If you’ve been having one too many bad hair days lately, it’s probably time for a detox. We’re not talking about the type that consists of lemon in hot water or green juices… this kind of detox is specifically focused on rebalancing your hair and scalp. Sometimes they need more than just a cleanse and condition as, over time, oil, dirt, grime, pollution, and products build-up and when that happens, you’ll notice subtle changes in your hair that get progressively worse with every wash. Luckily, detoxing your hair at home is quick and easy. Here are the signs you need one, and how to do it.
Sign you need a hair detox: Your scalp is itchy
An itchy scalp is often one of the first signs that it’s overloaded, and it’s especially common among dry-shampoo users. While there are many benefits to dry shampoo, it’s important to remember that it’s not a replacement for properly cleansing your hair. Dry shampoo works by absorbing the oils in your hair, not removing them, and when left to build up it can block pores and irritate the scalp. When that happens, the only thing that will help is a hair detox.
Sign you need a hair detox: Your hair isn’t cooperating
You know when you’re trying to style your hair but it just won’t play ball? Your curls won’t hold, and nothing wants to be tamed? It’s possible this isn’t actually to do with your styling skills but is the result of product build-up.
Most products leave behind a residue in the hair, silicone being one of the most prevalent. Silicone is used in many shampoo and conditioner formulations as it smooths and shines, but over time it builds up in the hair and weighs it down. This coating means your hair is heavier and becomes more resistant to styling.
Sign you need a hair detox: You’ve lost your shine
We typically equate shine with healthy hair, so when that gloss is gone you know something’s up. And that something is, once again, product build-up. This is especially prevalent in curly and coily hair types as they tend to require the use of more styling products, which deposit more agents on the hair.
Sign you need a hair detox: You’re suffering with dandruff
If you’ve noticed your scalp is flaking and feeling itchy and generally uncomfortable, it’s likely a hair detox needs to be on the cards. That dryness causing the flaking is likely down to blocked pores (just as you get them on your face, you can get them on your scalp, too). In some hair types, and especially with coils, those flakes could actually be product residue as opposed to skin. One way to tell the difference is if the flakes are coating the follicle, they’re likely residue.
How to detox your hair
First, you need to look for a product or range that has been formulated specifically to deeply cleanse hair, and one without silicones, dyes, and parabens – as these are some of the worst culprits for clogging up your scalp. Nexxus developed Clean & Pure, its first-ever detox system, for exactly this: designed with the specific goal of gently detoxifying hair by removing product and oil build-up, it means you can start fresh with a clean and rebalanced scalp. It’s formulated without silicones, dyes, parabens, and sulfates, and thanks to the PROTEINFUSION blend of elastin protein and marine minerals, it gently cleanses and purifies hair.
To do a hair detox, start with the Nexxus Clean & Pure Invigorating Detox Scalp Scrub. Simply massage onto the scalp either before shampooing with Nexxus’ Clean & Pure Nourishing Detox Shampoo, or even at the same time (just mix the two products together) until the particles fully dissolve, and then rinse. You can use this whenever you feel your hair is in need of a deep clean, but not more than once a week. Then follow with the Clean & Pure Nourishing Detox Conditioner to hydrate hair without any leftover residue. Once you see how much your hair can benefit from a detox, you’ll be hooked.