Candy Coated Sea Spray

Miracle spray you can make at home with a few simple ingredients you already have!

I have seen it before.
Gorgeous silky, smooth straight hair that is pretty awesome just as it is but…
when you want to jazz it up and get it all curly it slips out of the curl and falls right back to where you started.
I have long time been a big believer in Sea Salt Spray, but for hair textures like it just doesn’t cut it.
This spray will give you body, texture, hold and add shape and definition to your curls and isn’t drying like the basic sea spray can be.
It also gives your hair a “dirty” texture, which some people are not into, so I wanted to mention that.
It will probably not feel like you are dying to run your fingers through it but once it dries it won’t be sticky or crunchy. (you’ll get why I mention this when you see the ingredients…)


1 Cup hot water
1 Tablespoon Salt
2 Tablespoons Sugar

In an empty squirt bottle mix all three ingredients and shake well.
(shake before each use)

For Mandi’s hair I waited until it was dry, then I sprayed probably 10 squirts into her hair, moving it around so I could get it evenly coated. Getting the roots at her crown and around her face as well. On your first use start conservatively, you can always add more but subtracting is much harder.
Her hair instantly got bigger and messy looking. Next I took a 1″ curling iron and 1″ pieces of hair and wrapped it around the barrel alternating which direction (toward the face/away from the face) and sprayed a few more squirts where I felt it needed it. After I finished curling I prayed some setting hairspray then shook it out and scrunched it a bit.
It was really fun to see her with a completely different look.
I hope you guys love it!



  • Melody Lesser

    16.07.2013 at 04:36 Reply

    I love it! I have uber fine hair and adding volume is always a problem. No amount of product does the trick or, if it does, lasts through the day. My hair can look great when I leave the house in the morning but after a couple of hours, it’s hugging my head again in a limp mess. (Or, it’s a frizzed out mess on humid days.) Yuck! Thanks for this great DIY product for beachy waves.

    • Cara

      16.07.2013 at 10:17 Reply

      Thank you so much Melody! Let me know if it works for you!

  • Dani

    16.07.2013 at 04:45 Reply

    Wow she looks amazing, super sexy hair and makeup, amazing how different yet overall “just enhanced” look you gave her, I love your makeovers!!!! I want i wantttttttttttttttttt (STAMPING FEET) x

  • Nury

    16.07.2013 at 05:25 Reply

    I will definitely try this, cause my hair is soo thin now. It’s nice, smooth and shiny but it’s missing volume for sure!

    Thank you for this. She looks soo stunning!

    • Kathryn

      16.07.2013 at 05:34 Reply

      You are a beauty makeover genius!!! Thanks for sharing!! Look forward to using your recipe!! I never could get my sea salt spray to work before. I have high hopes for your recipe!!

  • Alejandra

    16.07.2013 at 05:40 Reply

    Love this! Definitely will try this because I need some more volume in my hair. Thanks for sharing! She looks fabulous!

  • Liz

    16.07.2013 at 06:01 Reply

    Wow…I just love this!! Mandy looks amaazing anyway but she looks super amazing with the makeover and I adore the hair.. can’t wait to try on my fine hair..

  • Stefanie

    16.07.2013 at 06:14 Reply

    I love it!! You did an amazing job way to being out her beauty!! Thank you Kara for all that you show and teach us!! You ROCK!! Can’t wait to see your new DIY’s! Thanks again!!!

  • Katie

    16.07.2013 at 06:30 Reply

    Question: Do you let the spray dry before putting the iron to it? Also, Cara, you are simply amazing, and I love your stuff!

