Choose the right shampoo for your hair type
When it comes to shampoos, you want to use a cleansing shampoo for your hair type.
Hair can be:
- damaged or colored
You’ll want to get a product made specifically for your hair type. Otherwise, it’ll continue damaging your hair and preventing optimal shine and softness. A great place to start is by finding a shampoo label that has the word “aloe” “toxin rid” or “detox.”
You may want to invest in a clarifying shampoo. This shampoo has the ability to remove buildup from hard water minerals and styling residue. One of the benefits of clarifying shampoo is it won’t strip color-treated hair of moisture.
Comb your scalp with the right brushes
While we’re on the topic of the most important part of the head, a scalp scrubber is a great brush to invest in. Its bristles help to stimulate the scalp and can easily apply products directly to the scalp.
The scalp scrubber should be used under water, massaging the scalp in a circular motion to eliminate all buildup and rinse out all of your detox mask. Using a wide-toothed comb or brush is a good rule of thumb when working with hair.
When your hair is dry, comb the hair root to tip. You can also apply oil before shampooing to help lubricate the hair shaft. This helps prevent damage during the shampoo and drying processes.
Use natural oils to keep your hair and scalp healthy
Oils are an essential element to hair, relaxed or natural. The oils are what keep hair alive, vibrant, and shiny. We can’t forget about the scalp, as it must also be oiled properly. It’s the respected foundation of the hair palette.
According to a 2015 overview on hair cosmetics, oil can enhance lubrication of the shaft and help prevent hair breakage when applied regularly. When researchers studied the properties of mineral oil, coconut oil, and sunflower oil, they found that all oils helped avoid hair damage, enhance shine, and reduce friction. However, only coconut oil could reduce protein loss.
Try hair butters to make natural hair soft as cotton candy
There are numerous brands to choose from and they all come in an array of scents. If you’ve never used hair butter or don’t know what they are, they’re a mixture of oils and butter. They moisturize and act as a protectant to ensure that your hair doesn’t get dry and brittle and inevitably damaged.
Avoid chemicals, heat, and processing
Don’t backtrack on all that progress by diving back into your routine. Hair damage from processing and heat comes from stretching your hair beyond what it’s used to, making it more porous and harder to maintain.
To really let your hair detox take effect, you’ll want to avoid:
- dyeing your hair, as bleaching and coloring can damage your strands
- heating your hair with styling irons or scorching tools
- hair products with sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate
However, if changing your hair color is part of your routine, be sure your care products at home support your hair. Do deep conditioning treatments at least once to twice a week, and space out the dying processes by at least a month before dying again. If you need to heat your hair, use a thermal treatment with silicone ingredients.
What to know about shampoo ingredient terms
- Ingredients that end with sulfate or sulfonate tend to be in deep cleansing products, which can be harsh for damaged or delicate hair, if used too frequently.
- Ingredients that end with chloride or ions work for softening the hair and supporting your hair and act as a mild cleanser.
- Ingredients that end with alcohol are mild cleansers and often in conditioners to help with enhancing damaged hair.
When to see a professional
If hair detoxing at home doesn’t seem easy, you can always go to a professional. Always do your research ahead of time when choosing a salon.
Look at their website and credentials, and call and ask if they have experience doing a hair detox. The average hair detox will cost around $25 and will take about 45 minutes.