How’s your summer spirit? Mine is soaring and I find myself experimenting with summer fashion trends every other day. Off late I have been trying out new hairstyles and soft, curly hair is my favourite look for this season.
My Look with Sea Salt Hair Spray
The thing about soft curls or wavy hair is that are suitable for any kind of occasion – a causal outing, evening event or party, or if styled properly, even for office. And there’s loads of ways to get your tresses all fluffy and curled. Of course, the most popular way to curl them using curling wands or irons. But guess what? You can get the look without any of the harmful heat treatment too! All you need to do is use sea salt spray and a bit of your ingenuity and you’ll be good to go.
Now even if you go down the sea salt spray route, you have several options. You can always go in for a store bought spray, but where’s the fun in that? I say, make your own spray! And trust me, DIY sea salt spray is both easy to put together and very effective too.. Let me tell you how you can make some at home with ingredients that are just lying about the house.
Here’s what you’ll need – sea salt, coconut oil, hair gel or leave in conditioner, some water and a storage bottle (preferably one that has a spray nozzle). Warm up one cup-full of water and add in one tablespoon of sea salt. Stir the solution till the salt dissolves. In a separate container, mix one tablespoon each of coconut oil and hair gel/leave-in conditioner. Now add the two mixtures you have prepared and shake/stir well to combine. Pour into the storage bottle and use when you want to get those lovely curls.
Things you will need to get this look (4 Products only)
It’s really simple, isn’t it? But maybe you don’t want to put in that much effort. If that’s the case, you can always go in for a store-bought concoction. I have used Mark Hill Holiday Hair Beach Babe Wave Sea Salt Spray and it’s quite nice. If you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive option, this product would be ideal.
This Mark Hill product is good if you want to create loose curls and give your hair a little bit of texture. The spray is light and allows your hair to remain wavy for several hours with ease. The best part is that is contains real sea salt as well as other beach-sourced ingredients which makes it very mildly chemical. You can use this liberally, without having to worry about your hair quality being compromised due to use of harsh products.
Now the question is, how does one use sea salt spray – be it homemade or store-bought – to style their hair? All you need is a comb, spray, two rubber bands and a dryer (and that too if your hair is wet and you’re short on time). There’s two ways to go about it. The more fuss-free one is when your hair is damp and you need a quickly put together curly do. In that case, ensure your hair is not wet but has some moisture. Spray on the sea salt solution on separate sections of your hair. If you don’t want too much volume, avoid using it on the roots. After spraying it all over, comb your hair for even distribution of the product. Then scrunch and twist your hair to give them the desired curly texture. The scrunching and twisting will activate the sea salt and help your hair retain their twirled form.
If you want a more intense look with tighter curls, you’ll need some overnight styling. This technique is actually quite rustic, but hey, it works! All you need to do is wash your hair and wait for them to lose enough moisture so they are just slightly damp. Then spray on ample quantities of sea salt solution and comb your hair. Part your tresses and make two plaits (yes, quite like you used to when a little school girl). Secure the braids with rubber-bands and leave them that way overnight. If you don’t have that much time, you can blow dry your plaited hair with your dryer, but use only the cool setting. Open your plaits when your hair is dry and voila! You’ll have these tight, beautiful curls that make you look like you just stepped out of a salon!
So this is how you get curls without heat treatment, right at home. But if you want to use a curling wand or iron, you can read my upcoming post on how to use such curling implements instead. Follow my blog to keep yourself updated!