You may have heard of and even indulged in a skin and makeup detox at least once before. This is a great way to give your skin a break from an overdose of chemicals usually found in skincare and makeup products to help it breathe.
But have you ever considered doing the same for your hair as well? Because if beauty experts are to be believed, it is just as important to indulge in regular hair and scalp detox for healthier, shinier strands. To give you a better idea of what exactly hair detox is, we’ve put together this handy guide that’ll take you through the benefits of hair detox and how you can give yourself one at home. Read on for all the deets…
- What is a hair detox?
- How to indulge in a hair detox
- Step #01: Wet your hair
- Step #02: Scalp scrub
- Step #03: Shampoo
- Step #04: Condition
- Step #05: Allow your hair to air dry
What is a hair detox?
Basically, hair detox is nothing but deep cleansing your hair to get rid of the dirt, oil and product build-up. Even if you wash your hair regularly, some amount of residual chemicals (usually, silicones), oil and dirt still end up settling on your scalp, and your regular shampoo is generally unable to get rid of these deep-set impurities altogether. Over time, this leads to a build-up on your scalp that leaves your hair looking extremely dull. It also leads to other problems such as hair fall and an overactive oily scalp.
But detoxing your hair using special shampoos and conditioners, which are specially formulated to provide a deep cleanse, helps rejuvenate and revive your hair and scalp for better overall health.
How to indulge in a hair detox
Now that you know the importance of hair detox, it is time to look at how you can detox your strands at home. The process is really simple and can be completed in five simple steps. Follow these steps at least once every two to three weeks if you indulge in regular styling and once every month if you don’t.
Step #01: Wet your hair
The first step in this hair detox process is to start with wetting your hair thoroughly. The temperature of the water you’re using is critical here. It is essential to use only cold or lukewarm water for this process as hot water can end up stripping your hair of moisture, leaving it really dry and frizzy.
Step #02: Scalp scrub
After your hair is thoroughly wet, take a dime-sized amount of your favourite scalp scrub and gently yet thoroughly massage it all over your scalp. This is a great way to loosen all the dead skin, dirt, grime, oil and product residue. Leave this scalp scrub on for about five minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
Step #03: Shampoo
Next, it is time to deep cleanse using a detoxifying shampoo like the Tresemme Botanique Detox & Restore Shampoo. Enriched with ginseng and neem, this paraben and dye-free shampoo helps get rid of all the build-up while providing extreme nourishment. Take a coin-sized amount of the detoxifying shampoo and work it into your hair and scalp. Gently massage for a few minutes to create some lather and wash off.
Step #04: Condition
After you have rinsed off the shampoo, it is time to protect and condition your hair using the Tresemme Botanique Detox & Restore Conditioner. Simply emulsify the product by rubbing it between your palms and apply it along the length of your hair. Leave it on for three to five minutes and wash it off. Remember to rinse off your conditioner with cold water for enhanced shine.
Step #05: Allow your hair to air dry
After this hair and scalp detoxification, applying products and heat right after will sort of defeat its purpose. Therefore, once you are out of the shower, squeeze out the excess water and wrap your hair in a cotton t-shirt for a few minutes. Post this, allow your hair to air-dry.
Written by Urvi Dalal on Jan 12, 2021
Writer, avid reader and hardcore beauty enthusiast is the best way to describe Urvi Dalal. With over 5 years of writing experience in the beauty industry, you can trust her to have the latest skin, hair and makeup tidbits on her fingertips. In her time working as a beauty writer, she has had the opportunity to interact and work closely with a string of dermatologists, makeup artists and hairstylists. All that knowledge exchange, coupled with her flair and love for writing make it possible for her to bring you some authentic yet fun beauty content. When Urvi isn’t working, you’d usually catch her curled up with a big, fat book, drinking a cup of tea or practising her makeup skills; there is no in-between!