Until I was 13, I had stick-straight hair. And then one day, near the end of Grade Eight, that all changed. It literally changed overnight. My class was at the park for the day, and my hair got wet from running through the sprinklers. I clearly remember sitting in the sun, letting it dry, and realizing it had dried . . . wavy.
I lived in denial for years. Every morning, I would get up early to wash and blow dry my hair straight. I still remember one horrific spring day having to walk to school in the rain, and by the time I got to school, my smooth, straight hair had turned into a massive helmet of frizz. So embarrassing. By Grade 12, I was done. I faced the nightmare, cut my hair short and layered, and let the curls do their thing. Actually, it was a relief. And my hair didn’t look awful, either. It was kinda cute, actually.
It takes years to learn how to deal with curly hair. Hell, I’m still learning. Unfortunately, I live in one of the driest places on the planet, so my hair is a frizz ball most of the time. I think the reason I enjoyed my European honeymoon so much was the fact that I woke up with gorgeous, curly hair in the mornings. My curls had never looked so good, living by the sea with all the moisture in the air. Ahhh.
I recently discovered a recipe for a homemade sea salt spray, and I have to say, this stuff does a good job. The salt makes my curls springy, while the coconut oil cuts down the frizz. Plus, it’s way cheaper than buying a tiny bottle from the salon.
And remember . . .
April is coming.
Sea Salt Hair Spray
- 1 cup of water
- 2 tablespoons of sea salt or coarse salt
- 1 tablespoon of oil (coconut* or olive oil works well)
- 4 – 5 drops of vanilla essential oil)
- 1/4 teaspoon of alcohol (vodka or rubbing alcohol
Put the salt and the water in a pot, and heat it just until the salt dissolves. Remove from heat. Add the oil, vanilla, and alcohol and let it cool. When cool, pour into a spray bottle. Spritz away, my friends.
*The first time I made the spray, I used regular coconut oil that is solid at room temperature. Well, when the spray cooled, guess what? The coconut oil turned solid in the spray bottle. Not cool. The second batch I made I used fractionated coconut oil that remains liquid at room temperature. Much better. Much, much better. I think olive oil would be a great alternative as well.