After constantly having your hair exposed to heat, treatments and bottles of dry shampoo after too many days without a fresh wash, it only makes sense that your hair, specifically your scalp, needs a detox.
A scalp detox is a great way to rebalance your scalp’s health by ridding the scalp of buildup while also nourishing it. The scalp is essentially a skin, and is just as important to care for as your face. Once you feel as though your scalp like it’s dry, irritated or just has quite a bit of build up — it’s time for a detox.
And with the colder months ahead of us bringing seasonal dryness, the scalp will be more prone to dryness, as will your hair to hair loss. A nourished and balances scalp is truly needed more than ever.
Dermatologist Amy E. Rose, M.D, explained to Vogue, “In the summer, hair tends to be thicker to protect the scalp from the sun. However, when fall rolls around, you begin to shed more hair. It will come back, but I always tell patients that if you want to optimize hair growth, you’ve got to nourish the scalp, as well as be mindful of what you’re putting on it.”
While there are multiple ways of going about a scalp detox, here are some of VALLEY’s suggestions.
DIY Hair Detox Mask
This DIY hair detox mask from Healthline.com only has three ingredients that will help your scalp have a fresh start:
- Bentonite clay powder: which has a high concentration of minerals that absorbs and clears clogged pores.
- Apple cider vinegar: also has many minerals and vitamins, as well as being anti-inflammatory to help with dandruff
- Aloe vera gel: the proteolytic enzymes found in this gel soothe the scalp and help repair the dead skin cells on the scalp
Once you have all the ingredients in reach, combine and mix a half of cup of each and then spread generously through your hair and scalp. Then, to prevent the mixture from drying out, place a shower cap on and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes.
After, rinse with 1 cup of white vinegar and allow that to sit for 1 to 3 minutes, and follow up with a clarifying shampoo.
DIY Hair Scrub
According to Francesca Fusco, M.D., incorporating a scrub weekly in your hair-care routine is a great home remedy to cleansing your scalp. The simple DIY scrub just calls for adding a teaspoon of sugar or coarse salt to shampoo and then applying and massaging it into the scalp.
Products For a Clean Scalp
if you don’t want to stick to DIY formulas, VALLEY has recommendations on products to invest in for a healthy scalp.
This product offers a mixture of charcoal and witch hazel to help regulate your scalp’s pH balance. The Allure Best of Beauty award-winning product’s ingredients soothes irritated and dry scalp, helps to normalize oil production to prevent an oily scalp, while also helping the scalp stay balanced and hydrated.
This leave-in scalp treatment is infused with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and Vitamin-B3-based microbiome complex to help balance your scalp for short and long term results.
So the next time your skin and hair care routine, don’t forgot about your scalp and keeping it refreshed for a healthier head of hair.