A clean scalp is essential to your hair’s health and appearance. Over time, the chemicals in the air, water, and styling products build up on your scalp and clog the pores. As a result, your hair becomes dull and brittle. Toxin buildup may also cause dandruff, flaking, excess sebum, fungal infections, and dryness. Thus, it’s important to cleanse your scalp once every few weeks. All you need are a few ingredients that you already have at hand.
Here are seven simple ways to detox your scalp naturally:
Try a Head Massage
Massage your scalp at least once a week to boost circulation and unclog the hair follicles. Regular head massage also helps drain away toxins and remove dead skin cells. For best results, use almonds, coconut, jojoba, peppermint, or olive oil. This is particularly beneficial for those with dry scalp and hair.
Avoid Aggressive Styling
Most shampoos and styling products contain harsh chemicals that clog your pores. Abstain from using chemical-based treatments for at least a month. Wash your hair with organic or homemade shampoos. Make your own hair masks using natural ingredients.
Drink Plenty of Water
The scalp is skin; it moisturizes itself from the inside out. If you don’t drink enough water, it will become dry. Without proper hydration, you hair will look dull. Keep in mind that soft drinks and alcohol don’t count toward your daily fluid intake. If you don’t like plain water, add chunks of your favorite fruit & vegetables to make flavored water.
Exfoliate Your Scalp
Just like your skin, the scalp needs regular exfoliation. This helps eliminate dirt, toxins, and product buildup. It also improves blood flow, removes dandruff, and scraps off dead cells from the scalp. Don’t worry – it’s no need to buy expensive scrubs and lotions. You can actually make your own exfoliators at home using sugar and coconut oil, oatmeal and brown sugar, or green tea and lemon. Sea salt, lemon juice, and olive oil mixed together can help remove product buildup on your scalp and hair too.
Cleanse Your Scalp Thoroughly
Mix one part apple cider vinegar and two parts warm water to cleanse your scalp thoroughly and restore its natural pH balance. Pour this mixture onto your hair and then massage the scalp gently. Let it dry for 20-30 minutes and rinse.
Apply a Clay Mask
Bentonite clay has been used since ancient times for its detoxifying power. This all natural remedy absorbs and removes chemicals and heavy metals. When mixed with water, it draws out toxins from your body and produces an electrical charge. Many people apply it on their scalp to get rid of eczema, dandruff, and toxin buildup.
For optimal results, mix clay with honey and apple cider vinegar. You can also use egg yolk for treating oily hair. These ingredients should be mixed in a glass or wooden bowl because metal can destroy the healing properties of clay.
Make Your Own Shampoo
Homemade shampoos are safer and healthier than those found in stores. Not to mention the cost savings! If you want a clean scalp, make your own shampoo using honey, essential oils, aloe vera, and coconut milk. Simply mix all ingredients into a bowl and wash your hair right away. You may also put the mixture into ice trays and freeze them for later use.