DIY Texturizing Salt Hair Spray - Everyday Essentials

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DIY Texturizing Salt Hair Spray

Nothing says summer hair quite like loose, flowy waves. If beachy curls are part of your signature look or you just like experimenting with a new style, have we got the DIY for you! This Texturizing Salt Hair Spray is an easy way to add texture and volume to your hair, giving you effortless, beachy vibes. You don’t even need long hair to enjoy this hair texture spray! It helps add light hold and volume, no matter what your hair length.

Texturizing Salt Hair Spray

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

In a 4-ounce spray bottle, mix Jojoba Oil, Polysorbate 80, and essential oils until the mixture looks cloudy. Add in 1 ounce of Everclear (or at least 120 proof grain alcohol) and shake to mix.

In a glass bowl, add Pink Himalayan Salt, 1 Ounce of Lavender Hydrosol, and warm (not boiling) distilled water. Mix until the salt has fully dissolved and then pour into the alcohol mix. Shake before use as the salt will sink to the bottom. Spray, and enjoy!

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114 thoughts on “DIY Texturizing Salt Hair Spray”

  • Why doesn’t your recipe say to solubolize the essential oils in Everclear for at least an hour before adding the rest of the ingredients, when it does say you’re supposed to do that on the blog about Everclear?
    Sometimes I’m baffled by your “safety”.

    1. Hello kelly, we always recommend to err on the side of caution and use the best judgment when creating products. If applying topically, it might be best to let the product meld before adding it to a water base. We are always doing our best to update information and recipes as we research and find out more information. That way we can provide the safest information possible. If you would like to read more here is also a great blog from Robert Tisserand,,separated%20into%20two%20distinct%20substances Thank you for letting us know. Have a great day.

  • Hi, thanks for this, but would you be able to post an alternative recipe without the Polysorbate 80? Those of us that make our own products don’t like to use toxic chemicals. Otherwise the recipe looks great. If you can’t, would it be acceptable to leave out the Polysorbate 80?

    1. Unfortunately the polysorbate is what helps hold the product together and dilutes the essential oils. You are free to come up with a solution that works best for you, however. <3

  • I have a question about using both Everclear and Polysorbate 80 in this recipe. A Tisserand Institute article I found through PT website says that Everclear (190 proof) can be used as both a preservative and a solubilizer in water-based recipes and recommends the alcohol be 25% of the recipe. If I use 190 proof, can I delete the Polysorbate 80? Or is this recipe different because of the salt added? Also, would Tea Tree Hydrosol work in place of the Lavender?

    1. Hi Debbie! You are correct, Eveclear is enough to act as an emulsifier and a preservative in water-based recipes. The Polysorbate 80 is used in this recipe to help disperse the carrier oil in the mixture, so it’s still needed. And you can absolutely substitute Tea Tree Hydrosol!

  • I was just wondering if you spray this on when your hair is wet or dry. I’ve got a batch mixed up just waiting for the salt to dissolve.

  • I just cut my hair short this weekend and have been looking for new ways to style. So excited to mix this one up! Sounds like it smells so great too! yay!

  • My hair is stick straight. Interested to see if this will give it any texture. It’s always fun to try new DIY’s from Plant Therapy!

  • this recipe had me until polysorbate 80. i’d like to try this recipe leaving it out. if you don’t use essential oils you only have 1/2 tb. of jojoba oil. or, what about glycerine instead of polysorbate 80?

    1. Hi Dawn! the polysorbate 80 is to help disperse the carrier oil. Glycerine is water soluble so it can’t replace the jojoba and it won’t solubilize so it won’t work in place of the polysorbate. You could leave the polysorbate out since the jojoba is diluting the essential oils but all of the oils are going to be pretty thick on the top of the water.

  • I cannot wait to try this DIY recipe! hopefully to make this sometime this week. I do have one quick question…. can the Everclear be substituted with something else?

    1. That’s a great question with a complicated answer. You would have to reformulate with the addition of both an emulsifier and a preservative. This would take a little research into these things so you can best determine usage and formulation products that will work best for your family.

  • So excited to try this! I need something to help with the humidity hair frizz in the summer. Hope this works.

  • This sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try this. Way to go PT for another great DIY. I love all the DIY recipes you guys post.

  • I have been experimenting with air drying my hair instead of heat styling. I’m going to give this a try!

  • I have really fine, long flat hair lol I would love to try this to see if it actually gives me some texture, and it is an excuse to try a hydrosol! Win Win!

  • So excited to try this! If I 1/4 the recipe do you think I can omit the Everclear and Polysorbate? Those are the only two things I don’t have.

    1. Hi Nichole, if you omit the Everclear, you will need to use a preservative in its place. You can learn more about preservatives here. The polysorbate 80 helps disperse the carrier oil. Without it, the carrier will float to the surface of the water and may clog the sprayer or feel greasy in the hair.

  • I live by the pool in the summer and am running low on my store bought salt spray. I’ll try this DIY and hopefully save some money. I already own all the ingredients except the lavender hydrosol. Hoping I can substitute rose hydrosol instead.

  • I was wondering if I could leave out the alcohol, use 2 oz of hydrosol instead of 1 oz, and then add a preservative to help it keep longer…would that be okay?

  • I have silky fine hair and have been making my own volume spray with water and pink himalayan salt for years. Im going to try your recipe to see if I can achieve greater volume for my hair. Thanks for the recipe.

