Salt Spray

oliviarringtonoliviarrington Posts: 8Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Neophyte
HI! I am new to the curly girl method and have 2b waves. I use a natural sea salt spray from Gnarly Whale, and it is silicone, sulfate and paraben free, but am unsure about the effects of salt on hair. Is it curly girl approved, or will it ruin my definition after repeated use? Any help is greatly appreciated! 

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  • Therese1Therese1 Posts: 2,563 Curl Virtuoso
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    Sea salt sprays can be drying to the hair, and some people's hair is more sensitive to that than others'. I would keep an eye on your hair, and if you notice excessive drying, try deep conditioning and maybe using less of the product.
    Low poo: Intelligent Nutrients (IN) Harmonic; Oribe Cleansing Creme
    RO: IN Harmonic
    LI: CJ Beauticurls; Jessicurl (JC) Gelebration Spray
    DC: JC Deep Conditioning Treatment; Weleda Rosemary Conditioning Oil
    Stylers: JC Confident Coils; IN Volumizing Spray; IN Perfect Hold Hairspray; John Masters Sea Mist; Bumble Bb. Gel; Kenra Firm-Hold Gel; Sevi Blue Yarrow Sea Salt Spray
    Low-porosity 2a/b baby-fine hair

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  • oliviarringtonoliviarrington Posts: 8Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Neophyte
    Thank you for your help! I'll try it for a bit and see what happens
  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Posts: 10,840Moderators Curl Virtuoso
    Hi @oliviarrington !  How's your hair doing with the salt spray? 


    Gretchen
    NaturallyCurly.com co-founder
    3A

    You are beautiful!
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 20,729Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    I just saw a video by Lorraine Massey and she mentioned using saline solution (for cleaning contacts, eye drops, etc) like you would a salt spray. She figures that if it is safe enough for eyes it should be safe for hair. I put some in a spray bottle and have used it a few times as a refresher/volumizer on the top of my hair that tends to get flat. So far it works and doesn't seem drying at all. 
    --I'm located in Western PA.   --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, joined the forums in May 2005, started going grey in late 2005.   --My hair is 3B with some 3A, currently at mid back length when dry,  texture-medium/fine, porosity-top is low, middle is medium, ends are porous, elasticity-normal.   --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, coconut oil, honey, vinegar.   
    --My CG and grey hair progress -  
    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html   
    --My article at NaturallyCurly about going grey - 
    https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/color/how-i-went-completely-gray-and-loved-it
  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Posts: 10,840Moderators Curl Virtuoso
    I just saw a video by Lorraine Massey and she mentioned using saline solution (for cleaning contacts, eye drops, etc) like you would a salt spray. She figures that if it is safe enough for eyes it should be safe for hair. I put some in a spray bottle and have used it a few times as a refresher/volumizer on the top of my hair that tends to get flat. So far it works and doesn't seem drying at all. 
    Excellent tip! 

    Gretchen
    NaturallyCurly.com co-founder
    3A

    You are beautiful!
  • AmylizabethAmylizabeth Posts: 56Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Cake Beauty has a great Wave Maker spray that is sugar-based instead of salt for giving textured beachy hair... I don't find it near as drying on my hair, gives me a lot less frizz, and it smells like cotton candy!
    2C Fine, long hair, a ton of it. Blonde balayage. East Coast Canadian. 

    Wash: Live Clean Fresh Water Hydrating Shampoo
    Monthly Scalp Cleanse: Baking Soda/Conditioner/Peppermint Essential Oil
    CO: Garnier Whole Blends Legendary Olive Conditioner
    Styling: Devacurl Volumizing Foam, Devacurl Wave Maker, Garnier Curl Treat Jelly
    Refresh Day: Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle, Devacurl Supercream
    Deep Condition: Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Yogurt Treatment

    My whole wash routine is upside-down... detangling, rinsing, applying products, scrunching, diffusing... the bigger the waves, the better!  
  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Posts: 10,840Moderators Curl Virtuoso
    Cake Beauty has a great Wave Maker spray that is sugar-based instead of salt for giving textured beachy hair... I don't find it near as drying on my hair, gives me a lot less frizz, and it smells like cotton candy!
    OH wow!  How fun!  I'll keep an eye out for it!  

    Gretchen
    NaturallyCurly.com co-founder
    3A

    You are beautiful!
  • OnduleeOndulee Posts: 1,305Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I use CHS Rev Up! Voluming mist which is a salt spray and to ensure it doesn't over dry my hair, I also use my DIY aloe gel spray on dry hair.  So far so good.
    shoulder length bob; fine; 3A-3B; thin density; normal porosity; normal elasticity- my hair loves keratin, ACV, silk protein ,Curlkeeper and AG:Recoil ; needs moisturizing products and hates oils except mineral oil; CG- Jan/'09-mod CG Sept/'09;CG again Jan/'10/mod CG from Mar'10


  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Posts: 10,840Moderators Curl Virtuoso
    Ondulee said:
    I use CHS Rev Up! Voluming mist which is a salt spray and to ensure it doesn't over dry my hair, I also use my DIY aloe gel spray on dry hair.  So far so good.
    Glad you found a combo that works!

    Gretchen
    NaturallyCurly.com co-founder
    3A

    You are beautiful!
  • BeinDebBeinDeb Posts: 583Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I would urge great caution in the using of any salt sprays. When I first found out about CG, and was wondering if I did really have curly hair, I used them exclusively as a styler for 4 or 5 months. They made my hair very curly, and while I did learn that I truly had curly hair, it was a HUGE mistake on my very porous and fine textured hair! They fried it every bit as much as using heat or chemical processes would have, It took a long time to coax my fragile hair into regaining the moisture it so desperately needed.
  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Posts: 10,840Moderators Curl Virtuoso
    BeinDeb said:
    I would urge great caution in the using of any salt sprays. When I first found out about CG, and was wondering if I did really have curly hair, I used them exclusively as a styler for 4 or 5 months. They made my hair very curly, and while I did learn that I truly had curly hair, it was a HUGE mistake on my very porous and fine textured hair! They fried it every bit as much as using heat or chemical processes would have, It took a long time to coax my fragile hair into regaining the moisture it so desperately needed.
    WOW!  Interesting. I hadn't heard of salt sprays doing this. I'm so glad you shared your cautionary tale. 

    Gretchen
    NaturallyCurly.com co-founder
    3A

    You are beautiful!
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 12,231Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I also have had a very bad experience with products containing magnesium sulfate (which is a type of salt).  At first it worked wonders for my hair but after using it several times, all of a sudden my hair felt really nasty, very rough.  It took a few very long, deep conditioning treatments for my hair to get back to normal.  Never again - not for me!
    2/c Coarse hair med. density.
    Highly porous. Color over grey.
    I love all the Curl Junkie products. Still experimenting with gels and curl creams. Still hoping for 2nd day hair....
    Every day is a gift :flower:

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