With the changing seasons it is important to revisit your daily beauty routine and make adjustments where needed. After a cold, blustery winter your hair might be in rough shape, so it’s important to prioritize hair health.
Very few people realize just how importance it is to detoxify hair but what with all the product buildup, environmental factors, pollution and whatnot, it’s a practice that should become a regular part of your hair care routine. A solid detox regimen can set the clock back by years and give you younger looking hair in days.
Here are four easy ways to detoxify your hair this spring.
1. Ditch The Damage
As heartbreaking as it can be to cut your hair—especially when you’re trying to grow it out—you need to get it trimmed regularly to keep it fresh and healthy. And forget everything you read on Pinterest and DIY forums: once a hair shaft splits, there’s nothing you can do to put it back together naturally. The only effective remedy is to stay ahead of the damage by regularly removing the unhealthy fragments.
Remember—the longer you wait, the more you will have to cut off in the end; split hair keeps fraying until you snip off the broken ends.
2. Banish Build-up
Product build-up is an inescapable fact of life. From styling products to the very shampoo you use to clean your hair—it all leaves a trace on your scalp and over time this adds up to a layer of unhealthy gunk.
There’s a 2-step process to getting rid of product build-up. Add some dry shampoo to your roots, work it into your scalp for a few minutes and then brush it out gently. Next, take it to the shower and use a deep cleansing shampoo especially intended to remove build-up. Be gentle, but make sure to use these cleansing agents right from the scalp to the tips. Do this at least once a week.
You can also use a mix of baking soda and shampoo to remove build-up.
3. Of Masques And Moisture
Dust, pollution, harsh sunlight, heat styling… all these things leave your hair dry, brittle and prone to damage. The secret to healthy, happy hair is to keep your scalp and strands well nourished and moisturized.
Use a moisturizing hair masque once a week to combat all the dryness. Hot oil massages and treatments are a great way to relax, while also giving your locks some much-needed love. It is a good idea to limit the use of masques to once a week, but you can use regular coconut oil as often as you like and even leaving it in a few hours (or overnight) before washing does wonders for your hair.
For more frequent care, use a conditioner every time you wash your hair. Carry around a moisturizing spray or even good old water in a spray bottle and give your hair a spritz every time it looks dull. This is an especially great way to battle breakage and pollution when you’re out and about.
4. Care And Clarify
Clarifying your hair should be a central step in your detox routine. Doing so helps to strip away any dirt, chemicals and build-up that may have accumulated in your hair—leaving it fresh and squeaky-clean. The good news about clarifying rinses is that you can make them on your own at home.
Mix in two tablespoons of lime juice with a cup of water and add a few drops of lavender essential oil (for a pleasant fragrance to get rid of all the smoke and smells we pick up unknowingly). You could also use a mixture of equal parts water and apple cider vinegar. All you have to do is pour the rinse over your hair, massage it in, let it sit for a while and then wash it out with plain, clean water.
Detoxifying your hair is really easy and really effective way of fighting almost all the common hair woes. And if your hair’s healthy and looking great, start a detox routine to keep it that way. Here’s to fab hair this season!