You’ve no doubt heard of a body detox, which often involves drinking strange concoctions. The theory is that they help your body release toxins. Whether or not they really work is debatable, but the experts say that a scalp detox is something entirely different. By doing one, you can refresh your scalp, which in turn helps give you lush, beautiful hair that is totally worthy of a shampoo commercial. Here’s how to do get the job done right.
1 Give Yourself a Massage
Well, you don’t have to ask me twice! A lovely head massage helps boost circulation, which promotes healthy hair follicles and hair growth. Experts say a head massage can also help release toxins from your scalp so that you can wash them away next time you shampoo. Use the pads of your fingers to massage your head in a circular motion. Or, you can always have a professional do it, which feels great!
2 Do a Lemon Clarifying Rinse
Lemon is a common ingredient in detox drinks for your body so it makes sense that it also works for your hair. Combine a couple tablespoons of lemon or lime juice with water and pour it over your head. Massage it in and allow it to sit on your strands for about five minutes before rinsing with warm water.
3 A Clay Mask is a Wonderful Choice
A clay mask is great for your skin and that includes the skin on your scalp. The clay works by absorbing the toxins, which you can then rinse away when you wash. There are also nutrients in clay that are beneficial for your scalp and hair. You can buy clay masks at most drugstores and they are really easy to use.
4 Incorporate a Combing Routine into Your Day
Much like massage, combing your hair helps stimulate the scalp, allowing it to release toxins and keep your scalp healthy and clean. The experts suggest using a fine tooth comb and running it through your strands 50 to 70 times at a time. You can do this once a day for really great results. You’ll love it, I promise!
5 Baking Soda is Never a Bad Idea
Baking soda is super affordable and great for quite a number of things. One of those things is to detox your scalp and make your hair look and feel healthy and shiny. To do this, combine baking soda with water and pour it over your hair. This opens your cuticles and follicles. Now, rinse with vinegar, which combines with the baking soda and wicks away impurities and closes the follicles and cuticles back up. Once finished, you can rinse with warm water.
6 Try Shikakai for a Perfect Detox
Shikakai is an herb that has pretty powerful effects for detoxing your scalp. The herb works by restoring your scalp and hair’s pH so that it’s clean, healthy and fresh. You can use the herb every single time you wash your hair and it’s great for both normal and oily hair. Give it try! It can’t hurt, right?
7 Put a Filter on Your Showerhead
If you live somewhere where there is hard water, a shower filter can really help detox your entire head. It can help filter out the components that can leave your hair dull and lifeless. Most home improvement stores sell a variety of shower filters so you have your pick.
8 Be Cautious when Using Hair Extensions
Hair extensions are notorious for pulling on your scalp and causing damage to your hair, especially when worn regularly or over a long period of time. If you really must go for these, try the clip-in kind that are easily applied and removed, however it's best to limit your use of hair extensions in the long run for the safety of both your hair and scalp!
9 Brush Your Hair Twice a Day
Did you know that brushing your hair twice a day is great for both your hair and scalp? Not only will it help distribute natural oils throughout your hair, but it also stimulates healthy hair growth and a healthy scalp in a general sense.
10 Be Gentle to Your Scalp
It's important to be gentle and kind to both your hair and scalp, as you don't want to put any unnecessary strain on it that might cause damage. Another tip is to avoid hairstyles that are too tight, as this can put pressure on your scalp and result in hair damage.
Does your scalp need a detox? Which of these methods do you plan to try first?