If you have an itchy, oily, or inflamed scalp, dry follicles, hair loss, or any scalp pain, it’s time to detox. Nutritional deficiencies, environmental pollution, hormonal imbalances and the stressful lifestyle leads to lacklustre, thinning hair and hair loss. The use of chemical-laden hairstyling products like soaps, shampoo, hair masks, etc., clog our pores leading to dead, dull, greasy and lifeless hair.
Regularly washing your hair is not enough to keep it clean. A thorough cleansing of scalp with natural ingredients can revive your pretty, shiny hair and restore hair health and lustre.
* Discontinue the procedures that lead to damage. Avoid brushes and use a wide-toothed comb with smooth edges. Detox treatments help nurse the hair back to good health.
* Trim your hair to remove split-ends and start with warm oil therapy. Mix one part castor oil with two parts coconut oil. Heat and apply on the hair, including the ends. Then dip a towel in hot water, squeeze out the water and wrap the hot towel around the head, like a turban. Keep it on for 5 minutes. Repeat the hot towel wrap 3 or 4 times. This helps the hair and scalp absorb the oil better. Avoid vigorous massage and rubbing when you apply oil. Keep the oil on overnight and wash hair the next day, using a mild herbal shampoo. Avoid very hot water. After shampoo, wrap a towel around the head and allow it to absorb excess water.
* You can use baking soda for hair detox. Mix half-a-cup baking soda in 3 cups hot water and massage your scalp with the mixture for a few minutes and rinse it later. You can use it once in a week.
* Mix 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar to a mug of water. Shampoo and condition your hair as usual and then pour the diluted apple cider vinegar on your hair and do not rinse. It is the easiest way to detox and you can use it once in a week.
* Mix two parts of sea salt with one part shampoo and apply it on your hair till it creates a good lather. Rinse it off with cool water and you will get rid of dead skin. You can use this once in a month.
* Add a few drops natural tea tree oil in your regular shampoo. Massage in your scalp and leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing.
* Brew tea with one tablespoon of a herb of your choice like amla, shikakai, rosemary, etc., and one cup of boiling water. Keep it for a few minutes to cool down and then use.
* For deep-cleansing, mix some shikakai powder with water to form a paste. Massage this onto your scalp gently through the hair length in a circular motion for a few minutes and let it dry naturally; rinse off with fresh water.
* Intake of seasonal fruits and vegetables promotes digestion and cleans digestive tract facilitating proper absorption of minerals, vitamins that keep skin healthy and radiant. Have herb and spice teas to detox. Internal good health revives the hair.
* After shampoo, condition the hair with hair conditioner lotion. If there is dandruff, use anti-dandruff herbal hair rinse. For oily and limp hair, apply a hair pack once a week.
* Hair conditioners, rinses and serums help to soften the hair and add shine. They also coat the hair and help to protect it, besides removing toxins and purifying the hair and scalp.