You don't need to live by the ocean to get yourself salt water to create a Sea Salt Spray. You also do not need to spend $20+ on a bottle either. I roll my eyes at things that are so easy to recreate and I want to share it with folks. Product companies add chemicals to their products to either extend shelf life or to make the hair look a certain way like SILICONES. Not to mentions there is all sorts of other gross things that go into products. I have been a hairdresser for nearly fourteen years and in those years I have seen so much in the industry, call me "woken" but I find myself researching more cleaner and purer ways of products and I am more likely to tell a guest in my chair of natural ways and easy DIY beauty and hair products. I will not sell a product because I know of the crap that is in there and what it does to our skin and hair. If hairdressers mission is to create beauty and change, why not be honest with ourselves and learn about the ton of ingredients that are hard to pronounce on product labels. Do our part as hairdressers to research the ingredients and what they can do to the hair, skin and health. Lets CHANGE the industry and DEMAND for cleaner, sustainable and ethical ingredients. I used to teach for a company who was mindful of the environment, they coined a week of "sustainable beauty" and I was once a believer. Their ethics won my heart and YES they are mindful of the environment but then I began to research all of the hard to pronounce chemicals on the products and was turned off by the many different silicones they used. Shit, when someone like myself is trying to go for more cleaner natural hair, I turn bottles around and find EVERYTHING contains either sulfates, silicones, mineral oils and parabens. So I have made it my mission to play around with different formulas along with discovering other companies who are ethical, cruelty free, sustainable, SLES, SLS, paraben, mineral oil, silicone FREE. I'll share a future post my SILICONE, PARABENE, MINERAL OIL FREE hair oil that I made along with a conditioning treatment. I am so sick of product companies masking their filth with pretty packaging and eye catching marketing.
So here is my recipe for a Texture Sea Salt Spray. You will need a few things before we start.
Sea Salt (crushed)
Aloe Vera Gel
4 ounce amber or cobalt glass spray bottle (or recycle a old spray bottle)
Now I prefer to not use essential oils don’t like using Essential Oils in hair because it is drying, irritating to the skin and it can also cause some respiratory distress in some folks. Not forgetting to mention essential oils require a lot of plant material to make a small amount of essential oils. I find it to be a bit unsustainable to the plants. If you HAVE TO have a scented texture spray, opt for a hydrosil like Rosemary, Mugwort, Lavender and use this as your water part of the recipe. I have used tea made with Larrea tridentata also known as Creosote Bush but the shelf life is short and you must put in the fridge to help extend shelf life. I normally make a large batch and fill up another glass bottle and keep it in the fridge and normally I make 8 ounces, for sake of making a smaller amount I have adjusted my formula.
I have found that too much Sea Salt can make my hair dry so I balance it out with Epsom Salt which will help soften and condition while giving volume and adding in texture, I find the "salt" part helps with minimal control of frizz. Adding Aloe Vera Gel is another way of conditioning dry hair and the gel aspect adds a soft hold. So I made a formula for both fine and thick hair.
Texture Spray for FINE HAIR
3 ounces Distilled Water
1/2 tablespoon Epsom Salt
1 Tablespoon crushed Sea Salt
1 teaspoon Alove Vera Gel.
shake well before each use.
TEXTURE SPRAY for thick, coarse curly hair, straight, wavy hairs
3 ounces Distilled Water
1 tablespoon Epsom Salt
1 tablespoon crushed Sea Salt
1 teaspoon Aloe Vera Gel.
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