Tuesday 13 Apr 2021

Natural ways to detox your hair

We spend so much time and energy to protect outward skin beauty on a daily basis but not enough on cleaning, purging, re-energising our hair to maintain its health. If you have an itchy, oily, or inflamed scalp, dry follicles, hair loss, or any scalp pain, it’s time to detox

| APRIL 03, 2021, 07:01 PM IST
Natural ways to detox your hair

SHAHNAZ HUSAIN 

Nutritional deficiencies, environmental pollution, hormones imbalances and stressful lifestyle leads to lacklustre, thinning hair and hair loss. The use of chemical laden hair styling products like soaps , shampoo, hair masks, etc clog our pores leading to dead, dull, greasy and life less hair.

Too much styling and colouring at hair salons frequently lead to breakage, dull, and split ends. 

Regularly washing your hair is not enough to keep it clean. Shampooing alone does not cleanse your scalp deep enough to get rid of pollutants and dirt. A thorough cleansing of the scalp with natural ingredients can revive your pretty, shiny hair and restore hair health and lustre.

The most common causes of hair damage are repeated use of chemical hair styling lotions, colouring, dyeing, bleaching and direct heat applications. Chemical lotions disrupt the normal acid-alkaline balance of the scalp and leave it prone to problems. Damaged hair means that it is time to detox.

First of all, discontinue the procedures that lead to damage. Damaged hair is in a fragile condition, so treat it gently. Avoid brushes and use a wide toothed comb with smooth edges. To heal damaged hair, have detox treatments to help nurse the hair back to good health. First of all, have the hair trimmed to remove split ends. Then start with warm oil therapy. Mix one part castor oil with two parts coconut oil. Heat and apply on the hair. Remember to apply on the ends too. 

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.

The best way to disentangle the hair or comb wet hair is to use a wide-toothed comb, starting at the ends and working upwards. Avoid hair dryers and styling rods for some time and allow the hair to dry naturally.

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. These packs cleanse, condition and rejuvenate the hair. They also repair hair damage and restore health to the hair. Hair conditioners, rinses and serums help to soften the hair and add shine. They also coat the hair and help to protect it. Brush your hair! Brushing your hair before bed, a shower or a workout is a great start to removing debris and start the exfoliation process.

If you have a detox programme from time to time, you can restore the health and beauty of the hair. 

Detoxing your scalp will rejuvenate and renew the hair follicles and create a perfect environment for hair growth. A healthy and clean scalp is the key to thick, shiny, gorgeous hair.

Baking soda

You can use baking soda for hair detox. Sodium bicarbonate is an extraordinary cleanser and a great exfoliate that gently removes product build-up. 

Mix half cup baking soda in 3 cup hot water and massage your scalp with mixture for few minutes and later on rinse it out. It will remove oil accumulation on scalp and fight dandruff. You can use it once in a week.

Apple cider vinegar 

Apple cider vinegar helps wipe out product residue and oil while adding shine. As a home remedy, mix 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar to a mug of water cup. 

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 a week.

Sea salt

You can also detox your hair through sea salt. Mix two parts of sea salt with one part shampoo and apply it on your hair till it creates good lather. Rinse it off with cool water and you will get rid of dead skin. You can use this once in a month.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is natural antiseptic which eliminates bacteria, flakes and dandruff from scalp. Add a few drops of natural tea tree oil in your regular shampoo. Massage in your scalp and leave it for few minutes before rinsing.

Herbal tea

You can detox your hair with herbal tea. Brew the tea with one tablespoon herb of your choice like amla, shikakai, rosemary, etc and one cup of boiling water. Keep it for few minutes to cool down and then use. 

Shikakai

Shikakai is known for its deep cleansing properties. Just 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 few minutes and let it dry naturally; Rinse off with fresh water. 

Egg whites

Mixing egg whites with coconut oil works to strengthen hair, though it may not remove oils.

Garlic

Garlic may help with hair growth, but you need to dilute it with a carrier oil to avoid chemical burns

Diet for detox 

Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water in each season. Water is powerful detox ingredients and flushes out toxins and dirt out of body

Intake of seasonal fruit and vegetables promotes digestion and cleans digestive tract facilitating proper absorption of minerals, vitamins that keeps out skin healthy and radiant

You can add amla, aloe vera, cow ghee and beetroot in your diet for naturally detoxifying your hair

Internal good health revives the hair. Add spices like ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and pepper to tea

Ginger boiled in water can also be had as ginger tea

Chamomile tea, which removes toxins and induces relaxation, is available as tea-bags



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