A trip to the hairdresser always results in clean, glossy hair – it’s all down to clever washing, conditioning and styling. Our simple detox reveals how to get the same results at home.
Clean, healthy hair looks great. Its smooth surfaces reflect light and lock in moisture, giving it natural shine and bounce. But harsh treatments and pollution can wreck it. Colour processing and heat styling weaken and dry it out. Too much product coats and weighs it down. The result is dull, lank, dirty or difficult hair – or, more simply, toxic locks.
Sounds familiar? Then it’s time to detox.
Here you will find out how to bring your hair back to life with deep cleansing to banish build-up, perfect conditioning to restore health and shine, and styling product essentials to keep you away from the toxic hair cycle.
The main cause of dull hair is too much product and not enough rinsing.
Washing your hair is the first stage of your hair detox session. Your aim is to super-clean locks, and to achieve this you need to wash your hair the way the experts do it. Use just a little shampoo, then rinse, rinse, rinse – experts warn that the prime cause of dull hair is too much product and not enough rinsing. Your normal shampoo will usually be fine, but if you tend to use a lot of products, try a detox, deep cleansing or chelating shampoo – these are specially formulated to deep cleanse your hair and rid it of product build-up.
Whatever your hair type, it needs conditioning every time you wash it. Conditioning smooths the hair cuticles, making it easier to comb through without breaking, and it seals in moisture so your hair stays shiny and doesn’t dry out. Don’t worry about over conditioning – it’s not possible, providing you-re using the right product for your hair.
Dry, damaged and chemically treated hair needs weekly deep conditioning treatments, such as hair masks and hot oils, to restore it to health. These treatments act like long, moisturising drinks and contain rich ingredients which penetrate the hair, helping to reconstruct damage and lock in moisture. Look out for natural nourishes like aloe vera, and rice or wheat protein on the label. Home-made hair masks can be just as effective.
Styling products add the final touch to your newly detoxed hair – if you use the right amount of the right product. Hair experts agree that most women use far too much styling product, which overloads the hair and starts up the toxic cycle all over again. So if your styling product doesn’t seem to work, or if it leaves your hair limp, heavy or greasy, use less. Apply the minimum and wait to see the effect – you can add more later, but you can’t take it away.
Home Made Hair Mask
Take one (1) ripe banana, 10ml/2 teaspoons of grapeseed oil (available from health food shops and supermarkets) and clingfilm (plastic cling wrap). Mash the banana, then mix in the oil to make a thick paste. Massage into the hair and scalp then cover your hair with the clingfilm and leave for ten (10) minutes.
Wash out using a mild shampoo and remember to rinse well.