Over time, your scalp and hair can accumulate a buildup of pollution, toxins, dandruff, and product residue (which often contain chemicals). This buildup can lead to damaged, thinning hair and is just straight up unpleasant.
For some time now, I've been doing this weekly hair and scalp detox treatment and I've found it to be super effective. It's a great solution because it's cheap, fast, easy, natural and you probably have the ingredients on hand already!
To receive the added benefit of stress release and improved scalp circulation (which helps with new and stronger hair growth), I recommend massaging the scalp for a few minutes each time you shampoo.
What you'll need
- A tall drinking glass
- 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
Before you get in the shower, in a tall drinking glass or 2-cup size measuring cup add the apple cider vinegar then fill almost to the top with warm or hot water.
Once in the shower, mix a dollop of your regular shampoo—ideally as natural shampoo as possible—with 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda (1 tablespoon for shorter hair, 2 tablespoons for longer hair). You'll want about a 1:1 ratio of baking soda to shampoo. Mix it together in your palm and then massage into wet hair for at least one minute. Rinse out well.
Immediately after carefully pour the vinegar and water mixture on your scalp, shielding your eyes with one hand and avoiding breathing in deeply through your nose. Make sure to give extra love to your roots and ends. Massage the vinegar into your hair and leave it in for about a minute. Rinse and condition as usual (optional). Then give a final rinse in cold water, as much as you can handle to seal in the moisture. Gently towel dry.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this detox treatment! Please share in the comments.
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