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Scalp Detox

It's a facial for your scalp

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You know how important scalp care is to us, we love talking about it! A balanced, flake-free scalp is the foundation for optimum hair growth, and it all starts with paying special attention to those 100,000 active follicles on your head.

What is a scalp detox?

More than shampooing your hair daily, a scalp detox is a facial for your scalp. A periodic treatment specifically targeting your scalp.

The ultimate goal of a scalp detox is to remove buildup and restore balance. It's a method of massaging the scalp by brushing or using an exfoliating scrub that helps buff away dead skin cells, unclogs the pores on your scalp, clears product buildup from the hair follicles and relieves irritation. Other benefits include:

  • Reduced dryness, itchiness, and flakiness of the scalp
  • Alleviated scalp inflammation and sensitivity
  • Decreased oiliness
  • Improved hair growth
  • Softer, shinier hair
  • Fuller, thicker hair
  • Enhanced hair manageability and easier styling

Signs you might need a scalp detox

Excess Oiliness:
If your scalp appears greasy and oily to the touch, it's likely a sign of an imbalanced scalp microbiome. Overactive sebum glands go OTT and oil production gets a bit excessive. As a consequence, residue accumulates at the roots, causing clogged pores and hair follicles.

Itchy and scratchy:
An itchy scalp is often a sign of inflammation, which can be caused by a buildup of product or residue at the roots.

Flakiness and Dandruff:
Flakiness and dandruff not only impact your desired look but also indicate an unhealthy scalp. Seasonal changes can contribute to a dry, flaky scalp. A scalp detox is a great way to restore moisture and balance up top.

Increased Hair Shedding:
If your hands and hairbrush are collecting more hair than usual, it's worth considering a scalp detox. Poor circulation caused by excessive buildup in the hair follicles can result in increased hair loss.

Unpleasant Odour:
If you notice that your scalp has an unpleasant odour, it could be a sign of inflammation caused by buildup. A healthy scalp shouldn’t have any smell. The only thing you should smell is the scent of the shampoo you got from colleen.

So sensitive:
If your scalp feels sensitive or even painful, a soothing detox can provide relief. Scalp pain often arises from inflammation caused by buildup in the hair follicles. However, if the discomfort persists after a detox, it's crucial to consult a dermatologist as it could be a sign of an underlying issue.

How to do a hair and scalp detox at home

  1. Prep
    Brushing your hair before bed, a shower or a workout is a great start to removing debris and starting the exfoliation process.
  1. Detox and Purify
    Start the detoxifying process with a scalp scrub or clay mask and gently massage your scalp with your fingertips. Physical or chemical exfoliants clear the scalp of buildup and unclog the hair follicles. Activated clay or charcoal absorb excess oil and dirt.
  1. Cleanse
    After massaging your scalp, step into the shower and thoroughly rinse out your pre-treatment products. Next, select a detoxifying or moisturizing shampoo based on your scalp's requirements. Apply the shampoo directly to your scalp to enable the cleansing agents to work effectively.
  1. Condition
    Forget what you know about conditioning, today you'll be applying it all over - that's right, from the roots to ends. The nourishing components in the conditioner are beneficial for your scalp as they aid in retaining additional moisture, ensuring your scalp remains well-hydrated. Allow the conditioner to sit for two to three minutes as you continue with your shower routine.
  1. Scalp and Hair Serum
    Complete your scalp facial with a soothing serum or leave-in cream that promotes hair health and addresses any specific scalp concerns that you have, whether it's irritation or an oily scalp. The treatment will leave you with stronger and shinier hair, and a healthier, more balanced scalp.

To further enhance scalp and hair health between detoxifying sessions, consider incorporating a weekly purifying shampoo into your regimen.

A healthy scalp is the foundation for strong and shiny hair. Recognizing the signs that indicate the need for a scalp detox and selecting the best ingredients for your concerns will help you achieve a balanced scalp and happy, healthy hair.

Read more: Six Products For Six Scalp Concerns

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