What does sea salt do to your hair?
Sea salt has definitely grown to become one of the most sought after products this season, almost matching dry shampoo and ordinary hair spray in terms of popularity. This is because sea salt can help to add volume to your hair, providing the hold and texture needed to produce gorgeous, natural-looking waves.
However, that’s not to say that sea salt is for every hair type – as my colleague Ayesha from HQ discusses in her blog, ‘Is sea salt bad for your hair?’ it is important to be aware that sea salt can sometimes be quite drying for your hair. That’s why I often recommend using a nourishing conditioner before and after using a sea salt spray – if your hair is especially sensitive or prone to dryness, it might even be worth using a leave-in conditioner like Giovanni’s Ultra-Sleek Leave-in Conditioner and Styling Elixir.
This idea of nourishing your hair should also be translated to the sea salt spray. Many high-street sea salt sprays are loaded with abrasive ingredients such as alcohol which definitely won’t do your hair any favours. That’s why, especially if you’re making your own sea salt spray, you may want to try and incorporate more natural, kinder ingredients that will help to support your hair rather than damage it, which brings me nicely to my next point…
What ingredients should you use in your sea salt spray?
When it comes to the types of ingredients you should use in your spray, I’m going to cover the main three first, and go over any optional extras later!
1 – Sea salt
Okay, so this ingredient is fairly obvious but quality does make a real difference. You don’t want to apply just any old sea salt to your hair. Ideally it should be organic and completely free from any unwanted additives or preservatives. That’s why, if you are making your own sea salt spray, I’d opt for Lucy Bee’s Dead Sea Bath Salts.
As the name may suggest, usually we recommend this mineral-rich sea salt to complement baths or to treat your skin. However, it has an extremely high magnesium content, which has natural anti-inflammatory properties, helping to soothe the delicate skin on your scalp. It also doesn’t contain any unnecessary extras – just pure Dead Sea salts.
2 – Coconut oil or argan oil
Now that you’ve got the main component of your spray, you need a rich oil to help accompany it, one that’s nourishing enough to counter any of the more detrimental effects of sea salt. Now, I’ve got two favourites when it comes to this process – coconut oil and argan oil.
Both are rich in fatty acids to help keep your hair hydrated and can work to prevent breakages and split ends. Which one you want to opt for is entirely up to you but once again, quality does count! That’s why, if you are going for coconut oil, I’d suggest Lucy Bee’s Extra Virgin Organic Raw Fairtrade Coconut OIl which ticks all of our boxes when it comes to quality and ethics, or alternatively, John Masters’ 100% Argan Oil.
Now you’ll only be needing a small amount of each product so it’s good that both are also extremely versatile so you can use them again for many different reasons. Coconut oil, for example, is great to cook with but can also be used to help moisturise your skin – just check out Joanna from the West End’s blog, ‘How do you use coconut oil in your hair?’ if you want any more tips!
3 – Leave-in conditioner
As I’ve mentioned, sea salt can be quite abrasive for certain hair types which is why it always helps to include this vital ingredient. A leave-in conditioner can go a long way towards protecting your hair, keeping it hydrated and even making it easier to style. Giovanni’s Ultra Sleek Conditioner and Styling Elixir would be our first choice as it’s safe for colour treated hair and contains extracts of argan oil – if you’re opting for this treatment, you may wish to use coconut oil rather than argan oil in the last step!
Optional – Essential oils
Finally, if you want to add a bit of fragrance to your spray, you could try adding a touch of essential oils. Lavender is my special favourite as it has a lovely, calming scent but it really is entirely up to you – with so much choice out there, you’re bound to find one that satisfies!
Okay, so I’ve discussed our main ingredients – now you probably want the recipe! The one we’re going to use is very simple and comes from the Huffpost. All you will need is the following:
- 1 tablespoon of sea salt
- 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon of leave-in conditioner
- 1 cup of warm water
- Optional - a few drops of essential oil
Now you can start by pouring the warm water into a spray bottle and adding the sea salt. Shake the bottle gently until the sea salt dissolves. Once this is done, combine your melted coconut oil with your leave-in conditioner and essential oil. Add this mixture to your spray bottle and shake vigorously – hey presto, you have your own homemade sea salt spray!
Making your own sea salt spray is all well and good but it can be time consuming and sometimes human error can see some unwanted results. That’s why, if you can’t be bothered with all the fuss, we’ve got a great and affordable alternative lined up for you – John Masters’ Sea Mist Organic Sea Salt Spray with Lavender.
Despite costing under £20.00, this product doesn’t skimp on quality and utilises only three ingredients – water, sea salt and lavender oil. No alcohol here! It’s nourishing and non-drying, so even more sensitive hair types can make the most of it. It also provides a strong hold and plenty of texture to help bolster those beach curls!