To stimulate hair growth and mend some scalp problems with usage of expensive cosmetic products remember that it isn’t the only way. Sea salt or even table salt can cope with hair loss, defeat itchy and acne scalp. Such simple, cheap and efficacious stuff for hair care is available at any supermarket and has a low price.
Salt in the home cosmetic procedure takes a leading position. This gift of nature is useful for baths and for weight loss, as a component of various scrubs and masks. But let’s talk about sodium chloride and hair creams or shampoo that we can make by using it. Starting from physical properties of crystals, halite or just salt is a good component for scalp scrub. Imagine how tiny isometric white particles move on the skin surface under your fingers and strip off dead skin cells and sebum like sandpaper. Plain shampoo and any other commercial cleanser cannot clean scalp so well.
Removing dead skin cells in some cases is essential, because each part of body skin needs exfoliating (process of the oldest dead skin cells removing on the skin’s outermost surface). Scrub can do such mechanical work gently and can be exceptionally moisturizing and pleasing to the skin. Our beauty markets offer vast amount of different scalp exfoliants, but you don’t have to buy such thing at the store because almost every beauty products are able to be prepared at home using natural components.
Table or Sea Salt, Kosher and Himalayan Salt for Hair? Which to use as Scrub?
What is the difference between various salt? Which one is the most suitable salt for hair treatment or other DIY beauty products? Generally, all salt contain sodium chloride (NaCl) and the same mixture of other elements. Combination of impurities, amount of them or just purity – are the key point in salt difference.
There are 4 major types of salt:
- Stone salt (from salt quarries);
- Extracted salt (from salted solutions);
- Sea salt (the most useful is Dead Sea salt);
- Sedimentary, Rock Salt (from the bottom of lakes with high salinity).
Stone salt, Himalayan salt happens to be 85% sodium chloride, and the remainder contains over 80+ minerals. These minerals can help your body balance pH level, regulate water content, remove toxins, help absorb nutrients, prevent muscle cramping and more.
Kosher Salt – sort of regular table salt, obtained through a special process of evaporation. Typically contains no additives, just NaCl. Characterized by grain size: usually coarser than table salt. The shape of the crystals is different: not cubes, but pellets of flat or pyramid shape.
Sea salt is mostly just sodium chloride. However, depending on where it is harvested and how it was processed, it usually does contain some amount of trace minerals like potassium, iron and zinc.
The darker the sea salt, the higher its concentration of “impurities” and trace nutrients will be.
Celtic salt (as a variant of sea salt) contains trace amounts of minerals and is a bit lower in sodium than plain table salt. It has a greyish color and also contains a bit of water, which makes it quite moist. This salt supplies all 82 trace minerals needed by the human body for optimal health and longevity. Table or Kosher salt is noticeably inferior to Celtic salt in the possible health benefits.
In general, sea salt is well-known for its healing properties. For example, in ancient time Japan woman (especially geisha) included salt to their daily skincare routine as a cellulite annihilator. Also salt therapy has been shown to improve lung capacity, decrease microbial contamination of the upper respiratory tract and detoxify human body.
So if you compare sea salt and table salt, remember that they share the same amount of sodium chloride, but only sea salt retains the trace elements found in saline water; table salt has been processed to remove trace elements and include additives.
For cosmetic purposes sedimentary salt is more valuable than others since its composition is enriched with minerals. In addition, it contains sodium iodides, carbonates, fluorides and other chemical compounds. But to strengthen the hair follicle and greatly nourish the scalp various sea salt are also preferable (like Celtic or Dead Sea salt).
No doubt we can use any salt, because main active substance for our purpose is NaCl and concentration of sodium chloride is nearly the same for all salt. However for purposes of alopecia treatment and hair growth promotion usage of iodized table salt is admitted as well.
Why Sea Salt is so Beneficial for Hair?
Reviews from many people indicate the use of salt in the hair treatment leads to an excellent result due to the revitalization of the follicles and rising blood circulation in the scalp. Also people notice hair growth acceleration, increasing volume and overall betterment of hair health.
Salt peeling – one of the possible procedures that will help to get rid of the various problems of the scalp and hair. Regular usage of sea salt helps perfectly remove sebum production, improves blood circulation and accelerate their growth.
Research has shown there are specific benefits to each salt component:
- Calcium – soothes and relieves skin cells, is very necessary in strengthening cell membranes and cleansing pores.
