope it helps!

  30. Deborah Anderson — June 28, 2016 @ 12:52 pm (#)

    Love this , thank you for this post. And sorry about the other chai seed post didn’t see your response first thank you for that also :) Love love love this blog.

  31. Tamara — July 3, 2016 @ 9:35 pm (#)

    Aloe vera is a good natural hair gel, if you don’t like using unnecessary chemicals. I just grow aloe vera and harvest as needed for my beauty requirements :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 7th, 2016 @ 7:14 am

      Yes, aloe vera is amazing — we love it too! :)

  32. Denise — July 18, 2016 @ 6:41 pm (#)

    I have thick, dead straight hair and this didn’t do a thing for me except make my skin hella itchy. When you wrote “style” perhaps you should mention in the article that you used a hair iron to get those results, not just in the comments. It would be cool to see what it did without any sort of styling. I’ve been looking for a natural way to add texture with only a blow or air dry involved, without having to use a hair iron, so I was kind of thrown off by the results..

  33. Susan M Grimes — August 11, 2016 @ 2:29 pm (#)

    Hi just use fractionated coconut oil and it won’t harden. It will stay liquified regardless of the tempature!  I use it in my roller balls with my essential oils!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 12th, 2016 @ 7:05 pm

      Ooh, thanks for this great tip, Susan — we appreciate it! :)

  34. Jessika Elinda Burke — October 24, 2016 @ 3:53 pm (#)

    I havnt tried it in my hair yet.. but Love the smell!! I used Himalayan Pink Salt for my texturizer and added a little more lavendar…I cant wait to use it!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 25th, 2016 @ 8:09 pm

      We hope you love it, Jessika! :)

  35. Anne — October 25, 2016 @ 6:54 pm (#)

    Thank you for this! I’m mixing my first bottle now! It’s okay to use a plastic spray bottle, right? That’s all I have.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 28th, 2016 @ 11:09 am

      You’re welcome! We hope you enjoy! And plastic should be okay.

  36. Lesha Chheda — November 12, 2016 @ 8:42 am (#)

    Thank you so much!! Definitely gonna give it a try!!!❤❤❤🤗

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 17th, 2016 @ 10:06 pm

      You’re welcome, Lesha — we hope you love it!

  37. Doug — November 30, 2016 @ 1:04 am (#)

    OR …. simply go to your favourite beach and your whole body will benefit from sea salt , sunshine , magnesium , fresh air and exercise …apart from the joy of a beautiful day out and perhaps a lovely meal prepared by somebody that could become a new friend !!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 7th, 2016 @ 12:44 pm

      Haha! Of course, but not all of us can get to the beach whenever we want. :)

  38. Kristy — December 7, 2016 @ 8:46 am (#)

    Can you use this everyday?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 7th, 2016 @ 12:07 pm

      We don’t see why not! :)

  39. Alix @A Hedgehog in the Kitchen — January 26, 2017 @ 3:45 am (#)

    This is AWESOME! I will definitely give it a try! Thank you! :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 26th, 2017 @ 10:07 pm

      Thanks, Alix — we hope you love it!

  40. Marti — February 1, 2017 @ 11:18 pm (#)

    Sounds terrific, I’m going to make this tomorrow morning & add a few drops peppermint oil to it, along with coconut oil. Thanx for the great tip. 😉

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 3rd, 2017 @ 7:26 am

      Awesome, we hope you love it as much as we do, Marti!

  41. Sarah — February 4, 2017 @ 11:14 am (#)

    Where did you buy the glass spray bottle? Great tutorial! x

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 5th, 2017 @ 8:44 pm

      Hi Sarah! You can find them on Etsy!

  42. Kalai — March 10, 2017 @ 1:44 pm (#)

    Thanks for the post. I hate paying so much for salt spray as well so, I’m excited to try this! Thanks also for the bottle recommendation I was actually trying to figure out an alternative to the traditional nozzle spray bottles.

  43. Shannon — March 23, 2017 @ 9:21 am (#)

    I am going to have to try this I always wanted to try sea salt spray

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 23rd, 2017 @ 2:59 pm

      Awesome, we hope you love it, Shannon!