One of my favorite ideas for the New Year is to do a hair detox with salt baths.
Not only do I take hot salt water baths to kick off the New Year, I take them all year long.
A salt bath is like taking a mini trip to the sea for quick rejuvenating fix without the stress of traveling.
Hot water soothes the nerves and relaxes tight muscles. Meanwhile, the salt cleanses your skin and detoxifies your entire body.
This detox includes the scalp along with the roots and hair.
Warning: If you're undergoing medical treatment or under a doctor's care, be sure to discuss whether or not it's safe to take an unsupervised hot salt water bath.
Salt Water Bath Recipe
Fill a clean bathtub with hot water.
Add 1 cup of sea salt.Optionally Dead Sea salts can be used for their high mineral content.
If you wish, you can add 4-6 drops of citrus (lemon, grapefruit, orange, etc.,) essential oils to the bath.
Avoid using more than 2 drops of lemon or orange since they can burn skin.
Note: A good mixture to try is 3 drops of grapefruit, 2 drops lavender and 1 drop lemon in the the bath.
Salt Water Bath Tips & Tricks
Before stepping into the salt water bath pull your hair up into a ponytail. Pin into a loose bun.Wrap your hair in a thick towel or turban.
For a special conditioning treat apply warm coconut, olive or jojoba oil to the ends and dry sections of hair before wrapping hair into a towel.
Salt Water Bath HowTo
Soak in the bath for at least 25 minutes with the water as hot as comfortable on your skin.
When you have enough time, add more hot water to keep the temperature as warm as comfortable.
After you've finished soaking, ease out of the tub instead of standing up quickly to avoid getting light-headed.
Optionally you can take a lukewarm shower after the bath to rinse off any salt residue on your body.
You can also use a post-bath shower remove the hot oil as well as do a sea salt hair detox.
Sea Salt Hair Detox
Sea salt has the benefit of removing hair product build-up and grease from the scalp roots and hair.
It also removes dead skin cells and dirt.
The good news? Sea salt doesn't strip natural hair oils.
When you remove hair product, dirt or oil build-up, you're effectively detoxing your hair for a reboot.
Salt Water Hair Detox Recipe
Mix together in a clean bottle:
3 teaspoons of coarse sea salt2 teaspoons of a mild shampoo
1 teaspoon of jojoba, olive or coconut oil
Optional - 1-2 drops of rosemary or lavender essential oil
After doing a salt water hair detox treatment, be sure to re-balance your natural hair hydration by utilizing a rinse-out and/or leave-in conditioning treatment.
Summary - Hair Detox With Salt
A great way to kick off the New Year is to start with a hair detox with salt baths.
Even better, combine a hot salt bath with a hydrating hot oil hair mask followed by a lukewarm shower and salt water hair detox treatment.