There is this style called beach waves. I’ve always liked them, but I never knew how to get them. I brought this up to my hair dresser and she told me how I could do it. She recommended that I go find stuff called salt spray or texturizer spray at a beauty supply store. I didn’t find the salt spray and there weren’t a whole lot of texturizer sprays, so I just grabbed one to make sure I had an option. When I got home I looked up this salt spray because I was thinking that it shouldn’t be that hard to make and turns out it’s really not.
1 cup of warm water
2 Tablespoons of sea salt- you need sea salt and not table salt
1 Tablespoon of coconut oil- if you can find some virgin coconut oil, in other words it hasn’t been processed to death then it should have a nice coconutty smell.
Some recipes will recommend a tablespoon of hair gel for extra hold, but the reason I was making my own was so it would be chemical free. If I added the gel then it wouldn’t be. For me it works fine without it.
Put it in a spray bottle and spray under the top layer at the roots and all over. Take a towel and smash up from the ends. Blow dry on the low setting. Mine usually looks fine at this point, but sometimes I have a side that likes to be a little flat. If this is the same take an inch section of hair twist it and then use the flat iron. Do as many sections as you need and then carefully run your finger through the twists to loosen the wave.
My success with this inspired me to make my own shampoo. I had found a recipe that sounded interesting a couple of weeks before, but one of the ingredients was castile soap and no one sold it here, so I had to wait for it to come in the mail. Nothing kills inspiration and motivation like having to wait.
When I finally used the shampoo I thought that it worked really well, but there are a couple of things about it that I don’t really appreciate and some of my family members didn’t either. It gives my hair a kind of sticky, oily feeling, but that comes out if I use the rinse that is recommended and if I don’t then it’s not that noticeable with my beach wave hair that I usually do. Because I take a shower at night, if I don’t blow dry my hair then I have a bit of a greasy issue. Both those problems are easily fixable. I just noticed that it’s only supposed to be used once a week instead of everyday. Taking that into account I don’t think the smidge of extra consideration is that big of a deal.
Here’s the recipe:
3/4 cup distilled water
1 Tbsp peppermint
1 Tbsp lavender
1 Tbsp nettle- I didn’t have any of this, so it’s not in mine. It may make a difference.
1 Tbsp rosemary
Add the dried herbs to boiling water and make a tea. Once the tea has steeped and cooled, add the following ingredients.
1/4 liquid castile soap or vegetable glycerin
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp witch hazel (alcohol free, plain, or scented) or aloe vera
It lasts about a month and for once a week use.
I used lavender and rosemary from my mom’s garden and aloe vera from her aloe vera plant. It was pretty fun not to have to go to the store for everything.
For the rinse that is supposed to be used with and helps remove that somewhat sticky, greasy feeling add:
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
16 cups water
Use every week or two with the shampoo. Wash hair, add rinse, leave in and then rinse hair with cool water.
Last 6 months.
I got the shampoo and rinse from here. It also has several other hair products that didn’t really work for me, but feel free to try them out.
Want more ideas? Check out my DIY page.