Salt and all his frenemies

I know that a lot of us want thicker fuller hair, is it possible? I don’t know, but it’s worth a try. I’ve been an Aveda client since I moved to Minneapolis and I don’t regret it one bit! (Let me know if you need a good hairstylist and I will give you Brooke’s phone number – she’ll cut your hair for $15 if you tell her you’ve been referred by me). Anyways this is by no means a promotion for Aveda or anything. This is going to be a post about one of those home made natural beauty recipes that can cause controversy and all. We are going to talk about salt scrubs and shampoos today.

A while back during my wonderings around Macy’s (that’s before I got hired), I stumbled into LUSH – and was given a sample of their “BIG” salt scrub/shampoo:

After I’ve used up what was in the tiny black jar (which lasted me 3 times FYI), I didn’t really see BIG results, but my hair definitely looked shinier! After talking to other beauty junkies though, I discovered that constant usage of this shampoo dries out your hair and scalp, so it’s best to use it a couple times a month. Now for a price of $24.95, plus whatever tax may bring, I wasn’t ready to dry out my hair just yet 😉 So I looked into scalp salt scrubs and discovered the following:

Salt scalp scrubs, I am going to call them SSS, can be beneficial, but can also be dangerous. They are not recommended for people who have scars or cuts on their scalp, or who have over sensitive scalp as well. When used, make sure you are using fine salt, and not the coarse kind (all that pink salt from Trader’s or what can sometimes be found at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s will probably be too coarse). It’s also important not to go over board with essential oils, just use a couple drops of one of the oils I am going to mention below. And finally – be gentle to your scalp, don’t scrub it too much, you don’t want to damage it, or your looks!

So the recipe for the home made salt scrub is:

2 tbsp fine salt

2-3 drops essential oil (lavender, rosemary, peppermint, basically anything that helps hair growth)

about 1 tbsp water – make sure that salt doesn’t dissolve, act fast and prepare the scrub just as you are about to take the shower, trust me, it only takes 2 minutes.

I apply this scrub to wet scalp and wet hair, when I am already in the shower, gently massage it and rinse it off. Then I use my regular shampoo and conditioner.

I hope some of you have the guts to try this out, just like I had. And I do recommend that you do this as a 10 sessions treatment, because this SSS can also lead to drying out your scalp. I have just completed treatment #3, and so far so good! Remember you can always stop if something is not going right or you are not happy with the results!

And finally a product I am extremely excited to try – Aveda’s new series – Invati:

I was lucky to have been given a sample during my last visit to Sanctuary, which was in the beginning of the month, but I haven’t had time to try it. I really wanted to use up that EO shampoo that I had. Last night I was browsing some coupon sites though, and saw a print out for this same product. And without any hesitation – printed it out. I mean if I am going to review that shampoo and conditioner in the future I might as well get more of the product, so that my review is more legit. So the samples that I now have will probably last me about 4-5 washes, which is a good two weeks time, since I don’t wash my hair every day. And the review will definitely will be on this blog. But I do want to encourage you to go get your own sample, it’s free and all you need to do is ask 🙂 And yes I do realize that I live in the Aveda capital of the world, but I am sure there is one somewhere near you, if only you look hard enough!

I would also love for you to comment and tell me what do you think about the SSS and whether you think Aveda shampoos and conditioners are legit at all! Thanks lovelies,

Cheers,

Z

Comments

  1. Diane says:

    Nice article! I was searching for a DIY salt scrub/shampoo and had no idea that it could dry hair. Glad to know.

    I’m also from Mpls, and am totally looking for a new hairstylist! Is Brooke still at Aveda?! A referral would be fantastic!

    • Hi Diane,

      I stopped going to that salon a long time ago, the manager was very rude to me. And I know Brooke moved on to a different location, not exactly sure where. Last time I got a hair cut was at Camille Albane in Maple Grove, and I really liked it! Let me know if you’d like their contact info!

  2. There are two methods, either you are able to apply horsetail oil directly about the scalp or use it in capsule form.Brahmi is most widely and most common herb utilized to treat baldness problems associated to it scalp. It treats hair with its antioxidant properties, providing proper strands, so promoting the hair growth. In addition to all these qualities, it also helps fight dandruff, wild hair discoloration and wild hair splitting.

  3. I would be tempted to try sugar instead of salt with vitamin-e oil to help moisturise. But the idea is great, it’s so much better to make these things yourself if you can.

  4. There is another treatment, if you want your hair to grow faster, and “safer” under my humble opinion. Before your shampoo massage your hair, your roots in particular, with a mixture of olive oil and egg. Do it for 5-6 days, it is amazing!

    • You always have the best advice! Gotta give oil & egg a try, and actually buy some olive oil at the store! How long do you massage/leave the mix on? Thanks Konstantina, what other beauty tips from Greece have you got?

      • Thank you for your kind words. Massage your hair 1-2 min and wait for half an hour and then rinse them.

        Another treatment is to apply olive mixed with almond oil on your hair roots, cover them with a towel (wet the towel with hot water ) and leave it on your hair for half an hour then wash them then. The best treatment for healthy hair. Do it one a week if you can.

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