Do you skew sweet or savory? While this is a typical brunch question, it can also be applied to your haircare. Though many of us opt for salt sprays to get a beachy texture and cheat volume or fake summer strands, going the sweet route is also an option. And according to Erica Conan, Director of Education for ColorProof Haircare, this is actually the healthier hair decision (unlike Belgium waffles v. eggs benedict). Here’s why sea salt spray is bad for your hair.
1. It’s a Moisture Depleter
“Salt damages our hair structure by extracting its water content,” says Erica. This is particularly a no-no for hair health because it’s mostly water (and protein). “Hydration is essential in keeping our hair supple, shiny, and resilient and our scalp healthy and thriving.
2. Sea Salt Spray Is a Color Fader and Breaker
“When natural moisture is removed, hair not only feels rougher and less manageable, but it is a lot more susceptible to breakage, dandruff, and color fading. Salt can also act as an exfoliant, which directly affects hair color.”
3. Cuticles Tend to Become Rougher
But wait, there’s more! “It roughs up the cuticle, making color vulnerable to environmental and styling damage that fades our color faster,” she continues.
Why You Should Use Sugar Spray Over Sea Salt Spray
To get the look salt provides—defined spirals and piece-y layers that take on a tendril-like quality, she suggests faking it with the no sodium ColorProof SeaSugar Salt-Free Beach Spray. “It’s the perfect on-the-go styler for an instant straight-off-the-beach look for your hair. It can be sprayed into damp hair and styled or air-dried or spritzed into dry hair for a looser, more effortless-looking texture. You can even safely curl over it with your irons to add texture to curls,” Erica advises.
The benefits of a sugar spray are similar to salt, in that you can achieve a better, lasting curl. Erica explains that like salt, sugar enhances natural curl patterns and provides long-lasting memory that holds shape in place. “So, if you have even slight wave, curl, or texture in your hair, sugar will help activate it with a soft hold that lasts longer. Sugar will provide texture in the hair with no damaging effects to your color or the integrity of hair’s structure.”
Again, sugar does not have the same drying effect as salt because it doesn’t draw out the water content as salt does. “When using a sugar spray, hair will stay moisturized and shiny, and your color will be protected from premature color fading. Additionally, sugar sprays do not build up in your hair like salt-based products do. Too much salt buildup in the hair can cause breakage and adversely affect how color processes in your hair.”
The main benefits of salt and sugar spray are their ability to create easy texture. These hero ingredients are so powerful, you can ditch the dryer and head out the door. However, you can achieve texture without bringing condiments into the equation. Erica has some other texture creator faves that she thinks we should try. “Hands down, TextureCharge! This product not only texturizes but adds thickness to the hair for a voluminous, textured look with a no-product feel. If you want a more piece-y, controlled texture, I recommend FiberBlast. It’s a stylist favorite for giving higher shine and more pliable texture; think of perfectly textured lob styles,” she shares.
But, I Love Using Sea Salt Spray
“If you absolutely can’t give up your salt spray, it is essential to add steps to your routine to balance the damaging effects,” Erica cautions. “Try using a clarifying shampoo at least once a week to prevent salt and other mineral buildups on your hair and scalp. I recommend ClearItUp Detox Shampoo. It removes all buildup without stripping or fading your hair color. Unlike some clarifying shampoos that can be too strong and leave your hair looking and feeling lifeless, ClearItUp leaves hair revived and feeling soft and shiny.”
Because you’re depleting moisture, you also will want to add a weekly hydration treatment to restore moisture that has been lost. Erica shares her all-time favorite is DeepQuench Moisture Masque by ColorProof. “It’s hydrating, lightweight, and works in under five minutes. Plus, the fragrance makes me feel like I’m at the spa!”