The salt water in the sea can be a blessing for skin and hair, but it can also have a negative effect on your hair. Read this article to find out how sea water affects your hair and how you can care for your hair properly.

Salt Water: Not always good for your hair

Lying on the beach, sunbathing and swimming in the sea during vacation is pure relaxation – but the salt water can have negative effects on your hair.

  • Salt water extracts moisture from your hair and dries it out. Your hair becomes dull and the ends brittle.
  • Salt crystals from the water are deposited on your hair and are the reason why your hair fades in sunlight.

Salt water for more volume and hold

Like almost everything in life, salt water and its effects on hair have two sides: it is not only harmful, but can also be good for your hair and scalp.

  • Salt water provides more hold and volume to your hairstyle. Especially with fine hair you can achieve success with special salt water sprays and your haircut will be spiced up in a matter of seconds.
  • Oily hair benefits from the salt content of the water. The salt removes not only moisture from the hair, but also fat. If you suffer from oily hair, you can try a shampoo with sea salt to counteract the problem.
  • Sea salt is not only good for the hair, but also for the scalp. If you have a flaky scalp, use care products enriched with sea salt.

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Correct hair care: the be-all and end-all

In order not to experience a nasty surprise in front of the mirror after your holiday at the sea, you should take care of your hair intensively. With these tips you will do yourself and your hair a big favour:

  • Have your hair cut before the trip. If your hair is already damaged beforehand, split ends can expand further.
  • After bathing in seawater, you should wash your hair thoroughly, at the latest in the evening, with fresh water and nourishing shampoo that protects against sunlight.
  • Always tie your hair together. In this way you avoid the contact of your hair with salty water and that it gets tousled by the wind.
  • Do not dry your hair in the sun and avoid using a straightening iron or hair dryer. The most gentle way to dry your hair after swimming is in an airy, shady place.

Homemade Avocado Hair Treatment

If your hair has become brittle from too much salt water and sun, a homemade hair mask with avocado will help. Mash a half (ripe) avocado, add a teaspoon of olive oil and distribute the mixture to your hair and scalp. Leave the whole thing to work for at least 30-40 minutes, rinse well and wash the hair as usual.


Sea water can make your hair brittle and dry. However, it can be good for people with oily hair or people suffering from an itchy or flaky scalp. If you take care of your hair and avoid direct sunlight, nothing will stand in the way of a healthy head of hair, even on holiday. Just remember that it is important to wash your hair properly after swimming in the sea.


Kathy Duchamp

Kathy Duchamp

Kathy has been working as a freelance author for numerous online and offline media since 2001 - and since 2019 also for The Hair Loss Advisor. Following her studies in psychology and education, she initially worked as an employed specialist journalist and PR editor before moving to freelance corporate communications. In the last ten years she has written for a patient portal, a hospital group, two food supplement manufacturers and a pharmacy magazine.
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