    • Cara

      16.07.2013 at 10:15 Reply

      Oh thank you so much! Yes, it dries really quic but I just fluffed it up a bit until it dried (3 minutes maybe) then started curling. You don’t want the hair to get very wet at all when spraying (just coated) if it’s soaked it will be too much product:)

  • Amanda

    16.07.2013 at 06:45 Reply

    I love it!! Can’t wait to try it out! I should let you know I’m new to your blog but a you tuber (Beauty Broadcast) talks about your blog a lot in her videos, so I decided to start reading, well I’m sort of addicted and I’ve read your blog backwards but I’m knee deep into 2012! So many great posts :)

    • Cara

      16.07.2013 at 10:17 Reply

      Thanks so much for letting me know! I’ll have to check her out! I love the name! And thanks for going all the way back to 2012, I love you for that:)

      • Leslie

        18.07.2013 at 14:27 Reply

        Beauty Broadcast is amazing! She used to be the morning anchor on our local news channel. Sad to see her go but I at least can follow her elsewhere!

  • Maria J

    16.07.2013 at 07:14 Reply

    Love it!!! She looks AMAZING! hair,makeup..everything! So talented Cara :)

  • Juliana

    16.07.2013 at 07:24 Reply

    I absolutely LOVE this!! You are so awesome! And she is so beautiful!

  • vintagerevivals

    16.07.2013 at 07:43 Reply

    Hey Guys! Mandi Here!

    I just wanted to pop in and say THANK YOU for all of your sweet comments, and let you know how awesome this spray was! My hair is HORRIBLE at holding curl and these curls stayed in for DAYS (who even knew that this was possible!?) It felt a little stiff, but nowhere near as stiff as it does when I have to douse it with hairspray. I loved how piecey it was and was getting compliments on it on day 3…pulled into a messy bun! Cara is a genius!

    love your guts

    • prettyhungrygirl

      17.07.2013 at 19:18 Reply

      Wow! Thanks for the added synopsis! I was skeptical because my hair is just sooooo fine and never holds a curl… but now I think I’ll have to try it :)

  • Tristan B.

    16.07.2013 at 09:39 Reply

    I agree she looks amazing! I want to try this too, my one question is about layers. I would love to do this but I have one length hair and no layers, I know you have mentioned layers before but I wouldn’t even know where to start to ask a hairdresser. Any thoughts? I so want to try these beachy waves that everyone has!!!!

  • Joeylynn

    16.07.2013 at 09:54 Reply

    I wish I would have found you a long time ago!! I just started following u about a month ago. I get so excited when I get an email from you!! You are a genius!! Everything you say to do works and its easy for someone like me to do! My two teenage girls love trying out your tips!! Thank you so much!!

  • Kerstin

    16.07.2013 at 10:19 Reply

    If I remember it right,(was really Young then) this was the “Recipe” that my Cousin Used for his Mohawk/ Spikes when he Used to be a Punk….

  • Amy Kenyon

    16.07.2013 at 10:48 Reply

    Awesome! Im a hairstylist and I cant wait to try this out! Question….what kind of salt did you use? table salt? Thanks so much!

  • Lauren

    16.07.2013 at 11:00 Reply

    I’ve been looking for something exactly like this FOREVER!!! Thank you so much! It’s perfect!

  • Michelle

    16.07.2013 at 11:18 Reply

    Love it!! She looks beautiful!! She actually looks like she could e your sister :) thanks for the recipe! Can’t wait to use it

  • Maddy Cane

    16.07.2013 at 11:34 Reply

    So pretty, I love this style of hair so much and am going to try this soon! I have really fine hair so hopefully this will really help! xxx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

  • Susan Goldstein

    16.07.2013 at 13:02 Reply

    but… but … won’t the sugar attract gnats and bees and all sorts of creepy crawlies?

  • Nancy

    16.07.2013 at 14:16 Reply

    Ok, just got my hair cut yesterday to a longish pixie but I have very fine wavy hair which does not take to anything as well. I have my spray bottle ready and will be trying this in the next few days Cara and am looking forward to doing so!
    I have to add that for Mandy – this textured look really brought out her highlights.

  • Emily @ EakaHouse

    16.07.2013 at 15:00 Reply

    Neat! I will have to try!