- Magnesium – accelerates metabolism of cells, works as an anti-allergic agent
- Bromide – heals and relieves disorders, and has relaxing effect as an anti-inflammatory agent, can be used as a natural antibiotic.
- Sodium Chloride – nourishes and hydrates skin cells and removes toxic waste, improving its permeability.
- Zinc – natural regulation of cell growth and regeneration. Facilitates cell renewal and stimulates collagen and elastin synthesis (renews skin). A great antioxidant this mineral is a free radicals scavenger. It also improves sebo-regulation (anti-acne properties), anti-inflammatory properties and is a natural UV rays blocker.
- Sulfur – is effective to help relieve symptoms of skin disorders such as psoriasis, seborrhea and eczema.
Iodine and Iodized Salt to Help Hair Growth Fast
As we see, salt comes in varying qualities, but the most common – table salt, which is mostly iodized and iodine is a wonderful, natural, relatively inexpensive item for restoring hair growth and improving the scalp tissue. This element is a part of Thyroid hormones (combination of iodine, selenium, and the amino acid tyrosine) which are the key reason for both men and women lose their hair. Not too many people are deficient in selenium or tyrosine, but many health professionals argue that a lot of people are deficient in iodine. So if it is the case that you have low or low-normal thyroid hormones, or if you are experiencing other thyroid imbalance symptoms like dry skin, cold hands and feet, fatigue, weight gain, and/or depression, than it probably would help your hair growth to take some iodine.
Be aware! Table salt beside iodine may contain various artificial substances called anti-caking agents to prevent clumping. Iodine itself plays the same role, but some manufactures include additional E such as: E554 Sodium aluminosilicate, Sodium/Potassium/Calcium ferrocyanide (E535/E536/E538) and others. The most commonly used E554 comes with many precautions if you have liver or kidney disease. Aluminum derivatives have also been implicated in a number of health conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease.
So take a close look on your salt package before buying it. Healthy hair should be achievable with plain salt without bad artificial impurities.
If you apply iodine on a regular basis to the head, you not only nourish the scalp but the whole body as well, as iodine is absorbed gradually through the tissues of the scalp and into the body where it is utilized to help immune function, the improving of which helps to stave off diseases like cancer and arthritis and reduce the negative effects of flu, colds and other infections.
Contraindications in Using Sea Salt for Hair
- Do not use salt if you have any skin damage (like scratches, wounds). Such procedure can result in excessive irritation and pain.
- never apply salt on dry hair. It can injure them and provoke more breakage and hair loss.
- If you have oily hair, you can use salt mask twice a week, and if you have dry hair, then apply sea salt scrub for hair once in ten days. For normal hair treatment with sea salt a week will be enough.
Salt scrub can help to fight intensive hair loss (alopecia) and seborrhea. It can increase blood circulation, improves cell metabolism and contributes to a better penetration of nutrients (hair masks, serums, vitamin and mineral complexes), which are applied on scalp after peeling.
Salt Scalp Scrub and Masks. Recipe & Tips
Sea Salt Scrub with Essential Oils to Moisture Scalp
Wonderful blending of special essential oils, ground salt and some base oils will have salutary effect on dry scalp. Application of such scrub will improve hair condition leading to intensive blood flow to the hair follicles and contributing to healthy scalp through its anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory effects. You will need:
- 2 tablespoons of ground sea salt
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 3-4 drops of essential oil (preferably, peppermint, lavender or tea tree oil)
First, you have to mix ingredients well. Then massage this mixture gently into the scalp for 3-5 minutes (you’d better do this procedure before you decide to wash your hair with shampoo). You don’t have to press scrub as it may cause the scratches on the scalp. After this you can wash your hair as usual. Apply this homemade scalp scrub once a week.
Olive oil is useful for adding moisture to a dry scalp. Tea tree oil can be used on oily or dry hair, with the added benefit that it may help psoriasis or dermatitis because it is an antiseptic and anti-fungal.
Lavender oil is also beneficial for dry or oily hair and it may help conditions such as scalp acne and seborrhea. Also useful for scalp sores, chamomile oil has useful anti-inflammatory qualities.
Don’t use salt scrub on entire hair as it can make it dry. Apply on scalp only for better result! It is not recommended to use salt scrub if you have any slight skin irritation (otherwise it can make situation go worse).
If you use salt scalp scrub regularly you will even forget what dandruff is. Moreover, your hair will grow faster. After applying scrub it is recommended to use homemade hair masks as their components can be easily penetrated into scalp.
