Beachy waves ...It's the messy but still-refined-in-a-laid-back-kind-of-way hairstyle that every woman wants but doesn't know how to create without the help of some expensive hair products (Bumble and Bumble surf spray, anyone?!). 

If you follow me on instagram {shameless plug} then you already know that, recently, I cut off seven inches of hair and have since been looking for ways to style my hair other than stick straight or pulled back into a "mini bun" (can I even call it a bun?!) at the nape of my neck. In my quest for some fun ocean-like waves for cheap, I was able to come up with my own concoction that, for a few bucks, works just as well if not better than the name brand stuff. 

Here's what you'll need to make your own surf spray...

  • Hair gel of your choosing {...this is what I usually use when I want to let my hair run free in it's naturally curly state of mind, errrr, hair.}
  • Melted coconut oil {1 tablespoon}
  • Empty spray bottle
  • Heat resistant measuring cup
  • Epsom salt {2 tablespoons}
  • Boiling water {1/3 cup} 
Measure out your epsom salt {you can find this at the drugstore in the first aid aisle, easy peasy} and put in the bottom of your heat resistant measuring cup. Next, add your hair gel. I used two quarters worth but feel free to use as much or as little as you want -- it just helps with the hold. 
After adding your gel, go ahead and add 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil. The salt can be very drying so it's important that you add a moisturizing component -- in this case, the coconut oil -- to ensure that this spray doesn't dry out your hair.

Pour 1/3 cup of boiling water {this is why you need to use a heat resistant measuring cup} over your salt mixture and STIR until all of the salt is dissolved.
You can see in the above photos that I prefer to make this spray in a "liquid measuring cup" (i.e. measuring cup meant for liquids... not the stack of scoop measuring cups which are often referred to as "dry measuring cups") over a regular bowl because it has a spout which makes pouring your concoction into an empty spray bottle, also known as the next step, way easier (and less messy!).
At this point, your spray is hot {boiling water, anyone?}. Allow it to cool completely before using. 

Once your spray is room temperature, go ahead and shake the bottle to re-mix the ingredients together in case they separated. After that, all you have to do is spray your hair and style {i.e. scrunch with your fingers and/or wrap some hair pieces in a ringlet for a few seconds to create controlled curl}. I like to wait for my hair to be almost dry {but not completely} before spraying. This allows me to get optimal texture and volume out of the spray.
As I said before, I have naturally fine but curly hair. This means that I don't use this spray to create wave, just to enhance what I've already got (aka, tame my mane). I love the beachy vibe it gives my hair, especially with my not-quite-but-oh-so-close-to-shoulder-length locks. 

So now it's your turn. Go ahead and make this spray and let me know what YOU think. Better volume? Some nice waves? I want to hear all about it in the comments section. Annnnnd, GO!


Melissa M.
07/09/2013 8:58pm

I never even thought about making my own surf spray! Can't wait to try this at report back.


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