Can I make my own “hairspray” with cooking salt and water? | Beauty

the hack
Make a styling spray for your hair using salt, water and other elements.

The promise
Salt spray—salt water—was the source of that typical 2000s “beach wave” hairstyle, so called because you looked like you were swimming. It’s back on the spring catwalks in Victoria Beckham and Roksanda, but can you do it yourself?

The test
Bumble & Bumble’s Surf Spray was the ultimate styling product of my youth for that “fresh off the beach” matte dry texture – minus the rogue bits of seaweed. The plethora of DIY recipes online share a common basic method. I start by filling an old face mist bottle halfway with water, add a teaspoon of sea salt and shake. Sprayed on my dry, curly hair and scrunched with my hands, it just made my hair crisp. Another recipe suggests adding aloe vera juice or gel to the mixture: this softens the crispiness a bit, but is still disappointing. Substituting aloe for hair gel, as another recipe suggests, adds a bit more definition, although some strands are positively strong. In my last effort, I added a few drops of jojoba oil to this formula. Sure, it softens the gel a bit, but my hair is still so crispy that it “crunches” audibly when I move.

The verdict
A do-it-yourself spray is quick, cheap, and worth a try, but works best on straight, thick hair, but I’ll stick with Bumble & Bumble.

Melissa R. Brumfield