7 Ways To Detox Your Scalp and Hair
Good hair days makes me feel like I can take over the world!
The Party is over!! The festive season can be very stressful for our hair – all those hair products, all those night outs!
There are thousands of hair products on the market which lure you to sleek, shiny and preened look. But reality is different. Most of us switch from one product to another only to be left with more hair misery. Make a fresh start in the new year and try going natural. But before you do that cleanse the accumulated build-up and gunk, which can cause dull, greasy hair, and slow hair growth. A hair detox treatment helps remove toxins from the scalp, unclog the hair follicles, facilitate adequate sebum production. So basically revive our scalp and hair to a clean, and healthier looking hair.
Here are some natural and easy ways to detox your hair at home:
7 Ways To Detox Your Scalp and Hair
1. Head massage:
This is one of the best way to detox the scalp. Head massage is both relaxing and therapeutic and helps to improve circulation and drain away any toxins that may have accumulated on our scalp. It also removes dead skin cells and unclog the hair follicles so that new hair can grow out effortlessly.
Use gentle, rhythmic movements using the pads of your fingers. You do not need to use any oils during the massage. Incorporation of oil is especially beneficial if you have dry scalp and hair, it helps to lubricate the scalp and make hair shiny and vibrant hair. As the oils are absorbed through the pores of your scalp, it’s best to use pure, cold pressed oils such as coconut, almond, jojoba, olive and sesame.
Usage: Once or twice a week
2. Comb It Out:
Similar to head massage, this is another way to get rid of any gunk that may be clogging the pores of your scalp. Also, constant washing and over use of heat and other styling products can cause the sebaceous glands (natural oil-producing glands) to go haywire, affecting the health of the scalp. Massaging or combing several times stimulates sebaceous glands that ensures adequate oil secretion, which is essential for optimal functioning of the scalp. Also, sebum acts as a natural conditioner and helps to keep your hair soft, detangled and protected form environmental and physical assaults.
Use wide-tooth comb, preferably wood. And comb several time – 50 or 60 or 70 – depending on what you feel comfortable and necessary.
Usage: Every day or every alternate day.
3. Detox Clay Mask:
Nutrient rich clays such as rhassoul or bentonite have this amazing ability to attract and absorb impurities from your scalp and hair. They also help repair and renew scalp skin by nourishing it with pro-vitamins and trace minerals such as silica, iron, magnesium, sodium and potassium.
To prepare this mask you will need:
1/2 cup rhassoul or bentonite clay (these amounts are for mid-length hair)
140 to 150 ml plain or herb infused water*
2 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
Mix all the ingredients to make a semi-thick paste. Cover your scalp and hair completely with this mixture. Allow it to sit for about 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water
Clay guide: I find rhassoul clay more moisturising than bentonite. Use bentonite clay for oily hair and rhassoul for normal to dry hair.
*Make your own infusion by pouring 1/2 cup of boiling water over herbs (approx. 2 tsp) of your choice – you can choose from rosemary, peppermint, marigold, burdock, amla, shikakai. Allow to steep for 15 minutes and strain.
Usage: Once in 15 days
4. Lemon/Lime Clarifying Rinse:
Drinking lemon juice with warm water is a popular detox drink for our body. Likewise, lemon rinse is also a great detox for your scalp and hair. Rich in alpha hydroxy acid, lemon aids in purification and rejuvenation of the scalp skin. This refreshing aromatic rinse also helps close the cuticles along the hair shaft, leaving hair with a lot of shiny bounce.
To make lemon/lime rinse you will need:
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 cup water
5 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
Stir all the ingredients together and use.
To use: Pour the rinse over your hair. Gently massage it into your scalp and work it through your hair, and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then wash off with plain water.
Usage: Once a week or once in 2 weeks
5. Cleanse With Shikakai:
This herb not only helps detox, it will restore your hair’s pH, plus make it shiny and bouncy. My hair loves shikakai. If you haven’t tried this wonderful hair tonic than I really encourage you give it a try.
To use: You can use as a hair wash or final rinse, depending on your hair. If you have oily hair use as a final rinse, for normal to dry hair use as a hair wash. For very dry or damaged hair try adding few drops of olive or sesame oil.
Usage: You can use every time you wash your hair
6. Baking Soda:
This is another great way to remove product build up and cleanse your scalp. Although baking soda doesn’t work for me – makes my hair greasy and rough – there are thousands of people who swear by its effectiveness. And there is no harm in trying this cheap, yet effective remedy. It may just work for you!
To use: Dissolve 2 tsp baking soda in 1 cup of lukewarm water (these amounts are for mid-length hair). Pour slowly over head and massage your scalp and work through the lengths of your hair and rinse after couple of minutes. As baking soda is alkaline it will leave your hair’s cuticle open – which will make your hair look rough and dull. To counteract this, the treatment is best followed with an acid rinse – lemon, orange, black tea, vinegar. This will close the hair cuticles as well as normalize the hair pH.
Usage: Don’t overdo this – use once in 15 days or even less may be once a month.
7. Shower filter:
This is not a direct detox method, but it will help you detox quicker. If you live in hard water areas this is especially useful as it helps to keep the cal and other heavy minerals out.
Things to Avoid
If you want to keep your hair healthy and flourishing this year and for many more years to come then try to avoid the below list:
Blow-dryer: Just give away the habit and you won’t miss it. Air drying is the best way to dry your hair (trust me). Use thin cotton cloth/towel to soak up maximum water. Use two if required, this will help your hair dry quickly.
Heat styling: There are thousands of videos on how to style hair using natural ways. A simple way to create gorgeous heat-less curls: plait your hair when its damp and leave till it dries, undo and finger comb to awesome looking hair.
Chemical styling products: Keep the equation simple – if you can’t eat it you shouldn’t put it on your body. Before you use any ingredient on your body or hair ensure that it is safe and natural. Read the labels and research about it. Pure oils, butters, and herbs are the safest and best way to keep your skin and hair healthy, shiny and beautiful.
Synthetic colour: If someone was to offer me £10,000 to get my hair coloured I would reject it outright. I cannot forget the hair trouble I have gone through following many years of colouring. There are hundreds of natural options to lighten, darken, or highlight your hair. Some examples are: henna, indigo, cassia, hibiscus, beetroot, chamomile, lemon, orange, rhubarb, katha, bhringraj, rosemary, sage. And it adds more oomph to your crowning glory than the synthetic options.
In the new year make a fresh start with pure and safe ingredients.
Wishing You Happy & Healthy Hair, Always