We all know what it’s like to do a detox diet every now and then, the kind of “quick fix” to rid the body of toxins and excess waste. But don’t forget about one of the most important parts of the body that needs a bit of purification, too…your hair! If you’re having days of limp, lifeless hair, it could be due to product buildup in your tresses and scalp. Luckily for you, we’ve narrowed down to the top five ways to detox your hair. From high-end, sweet-smelling suds, to an all-natural approach, you’ll find the best detoxifying shampoo or treatment bound to get your hair back in the bouncing game.
Your weekly cleansing ritual never smelled so heavenly with Fekkai’s Apple Cider Shampoo ($19.99). Infused with apple cider vinegar and hints of apple, pear and spice, this clarifying shampoo does an amazing job of removing dirt and all that nasty product build-up in your hair, leaving it shiny and full of life.
The next time you’re at your local Walgreens or corner drugstore stocking up on beauty supplies, head over to the shampoo aisle and grab the Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo ($6.29). This baby is not only easy on your wallet, but cleanses hair so well that your regular shampoo and conditioner will work like a dream. It’s a super mild formula, so it won’t be too harsh on your hair and scalp, and it’s made of biodegradable ingredients, so it’s earth conscious.
If you’re like us, you live for at-home Spa Sundays. What better way to indulge in this ritual than with the appropriately named, Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo ($25)? Technically, you don’t have to use it on a Sunday…but this cleanser is great for getting rid of product build-up, hard water minerals, and pollutants (however, it’s not to be used on color-corrected hair). But did you know that it also contains three key ingredients to help stimulate the scalp? With Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Rosemary Leaf, and Sage Leaf Extracts, your scalp will be fresh and invigorated, further stimulating hair growth.
When you’re looking for an au naturale approach, refer to The Beauty Bean’s Alexis Wolfer and her book The Recipe for Radiance, which is chock-full of DIY tips and recipes that all benefit beauty. Try her “Take It All Off” clarifying toner hair treatment. All three ingredients (lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and warm water) can easily be found in your kitchen, so you have no excuse not to test out this super easy DIY hair toner. You need only use it once per week (and no more, as the acids can be damaging on the hair and can weaken the hair shaft). Again, this treatment is not recommend for color-processed hair.
NATURALLY FROM THE BOTTLE
An alternative to the at-home, DIY detoxification approach is Avalon Organics Clarifying Lemon Shampoo, which is made up of lemon oil, quinoa protein, aloe and Vitamin E. These ingredients help lackluster hair pump up the volume, and will even bring out your natural highlights. Follow-up with the Clarifying Conditioner to seal up hair cuticles. And what’s more, these products are vegan, biodegradable and are free of GMO’s, parabens, phthalates and synthetic fragrances and colors.