Category: D.I.Y.

DIY Hair: Messy Side-Bun & Sea Salt Spray

By Amanda Richards, Buffalo Exchange Tucson

Here is a how to for a fun and easy messy side-bun & DIY sea salt spray.

Messy Side-Bun

What you will need:

Messy Side-Bun

  • Mousse
  • Sea Salt Spray (try Bumble & Bumble ‘Surf Spray’ or see our recipe for Sea Salt spray below)
  • Hairspray
  • Comb
  • Curling Iron (1-1/2” diameter barrel)
  • Back-Combing Brush
  • Hairband
  • Bobby Pins

What you need to do:

  1. Apply mousse, and scrunch hair. Allow hair to air-dry, or diffuse with hair dryer/diffuser attachment.
  2. Once dry, apply Sea Salt Spray to hair. Curl random sections with curling iron. Set with hairspray.
  3. Tease several 1” sections of hair at the crown with back-combing brush (use a fine tooth comb if no brush is available), hair spraying each section and setting forward to allow hair spray to dry. Once dry, lightly smooth teased hair back into place.
  4. Pull hair into a side-ponytail. Twist ends up into a bun and pin into place with bobby pins. Don’t worry about perfection here, the messier the better! Finish with a misting of hairspray to set.

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Hair Model Melissa , Stylist Jana Kalnins-Park

Messy Side-Bun

Craft-it-Yourself Sea Salt Spray

To create your own sea salt spray and give your hair that “beachy” look, add 1 tablespoon of sea salt to an 8oz bottle of leave-in conditioner spray, shake and mist hair lightly. You can also punch up this recipe by adding essential oils like Ylang-Ylang, Neroli (orange blossom) or lemongrass.   Remember, when using essential oils, start small.  One or two drops is generally all that is necessary.

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