Imagine this – it’s a beautiful hot summers day in England and you’re heading off to the beach for a day of sun, sea and relaxation. Of course you’ve packed your sun lotion, you’d never dream of leaving your skin unprotected, but what about you hair? Many of us are guilty of neglecting our locks when on holiday and during the summer months. Just like our skin, the harsh effects of the sun can also damage your hair leaving it looking weak, unhealthy and dull.
DIY Sea Salt Hair Texturiser
Achieve beach beautiful hair this summer with this simple DIY recipe to help protect and nourish with these gorgeous, natural ingredients:
- Chamomile – This gentle herb can help fight dandruff and sooth an irritated scalp. It also nourishes the hair and will help give your hair beautiful natural highlights if used regularly.
- Lemon Juice – This citrus fruit will also help fights dandruff as well strengthening the hair roots and giving hair a wonderful shine. Lemon juice is also a great natural hair lightener to give you sun kissed locks.
- Coconut Oil – This oil stimulates hair growth and slows down hair loss by nourishing the scalp, promoting healthy hair. It adds luster, shine and softness whilst preventing hair breakage and split ends. Coconut oil is also SPF7 which will help protect your hair from UV damage.
- Epsom Salts – Epsom salt is a saline spring located in Epsom, Surrey – it’s pure magnesium sulphate and has been considered a natural remedy to cure a wide variety of ailments since ancient times. The main hair benefits of Epsom salts is the wonderful volume it creates. The alkaline salts will break down any product build up and grease leaving you with extra bouncy, glossy hair. It’s also these salts that will create the texturised beach beautiful waves we’re all lusting after!
- Lavender Essential Oil – A few drops of this essential oil will give your texturising spray a gorgeous scent which will promote healthy hair and scalp by helping regulate blood circulation. You can get creative with scents here and give this hair spray your own unique scent – I also love the scent combination of Black Pepper and Grapefruit Essential Oil.
Soak your hair in the shower before swimming to prevent your hair from absorbing too much chlorine.
During the summer months when it’s nice and warm the coconut oil should remain liquid, however if you find that the coconut oil stays solid in the bottle you can swap the coconut oil for argan oil. Argan oil is also fantastic for the hair as it’s full of fatty acids which nourish, repair and tame frizzy locks. Alternatively you can leave your spray bottle by a radiator so the coconut oil stays melted like I prefer to do! This spray is also great for locking in waves! I like to pop my hair in a french plait before bed then give my hair a light misting with this spray. In the morning I simply take out my plaits and shake my hair up to give it a gorgeous, beachy style which holds all day long!
- 1 cup of Chamomile Tea
- 1 tbsp Epsom Salts
- 1 tbsp Coconut Oil (or Argan Oil)
- 1 tsp Lemon Juice
- 4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- Boil 1 cup of chamomile tea and let it steep for 15 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags/strain the loose tea and add the Epsom Salts.
- Mix in the Coconut Oil and Lavender Essential Oil and leave to cool a little.
- Once cooled, add the lemon juice and transfer to a spray bottle. Use within one week.
Top tips to protect your hair this summer:
- During the summer months, hold back on the straighteners and tongs to reduce heat damage to your hair. Embrace your natural hair and experiment with plaits, braids and buns – plaits are particularly good for creating waves if you have straight hair.
- Keep your hair covered with a head scarf or hat during the hottest times of the day.
- Has your blonde hair ever turned green from the chlorine in swimming pools? Soak your hair in the shower before swimming to prevent your hair from absorbing too much chlorine. Imagine your hair as a sponge, if you put a dry sponge in water it will soak it all up but if you put a wet sponge in water it is unable to absorb any more water!
- If you’re sitting by the pool or on the beach all day, massage your favourite conditioner or coconut oil into you hair and scalp and give your locks a deep conditioning treat – the heat from the sun will help open up the hair cuticle, helping the conditioner to penetrate deeper for a more effective treatment.
- Wet hair is really fragile. Use a wide-toothed comb to ease any knots out of wet hair and prevent breakage.