Salt water is not good for curly hair if exposed to it for over 12 hours or consistently over time.
It can cause damage and dry it out. I recommend not exposing your hair to salt water for more than 12 hours. Spending long hours exposed to salt water, such as at the beach, your hair can become stripped of its natural oils, causing breakage and frizz. And let’s remember the damaging effects UV rays, sun, and wind can have on your hair.
Temporarily, salt water can be good for curly hair because it adds texture that makes the curls more defined and bouncy. Small amounts of mineral content in salt water can nourish and strengthen your locks.
Tips for Protecting Your Curly Hair from Salt Water Damage
Your curly hair will need as much protection as it can get. Follow these tips before you head into salt water!
- Apply a leave-in conditioner or hair oil before going into the ocean. This will help to protect your hair from the sun, wind, and salt and keep it moisturized.
- If you can’t apply any product, then at least wet your hair with fresh water before you jump in. This will help to keep your hair hydrated and prevent it from absorbing too much salt and drying out.
- Deep condition your hair after. This will keep your curls hydrated and healthy. I recommend Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Masque. This deep conditioner is formulated with Jamaican black castor oil. This oil is known for nourishing and strengthening hair. It also has Shea butter which helps to hydrate and moisturize.
What About Sea Salt Spray?
Sea salt spray is a product that contains salt and water. Just like ocean water, it’s safe to have in your hair in moderation. Overuse can dry out your curly locks, though. However, it can enhance and define your curls like nothing else. The salt content in the spray provides a natural-looking hold, allowing your curls to hold their shape without weighing them down. And let’s not forget about the nourishing benefits of mineral-rich sea salt – it can help strengthen and promote hair growth. For a perfectly tousled, “I woke up like this” look, spritz some sea salt spray into your damp hair, scrunch, and let dry. I recommend Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray.