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August, 31 2018

Is sea salt bad for your hair?


Ayesha @JdeV HQ

Sea salt sprays have become all the rage recently, helping you to achieve those desired beach curls and waves. However, this particular hair care product is also no stranger to controversy, as some experts seem to think that regularly spray salt onto your hair will eventually take its toll. So, is sea salt a miracle hair product or is it secretly damaging your tresses? Today I try to answer this tricky question! 

Does sea salt damage your hair?

This is one of the more common questions that appears concerning sea salt and it’s not really surprising. Most of you at some time or another will have been warned about the dangers of seawater for your hair and, if seawater isn’t good for your hair, then surely a product derived from sea salt will have similar adverse effects?

The main problem with sea salt is that, as with all salts, it has an osmotic action, meaning that it pulls water away from your hair, leaving it drier and more brittle. It also doesn’t help that most of the sea salt sprays you’ll find on supermarket shelves contain alcohol which can have an abrasive effect on your hair – not exactly an ideal combination!

Does sea salt fade coloured hair?

Okay, so sea salt might not be the best for dry hair but what about hair that’s been coloured? Can it cause that colour to fade? Unfortunately, there’s not a simple answer. Coloured hair can be more vulnerable to dryness and damage so from this angle, sea salt can be problematic. It also doesn’t help that, if you are using sea salt, you will need to be washing your hair regularly, which can gradually cause your colour to fade.

Does sea salt have any benefits?

Okay, so you’ve probably been given a pretty bleak picture of sea salt so far but it’s not all bad news! Sea salt does actually have some benefits for your hair. If you have oily hair, for example, sea salt can work to absorb this excess oil, or alternatively if you suffer from dry flakes, sea salt is thought to help get rid of dandruff. It also adds plenty of volume to hair and provides a long lasting hold. Sea salt is even believed to help encourage hair growth by stimulating the blood flow to your scalp. Not bad!

So yes, if you have dry hair that’s prone to frizz and dead ends, sea salt should be approached with caution. That doesn’t mean that you should never use it, just that you should keep the word moderation in mind.

Avoid sea salt sprays that contain alcohol and consider using a leave in conditioner to help restore your hair’s natural moisture balance. Giovanni’s Ultra-Sleek Leave in Conditioner and Elixir would be my top choice. Not only is it safe for colour treated hair, it also contains argan oil which, as my colleague Yvonne from Glasgow Shawlands discusses in her blog ‘Should you put argan oil on wet hair?’ is extremely rich in antioxidants and works to nourish and protect dry hair from damage.

Which sea salt spray should I opt for?

If you are going to try a sea salt spray, it’s always best to go for one that utilises other ingredients. Oils are a good choice as these tend to be extremely nourishing and may help to counteract some of the problems that come with using a sea salt spray. That’s one reason why, if customers ask me which sea salt spray they should be opting for, I always recommend John Masters’ Sea Mist Organic Sea Salt Spray with Lavender. 

As I’ve mentioned, if you’re going to be using sea salt you want to avoid products that also contain alcohol. This spray is 100% alcohol free and instead contains lavender oil, which can help to condition hair, combatting dullness and instead providing a wonderful, natural-looking shine. It will also give your hair a burst of fragrance too!

Simply spray on to wet hair and leave in. Remember that a little sea salt goes a long way so don’t go too overboard! When the day is over and you need to wash this spray out of your hair, couple with a nourishing shampoo and conditioner, like John Masters’ Honey & Hibiscus Reconstructor, or utilise an ultra-moisturising leave-in conditioner!