If you're an outdoorsy girl, your scalp can collect dirt, pollution and free radicals from sun damage. This is on top of all the products we put on our mane - from shampoos to styling waxes - they all lead to residue build-up over time.
A scalp that is dense with build-up won't be able to absorb any nutrition you provide it, like hot oil treatments. Hair detox is one of the things you can do to keep your hair healthy and clean; and with salons not being an option right now, this is how you can do it at home.
01. Baking soda
Mix 1 tsp of baking soda with hot water and keep aside. Wash your hair as usual and at the end, pour this mixture over your hair. Massage well and rinse off. Hot water is responsible for waking up your cuticles. At the same time, the baking soda works to remove oil and dandruff build-up from your scalp.
02. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has become very popular with beauty enthusiasts because of its many benefits for skin and hair. As a scalp detox essential, it is one of the gentlest ways to clean your hair without stripping it of its natural oils. Just dilute it with some water and rinse your hair with it at the end of shampooing. Do not wash it off further.
03. Cucumber and lemon
This is a DIY shampoo that you can rely on for a weekly scalp detox. Blend cucumber and lemon juice together and add a few drops of your favourite essential oil in it. This paste is perfect for cleaning an oily scalp as the citric acid works on the oil residue and cucumber is soothing on your strands.
04. Cinnamon-oil mask
Cinnamon is a great antioxidant ingredient found in everybody’s kitchen. Mix it with some baking soda and olive oil to form a hair mask. Leave for 20 minutes and wash with cold water. The mask sucks out all the grime and dirt from your scalp while nourishing it at the same time.
Straight from our mothers’ box of beauty knick-knacks, shikakai is an ingredient that contains natural saponins which are known for their deep cleansing properties. They are also rich in vitamins, making them so nourishing for your hair. Just mix some shikakai powder with water to form a paste. Massage this onto your scalp and through the hair length for a couple of minutes; rinse off with cold water.