The past few years have led many of us to focus on our hair and scalp health more than ever. Whether through DIY or fancy new procedures, we’re constantly looking for ways to give our hair the love it needs. As it turns out, sometimes all you need are a few simple ingredients to give your hair a detox. Just ask curl aficionado, Lorraine Massey. The owner of Spiral (x,y,z) and the founder of CurlyWorld shared her favorite scalp and hair detox exclusively with Mane Addicts. Scroll below for the recipe!
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- 2 lemons
- A large chunk of ginger
- Mint leaves (optional)
DIY Hair Detox How To
This recipe makes a big difference while keeping it simple. All you need to do is blend and strain the pulp made from the lemon and ginger blend.
Add two tablespoons to a pint of spring or distilled water and pour over wet, saturated hair. Then, take your mixture and massage the scalp tenderly and consciously for about a minute. The longer you massage, the better. “A cranial massage can stimulate blood flow, providing health benefits to the scalp as the buildup of debris can trap dead skin cells that clog the pores on the scalp,” notes Massey.
After you rinse out the mixture, be cognizant about which products you use—you don’t want to undo what was just done. Lorraine recommends following up with a 100% sulfate-free, silicone-free, water-soluble, cleanser or conditioner. “You can also add the mixture to a spritz bottle with some water,” she continues.
If you have leftover lemon and ginger mixture leftover, you can repurpose it as an all-over body cleanse or add it to the clear spirit of your choice for a refreshing take on the margarita or mojito.
“This detox is the perfect solution for someone who is just coming off using heavy or hard-to-remove silicones/oils/butters on the hair—or for people who need to reboot from a trusted formula that no longer works,” explains Massey. This is because of the alkalizing effect of lemon water, which can begin to neutralize and dislodge silicone and oil/butter coatings on the hair fiber. Don’t consider the mask a one-off treatment, instead treat it as the first day of your new hair life, and avoid detrimental products that require detoxing from.
“Remember, this will only be effective if you do not apply the same products that created the buildup in the first place,” cautions Massey.
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