10 Simple Home Remedies To Detox Your Hair

Written by Arshiya Syeda

Hair detox aids the removal of unwanted toxins and other harmful residues from your hair and scalp. Regular hair detoxing (like how you detox your body) can promote hair and scalp health. It also may treat certain hair issues. Here, we further elaborate the benefits of a hair detox and how you can perform the same. Read on.

What Is Hair Detox?

Hair detox involves cleansing your hair deeply with a readymade detox shampoo or natural remedies. It helps remove dirt, grime, and product build-up. This layer of gunk, if not removed, can keep your hair from receiving the benefits of an extensive hair care routine. A hair detox also makes your hair and scalp ready for other hair care treatments.

Keep reading to further understand why you should detox your hair.

Why Should You Detox Your Hair?

As discussed, use of hair care products may lead to the build-up of dirt and oils in your hair. This may lead to hair thinning and hair loss, and may also cause your hair to smell. Detoxifying your hair can help minimize these effects. It also may have these other benefits:

  • May help reduce dandruff and itchiness by cleaning the scalp.
  • May boost absorption of hair care products, like oils, shampoos, conditioners, and hair packs.
  • May promote healthy hair growth by removing the gunk and toxin build-up, as these may hinder the effective absorption of nutrients from hair care products/treatments.

This is how a hair detox can benefit your hair if followed regularly. But how do you do a detox? The following recipes can help.

Hair Detox Recipes For Better Hair Health

1. Bentonite Clay And Aloe

You Will Need
  • ½ a cup of bentonite clay powder
  • ½ a cup of pure aloe vera gel
  • 4 tablespoons of regular apple cider vinegar
  • 250 ml of diluted apple cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. Mix the bentonite clay, aloe gel, and the regular ACV until you get a smooth paste.
  2. Apply the mixture to your scalp and hair.
  3. Wear a shower cap and wait for 20-30 minutes. Ensure the mask is not drying up. Spray some water with a spray bottle if required.
  4. Rinse the pack with the diluted apple cider vinegar.
  5. Wait for 2-3 minutes and wash your hair with a mild shampoo and conditioner.
Benefits

Bentonite clay is used in many therapeutic applications for its detox and antibacterial properties (1), (2). It may slow down the growth of any harmful bacteria on the scalp. However, more scientific research is warranted in this regard.

How Often?

Once in two weeks

2. Baking Soda

You Will Need
  • ½ a cup of baking soda
  • 3 cups of hot water
Instructions
  1. Mix the baking soda in hot water and keep the mixture aside.
  2. Rinse your hair until completely wet.
  3. Pour the baking soda and water mixture through your hair.
  4. Work it in well and massage your scalp for a couple of minutes.
  5. Rinse it out and condition it to seal the detox.
  6. Optionally, you can use raw honey to condition your hair.
Benefits

The warm water may lift your cuticles and allow some deep cleaning action. Anecdotal evidence suggests that baking soda can remove oil build-up and dandruff.

How Often?

Once a week

Caution: Do a patch test before you try this remedy. Baking soda may cause scalp irritation.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

You Will Need
  • ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups of water
Instructions
  1. Dilute the apple cider vinegar with two cups of water.
  2. Shampoo and condition your hair as usual.
  3. Pour the diluted ACV through your hair. Do not rinse it further.
Benefits

Anecdotal evidence suggests that apple cider vinegar is a mild cleanser. It may help detox your hair. Diluted ACV ensures you do not develop any reaction to the otherwise acidic nature of concentrated ACV.

How Often?

Once a week

4. Sea Salt Clarifying Shampoo

You Will Need
  • 2 parts coarse sea salt
  • 1 part shampoo
Instructions
  1. Mix the sea salt and shampoo to create your own sea salt clarifying shampoo.
  2. Work it into your hair until you get good lather.
  3. Rinse your hair with cool water.
Benefits

Sea salt is an effective exfoliant. It also improves skin hydration (3). This exfoliating salt and shampoo mix may help reduce dead skin cells and cleanses your hair.

How Often?

Once a month

5. Honey Shampoo

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey
  • 3 tablespoons of filtered water
Instructions
  1. Add the honey to the water and mix until well combined.
  2. Wet your hair and work the mixture in.
  3. Concentrate on your scalp and work your way down to the tips of hair.
  4. Rinse with cool/lukewarm water.
  5. Optionally, you can wash the honey shampoo with an ACV rinse.
Benefits

Honey is a humectant that keeps your hair soft and moisturized (4). It may also help cleanse hair deeply and promote detoxification. However, more research is warranted in this regard.

How Often?

Once or twice a week

6. Coconut Milk Shampoo

You Will Need
  • ¼ cup of coconut milk
  • ¼ cup of castile soap
  • 2 capsules of vitamin E oil
  • 15-20 drops of a fragrant essential oil (optional)
Instructions
  1. Mix the ingredients and store them in a shampoo or a pump bottle.
  2. Wet your hair and work the mixture in as you would with your regular shampoo.
  3. Concentrate on the scalp and work your way down to the tips.
  4. Rinse as usual.
Benefits

The castile soap exhibits an antimicrobial action (5). The essential oils used are also antimicrobial in nature (6). This shampoo may detox your hair deeply by reducing any infectious microbes on the scalp.

