We all know that adding a touch of sea salt to a dish makes it taste great, but what you might not be aware of is that it can be used to make your scalp and hair healthier.
When it comes to washing hair, most of us are happy if it’s clean and shiny and don’t give much thought to the state of our scalp. But as this is where the hair strands begin to grow, you should be looking after it.
Luckily, a key ingredient in having a healthy scalp can be found in your kitchen cupboard. Sea salt comes directly from seawater and is unprocessed, making it healthier than regular table salt. Its mineral content stays pure, which means it has an alkalizing effect. According to the Independent unrefined rock salt contains more than 84 different minerals. It also contains similar nutrients which are carried in the body, which makes it ideal for helping to keep the body’s minerals balanced. It’s particularly good for the scalp as it has anti-fungal properties and grips dandruff. It is also a good option for those who have oily hair, as it absorbs excess oil.
How to use sea salt
There are different ways you can incorporate sea salt into your hair-washing routine:
Use it as a pre-wash treatment on your scalp. It will promote circulation and start working straight away on oil and dandruff flakes. To do this, apply two teaspoons of salt onto the scalp in various parts before massaging it in and leaving it for 10 minutes before shampooing.
You might like to aid the process by using a shampoo which is specially designed for the scalp like Rene Furterer Forticea Stimulating Shampoo. This type of product, which maintains the balance of the scalp, is available from stockists such as http://www.lifeandlooks.com/rene-furterer-forticea-stimulating-shampoo.html.
Combine with oil for a leave-in treatment. You can use olive, coconut or jojoba oil for a scalp massage which you leave in for 15 minutes before rinsing.
Save money by making your own sea salt spray for natural beach waves. Simply mix sea salt with warm water and a few drops of lavender oil.
If you don’t fancy a DIY beauty product, look for salt-infused products which are suitable for your hair type.