Obsession Thursday: DIY surf spray and body oil mist
When I went from short and flippy hair to past my chin and wavy, I started to need surf spray to make the hairstyle work. Stuff costs $20 a bottle and is MAGIC. You know how your hair is after you come out of the ocean? (Not a lake…has to be salt water.) This stuff does that, but is better for your hair and cheaper than airfare.
Guess what? All the ingredients to make many, many, MANY bottles of this stuff costs about the same as one bottle of the name-brand stuff. I’ve made and used up several batches and it always works. Spritz it into damp hair, scrunch and when it’s dry, finger combing gives me the wavy hair I always wanted.
I started out with some of the recipes on this page, and tweaked. This is about what I do now.
Amy’s magic hair scrunch spray:
1/2 cup warmed distilled water
1 tablespoon Epsom salts
1 teaspoon hair gel
½ tablespoon leave-in hair conditioner
4-5 drops of coconut oil or Argan oil
Warm water helps dissolve the rest of the ingredients. I use less water than other recipes recommend, because the water is just there to carry the rest. It just slows down the drying time of your hair so why add more than you need? Choose your conditioner carefully — it seems to be most fragranced of everything and if you’re fussy about smells, that’s where you can control it best.
Next up, winter skin crawlies. All body oil mists I found had some kind of fragrance and they all have preservatives I didn’t want. Plus $$$. So now I make my own based on this recipe, and it’s amazing. It has no scent by choice — check out the recipe link above if you want to fragrance it.
Unscented body oil mist:
¼ cup distilled or filtered water
1 ½ teaspoons pure vegetable glycerine
1 teaspoon grapeseed oil
4-5 drops Vitamin E oil
I spray this on my arms, back and legs after every shower and I no longer want to rip my skin off.
I got most of the supplies at my local drugstore. You don’t need to buy huge amounts. It lasts a long time, and takes up just a little space in my closet until it’s time to make a new batch.