You couldn’t wait to head to the beach right away now that summer was over. This year has been difficult enough as it is, so a day spent lounging in the sun felt like the perfect plan. You return from the beach looking fantastically tanned, but a brief look in the mirror leaves you feeling unmoving. You’ve become fond of the sand and surf, and now it’s all over your body. Even worse, it has chosen to settle in your hair. Take a moment to check your bathroom supply cabinet before rushing to make an appointment at the closest salon. Most likely, you already have all you require at home. There’s no need to worry; we’ve got you covered. Here’s a method for removing sand from your hair.

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How to Remove Sand from Hair

However, if everything were so straightforward, this article and a great deal of others wouldn’t have been necessary in the first place. Do not fret. The following information will teach you how to remove sand from hair:

Shake It Off

The simplest approach is also the most successful. Flip your hair over and shake it vigorously after allowing it to dry completely. You should have virtually no sand remaining in your hair after brushing and blow-drying. Before trying this, make sure your hair is completely dry. Wet hair is weak at the roots and vulnerable to damage, particularly when it is wet from seawater.

Brush your hair to remove the sand

Try combing your damp hair if you’re in a rush and can’t wait for it to completely dry. Detangle your hair with a wide-toothed comb first, and then use a finer comb to remove all the sand. Before starting to comb your hair if you don’t have a wide-toothed comb, run your fingers through it. If you let go mid-stroke, sand may collect in the midst of your hair, so be careful to draw the comb steadily over the entire length of your hair.

Letting go in the middle of a stroke can cause sand to collect and cause some gnarly knots you’ve never seen before. You can try combing dry hair as well, but be prepared to deal with a lot more tangles because the salty seawater causes your hair to naturally curl and get tangled when it dries.


This is yet another excellent method for ensuring sand-free hair, and it can be carried out at the beach itself with some ingenuity. Move away from the beach if you’re in a vast body of water and just let your hair float there. Your hair will fan out after being submerged in water, causing the heavier clumps of sand to naturally fall out. Your hair should be free of tangles in a few minutes. To remove the most difficult ones, gently turn your head or use your fingers.

Make sure to properly rinse your hair with cold water afterward to remove all salt from the seawater as well as any lingering sand particles.

Try lightly shampooing and conditioning your hair to help smooth out the tangles if they are too tough to remove with just your fingers. Repeat this step until all knots are gone from your hair.

Removed by Powder

The high moisture level of your scalp is one of the factors that helps sand stay onto your hair so well. By reducing the moisture in your scalp, talcum powder or baby powder can help reduce the force that holds sand to your hair.

After allowing your hair too completely dry naturally, gently massage powder into your scalp with your fingertips. Aim to keep your fingertips on your scalp rather than running them through the lengths of your hair.

While a small amount of powder won’t cause much harm, too much can make your hair strand brittle and break over time.

After allowing the powder to penetrate for a few minutes and dehydrate your scalp, flip and shake your hair. Extra powder can then be removed by shampoo.

The vacuum method

When all other methods have failed to remove the sand from your hair, it’s time to break out the major guns: your vacuum cleaners. To put it mildly, it’s unconventional, yet desperate times call for unconventional solutions.

Use the smaller nozzle to run along small portions of your hair from the scalp outwards after shaking your hair to remove as much sand as possible. This nozzle is often used for corners and other difficult-to-reach areas when vacuuming. Ensure that you continue to shake your hair between brief vacuuming sessions.

However, this method only works on shorter hair or hair that is tied up. Use a vacuum cleaner on your long hair if you made the mistake of leaving it exposed at the beach to create more tangles than before.

What Happens If You Don’t Remove the Sand?

Why is it necessary to remove sand from your hair? Why don’t you simply let it happen naturally and leave it alone? The truth is that you can. But doing so would compromise the condition of your hair. Sand is attracted to moisture and oil, and it retains the sweat that your scalp produces. This fosters a climate where bacteria and dandruff can flourish. This can deteriorate into infections if left unattended for too long. Additionally, it causes an extremely itchy scalp, and constant scratching might harm your follicles.

Additionally, for sand to be properly tucked inside your hair, your strands frequently need to tangle. Your hair may become brittle and prone to breakage or split ends as a result of the frequent friction it experiences at these tangles from the sand grains.


Going to the beach and relaxing there for the day certainly outweighs the chance of having some beach glitter on you, especially now that you know how to both symbolically and literally remove sand from your hair.

To ensure that you completely avoid sand knots and proceed to healthy, beachy waves in your crowning splendor, heed the advice given above. I hope you have many more beachside summers!

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