  • Kitti

    16.07.2013 at 15:08 Reply

    I will definitely try this! Compared to how much hair I have Mandi has luscious locks! I’m willing to give anything a go because currently I live for my hairspray. I have a bob though so it’ll be interesting to see what I can do with it :)

  • Bre

    16.07.2013 at 15:59 Reply

    My hair is fine, flat, straight, and lifeless. I have tried everything to get a nice beach wave and this totally did it! My hair has volume, it’s curly. It looks great and I had everything I needed to make it at home! Thanks for sharing!

  • Tasha roe

    16.07.2013 at 18:39 Reply

    So cute! Mandi’s makeover is gorgeous. Beautiful gal!
    Was wondering how long the curls held. We live in a crazy humid area in the summer (70% today!) and all my curls always fall out within an hour. Thx!

  • kate

    16.07.2013 at 22:37 Reply

    amazing!!!!! i LOOOVE her hair so much!!! will have to try this method. any chance you would do a video tutorial for it? :)

  • Kristie Bowlby

    17.07.2013 at 07:38 Reply

    OMG! I went straight home from work yesterday and made this. Used it in my hair this morning and it looks fantastic!! It’s holding up well in this heat and humidity too. I’m 4 hours into the day and my hair looks just like it did when I left the house. Thanks so much!!!

  • Carleigh

    17.07.2013 at 09:35 Reply

    Can’t wait to try this! On another note, her eyes are gorgeous!!!! I am so jealous of all you blue eyed beauties out there!

  • Mandy Kirk

    17.07.2013 at 12:44 Reply

    I am curious about what kind of salt as well. Table salt, kosher salt, sea salt???

  • Sharon!

    17.07.2013 at 14:06 Reply

    Got it in my hair and LOVE IT!! I have the THINNEST hair you’ve ever seen (super thin hair strands and there’s not many of them) and this pumped it up big time! I love that I don’t have to waste precious hairspray just to get a little product into my hair for a little ooomph! Thank you Cara!!!!

  • JET

    17.07.2013 at 17:07 Reply

    With my crazy hair I never need this type of spray, but it’s definitely one I’ll pass on to friends. Never seen one with sugar added. She looks stunning by the way. LOVE your makeovers. You’re the bomb.

  • Erica

    17.07.2013 at 17:24 Reply

    I found your blog about two weeks ago and I am addicted! People of come up and asked me about my eye makeup. I tell them to check out your blog. You’re so funny in your videos and I love that you’re so real. Question. I’ve been using Bare Minerals for years and I feel that it doesn’t cover as much when I break out. However liquid foundation at times becomes oily and gross looking. Any tips on how to get great coverage? I use Smashbox primer and then bare minerals.

  • Thalia

    17.07.2013 at 19:30 Reply

    This is an AWESOME tutorial, Cara! I love that you used a natural recipe to get this type of texture. I’m definitely giving this a try because my hair has some parts that look a little dull and could use the extra oomf that this recipe gives. Never thought scrunched hair could look so fab until I saw this :)

  • Melynda

    18.07.2013 at 08:45 Reply

    Has anyone in a humid southern state tried this yet? I live in a beach town along the Gulf coast and I’m worried my hair will be sticky because of the sugar + constant humidity.

    • Eliza

      18.07.2013 at 12:18 Reply

      I just made this and tried it out and it’s incredible!! It’s very humid here today, and no issues yet. Will report back if it gets sticky.

  • Annie

    18.07.2013 at 18:15 Reply

    I will definitely try this! I have asian hair amd it’s pin straight! Does anybody know if this will work well on asian hair?

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  • Erin

    20.07.2013 at 13:55 Reply

    do you curl all your hair? or just a few pieces here and there?

  • Shauna

    20.07.2013 at 15:29 Reply

    Your recipe says salt. I was a little confused on the intro. I know you believe in sea salt but you said it can dry out fine hair? Is that why you add the sugar? Or do you mean use table salt? So I guess my question is table salt or sea salt?

    • Cara

      20.07.2013 at 23:06 Reply

      So sorry for being confusing! Used table salt cause I was out of sea salt but I’ve used sea salt before and I like it too. I think sea salt slightly better texture wise but if all you have around is table salt, go for it:)

      • Shauna

        21.07.2013 at 18:34 Reply

        Thanks so much for the clarification! I’m gonna try it out tomorrow :)

  • Joann

    20.07.2013 at 21:32 Reply

    Anyway u could make a video of the process???

