One of the prime reasons I look forward to the summer each year is the ocean. Imagine a child who knows that they will receive all their favorite toys for Christmas. And a ton of its favorite candies. Now you have a partial idea of how eager I am to see the ocean once more.
I remember when I saw her for the first time. I was a child back then, still developing the ability for complex thoughts. But love pure as such is not complex. It is raw, overwhelming, and sensational. The wind, the smell, the scenery; I believed that I looked reached eternity.
I am not the only who shares this love for the sea. Many before me sung to her; admired her beauty and feared her mysteries. Coleridge’s “The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” is a prime example of inspiring the ocean is. Is she perfect? Even if she isn’t, she is the closest to perfection we have.
But I am not writing an ode to the ocean. I am more concerned with how it affects our health.
Standing next to it does wonder for the psyche. The wind blows all worries with it. But that is not what I was thinking when deciding to write this. I asked what physical contact affects us. I am thinking: “What does the ocean do to my hair and skin once I am in?”
Surrounded with Minerals and Vitamins
My intuition tells me yes, the ocean is healthy for you. I believe so because many ancient cultures attributed the birth of humankind to the sea. There must be something good about it when so many adored it, right?
Well, it turns out I was right. Salty water is, indeed, healing to almost everything it touches. And the reason is simple: the sea is filled with various minerals and vitamins.
As we are bathing and having fun in the water, our skin is doing some serious work. It is absorbing all those minerals and vitamins that surround us. They have a therapeutic-like influence on our bodies. These minerals heal skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, and eczema.
Now that I am writing this, I began to remember. As a teen, I had severe acne problems. Then we took a trip to the seaside. All I am going to say is that I returned much prettier than I left.
What About the Hair?
Now that we know that the sea is a liquid treasure of vitamins and minerals, we must ask ourselves how they affect our hair. After all, hair and skin are not the same. They look and feel different.
However, one thing that they have in common is how they react when surrounded by salty water. Every time you go for a swim, your hair and scalp absorb the minerals and vitamins I mentioned above. They have an antibiotic effect.
Also, wet hair gives you that distinctive summer look.
Saltwater contains nutrients your hair cherishes. They break down hair’s natural oil — the perfect treatment for overly oily hair, as the ocean will balance your hair levels.
There is Always a “But”
I must admit that I am biased towards the ocean. I wish I could spend a few minutes telling you how the sea solve all your problems. However, that would be a lie.
The proverb goes like this: “You can’t have too much of a good thing.” Unfortunately, you can. And salty water is one of those things you should enjoy in moderation. For your hair, that is.
Sea is dangerous for your hair color. Sea salt makes hair surface rougher. This, in turn, will leave the cuticle open. And this is how hair color fades. Add sun to the equation and your hair might become unrecognizable.
But there is a simple solution to that problem. You can begin with rinsing your hair with ordinary water before entering the ocean. Once you leave the beach, apply a leave-in conditioner to your hair.