How Often?

Once or twice a week

7. Cucumber And Lemon

You Will Need
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1 medium-sized cucumber
  • Essential oil (optional)
Instructions
  1. Peel the cucumber and lemon and chop them into small pieces.
  2. Blend the ingredients with the essential oil of your choice.
  3. Use this mix as a regular shampoo.
  4. Rinse as usual.
Benefits

Lemon is a rich source of citric acid (7). Anecdotal evidence suggests that citric acid may clean your scalp. The cucumber in this recipe may soothe your scalp.

How Often?

Once or twice a week

8. Shikakai

You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons of shikakai powder
  • Water
Instructions
  1. Add enough water to the shikakai powder to form a paste.
  2. Wet your hair and work the shikakai paste through it, concentrating on your scalp.
  3. Massage your scalp for 2 minutes and work the paste down the length of your hair.
  4. Rinse with cool water.
Benefits

Shikakai can relieve scalp scaling, itching, dryness, and greasiness (8). It may help cleanse your scalp if used regularly.

How Often?

Once or twice a week

9. Cinnamon Detox Mask

You Will Need
  • ½ a teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
Instructions
  1. Combine the ingredients in a bowl and mix until you get a smooth consistency.
  2. Massage the mixture into your scalp and work it through your hair in sections.
  3. Leave it in for 20 minutes and rinse your hair.
Benefits

Cinnamon exhibits antifungal properties. It can effectively slow down the growth of Malassezia, a fungus that causes dandruff (9).

How Often?

Once a week

10. Coconut Milk And Aloe Shampoo

You Will Need
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • ¾ cup of pure aloe vera gel
  • Essential oil (optional)
Instructions
  1. Whisk the ingredients in a bowl until you get a smooth paste.
  2. Pour the mixture into an ice-cube tray and freeze.
  3. Pop a cube out and place it in a bowl in the refrigerator the night before you plan to use it.
  4. Wet your hair the next morning and work the mixture into your scalp and hair.
  5. Massage and rinse as usual.
Benefits

Coconut oil promotes hair strength by reducing protein loss (10). It also may cleanse hair, though more research is warranted in this regard.

How Often?

Once a week

In addition to the remedies list above, you may also include certain foods in your diet that are believed to detoxify your hair and scalp.

Foods That May Help Detox Your Hair

Topical applications can generate visible results if followed regularly. However, detoxifying your body promotes overall hair health too. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the following foods can help.

  • Cucumber
  • Ginger
  • Lemon
  • Mint
  • Watermelon
  • Oranges
  • Curry leaves
  • Leafy vegetables
  • Avocados
  • Lean protein-rich foods

Additionally, hydration keeps the skin and scalp from drying. Maintain optimum hydration levels in the body by taking adequate amounts of fluids, including water.

Conclusion

We often load our hair with numerous hair care products to achieve a presentable look. However, this may negatively affect our hair if toxins get built up. Hence, detoxification is necessary. It helps you achieve silky smooth hair. Try any of these detox methods and see the results for yourself.

Sources

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  1. Bentonite Clays for Therapeutic Purposes and Biomaterial Design
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32013819/
  2. .Bentonite, Bandaids, and Borborygmi
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2895274/
  3. Bathing in a magnesium-rich Dead Sea salt solution improves skin barrier function, enhances skin hydration, and reduces inflammation in atopic dry skin
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15689218/
  4. Honey in dermatology and skin care: a review
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24305429/
  5. Comparison of castile soap, benzalkonium chloride, and bacitracin as irrigation solutions for complex contaminated orthopaedic wounds
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10406699/
  6. Comparison of antimicrobial activities of natural essential oils and synthetic fragrances against selected environmental pathogens
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5805554/
  7. Quantitative Assessment of Citric Acid in Lemon Juice, Lime Juice, and Commercially-Available Fruit Juice Products
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2637791/
  8. A CLINICAL STUDY ON EFFICACY OF SIYAKKAI (ACACIA CONCINNA) HAIR WASH ON DARUNAKA (PITIRIASIS CAPITIS)
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/322489340_A_CLINICAL_STUDY_ON_EFFICACY_OF_SIYAKKAI_ACACIA_CONCINNA_HAIR_WASH_ON_DARUNAKA_PITIRIASIS_CAPITIS
  9. Chemical characterisation and antifungal activity of methanolic extract of Cinnamomum verum J. Presl bark against Malassezia spp.
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0975357513000679
  10. Hair Cosmetics: An Overview
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC4387693/

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Arshiya Syeda is an editor and certified counselor. Ever the lover of the written word, she served on the editorial boards of her school and college newsletters. Writing articles on hairstyles, hair care, and nutrition helped her combine her love for reading, writing, and research. As an editor, she helps her team members deliver polished and meticulously researched content. Arshiya is fluent in English, Urdu, and Hindi and aims to become a multilinguist by learning German and teaching herself American Sign Language (ASL).