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How To Make A Homemade “Beach Waves” Spray For Hair

Beach Wave Spray

Growing up in southern California, the “beach waves” hairstyle was not something you found in a bottle, but something you got by actually going to the beach. :-) What we thought was just “beach hair” (that we couldn’t wait to get home to wash) is now actually a fashion statement! Nowadays lots of people pay good money for products designed to give hair that “been at the beach all day” look.

Olivine Atelier makes a popular product called Love & Salt Beach Hair. But get this – an 8oz bottle will set you back nearly $30! Even if I’m MILES and MILES away from a “real” beach, I can’t justify spending that much for a “beach-y look”. But recently, out of curiosity and my inability to leave well enough alone, I decided to look up how to make your own “beach waves spray.” ;-) I came across the perfect formula  and was amazed at how SIMPLE it actually is! And best of all, this version only costs a few dollars to make. :-)

Homemade Beach Waves Spray


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp gel
  • 2 tsp oil
  • Essential oils for fragrance (optional)

Note: The quality of ingredients you use is totally up to you! We used ancient sea mineral salt, aloe vera gel, and fractionated coconut oil in our formula, but you could easily use table salt, hair gel, and olive oil for a super-affordable spray that will give you similar results!

Beach Wave Spray


Add all ingredients to a measuring cup and stir to combine.

Beach Wave Spray

Pour the mixture into a spray bottle.

Beach Wave Spray

Spray all over damp hair and scrunch with your fingers. Blow dry or let it air dry. Finger comb through your hair and you look like you just came from a beautiful and fun day at the beach!

Beach Wave Spray

If you want more dramatic and longer lasting results, let the spray work its magic overnight. Just apply the spray all over your hair, then loosely french-braid your hair. In the morning, loosen the braids with your fingers and apply hairspray to help keep it in place.

Beach Wave Spray

My daughter Britta kindly offered to be our model for a “before-and-after.” On the left is her hair without any product in it, and the photo on the right shows her hair after applying the spray and wearing her hair in braids overnight. Britta told us that thanks to our homemade beach waves spray, her stubbornly thick-and-straight hair stayed wavy all day!

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • Thank you, Jillee, for this wonderful receipt. I’ve always used a curling iron for making beachy waves, but I’m afraid it’s not that good for hair to use it frequently. So I gonna try your method asap.

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  • Do you have a recipe for coconut water hair mist? For smoothing? It’s like around $8 for a small bottle to buy. My daughter loves it, but would rather make my own if I could. Just wasn’t sure what to use. It’s a clear spray.
    Also, what happened to your PDF download option???? I’m dying here, I loved that option!

  • Is it ok to get mineral sea salt with different scents to them , Like for example Lavender, I found some at iherb.com . Would love to make this when on vacation , than I don’t have to fix my hair with a curling iron and etc.

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