The beach makes everyone beautiful: tan skin, gorgeous smiles, sand and surf, bikinis, and beach hair full of volume and texture. If you’ve heard that salt water is good for your hair, you might want to think again, depending on your hair type.
Salt water contain sodium chloride, the same stuff you sprinkle on your French fries. Salt has been used for centuries as an exfoliate for the skin, and many of today’s, exfoliates also contain salt. It is said to remove dead skin cells and dirt and leave the skin feeling smooth and clean without stripping it of natural oils.
But what about your hair? Are there any benefits to taking a swim in the ocean every day? Yes, especially if you have an overly oily scalp. Another benefit of salt water is that it can help get rid of dandruff and the associated itch.
If you have an oily scalp or suffer from dandruff, you can benefit from using products that contain salt, such as a salt scrub, which also promotes healthy hair growth.
The type of hair that does not benefit from salt water is dry hair. If your hair is dry or damaged, using salt products in your hair or constantly swimming in salt water will only make it drier. This is because as your hair dries, the water is evaporated and the salt is left behind with an increase in concentration. Add the sun to this, and what you get is drier, more damaged hair.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go swimming in the ocean if you have dry hair. What you can do is take some preventative measures, such as using a leave-in conditioner before you hit the beach, using sunscreen for hair (especially the ends), rinsing the salt water from your hair each time after swimming and, when you get home, recondition your hair right away.
For anyone experiencing hair loss, talk to a hair restoration expert about salt water and your hair. At Genesis II, we offer proven hair loss treatment and custom hair restoration solutions for both men and women experiencing hair loss or thinning hair. To schedule a free consultation call us at (315) 458-1074 or to contact us via email click here.
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