  • Macie

    21.07.2013 at 09:07 Reply

    Would a curling wand work the same as the curling iron did

  • Mary

    21.07.2013 at 16:30 Reply

    I have very fine hair, much finer than Mandi’s! I would love to know what shampoo and/or conditioner you would suggest for fine wavy hair? What a gorgeous makeover! Also if the brun is too dark for the eyebrows as I suspect it may be for me (eyebrows are lighter and getting gray)’ is there a fave color you would use for filling in? Thanks!

  • Roseann

    22.07.2013 at 03:23 Reply

    Could I do it on short hair I just can’t get body no matter what I use!!

  • Sharon

    22.07.2013 at 08:45 Reply

    Cara!! Cannot thank you enough for this post!! I have a pixie and have been frustrated searching for the find the “right” product — trying those salon products at $20 a piece. This adds perfect texture- without being heavy. AND it’s UBER cheap. THNX tonz. LOVE your blog :-).

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  • Jessica @ Dear Emmeline

    22.07.2013 at 14:07 Reply

    I used to use a store bought sea spray and always loved the results! i’ll have to give this DIY version a try!

  • Lori

    23.07.2013 at 13:52 Reply

    Tried it this weekend and LOVE it. I didn’t even curl my hair, just sprayed it in and left it looking “messy”. My hair is STICK straight with no volume. This held all day and then some. My boyfriend loved it too. He said it made my hair look much fuller, but in a subtle way. I think I oversprayed though because my hair was a little “crunchy”, must try to go a little lighter next time.

  • Janelle

    24.07.2013 at 10:47 Reply

    I’m all… “Nunt-uh. That is NOT the same girl…” Awesome makeover! Going to try the spray.

  • Lizzy

    26.07.2013 at 08:29 Reply

    I made this after trying to find some sea salt spray at target and being unsuccessful and then literally coming home and checking your blog I found this! I had all the ingredients and immediately went in the kitchen and made it. I have medium thick fine hair that has a natural wave/curl to it. My hair was air dried and had flat frizzy waves and I sprayed it all over, scrunched, and let it dry. I could not believe the results! My hair was perfectly beachy tousled and it stayed beautifully for two days! The next day I just sprayed some dry shampoo on my roots and brushed my hair out then resprayed it and it went right back into the perfect waves. I am so excited to find something that works so well and literally costs pennies. I am also super excited to find a no heat way of styling my hair. My hair gets easily damaged by heat and I have been needing a way besides throwing it up in a braid to style it. I am in the process of growing my hair out as long as possible and just had to get about an inch and a half of damaged ends cut off.

    Thanks so much for posting this it is a hair styling life changer for me!

  • Emily

    30.07.2013 at 14:22 Reply

    Hey, Cara!
    Do you recommend this DIY sea salt spray or the older one on your blog (“beach in a bottle”)? I was going to try it out and wasn’t sure which one had a better effect. :) Thanks!

  • ShaRee

    12.08.2013 at 07:27 Reply

    Thank you!!! I have long (nearly to my waist) hair and it is thick, but will NOT hold curl. I finally tried this. 3 days later, my hair is still curly! I’ve tried everything and the curl is gone by the time I leave the house. This works, almost too well. 😉

  • nurseatplay

    30.08.2013 at 15:55 Reply

    Curious ( great look! ) did you brush the sections of hair after spraying but before curling! Would brushing the hair after spraying but before curling defeat the beachiness?

  • nurseatplay

    30.08.2013 at 18:57 Reply

    Holy cow! I did this tonight, spray, air dry a little, brushed sections smooth, curled and vavavoom what volume! Im in love! Im so excited i sent an email to every woman i know with the link lol!

  • Sarah

    01.09.2013 at 13:29 Reply

    wow! Love this stuff! My hair always worked with me the best at the 2-3 day mark, now I can have that right after i shampoo :) Much easier to style …thank you!!