  • I will definitely try this! I’ve used salt sprays from different brands the last few years but my hair just doesn’t seem to go well with these. So a natural option is definitely something to try for me.

  • I think I might give this a try. I Don’t usually use hair products as I have gone through a period of bad breakage a few years back. I do worry the salt and alcohol could be drying though. Would love to hear others experiences with this.

  • I would LOVE to try this salt spray but unfortunately my type of hair doesn’t do well at the beach,’s so curly and unruly. So happy for all you who can actually get nice results 🙂 Enjoy!!

  • I am always looking for a good DIY hair texturizing spray. So excited to try this! Thanks for doing all the work to create recipes like this. Always nice to know what’s going on the hair and skin 😉 Thanks again and I will be creating soon 🙂

  • Don’t use if you have curly hair! Stay away from alcohol based blends that will dry out the ends and cause your hair to split.

  • Is there a substitution for Polysorbate 80? I have another emulsifier, sunflower lecithin. Would this work? If so, how much should I use? Thank you!
    I can’t wait to try this recipe. My daughters will love it too.

  • This sounds really cool! But what would it look like for the texture? My hair is thin and oily most of the time but then other times it just looks dry; it has been hard to find an in between texture. I know I’ve seen some pretty cool hairstyles where it looks wet all day… does this stuff do that?

  • Having fine hair that doesn’t have much body in summer I’m intrigued by this idea. I need to do more research, but thanks for sharing this recipe.

  • This recipe sounds fantastic! I don’t have a few of the ingredients but it’s a good excuse to get them! Can’twait to try it!

        1. Hi Krisla! This is a great question! Polysorbate 80 works as an emulsifier rather than a preservative. While Everclear can certainly do this, particularly with most essential oils, it will not do a great job of emulsifying or dispersing the carrier oil. Polysorbate 80 helps to disperse the carrier.

  • Polysorbate 80 is NOT a safe ingredient – look it up and read about it before using. I just did and am surprised that PT would recommend using something unsafe on our bodies.

  • I’m constantly fighting humidity with my semi wavy hair, excited to try this and see how it holds!

  • I might give this a try! Rose Hydrosol is in my wishlist anyway. Any idea if this will work with super thick and mostly straight hair? Are there any oils that should *not* be used in your hair? Thanks PT for these incredible blogs, I learn so much!

    1. You’re fine to use the hydrosols of your choice 🙂 I would be cautious and avoid HOT oils or phototoxic oils.

  • Thank you for another great recipe! My 8 yr old has become very interested in making our own body care products. We are learning oils together and these recipes help ward off the chemical filled bottles she sees at the stores.❤

  • Thank you for another great recipe. Will be trying it out with my beach loving 8 year old. She loves making diy body care products and we have been learning oils together. ❤

  • Oh, this sounds lovely! Is the alcohol used to preserve it? If so, can I omit the alcohol if I only want to make enough for a few days?

  • So excited to try this! My hair is super fine and thin and it’s really hard to get any shape to hold. I bet this would help give it some texture to hold a style!

  • Made this yesterday I LOVE how it gives that natural beach wave to my hair!! Thanks for another great DYI:)

  • I am going to try this. I let my hair dry naturally a lot in the summer and it has a wave to it. Can I use solubol instead of the poly 80?

    1. The polysorbate 80 is to help disperse the carrier oil. I am not sure how solubol would work for that since it is much heavier than essential oils. You could always give a try to see! We can’t really speak for products that we haven’t personally tried ourselves.

  • Definitely want to make this! Is there any reason to use lavender hydrosol over a different one? I have rose, melissa, and helichrysum.

    1. Lavender just happens to be a good choice for hair care DIYs. But Rose is also a fantastic option!

  • my sons hair LOVES Sea Salt so I’m sure to try this one out & take out and mix around a few of these oils

    1. is my supplier for Polysorbate 80 and all other ingredients for lotions, creams, serums, and soap making. They ship quickly and always stand behind their wonderful products. I have been using them for years and have always been more than pleased with their service, support, and products.

  • I definitely want to try this! May I ask for a recommendation of a Polysorbate 80 to buy? I am seeing comments on some as unpure and stinky and I don’t want to ruin this recipe. Thank you for any help…..

  • I can NOT wait to try this! Sounds so good! …. also, maybe plant therapy could start selling polysorbate too?!?

  • I haven’t ordered any hydrosols yet, but this recipe may be the thing to make me do it. I have curly-wavy hair and it loves sea salt sprays!

  • This is just the excuse I needed to finally get Polysorbate 80. I have a DIY salt spray, but it always clogs the sprayer. Hopefully PT’s recipe works better!

  • Ooohh cant wait to dry! I love the beach hair. I wonder if endless summer would work as well, for that “summery” scent

  • This is great! I always go curly in the summer, because there is no use trying to fight this Carolina humidity!! Could I use polysorbate 20 rather than 80? I have 20 on hand.

  • Would love to try this for some beachy waves. I bet another lime I recently got would work great too!

    1. One word of caution, the lime that they recommend is not phototoxic, so if you substitute other citrus oils be aware of any photosensitive concerns that might accompany that substitution. PT kindly provides the information on each oil’s page, so you can easily find that information. Good luck and take care. 🙂

  • I go through sooooo much salt spray weekly because my hair is so long and it’s my easy go to- I cannot wait to whip up this DIY salt spray that is chucked full of all the chemicals I’m sure my store bought one is!! Thanks PT 🙂

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