Scalp Detox: How to DIY This Hair Care Trend At Home
The scalp is probably the most overlooked part of the skin when it comes to caring and pampering. It goes through the same, if not heavier, level of stressors as the other parts of our body; every time the hair is exposed to harsh chemicals, heat, or pollution, the scalp gets its fair share of exposure too.
If hair appearance matters a lot to you, this article suggests you take a closer look at how you care for your scalp; because the first step to achieving healthier and thicker hair is maintaining a healthy scalp.
So if that came as a surprise — don’t sweat it, it’s never too late to start working on hair care habits that detox your scalp. Having stimulated hair follicles to promote healthy hair growth and a scalp free from dandruff, acne, and scabbing are just some of the benefits of a detoxified scalp.
Of course, doing a scalp detox doesn’t have to be expensive. There are ways to do a proper scalp detox conveniently at home either with natural ingredients or with store-bought detox products that are affordable and super easy to use, so to get started on your scalp detox, keep reading!
Bentonite Clay + Aloe Vera Hair Mask
Get rid of your greasy hair and scalp woes with a simple detoxifying mask made of bentonite and aloe! The ingredients needed for this DIY mask are bentonite clay powder, apple cider vinegar and aloe vera gel. Combine half a cup of bentonite powder, ACV, and aloe vera gel in a bowl and mix until all ingredients are incorporated. Spread generously on your scalp, and let it sit for 20-30 mins. Avoid drying out the mixture. Rinse hair with one cup of white vinegar and allow it to sit for 1-3 minutes, then rinse well with shampoo.
Bentonite powder is a natural ingredient that contains a mixture of minerals that has the ability to extract impurities, chemical buildup, and oils from the surface of the skin. When used on the scalp, the antibacterial properties of bentonite powder work to remove dandruff and scalp fungus.
Aloe vera, on the other hand, has proteolytic enzymes that repair dead skin cells while moisturizing the hair and scalp. It is also rich in vitamins C and E which are nutrients that improve the skin's elasticity for faster and healthier hair growth.
Oil-based Scalp Massage
Getting a regular scalp massage is said to promote thicker hair growth by stretching the cells of the hair follicles. This method is also known to remove scalp toxins.
Adding in oil to your scalp massage is good for people experiencing dry scalp and hair. To start, mix 1 to 2 drops of your choice of oil with 1 tbsp of carrier oil like jojoba or melted coconut oil. Apply directly to the scalp and use fingertips to work the oils into the scalp.
As the oils are absorbed through the pores of the scalp, you can continue with pure, cold-pressed oils. Some popular options such as coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil, almond and argan oil are known for their amazing hair benefits.
Baking Soda Cleansing Mask
You probably have baking soda sitting in your pantry, so it’s time to bring it out for a quick scalp detox. Using baking soda for the hair removes the oils, and other hair care product buildup left in the scalp. Plus, it helps to get rid of dandruff and build-up on the scalp from hair styling products.
Gather these ingredients: Place four tablespoons of baking soda into a bowl. Mix in enough water until it turns into a thick paste. Add 1 tbsp of water at a time until it becomes a paste. You may add tea tree or peppermint essential oils if you prefer a soothing and cleansing benefit to the scalp.
Scrub the baking soda into your scalp and hair with special focus on the roots and ends. Follow this by scrubbing your scalp and hair clean from root to tip. Rinse thoroughly to make sure no baking soda is left. You should only do this every two weeks to avoid stripping your hair of its natural oils.
Cucumber and Lime Scalp Detox
This soothing hair detox treatment is known to help tame an itchy, flaky and irritated scalp, making it perfect for anyone who’s in need of some serious relief. Cucumber comes with anti-inflammatory and anti-itching properties to help reduce redness and irritation. More so, this ingredient is naturally hydrating and moisturizing to the scalp.
Lime, on the other hand, removes the oil build-up from the scalp while delivering a tingly feeling. This works for those who want to get cleaner, more moisturized, softer, and thicker hair.
Blend together one small cucumber, and three drops of rosemary essential oil (to stimulate hair growth) until it turns into a fine paste and then mix in one teaspoon of lime juice. Apply directly to the scalp and use your fingers to apply per section. Massage for a few minutes and let it soak for up to 15 minutes. Wash it out and repeat once or twice per week.
Pantene’s Micellar Detox & Purify Shampoo & Conditioner
If deep cleansing is what you’re looking for and DIY-ing is too much of a hassle for you then the Pantene Micellar Detox & Purify Shampoo and Pantene Micellar Detox & Purify Conditioner are the perfect affordable at-home treatments you need.
These products contain the gentle micellar technology combined with Pantene’s nourishing blend of Pro-Vitamins and rich antioxidants — not to mention, they’re silicone-free and paraben-free! Inside every bottle are micelles that gently cleanse the hair by capturing and removing dirt, product build-up, and impurities. The Pro-V blend also nourishes and protects the hair’s natural essential nutrients so you can expect light and flowy thicker hair with every use!
We recommend using this daily, and the great thing is, it’s suitable for all hair types — especially those with a combination of dry, brittle hair and oily scalp. Apply into wet hair, start from the tips working towards the roots, and rinse thoroughly.
Now that you have a better understanding of the scalp’s role in achieving healthy hair growth and thicker hair, it’s about time to give the same level of care to this part of the skin. Because no matter how many products you invest in to keep your hair looking gorgeous, if the scalp is unhealthy, your hair will suffer too! Detox your hair and scalp with these easy, hassle-free methods now!