I have very fine, straight hair, which is frustrating when I want to style it in ways where it doesn't just lay flat against my head. Lucky for me, there's an easy, natural solution to this problem — sea salt. It's very simple to create your own natural volumizing hairspray with just a few ingredients.
- distilled water
- rock salt (although I have also tried this with sea salt and regular table salt and it has also worked just fine)
- base oil of your choice (optional)
- aloe vera gel
- essential oil (optional)
- sterile, empty spray bottle
1. Mix on tablespoon of rock salt into a cup of distilled water, make sure it is fully diluted.
2. Mix in a tablespoon or two of aloe vera gel, depending on your preference. This creates a slight "hold" for your hair.
3. Add a few drops of base oil if you'd like, but no more than half a teaspoon. This will act as a conditioner for your hair if you find the salt spray dries out your locks. I prefer using olive oil, but you can substitute with jojoba, argan, or any other oil that you prefer.
4. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance if you'd like.
5. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
Simply shake up the spray bottle and spray the mixture onto your hair as needed.
This homemade volumizing spray is fantastic for my long straight, fine hair. It works best if my hair is very slightly damp and if I slightly tease my hair with a brush while I'm spraying. In fact, you can also add a tablespoon or two of salt to your shampoo to massage some volume into your hair while you shower. It really give it a great just-been-to-the beach look.
Making this spray cheap and it gives me the comfort of knowing I'm not spraying any toxic chemicals and preservatives onto my scalp. I also like to change the fragrance of the essential oils I add to the mix depending on the season of the year, such as more warm, earthy scents for cooler seasons and more fruity, floral fragrances for summer. Then I don't even have to bother with perfume!
Feel free to play with ratios for this recipe. You can choose to add more salt (although I found this tends to make the mixture a tad stickier). Experiment and keep notes to see what works best for you. Have fun!