Sea moss is a type of edible algae or seaweed found in waters along the rocky Atlantic coasts, mainly between North America and Europe.
Low in calories and fat, and packed full of vitamins and minerals, sea moss has become popular in the health and beauty world as it’s a good source of iodine and antioxidants, and also contains protein.
Sea moss offers a myriad of benefits, but one of the most common uses is for hair.
So, what can sea moss do for your hair?
1. Promotes hair health
Sea moss is packed full of antioxidants, so it draws out free radicals and toxins that cause build-up on the scalp and damage to your hair.
Instead, sea moss helps keep your hair in optimal condition and encourages the growth of healthy hair.
2. Helps scalp inflammation
As an antimicrobial, sea moss addresses and prevents the growth of harmful bacteria on the scalp. The build-up of bacteria or microbes can cause scalp irritation and inflammation, which also stunts hair growth.
3. Conditions the hair
Sea moss gel is perfect for conditioning your hair, especially if you have tight curls and coils that are naturally prone to dryness and frizz. Sea moss provides “slip” to the hair, which increases its condition and manageability for softer, healthier hair.
4. Strengthens strands
Sea moss reinforces and strengthens natural hair strands, and the stronger your hair is, the less likely it is to break off during its natural growth cycle. This is great if you’re trying to maintain long, healthy hair.
5. Increases shine
Sea moss gel is great for reviving dull, lackluster hair as it will give your strands a natural, shimmering shine.
6. Improves scalp health
Scalp health is essential if you want to grow long, healthy hair.
Not only is sea moss antimicrobial, anti-oxidant, and antifungal, it will also encourage the production of sebum, which ensures your scalp stays moisturized and dandruff-free.
Can you use sea moss gel in your hair?
Yes - gel is one of the easiest forms to consume or apply sea moss in.
Sea moss gel can be applied directly to your skin and hair and will work as a mask to eliminate unwanted microorganisms and moisturize your skin and hair.
Sea moss is also an effective conditioning agent for your hair and skin.
As well as applying sea moss gel topically, it can be consumed as part of your diet. It’s pretty much flavorless, so it’s ideal for adding to smoothies, soups, and desserts.
You can create sea moss gel from raw sea moss. Simply soak the moss in water for a day, then toss it into a blender until it reaches a gel-like consistency.
Does sea moss make your hair grow?
Sea moss promotes scalp and hair health, two things that are essential to creating the right conditions for hair growth.
However, hair growth is also dependent on the individual, so if your hair grows ½ an inch a month, you can’t expect it to accelerate to 2 inches a month just by adding sea moss to your health and beauty regime.
However, there are certainly several benefits associated with sea moss and these could help promote hair growth.
Sea moss conditions your hair and improves scalp condition. Hair will break less and become stronger, which is key for growing longer hair.
So while sea moss may not be a hair growth miracle, it can certainly give you healthier, stronger hair and will promote hair growth in an indirect way.
How do you use sea moss for hair growth?
To use sea moss in your hair, you’ll want to create a sea moss gel.
- 1 cup of dried sea moss
- 2 teaspoons of avocado oil
- 2 teaspoons of olive oil
- 2 cups of water
Here’s how to make sea moss gel:
- Soak the dried sea moss in water and leave it overnight.
- In the morning, strain the water and set the soaked sea moss to one side.
- Boil the sea moss in a cup of water, stirring it until it becomes creamy in texture.
- Once the sea moss is creamy, blend it with half a cup of water for about a minute, then add another half cup of water and blend again.
- Next, transfer your sea moss gel to a glass jar and keep it refrigerated for 3-4 hours to achieve a gel-like consistency.
When using the gel in your hair, you can also add avocado oil and olive oil to further nourish your strands.
- To do this, scoop out 2-3 tablespoons of the seaweed gel and boil it with half a cup of water for 2-3 minutes.
- Pour the melted gel into a container and add the avocado and olive oil. You can also add a few drops of essential oil if you want to add a fragrance to your gel mixture. Be sure to mix all the ingredients together well.
- Keep the sea moss gel in the fridge and use it as needed to style and condition hair.
How to use sea moss for your hair:
As a pre-poo
One common way to apply sea moss to your hair is to apply it before washing.
Apply the sea-moss gel to your hair in sections, and comb through your hair to remove any knots.
The sea moss will act as a detangler and will protect hair from the harsh chemicals found in shampoo.
As a deep-conditioner
You can also apply the sea moss after washing your hair.
Use it as a deep conditioner, applying generous amounts to your wet hair and leaving it on for 30-45 minutes to work its magic. Then rinse off and dry and style your hair as usual.
As a styler
Sea moss gel works great on curly hair as a styler. It can tame fly-aways and add moisture. The gel will also provide some hold and definition.
Sea moss gel can be applied as the fourth step in your LOC method or LCO method.