Is Sea Water Good For Your Hair?

by Lindsey Rose Black
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With summer around the corner, chances are high your hair is about to get some serious salt water action. But if you're feeling a little nervous about the waves and wondering, "Is sea water good for your hair?" I'm about to quell those nerves. The answer is a little bit of both "yes" and "no," and ProRituals Creation Director, Terrence Michael Renk, explained why.

In certain instances, sea water can totally be a good thing. Renk tells me, "[Sea water is] rich in vitamins and minerals, [and can have] an antibiotic effect on the skin." He adds, "Seawater can be used to treat eczema and psoriasis, both of which can impact the scalp and cause hair loss. So if you have an itchy scalp or overly oily hair, a quick dip into the ocean might be a simple cure." It's almost too easy!

But, he warns, "For those of you who are beach worshippers and color your hair, sea water may have a negative result. Sea salt will roughen up the surface of your hair, leaving the cuticle open, dull, and porous, which could lead to color fade. The combination of sea salt and sun will make color fade very quickly." Not exactly awesome, huh?

Luckily, there are still ways you can enjoy the waves and keep your hair safe if it's colored. Below are Renk's tips.

1. Oil Coating

Hair and Scalp Therapy Oil Treatment, $8, Amazon

"I recommend putting a coating of oil on hair before going into the water," says Renk. "This coating will help to reduce the affects of the salt on the hair." Above is his top product pick, but I've included a few more below.

Ouai Hair Oil, $44, Amazon

With African Galanga, Ama, and Asian Borage, your hair will feel nice and sleek.

Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil, $36, Amazon

Argan oil is ultra-nourishing to stands, thanks to all of the vitamin E!

2. Low pH Leave-In Conditioner

Aphogee Pro-Vitamin Leave-In Conditioner, $11, Amazon

After you're out of the water, rinse the sea water out and apply a low pH leave-in conditioner to close the cuticle, he advises." Here's a few more leave-in conditioners for soft, silky, and protected hair!

Terax Shine Color-Locking Leave-In Conditioner, $12, Amazon

Keratin proteins work to strengthen and protect.

Briogeo Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray, $18, Amazon

This super lightweight spray conditioner is infused with rosehip, argan, and coconut oil.

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