Ocean in a Bottle

In the summer, my blow dryer takes a long hiatus.   It’s usually either too hot or too humid for me to justify actually doing my hair.   I’ve also been blessed with crazy fine hair that has little to no body on its own.  If I want to wear it down, I need a little help from some styling products.

Have you ever noticed how awesome your hair looks after swimming in the ocean and letting your hair dry in the breeze?  I’ve always been amazed at how good my hair looks at the beach even when doing absolutely nothing to it.    I’ve also been seeing a lot of sea sprays on the market this summer so I thought would make my own with the hope of recreating that elusive texture only the ocean can give.  It took just a couple of ingredients and all of 5 minutes to make.

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Simply take 1 cup of very warm water and stir in 3 tbsp sea salt, 1/2 tbsp conditioner and 1 tbsp hair gel of your choice.   Using sea salt is important to get the desired texture so don’t be tempted by that cute little girl with the yellow dress and umbrella in your pantry.   Also, make sure you stir until all of the salt is dissolved.  Allow to cool to room temperature and then pour it into a squirt bottle.

I am very pleased with the texture this adds to my hair.  I usually use it on the second day after washing my hair.  I start with my hair dry and squirt it generously with the sea spray.  I then scrunch my hair to add some body and allow it to air dry.  You could also wrap your hair around a large barrel curling iron to get more defined curl.   Summer hairstyling could not be easier!

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Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

If there is anything I love as much as playing with food in the kitchen, it’s experimenting with my own beauty products.  I love knowing what is in my products and seeing how well common kitchen items double as effective beauty products.

I’ve heard a lot of buzz about using apple cider vinegar as a clarifying hair rinse or in place of conditioner as a way of adding shine and softness to the hair.  The idea is that the vinegar restores the ph balance to your hair after your shampoo has stripped it away.   It seemed too good to be true, but I thought I would give it a try.

I wasn’t sure how much vinegar to use, and the articles I read suggested anything from a few tablespoons to a 50/50 ratio of apple cider vinegar and water.  Figuring that more must be more, I started with equal parts water and vinegar.  BIG mistake!  My hair was so greasy I had to hop back in the shower and start all over again!  Let’s just say that I got a bit too much of that ph balance back.  I tried a few more times before I finally hit the sweet spot and now I am loving the results I see.  I use it probably 3 times a week after shampooing and I don’t even need conditioner.  My hair is definitely softer and shinier, and the best part is, this is such an economical solution for healthier hair!  Here’s how to get shiny magnificent hair for yourself:

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Start with an 8 oz squirt bottle and some apple cider vinegar.  You will get the best results if you use an organic, raw vinegar with the mother still in it.

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Pour about 1oz of vinegar into the squirt bottle.  I have very fine hair so if your hair is coarse and very thick, you might need a bit more vinegar to get the right results.  Play around with the proportions until you find what works for you.  I think it’s probably a little different for everyone.

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Lastly, fill the remainder of the bottle with warm water.  After shampooing, squirt the entire bottle onto your hair and let it sit for several minutes to soak into your hair.  Rinse your hair thoroughly and style as usual.  I’m not gonna lie…the smell is less than stellar and you might get a few drops of bitter water in your mouth, but the payoff is worth it to me.  The first time I tried it, I was afraid my hair would smell even after it dried, but it didn’t.  It actually had a pleasant, sweet apple smell.   Try it for yourself and let me know what you think!