How to Make DIY Sea Salt Spray

For straight and flat hair individuals, like myself, going to the beach can make for a great hair day. I love letting my hair crunch up with salty ocean water to achieve the “natural” beach wave look. But in reality, this actually leaves my hair dry, tangled, and sad. I also live nowhere near the ocean, making the most natural method for the salty hair look pretty unattainable, which is why we came up with this DIY sea salt spray.

For those with curly and coily hair, salt water can be especially drying and damaging, as salt water removes natural moisture from hair. 

If you fall somewhere on the millennial to gen Z spectrum, you can appreciate the beach wave hair look. It’s that effortlessly wavy look that makes heatless hair look chic. 

There is, of course, the option to use heat to achieve this look. Something about using a styling wand makes me feel put together in a way that heatless methods don’t. Here’s the catch: it takes way more time, causes damage to hair, and creates a more contrived look. 

So, no matter what your hair type, we suggest choosing this DIY sea salt spray. It’s moisture-enhancing and texturizing, unlike store-bought sea salt spray. It contains no nasty chemicals and is super easy to throw together. 

Our Recipe is Moisture-Protecting and Shine-Enhancing

When I was in college I came up with this quick, hydrating, hair spray recipe. It gave me the natural texture look, but also helped shield my hair from the cold Chicago climate I was not used to. Plus, it gave me added shine and protection. I also spruced the fragrance up with some essential oils. 

This DIY sea salt spray enhances texture and shine for all different hair types, whether your hair is straight and flat like mine, or wavy, curly, voluminous, kinky, coiled, or anywhere in between. The trick is in the moisture-enhancing ingredients.  

Why Rosemary?

Rosemary oil is known for stimulating hair growth, treating dandruff, and cleansing the scalp. Rosemary stimulates blood flow, which helps the scalp receive healthy nutrients. It is anti-inflammatory and cleansing. 

It is even said to prevent hair loss. Applying rosemary oil to the scalp topically has been a practice in Mediterranean cultures for years. Plus, it leaves your hair smelling fresh and fragrant by natural means. 


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon melted coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon jojoba oil 
  • 5-10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt 
  • a spray bottle

How to Make DIY Sea Salt Spray 

  1. Bring about a cup of water to a boil
  2. Add your sea salt. Stir until it dissolves completely. 
  3. Let your salt water cool completely. 
  4. Next, add your jojoba oil, melted coconut oil, and essential oils. Stir thoroughly.*
  5. Spritz generously to freshly-washed hair. 

*I sometimes find it easier to add my salt water and remaining ingredients to my spray bottle, then I shake the bottle until all ingredients are fully incorporated. 

Does this DIY sea salt spray recipe work for all hair types? 

In short, yes! This recipe adds texture and shine to all hair types. However, if your hair is naturally on the dryer side, skip the sea salt and just use the moisture-enhancing ingredients. 

How can I style my hair with this DIY spray? 

For hair that is naturally straight to slightly wavy, apply the mixture to freshly-washed, slightly damp hair, and use your hands to tousle your hair and add texture. For hair that is naturally curly, simply spray after a fresh wash, and use the spray as a moisturizing gel to shape and define curls. 

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