This DIY Surf Spray Is the Next Best Thing to Jumping in the Ocean

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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!

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DIY Surf Spray

Ingredients:
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

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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.

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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.)

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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.
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+Let us know how your surf spray DIY turned out below! And don’t forget to check out our latest swimwear for your next au naturel beach hair day!

About Julie O.

A lover of all things vintage and vintage-inspired, Julie bought her first 1950s frock in the fifth grade. Since then, Julie has become a self-described connoisseur of vintage and thrift shopping, which she shares on her blog, Orchid Grey. When she’s not scouring the racks for the perfect vintage skirt, this native New Englander can be found deftly navigating the slopes of a ski mountain, taking road-trips to the beach, and exploring new places with a vintage camera in her hand.

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11 Comments

  1. Jazmin Laracamberos 05/17/2014 at 4:01 pm #

    I’ve been making my own sea salt spray for years now! Glad to know I’m not the only one!

  2. Agnes 05/23/2014 at 12:57 am #

    Do you have to use Coconut Oil to get the same effect? Or is it just for fragrance?

    • Julie O. 05/23/2014 at 9:11 am #

      The coconut oil helps to replace the moisture drawn from your hair from the salt, and also adds texture and separation. You could try Argan oil or Jojoba oil.

  3. Alexandra 05/23/2014 at 4:22 pm #

    I’m gonna give this a try using aloe gel instead of regular hair gel and see how it works. Plus it’s all natural, and will add more moisture. I’ll comment back with how it works. Great DIY!!!

    • Brittany Johnson 04/22/2015 at 4:31 pm #

      How well did the aloe gel work? I was thinking this too!

    • Christy 06/07/2015 at 10:27 am #

      How did it work out with Aloe Vera Gel?

  4. Sarah Perry 09/28/2014 at 5:26 pm #

    Made beach spray today and added argan oil instead of coconut oil. Love what it does to hair and skin.

  5. Gaby (@gabirelia) 11/02/2014 at 5:02 pm #

    I made my own bottle just now! I’m so excited to try it!

  6. madelyn flowers 06/08/2015 at 8:09 am #

    wher are you today and yesterday when will you leve

  7. Maddie Hall 07/01/2015 at 7:36 pm #

    That’s so awesome I should love to try out ?

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