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Rosemary Mint Homemade Salt Spray for Hair

A woman applying rosemary salt spray to her hair while outdoors. Wearing a white floral shirt, a woman sprays from a dark amber bottle onto her short brown hair.For many of us, the mention of summertime conjures up vivid memories of long, sun-drenched days spent beside the water—be it a community pool, a broad blue lake, a turtle-filled pond in the countryside, or an endless stretch of ocean waves breaking against a sandy shore. Those who have played and lounged along the coast know that few things awaken our hair’s inner mermaid like a salty dip and a sea breeze air-dry. However, since few of us are able to make this treatment a part of our everyday haircare routine (or want to sport an algae-fresh scent on the daily), a homemade salt spray can make that beachy hair texture more easily accessible.

Salt sprays are easy to make, work for a variety of hair types, and actually boast some advantages over their true sea-water inspiration. Because the straight sea salt in ocean water can dry out hair with repeated use, many salt hair treatment recipes (including our own) opt to use milder salts like Epsom and Himalayan pink salt. As a bonus, you can also add the fragrance and nourishing goodness of pure essential oils and organic hydrosols to create gorgeous hair waves and scent waves at the same time! We love the freshness of our rosemary-peppermint fragrance combo (rosemary is often associated with happy hair), but you can easily sub in your own favorite plant essences in the same proportions (such as lavandin hydrosol with clary sage oil, or rose hydrosol on its own) to create your own signature scent! Just be sure to avoid essential oils that react poorly to sunlight, as these may cause irritation when applied near the scalp.

 A bowl of granulated pink Himalayan salt placed in the middle of fresh aloe vera leaves, a bottle of rosemary essential oil, and peppermint hydrosol.

DIY Epsom & Himalayan Salt Spray for Hair

Makes about 8 ounces.
Active Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat water until just warm enough to dissolve salt.
  2. Transfer water into an 8 oz. amber glass bottle with screw cap.
  3. Add salts and swirl to dissolve.
  4. Let sit until liquid is room temperature (about 15 to 20 minutes), then add hydrosol, aloe vera gel, and essential oil. Swirl to mix.
  5. Store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months. Decant part of the recipe into a 1 oz. or 2 oz. glass bottle with mister for ease of use.

How to Use Salt Spray Pro Tips:

  • SHAKE WELL before each use!
  • Folks with a variety of hair types can enjoy the benefits of salt spray. Those with wavy hair often find that a spritz or two helps give their natural curl more definition and less frizz, while straight-haired individuals use the spray to loosen up their locks. We recommend starting with less spray if your hair already tends to twist, or more if it likes to play it straight.
  • All salt sprays are a bit drying, so you’ll get the best results when you apply to hair that already contains some of its natural oils. Avoid using directly after washing with a clarifying shampoo, or apply a conditioning cream or serum before spritzing with salt spray.
  • We find that this formula works best when applied to damp (not soaking wet) hair. If applying after a shower, comb hair through and let dry partway before application, and if not, spray dry hair with a plain water to moisten before using salt spray.
  • For natural, breezy waves, scrunch and let air dry, or blow dry with a diffuser attachment until almost, but not completely, dry.

Looking for More Homemade Natural Hair Care?

Try this DIY Argan Oil Hair Serum!

 

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Pinterest link to Mountain Rose Herbs. A bowl of course Himalayan pink salt, aloe vera, essential oils, and hydrosols all arranged on a gray background.

Topics: Aromatherapy, Natural Body Care, Herbal Gift Ideas, Herbalism

Jana

Written by Jana on May 21, 2019

Jana DiSanti is a marketing writer, editor, and strategist who holds a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Sustainability. She has also earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and enjoys exploring techniques that help people change their everyday behaviors to make better use of our precious environmental resources. She's spent her career promoting businesses that strive to better the world, and she loves how passionately her Pacific Northwest community supports that mission! She firmly believes that rethinking our food systems is essential for worldwide human and ecological health, and she is thrilled to help support Mountain Rose Herbs in providing responsibly sourced herbal offerings to its customers. Off-work hours will find her hiking, camping, and mushroom-hunting in Oregon's wild areas, volunteering at her local farmer’s market, or cooking, gardening, and corralling chickens at home.


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