  • usmcbaby

    26.09.2013 at 04:38 Reply

    Don’t know if it was a mistake or not but that last part “Prayed” some hairspray was pretty funny to us girls that have the lifeless but if ment sprayed I GET

  • kbabij

    24.10.2013 at 08:45 Reply

    Hi Cara… don’t know if you have time to respond to older posts/comments, but I’m wondering two things: do you need to heat this up every time you use it? AND, if not, how long will the leftover spray last in a bottle… in other words, is there an “expiry”?

  • Julie Van Atta (@Juiceva)

    25.10.2013 at 08:48 Reply

    Just learning about you from Allure (where have you been all my life) I happened upon this little ditty last night in bed … My hair was already shampoed so when I woke up this morning for work I tried this.. OMG. I teach 6th graders. I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve gotten. BTW 6th graders are a tough crowd. Thank you so much from a fine haired teacher!

  • candie

    12.11.2013 at 22:49 Reply

    Can I keep this in the bottle or will i have to throw it away and make a new one each time? how long can this sit in the bottle?

  • Loren

    29.11.2013 at 22:20 Reply

    I have tried a ton of methods and sprays for my hair, and none of them worked. My hair is very straight and very stubborn and won’t hold a curl. When I told my mom about this she said, “Oh, jeez,” and then it worked!!!! I’m sooo happy!!! And as for mandi, she looks amazing.
    Great makeover.

  • Gina

    01.01.2014 at 18:23 Reply

    Love this!!! I tried it last night for the first time, and my hair hasn’t been the full for ages!!! Thank you so much!!!!

  • Alicia

    31.01.2014 at 23:07 Reply

    I absolutely love this look on her! I follow her blog too and she always looks great, but I think she’s never looked better! I can’t wait to try your recipe! Thanks for all your amazing hair and makeup tips!

  • Amberlyn

    28.02.2014 at 19:42 Reply

    I just tried it out. AMAZING! I love your DIY posts. A few months ago I tried the DIY eye primer, which is equally amazing. My hair has very little body and now every time I look in the mirror I am pleasantly surprised that I still have so much volume. Thanks Cara!

  • stefanie

    07.03.2014 at 10:23 Reply

    It’s absolutely AMAZING! I tried so much several recipes of them but that’s the only one which worked!
    Thank you Cara :)
    ps: please take a look on my blog I’m new in the “buisness” and would be happy if you’d read my first posts.

  • Dawna Ranae

    30.03.2014 at 17:49 Reply

    THANK YOU SOOOO VERY MUCH!!!! This describes my hair perfectly. I have spent 15 years trying to have cute hair. I did what you said – made this, bought a hot tools curling iron and tried the “twirl curl” method. My curls last all day and they never had. I’m in love. Thank you so much! I’m telling all my fine haired family and friends.

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    Hello! I was wondering why this is better that your other sea salt spray recipe for thin hair. Thanks!

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  • Fawn

    09.02.2015 at 12:37 Reply

    Would this also work for curly hair? Most of the time I blow dry my hair straight and use a 2″ curling iron on it…then its so straight that it won’t hold a curl. I just want waves, not straight or very curly hair (like I have now). Should I do this after blow drying? Great look!!

  • Camila

    03.07.2015 at 14:37 Reply

    It works great! Thanks.
    I have a question though, after using it should I throw away the product or leave it in there? I’m not sure if tomorrow will look or smell good.

  • Sarah s

    01.11.2015 at 11:04 Reply

    I’m concerned about the sugar and the curling iron. Sugar burns, that damages the hair, my hire is old, dry, and color treated. Then how do you clean th sugar off your iron and keep the flys away? Serious question.

    • Melissa

      09.12.2015 at 19:26 Reply

      I didn’t use as much sugar in mine, about half actually. Because of the hot water, the sugar and salt dissolve really well so it’s not going to be like holding a blow torch to a pile of sugar. The key is to not completely wet your head with it, and also to let your hair dry before you start curling it. My hair stayed silky and sleek, even after curling, finger combing and flipping it!

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