DIY Beach Hair - Volume + Texture , 0 Comments

There are plenty of reasons to envy surfer girls. They get to spend their days at the beach, they're perpetually tan, have flawless skin without a touch of makeup, and an entire wardrobe composed of bathing suits, just to name a few reasons. But you too can have the sumptuously wind-swept locks that are a trademark of these beach bums, and without all the effort of spending a day in the waves. While we love the convenience of buying beach sprays (like our favorite at SZL, pictured above), they are one of the easiest beauty products to make on your own. What makes them so perfect for creating this easy-breezy style are the main ingredients: salt, and a conditioning agent. The salt helps boost your hair's volume, propping it up and giving it hold, while the conditioning agent keeps your strands from becoming dried out. On days when you're running low on time, or don't want to bother with mixing up your own, Sachajuan's Ocean Mist is a great option. But if you're feeling adventurous, or thrifty, see our own combination for voluminous, tousled manes of glory below!

What you'll need:

  • 1 spray bottle
  • 1 cup of warm water (not boiling!)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of salt (Epsom salt is less drying on the hair, but traditional sea salt will add more hold. Experiment based on your hair type)
  • 1 teaspoon of leave-in conditioner (I'm partial to Lush's R&B Hair Moisturizer)
  • 2-5 drops of argan oil (2 for fine, thin hair, 3-4 for normal or thick tresses, 5 for dry, mature, or ethnic coifs)

Pour all the ingredients into your spray bottle, and give it a vigorous shaking! I mix mine fiercely for at least 30 seconds (I like to imagine I'm doing one of those insane arm workouts). You want to make sure that all of the salt has dissolved, and that your conditioner is not just sitting in a little lump at the bottom of the bottle. Even distribution is key. Once you've achieved complete integration, turn your head upside down and mist away! I prefer to wait until my hair has dried fully before applying this product, but it can be used on damp hair as well. Spritz enough to moisten, and then scrunch, bunch, and squeeze until you have reached your desired texture. For extra waves, you can twist your hair into a bun or French braid after misting, and take it down half an hour later.

- Maria Vasylivna