Come summertime, my hairstyling routine takes a turn for the simple and uncomplicated. 80 degrees is officially too hot for blow-drying and heat-styling, and besides, that’s just time wasted indoors when I could be outside enjoying the weather! One of my favorite ways to add texture and movement to my hair just happens to be one of my favorite warm-weather activities: jumping in the ocean. Unfortunately, since I live in Pennsylvania, the deep blue sea isn’t exactly sitting in my backyard, so I do the next best thing: douse my hair in homemade surf spray.
While there are plenty of similar products available on the drugstore shelf, whipping up a batch of surf spray is cheap and — surprisingly — super simple. And while the ocean may dry your strands and make them brittle, the addition of coconut oil in an at-home spray adds a healthy dose of moisture to counteract the salt’s drying effects. Check out the how-to, below, and let me know in the comments your favorite way to wear your hair in the summer!
DIY Surf Spray
Clean plastic spray bottle (check the beauty aisle of your local drugstore)
1 Tbsp hair gel
1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
2 Tbsp sea salt or Epsom salt
1.5 Cups warm water
1. Combine all ingredients in the plastic bottle and shake well to dissolve. Note that the coconut oil may separate over time or in colder temperatures, if this happens, just warm the bottle under hot water and shake it up again.
2. To use, generously spray damp or dry hair with the concoction. Allow to air dry (you can also speed up the process with a blow dryer.)
3. Surf spray is a great way to add mussed-up texture to your hair, but note that — if your hair is straight — it won’t make it wavy or curly. To add even more texture and separation to your strands, wrap a few sections of hair around a hot curling iron. Or just do what I do and run out the door as soon as it’s dry, summer isn’t going to last forever, you know.