How Can Sauna Be Beneficial For Curly Hair

Benefits of Finnish sauna

Did you know that there are five million inhabitants in Finland and over three million saunas in Finland, which makes it an average of one sauna per household!? I know it’s crazy right 😲 ! But it is popular for several reasons. First of all, I can’t think of any better way to relax than heat bathing in a sauna. Our bodies response to the persistent heat by relaxing and relieving stress. The heat relaxes muscles and soothe aches in both muscles and joints by releasing endorphins “the body’s own tranquillisers” and can even help to induce a deeper sleep afterwards. Secondly, the deep sweat produced in sauna can help reduce levels of lead, copper, zinc, nickel, mercury and other chemical absorbed just from interacting with our daily environments by cleansing the skin and removing dead skin cells. Therefore, a sauna not only feels good, it’s good for your body as well 🙏.

Sauna, deep conditioning, curly hair

Why sauna is good for curly hair

Yes it makes you "Feel Better”, "Look Better” and "Sleep Better” but did you know that it can also make your curls better! Curly hair tends to be extremely dry making our curls frizzy and more prone to breakage. To prevent that to happen, some (or a lot 😅) added extra moisture is necessary. We can get the maximum benefits out of a deep hair care treatment combining it with applied heat or steam. It opens the cuticle of the hair and allows moisture to penetrate the hair shaft.  

Curly hair care treatment for sauna

This is an old trick my mom taught me. She always try to take care of my hair when I was little. Learning by doing, she found out the benefits of sauna to my hair. And I did some research and I found out that I am not the only fan of this treatment.

Usually I do few trips between sauna and the shower. Make sure that your hair is always wet when entering the sauna to protect it from drying. You can apply hair oil throughout your entire hair and scalp before entering the sauna. This way you can make yourself a hot oil treatment and as well it works as a pre-shampooing protection. Use an elastic hair band to tie your hair up for the sauna. Try to avoid metallic clips due to the heat. Let the hair oil sit around 10-20 minutes (this depends entirely how much of a sauna person you are) before shampooing it of. After washing the hair oil off, add deep conditioner treatment to your hair and repeat the previous steps. After this treatment I always feel like my hair can breath again! And the level of relaxation is beyond everything. And don’t worry, you don’t have to go all the way to Finland to try this out. Check out your nearest gym, swimming hall or a spa for a sauna and that will do it. Enjoy your sauna and keep it hot and curly! ➿➿➿

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