Dead Sea Salt Hair Mask to Prevent Alopecia and Improve Hair Strength
Mask with sea salt, especially with Dead Sea salt penetrates deep into the hair structure, strengthens and revitalizes their roots, returning the hair vitality and preventing hair loss.
Organic additives like citric acid and vegetable glycerin stimulates hair follicles and restore keratin layer, preventing breakage and baldness. The hair elasticity attained by inclusion of various vitamins, which also nourish whole scalp.
Hair Mask with Dead Sea Salt (recipe 1):
- Aqua enriched with Dead Sea Salt
- Vegetable glycerin
- Rosa Canina Seed Oil
- Prunus Armeniaca Seed Oil
- Vitamin A
Hair Mask with Dead Sea Salt (recipe 2):
- Aqua enriched with Dead Sea Salt
- Vegetable glycerin
- Essential Oils (Natural Orange, Lemon or Ylang Ylang)
- Vitamins B-5, E
- Citric Acid
Anti-Dandruff Salt Mask with Kefir or Yogurt for different hair types
- For oily hair: nonfat yogurt 1 cup (about 200ml)
- For dry hair: kefir or yogurt 1 cup (about 200ml), 1% fat or more
- Salt 2tbsp
- Optional: Castor oil, Burr oil
Salt treatment for hair loss is intended to increase its activity by various nutritional ingredients. For example, yogurt helps to soften the drying effect of salt. First of all, warm up kefir a little for better salt dissolving. Add chicken yolk and two tablespoons of salt. Mix the components with non-metallic rod in order to avoid oxidation and rub into the hair roots thoroughly. Put a shower cap on to avoid the mixture flow to forehead and leave on for thirty minutes. Rinse with a mild organic shampoo under running water.
Salt Mask with Wheat Germ and Oils
- Salt 2tbsp
- Clean Aqua (distilled) 1cup (around 250ml)
- Almond oil 1tbsp
- Wheat germ oil 1tbsp
In a glass of mineral water, mix a teaspoon of almond oil and a teaspoon of wheat germ oil, add two tablespoons of salt. The resulting mixture should be spread onto scalp avoiding the whole hair length. Put on plastic bag and leave it on for 10 minutes and then wash off with shampoo. If oily residue left, wash your hair twice.
Mask for strengthening and enhancing hair growth
- Flower honey 1tbsp
- Sea salt 2 tbsp
- Cognac or brandy 2 tbsp
- Optional: vegetable glycerin
Mix all components thoroughly, salt should be completely dissolved. If mask still too watery add more honey or glycerin. Then put mixture on scalp by hand. Cover head with plastic bag and wrap it with thick towel. Leave the mask on 10-15 minutes. Wash off the mixture with warm water and (if necessary) with mild shampoo. Also if you are interested in other masks based on Cognac, feel free to read article Brandy Hair Mask Recipes for Hair Loss
Repairing salt mask with Honey & Mustard
- Flower honey 1tbsp
- Sea salt 1 tbsp
- Egg yolk
- Mustard powder 1 tbsp
- Macadamia or Avocado Oil (Olive oil) 3tsp
- Lemon juice 2-3 tsp
This hair mask variation works great at strengthening strands and enriching them with all necessary nutrients. Mix well all ingredients listed above until you get a smooth paste. Then, rub gently into the scalp avoiding the whole length zone (mustard and salt may have drying effect on hair). Put a shower cap on and wrap your head with towel to enhance blood circulation. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes and then wash it off with shampoo.
To summarize let’s check in detail each component that we use in above recipes.
- Dead Sea Salt or other Salt. When cleansing the scalp, it improves the hair follicles ability to allow hair to grow. This in turn helps reduces hair loss. Salt with trace elements helps in nurturing the skin and gives it a smoother healthier look. Sea salt contains minerals such as sulfur, which is excellent for the skin and makes it healthy from inside. The high bromide and magnesium contents make it useful for treating various kinds of allergies. It also helps to cleanse and detoxify the skin making it look beautiful and rejuvenated. Magnesium is important for combating stress and fluid retention, slowing skin aging and calming the nervous system. Calcium is effective at preventing water retention, increasing circulation and strengthening bones and nails. Potassium energizes the body, helps to balance skin moisture and is a crucial mineral to replenish following intense exercise.
