Hair and Salty Seawater

Hair and seawater
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Q: How bad is salty seawater for your hair? What does it do?
A: Salt water has for some reason been labeled with a really bad reputation, which people once again plainly accept to be true without first searching for the answers themselves. The truth is that salt water has the potential to dry out certain types of hair, but has proved to be beneficial to most people in some way or another.
The high salt content of seawater can dry out dry or colored hair. Also, because of the high mineral and vitamin content in the water, these natural particles attach themselves to the circumference of the hair shaft. If you spend lots of time in the water and don’t wash your hair after you’ve gotten out, your hair may feel tacky because of the build-up.
To tell the truth, most people report good things happening to their hair while they’re on vacation and spending lots of time in the ocean. The vitamins and minerals in the water soothe scalp irritations, especially psoriasis.
Our scalps are usually dry and itchy because we wash our hair too often and spend most of our time in temperature controlled environments where the air conditioners, etc. dry out our scalps and this causes a bevy of other health problems too. Thus, most people will only benefit from having their hair coming into contact with seawater.
If your hair is naturally dry or color treated, just coat it with some olive oil or coconut oil before you go swimming to prevent the salt to dry the hair out further. If you have oily hair, you’ll see a huge improvement in the oil-reduction. Just make sure that you wash your hair after you’ve swum in the ocean. You don’t want that salt and other minerals to build up on your hair.
See also:
Hair, saltwater and Chlorine
Shampoo for desalinated water
Well water and hair problems