A lot of men and women avoid swimming in the ocean in fear that the water will cause havoc on their hair. With everyone looking to keep cool this summer, hitting the beaches and taking a dip in the crashing waves is both fun and refreshing. While chlorine used in pools can be detrimental to hair, many believe that the saltwater is bad for hair as well, but the real truth is it is exactly the opposite.
The Benefits of Salt Water
Many people that come from areas that are cold and dry to areas that are more tropical, often notice that their thought of what salt water would do to their hair and scalp was wrong. Why is this you ask? Simple, the salt water is highly therapeutic thanks to the high concentration of minerals and vitamins that it contains.
When these vitamins and minerals are absorbed into the skin of the body and scalp, enacting an antibiotic effect which can lesson everything from acne to psoriasis, and promoting circulation and encouraging healthy scalp function and hair growth.
Using Sea Water to Keep Your Hair Healthy
If you live near an ocean the all you need to do to get all the benefits that salt water is to go swimming. Every time you go in the water your scalp and hair absorb the healthy minerals. In turn it soothes your itchy, dry or flaky scalp and helps promote healthy hair growth in the process.
I’m sure you have heard the saying, “you can’t have too much of a good thing.” When it comes to salt water this isn’t necessarily true. You should always rinse off with fresh water after you swim. In doing so, it will prevent excess salt buildup and keep your hair shiny and strong. If you color your hair or have dry or damaged hair you should coat your hair in coconut oil before you take a dip as to avoid any additional drying.
What If There’s No Ocean Near?
If you don’t live near an ocean that you can go swim in you can still use salt water to improve the health of your hair. You can purchase over-the-counter saltwater spray at most stores or you can even make one. You just spritz it onto damp hair before styling. In addition to giving you’re a fun, beachy texture, this spray will improve the health of your scalp.
If you are avoiding the beach and saltwater benefits because of your thinning hair then you should do something about it. At IHRS we can help you find the perfect solution to meet your needs but it all starts with you making the call for a free hair loss consultation.