I like my hair best after I’ve swum in the ocean and rinsed in an outdoor shower – wavy and piece-y. Yet we’re nearly six months away from ideal Sydney swimming conditions. Many continue to swim daily through winter, but it’s called Icebergs for a reason, friends.
No matter – if you can’t get to the beach, bring the beach to your hair. A bit of magnesium oil does the trick. I don’t do much or add much to my hair because I don’t have the patience. This trick passes muster by being only one ingredient and available in bulk. And for reminding me of summer!
Magnesium oil is magnesium chloride dissolved in water. The compound comes from seawater. I bought some in bulk because I thought I could apply it to my skin to absorb magnesium as a remedy for occasional nighttime anxiety. I’ve since learned that magnesium ions can’t be absorbed through the skin barrier, except perhaps minimally through hair follicles, so the benefit of magnesium oil on the skin is likely placebo. Taking magnesium orally is well studied for efficacy, and the method a medical doctor would recommend if you were actually magnesium deficient, which I’m mostly likely not. Live and learn.
So instead I use the magnesium chloride to texturise my hair. The crystals liquified in the jar with no encouragement from me, saving me the trouble of dissolving them in water. I pour a small amount of this liquid into my palm and scrunch with my hands into the ends of either dried or nearly dried hair. The magnesium oil encourages the wave and adds definition and texture. For extra pizzazz I might tie my hair in a bun for a bit. A little goes a long way. I used to store the mix in a spray bottle, but the salt content rusted the metal parts. Oops.