- Glycerin. Vegetable based glycerin is hygroscopic in nature, which means it absorbs water from its surroundings and returns it back to dry hair, scalp or skin. Vegetable glycerin is prepared from either palm oil or coconut oil and helps with dry, frizzy and brittle hair. This is especially beneficial for disobedient hair (dry hair) or flaky scalp issues. Apart from moisturizing benefits, it also greatly helps to strengthen the hair, reducing hair breakage and eliminate split ends.
- Panthenol (Vitamin B-5). A non-toxic, non-irritating vitamin B5, plant-derived ingredient. It is also a hair thickener and strengthener and while plumping and moisturizing the hair shaft, it helps nourish the scalp.
- Tocopherol (Vitamin E). Vitamin E protests the hair and skin from the damages caused by UV, resulting in color protection of dyed hair and in the prevention of split ends and brittle hair.
- Citric Acid. A natural extract derived from citrus fruits, it is a widely accepted organic acid used in the cosmetics and food industries as a preservative and a pH control agent. Citric acid has antioxidant properties and it is also used for mask/scrub stabilization.
Basic tips and recommendations for salt treatment
- All hair masks with sea salt should be applied on damp hair after shampooing. Such procedure is also possible before washing hair but make it little wet so it will be easier to spread the mixture.
- After spreading salt solution on hair, wear a shower cap to provide scalp with better blood circulation and better penetration of nutrients.
- While washing hair it is advised to use shampoo with no laureth sulfate or prefer organic baby shampoo to avoid negative effect on hair.
- There are certain recommendations for particular hair type to be followed. For example, salt treatment for dry hair should be held once a week whereas oily or normal type may need salt treatment twice a week.
- Treatments for strengthening hair include 6-7 courses which are followed with 3-month break.
If you feel you hair became drier after application of sea salt scrub or mask – this is not a big issue. First, you need to get the moisture back into your hair. After you’ve shampooed and towel dried, apply 4-5 drops of jojoba oil on hair, paying more attention to the ends. Then put a shower cap on, place a towel over the plastic and let it set for an hour or two. You can even apply a blow dryer during this process, as the heat will help to open the hair cuticle so that the jojoba oil may penetrate into hair better. After this, rinse hair with cool water. This will help to shut down the cuticle and lock the moisture.
Have you ever known that sea salt can be used in making natural shampoo? If you wish to pamper yourself with homemade hair cleanser recipe – read my post: Sea Salt Shampoo Recipe. DIY Hair Detox
Sea Salt for Scalp Acne
Acne on scalp is not only a medical, but also a cosmetic problem. Such a phenomenon makes hair care difficult as you can hurt yourself by hitting painful pimples on scalp a comb when brushing your hair, it also often bothers you with itching and seriously spoils your appearance, causing psychological discomfort (even mood swings and depression).
Sea salt is considered to be quite old remedy to cure scalp acne. It is a well known fact that sea salt is high in sulfur, and sulfur is a powerful cleanser that has been proven to treat scalp acne effectively. It is helpful in dissolving skin oils that clog your pores.
Never squeeze pimples on scalp! It is fraught with infection and rash extension, that will cause more itch and pain.
You can easily prepare salt scrub to treat scalp acne at home. Mix 1 tablespoon of sea salt with 1 teaspoon of hot water (make sure salt won’t dissolve). You can also add 1 teaspoon of honey to provide scalp with additional moisture and mix all ingredients well.
When ready to use your sea salt scrub for scalp, first make your hair roots wet. Then rub the mixture with your fingertips very gently avoiding damaging pimples. Allow the scrub to remain on your scalp for five minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. If irritation occurs, discontinue use.
If you wish to know how to use sea salt in hairstyles – read article: Homemade Sea Salt Spray for Amazing Hair
How frequently sea salt can be used?
Sea salt is known to dry out skin if used too often. So if you wish cure scalp acne and not making the situation go worse, it is recommended to apply sea salt once a week.
Remember that is your scalp acne is very intensive, or it causes great discomfort, itch or pain, or you fail to define its cause, you should pay a visit to dermatologist that will examine you and help you to stop scalp acne. Don’t forget that acne can be only a symptom of some serious health issues, and the sooner you start the treatment, the better.
What people say about using salt for hair?
I didn’t test masks but often rinse my curly hair with salty water. I noticed that hair became thicker, but so far little strengthening is observed.
