For the first time ever, everyone is home. All this time on your hands translates differently, whether you’re organizing, working overtime from home, or just finding time to actually lounge – but no matter what category you fall into, there’s no time like quarantine time to dive into a hair mask.
We checked in with curl aficionado, owner of Spiral (x,y,z), and founder of the CurlyWorld product line, Lorraine Massey for her tips on keeping hair healthy during shelter in place. Easy enough to do without digging into you quarantine supplies, Lorraine shared her simple recipe for a Ginger & Tonic scalp and hair detox that you can whip up right at home.
Lorraine’s detox recipe isn’t stripping and instead is a scalp balancer. While under quarantine (don’t cut your bangs!) and take this time to step back from damaging products that have a negative effect on hair follicles.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
Large chunk of ginger
Mint leaves (optional)
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 2 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 Lorraine.
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 Lorraine. 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 is as the first day of your new mane 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 build-up in the first place,” cautions Lorraine.