Do you ever look at your life and feel shocked that you’re all grown up? I do all the time. Last week, we had loan of a friend’s dog, and I looked around and found myself married with two and a half kids. Wow, how did that happen?
But, but, I don’t wash my hair as often as I should, even though I love my homemade shampoo. And, and, I still laugh at poo jokes, dance like a chicken and pretty much always have messy hair. Grown ups have tidy hair, in my world view.
So I was pottering around on the Internet, searching for ways to justify my behaviour and was relieved to discover that I can carry on my merry crazy hair way. The lovely Christina from Hair Romance had the solution – Sea salt spray. This sexy solution is like a bottle of ‘look at me and my intentionally tousled look’, so I had to try it.
BOOM! It worked, but not how I expected. For people with luscious, thick locks it does the tousled thing. For me and my super, super, super fine hair, it makes me look like I have hair and I couldn’t be happier! I have hair! [insert dancing a jig] The salt hair spray thickens it and hides the dirt (now, I can go even longer without washing my hair…)
I had a little sneak peek at the sea salt sprays being recommended around the traps to see what they were made of. A lot of the hot-to-trots contain magnesium sulfate, woohoo! My beloved Epsom Salts. Best. News. Ever.
The rest just rolled from there. Jojoba is one of the best hair ‘oils’ (it’s exy, so feel free to replace it with macadamia or coconut oil). The oil and aloe vera are there to counteract the salt. Rosemary essential oil is just the ducks guts (that’s a good thing) for rebalancing scalps.
The green tea and zinc are optional, but I live in Australia and think it’s a good idea to sneak in potential sun protectors* at any opportunity. Besides, the sun does nasty things to hair too. Zinc oxide powder sounds scary, but it’s similar to the stuff people take as a nutritional supplement and can be bought at online aromatherapy suppliers.
1 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon or tea bag of green tea (optional)
2 tablespoons Epsom salts (or sea salt makes a stronger styling hold)
¼ teaspoon zinc oxide powder (optional)
1 teaspoon aloe vera**
½ teaspoon jojoba, macadamia or coconut oil
To make salt hair spray
1. Steep the green tea in the boiling water for five minutes, strain and pour into sterile spray bottle.
2. Add salt and zinc and shake for three minutes or until the salt crystals have dissolved.
3. Stir in all the other ingredients.
4. Label with ingredients and date.
Don’t leave this baby on the shelf too long. The salt is a preservative and the reason why it doesn’t need to be in fridge, however I would use it in six weeks or lose it. As always avoid putting your fingers in it and keep the lid on. Or keep it in the fridge if you want to make a bigger batch. Oh, and don’t spray it near your mouth or eyes or in your ears, I’m just saying…
How to use salt hair spray
Good to go. Just make sure you give your hair a bit of extra conditioning or oil treatment love after using salt sprays.
Christina has a fantastic tutorial on styling with sea salt hair spray that goes into a lot more detail.
Are you a grown up? How do you know when you’re a grown up?
*Just as an aside, I’m not keen on the idea of replacing sunscreen for the face and body with green tea and zinc. Yes, there is evidence that they aid with sun protection, but if I’m weighing up the risk of skin cancer versus the potential concerns with endocrine disruptors found in sun cream, then cancer is the bigger grim reaper for me. I do try and sneak in zinc and green tea whenever I can, but this is in addition to using an SPF rated sunscreen.
**All aloe vera gels that you can buy will have a preservative in it, so it’s important to buy it from a trustworthy company. If you’re using fresh aloe vera in this sea salt hair spray, then I would keep it in the fridge.