What Are Salt Shampoos? In Short: A Necessary Shower Step

Updated 05/07/19
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Especially over the summer, we're used to seeing an influx of salt-infused products like sprays and scrubs that promise beachy waves and smooth, suntan-ready skin, respectively. But another beauty category of the salt variety that's been popping up on our radars is salt shampoos. You might be wondering, What are salt shampoos? Relatively new to the market and with few offerings, the concept of salt shampoo can leave one a bit perplexed—we typically add salt-infused hair products to our hair to give it body and even make it a bit "dirty" for hold and texture, not to cleanse our strands. But in action, salt shampoo is a surprising solution to add texture and volume to hair while washing it, leaving it with renewed life rather than feeling squeaky-clean and stripped.

Typically, shampoos will have regular table salt (or sodium chloride) among their ingredients, which do not do any favors for the health or beauty of your hair. On the other hand, sea salt is packed with healthful minerals like magnesium and potassium that help hair while giving you that desired texture and a boost in volume. "[Salt shampoos] are excellent for naturally detoxifying the scalp of grease, grime, and product buildup, as salt acts as a natural exfoliator," Christophe Robin—who has his own cleansing and purifying sea salt scrub made for the scalp—explains to Refinery29. "They help remove chemical residues left on the scalp, which can cause itchiness after a coloring treatment. More commonly, they also help to rebalance and soothe greasy, irritated scalps."

Head below to shop our favorite salt shampoos.

Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt 8.33 oz
Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub With Sea Salt $52
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Use this scrub once a week to rid your scalp and strands of any chemical buildup and residue from hair products. Your purified locks will be moisturized by almond oil and restored to their natural, clean, and healthy state.

Sea Shampoo 12 oz/ 355 mL
Verb Sea Shampoo $14
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If beachy waves are your goal, kill two birds with one stone using this clarifying shampoo that leaves your hair with a lightweight hold to enhance texture for that covetable, tousled look.

Lush Big Shampoo $30
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Reinvigorate locks that have lost their luster using this sea salt shampoo that guarantees to give hair a huge boost in volume while removing dead skin cells and dirt.

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