I’ve tested masks with Yogurt and with Dead Sea salt, and I like both of them. The scrub effectively removes dandruff, literally after the second application white flakes almost disappeared. And I still would recommend everyone to try all masks and decide what fits you best.
I like my homemade sea salt scrub! It has perfect deep cleansing purifying properties. My scalp feels so fresh and clean! I use it once a week because it may dry out my hair. Also, I notice I have to color my hair as often using his natural product. I recommend this salt scrub for those who have oily scalp because it can solve this problem very well.
Debora L., 30
I use the salt blend on my scalp only when it gets itchy and oily. I use a lot of hair product for my curly hair and I think that takes a toll on the scalp. The salt would dry my curly, so I avoid applying it too often. Usually, I coat my hair with conditioner and then carefully use this just on the scalp. I enjoy it! I suffered dandruff for many years but since I started using salt scrub it helped reduce its appearance. Salt leaves my scalp feeling clean. Seems, my hair grows much faster!
I’m 28. I was diagnosed with alopecia. I had thinning and balding throughout 40% of my head. The most disappointing thing is that I was told my hair would never grow back. I was given serious medical prescription and told to apply an ointment once a day. I randomly went to a new hairstylist who offered me to try salt scrub scrub. I prepared the scrub at home and used it once a week. At first few applications I noticed hair fall became worse but later it was better and better. Two months later I went back to my hair stylist, she said my hair is growing back. It’s been weeks later and I see a huge difference. Salt scalp scrub does work! I’m pleased with the results!
It’s a truly great product for clean and shiny hair. You will need just a tablespoon of sea salt mixed with olive oil and honey to apply on the scalp. It smells beautifully if you add few drops of any essential oils. My favorite one is lavender oil. I like to rub grapeseed or coconut oil on the scalp afterwards to nourish the hair follicles. As for me, it is enough to apply the scrub once a week for better results. It leaves my scalp clean and soothed. Also, salt scrub stimulates healthier hair growth!
Cassandra Joice, 31
My scalp is always oily flaky and suffer from dandruff. Those problems were accompanied with the severe hair loss. I was so bothered by losing so much hair so I decided to make sea salt scrub at home and rescue my hair. Well, I should say that it actually helped a lot because my hair started to get oily four days after I use this scrub. The only negative point about salt scrub is that it washes dye pigment out of hair so you will need to dye your hair more often.
Chantel Hu, 23
I have a very dry scalp. Shampoos wouldn’t do anything to stop or control it. I made salt scrub and it has helped a lot. I add more olive oil to the recipe to prevent even more dry scalp. It’s wonderful! I haven’t had an itch since I’ve used it. My hair stay clean much longer, I don’t have to wash it two times a week. I definitely recommend this product to those girls who wish to get rid off dandruff and dry scalp.
Ashlee Kase, 34
I’ve been using dead sea salt for my scalp for several weeks already. At first, it was almost magical to use. I was mixing it with argan oil to make it easy to apply. Now, it doesn’t seem to make quite a strong improvement. It significantly reduced itching and the amount of flaky. The only way in which it worked. I had a strong hair fall but salt scrub didn’t solve this problem completely. I still have 80-100 hairs after each washing in shower. Seems, I have to try some other natural remedies to stop hair loss.
Kelly Welly, 25
I read many positive reviews about using sea salt on the scalp. I wanted to improve hair growth because it seemed to me it was growing too slowly. In addition, I have very thin hair so I expected salt scrub may help improve hair structure. Rubbing the salt into my scalp was effective. For the recipe I was using about a tablespoon of sea salt, a tablespoon of clean water, 1 teaspoon of olive oil. I applied this blend on the scalp with massaging movements. I let it sit for about 5 minutes and then wash it off. If you have wounds on the scalp, I don’t recommend using salt because it will leave very uncomfortable feeling. It’s wonderful to see how the salt is working so quickly. For me it was quite magical at first too! My scalp keeps clean and fresh for a week!
I like salt scrub for scalp! I learned that exfoliating your scalp has the same benefits as exfoliating your face. You’re cleansing your scalp of dead skin cells, dirt and product buildup which helps to reduce acne, blemishes and dandruff. Also, when you exfoliate, it’s stimulating your blood which stimulates your follicles, so that your hair can grow and help with hair loss. The reason why I started using salt scrub is stress hair loss. I was losing about 200-300 hairs every day, especially while washing. Since I started using sea salt scrub I noticed I lose about 150 hairs every day. Hope this will help to stop hair fall completely.