Sea moss is a red alga that experts have found could be the new superfood solution to our skin and hair problems. This is because of the many known benefits of sea moss for natural hair! It is also commonly known as carrageenan.
Sea moss has been in existence for centuries and can be found in many edible products (as a digestive aid), and many beauty products for its benefits!
It has been used in Ireland, Scotland, and Jamaica as “folk medicine” aka Ayurvedic healthcare.
Traditionally, we consume sea moss in gel form. However, these days, you can find sea moss in pill or powder form for easy consumption.
The easiest ways to reap the benefits of sea moss gel for your hair is by:
- Consuming it internally
- Applying it to the surface of the hair or skin
What Exactly is Sea Moss?
Irish Sea moss contains a number of vitamins and minerals that are essential for different reasons in the human body. As a result, experts and scientists consider this ingredient such an incredible superfood!
This is also why sea moss has benefits for hair growth and hair health.
It works both when applied to the surface of the hair, and when consumed internally!
The vitamins in sea moss include Vitamins A, C, E, K, and B. While the minerals include Calcium, Folate, Iron, Zinc, Potassium, Sodium, as well as omegas 3s ad omega 6s.
As a result, it’s no surprise that sea moss is so beneficial to natural hair and skincare!
6 Notable Benefits of Irish Sea Moss Gel for Natural Hair
- It is antioxidant
It’s always great to see that an ingredient is antioxidant. This means that the Irish sea moss draws out toxins and free radicals from the scalp. These toxins would otherwise cause damage and buildup on the scalp which prevents the growth of healthy hair.
- It is antimicrobial
Similarly, knowing Irish Sea moss is antimicrobial means that it combats and prevents the growth of harmful bacteria on the scalp. These bacteria or microbes are often responsible for scalp irritation and inflammation. When the scalp is inflamed, it cannot grow hair.
- It conditions the hair
Irish sea moss gel provides incredible slip — especially for 4c natural hair. In turn, this “slip” makes sure that the hair is manageable and conditioned.
- It strengthens the hair strands
Sea moss provides the benefit of reinforcement and strength to natural hair strands. When hair is strengthened, it is less likely to break off during its natural growth cycle. This promotes length-retention aka long healthy hair.
- It promotes hair shine
Sea moss gel promotes a great amount of shine in natural hair. It revives dull and dry-looking natural hair for a better overall appearance!
- It promotes scalp health
In addition to being anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, AND anti-fungal, sea moss encourages the production of sebum on the scalp! This makes sure that the scalp stays moisturized, dandruff-free, and ready to grow healthy hair!
How to Make a Simple Irish Sea Moss Gel Recipe
This is the simplest sea moss gel recipe ever and it requires only a few ingredients.
As usual, you can also add 6-10 drops of your favorite essential oils to the mix. You can equally find suggestions for essential oils in our Ayurvedic herbs and oils glossary here.
This recipe is intended for topical use only – for natural hair.
Here at Hibiscus Roots, we only ever recommend recipes and tips for external use. In an article, we may refer to the benefits of Ayurvedic herbs and ingredients when consumed internally.
We do this to give you a clearer image of the full benefits of the ingredients. However, we recommend that you consult a medical professional before attempting to consume any of these ingredients.
What You Will Need
- 1 Cup Dried Sea Moss
- 2 tsp Avocado Oil
- 2 tsp Olive Oil or Ayurvedic Oil Blend
- Glass Jar for Storage
- Firstly, soak the sea moss in a bowl of water overnight
- After the 8-12 hours, strain the water out of the sea moss
- Then pour the sea moss into your blender with 2 cups of water
- Blend until you get a creamy, white gel with no lumps
- Melt this white gel down using the double boiler method*
- Add the oils (avocado, olive or Ayurvedic oil blend) in and mix well with a spoon
- Pour it into a glass jar for storage
- Store in the fridge for 3-4 weeks
*double boiler method, explained:
1. Bring water to a boil on the stove inside a pot
2. Place the bowl which contains the mixture you would like to melt, inside the pot of water from step one
3. Stir gently and occasionally to encourage melting
Does Irish Sea Moss Gel Make Hair Grow?
That’s the million-dollar question – and the answer is: “kind of.”
Irish Sea moss will not make your hair strands grow at a rate much faster than its current growth rate. I.e. if your hair grows at ½ an inch a month, then it will not all of a sudden start growing 2 inches a month.
Irish Sea moss encourages a healthy scalp and a healthy environment for hair growth. This is the most we can ask for any natural hair ingredient.
As long as it improves the condition of your scalp and hair — your hair will grow out healthier. Healthier hair runs less risk of breaking. And when hair breaks less, it becomes long!
So in an indirect way, yes Irish Sea moss promotes hair growth on natural hair.
How to Use Sea Moss Gel for Hair
To use the sea moss gel from the recipe above, and reap all of its benefits, we recommend the following:
- As a pre-poo
Apply the sea-moss gel to your hair in sections before shampooing it.
Use it as a detangler, to ensure that your hair is knot and tangle-free before washing it.
This also ensures that that hair is protected from the harsh nature of shampoo.
- As a deep-conditioner
The sea moss gel can be applied to freshly washed hair as a deep conditioner.
You would simply need to apply generous amounts of the sea moss gel to your clean hair.
Then, cover it with a shower cap for 30-45 minutes.
Rinse it off and continue your wash day as usual.
- As a styler
Sea moss gel can be applied as the fourth step in your LOC method or LCO method.
This adds a lot of moisture, and a little hold as a healthy boost to all your natural hairstyles!
Here’s a youtuber we love making and using Irish Sea Moss gel in her own type 4 Hair!