Is Salt Water Good For Your Hair?

Most people think that salt water is healing to the body, but that is not true for your hair.  While it is true that salt water can help detox skin and help wounds heal, it can actually destroy your hair.

Like you skin, your hair can become dehydrated.  For example, when you use heat on your hair, it becomes stringy and brittle.  Because seawater has a high salt content, it causes your hair to become weak.  

Have you ever tried to brush your hair right after leaving the water?  When you’re in the water, your hair looks as flowing and soft as a mermaid’s.  But when you leave and dry it off with a towel, it becomes brittle and not so elastic anymore.  

To save your hair from daily salt water exposure, there are a couple of things to do.  The simplest would be to try a leave in conditioner.  Put it in your hair the night after you go to the beach.  Whenever I do a leave-in conditioner, I always add some extra natural oils like coconut or almond oil to help moisturize my hair.  

If you want to give your hair a little extra protection from salt water damage, you could do a couple of hair masks.  My favorite is the avocado and olive oil mask.  Mash up an avocado and mix in oil and leave it in for about 10 minutes.  

Another one that I heard works great is honey and lukewarm buttermilk.  This one is pretty simple. Mix together the honey and buttermilk and leave it in for seven minutes.  The honey works to keep the shine in your hair and the buttermilk helps it retain moisture.  

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