Sephora sells a “cleansing purifying scrub with sea salt” shampoo that I received in a sample once and fell in love with. It made my hair seriously clean and shiny, just like it said. The problem is when I went to buy the shampoo I almost fell out of my chair at the $54 price tag. Now I am all for the occasional beauty splurge but that’s an expense I just couldn’t maintain.
So I began to dig around for DIY replacements and kept coming across women using Epsom salts in their shampoo or conditioner to basically obtain the same results. Now, Epsom salts aren’t actually salt, but magnesium. And it’s the grainy texture that exfoliates your scalp and not only can they remove dead skin calls, but Epsom salts also purify, moisturize, and detoxify your hair.
HOW TO USE IN YOUR SHAMPOO:
To exfoliate simply add a spoonful to your shampoo, wash, and repeat. The first go will remove excess hair product and dead skin cells. The second time will deep clean and detoxify. Then just moisturize as usual. I’d recommend only doing this once or twice a week.
HOW TO USE EPSOM SALTS IN YOUR CONDITIONER:
Mix equal parts conditioner and Epsom salts (however much conditioner you usually use) and heat in microwave for one minute. Stir, apply to clean wet hair (just make sure it’s not too hot first!) and rinse after 20 minutes.
Now, if you’re like me you’re wondering what you going to do walking around the house with wet dripping hair for 20 minutes. So what you can do instead (which is what I’d recommend) is heat the mixture a little longer, wash hair in the shower, then fill the tub for a bath while you apply the mixture to you hair, and settle in for 20-30 minutes. I then rinse it out after and clean the tub at the same time with a magic eraser. This just seems much more efficient to me.
OR you could just add a spoonful to your conditioner as normal and while you may not get the deep conditioning, it will remove excess oil so your hair is not weighed down by it and instead full of volume. That’s pretty simple, too.
BONUS: Follow up with this DIY Hair lightener to further clarify your hair.
OTHER USES FOR EPSOM SALTS
Detox Bath – just add your favorite essential oils! Epsom salts not only help with sore muscles and cuts, but also asthma, constipation and help you relieve stress and sleep better. I love to add them to my DIY Mustard Bath for sore muscles and to fight the cold and flu.
Detox drink: Mix approximately 2 tsp. of Epsom salts in 1 cup of warm water until it dissolves, then drink. I’d recommend only doing this when needed and make sure you drink extra water afterwards!
Face wash – add a pinch to your favorite face wash to exfoliate.
Do you use Epsom salts yet? If so, what’s your favorite way to use them? I also hear you can try adding sugar to your shampoo for even more benefits!