by Nicole Jordan
So, a week later, we made our own version using water, salt, and lavender oil for moisture, shine, and a light fragrance. It was a fraction of the price we saw in stores, supplies and spray bottle included. Although it smelled amazing, it didn’t leave our hair as wavy as seen in dreamy Pinterest pictures.
Recently, I got my hands on a bottle of Shea Moisture Zanzibar Marine Complex Age-Defy & Color Protect Sea Salt Texture Spray (yes, that’s the whole name of it). It’s got a lot going on. There’s kelp, red algae, black pearl protein, and sea buckthorn oil to strengthen and moisturize your hair. Among other things, there are no sulfates, phthalates, and parabens. My hair became noticeably curly after spraying a few mists and rolling my hair into a bun for a few minutes. The texture remained soft and supple and the light, sweet scent of the added shea butter was a bonus. However, my hair didn’t retain the curls for more than 30 minutes.
Final verdict: I think that my hair is naturally too straight. I’m sure if I tweaked my DIY salt spray, I would have seen better results. Maybe if I left my hair in a bun longer, the curls would have lasted longer. Regardless, I think you can save your money and make your own version of a salt spray (or just curl your hair with a damn curling iron).
If you’re up for some experimentation, here a few DIY salt spray recipes:
+ For beachy waves, try this.
+ To condition your hair and add waves, this one’s for you.
+ If you want something guaranteed to work, try the original John Masters Organics product we loved.
Fingers crossed we’ll get our straight hair to look like this one day: