Have you ever heard of using a clay wash to detox your hair? I hadn’t until recently, and it got me curious, so I began researching it…
Why Detox Your Hair?
If you’re new to using homemade natural shampoo, here are a few key things to be aware of. Number one, the shampoos you usually purchase from the store generally have a pH level of around 5-6, which is similar to that of your hair’s natural pH. While this is a good thing, it is often achieved by using toxic surfactants like sodium lauryl sulfate.
On the other hand, most natural homemade shampoos tend to be soap rather than surfactant-based. Soap will usually have a much higher pH level, which can leave your hair looking dull and feeling gummy. Thankfully, it’s very easy to restore your hair’s natural pH (along with it, its shine and smoothness) after washing. All you need to do is apply a shine-boosting rinse (which I’ll share below).
Another thing to be aware of when transitioning to using a natural shampoo is the use of silicon in many conventional store-bought brands. Silicon coats the hair, in a similar way to plastic, to give it slip and shine. Unfortunately, this may make the adjustment period from using commercial shampoos to natural homemade formulas a tad difficult.
To help with this, your hair will need to detox. This process can take up to a few weeks depending on the types of products used previously. During this process, hair may feel dry and tangle easy. However, as the follicles shed the coating, they will be able to take in more moisture again, but this may take time. Here are a few ways to help speed up the process…
Put Mud in Your Hair!
As it turns out, bentonite clay is not only beneficial for the body, but also for hair. The clay can help in removing toxins and leave hair looking clean and shiny.
So if homemade shampoo hasn’t worked for you, give this option a go. You can easily customise it to your hair type and may last up to a week in the shower.
Indeed, it does sound quite strange to wash your hair with mud, but I encourage you to give it a try…
How To Detox Your Hair?
There are different herbs which have a darkening or lightening effect on hair colour. Fascinating, aye! Nettle is said to be great for hair in general, so it is a good one to use on all hair colour types. Chamomile flowers are good for blonde hair, and rosemary is good for dark hair (plus has the added benefit of being a good natural remedy for dandruff).
- For dark hair: In 2 cups of boiling water, add 1/4 cup rosemary leaf + 2 tbsp nettle leaf
- For blonde hair: In 2 cups of boiling water, add 1/4 cup chamomile flowers + 2 tbsp nettle leaf
After the mixture has cooled, strain our the herbs and reserve 1 cup for the bentonite clay recipe, and the other cup for the shine-boosting rinse at the end.
- Approx. 3/4 cup bentonite clay
- 1 cup brewed herbal tea or water (see above for herbal suggestions)
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- Optional: 10 drops of essential oils of your choosing (I use Lavender, Rosemary or Peppermint).
- Brew the herbal tea, strain out herbs, then let it cool slightly.
- In a blender, food processor or non-metal bowl, pour in tea and apple cider vinegar.
- Begin adding in the clay, 1 tbsp at a time while blending to combine.
- Continue adding the clay until the mixture becomes smooth and reaches the consistency similar to that of yoghurt.
- If using, add in the essential oils and mix together.
- Store in an air-tight container in the shower for up to 1 week.
- Note: Do not use metal utensils when handling bentonite clay. Instead, use wood, plastic or glass for best results. If using a food processor, opt for a plastic dough blade.
- How To Use Mixture: Wet your hair, then starting at the roots, massage a handful of the clay mix into your hair. Repeat until all hair is coated. Leave for 5-20 minutes (do not let it dry!) and rinse it out with warm water.
- How To Use The Rinse: Mix together 1 cup of herbal tea with 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, pour enough over hair to saturate and allow it to sit for 2-3 minutes, then rinse. Cool water is best because it helps the hair cuticle to close, but warm is okay.
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.
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Have you done a hair detox before? What was your experience of it? Share below!
Wells, Katie. (September 18, 2018). How to Detox Your Hair. Wellness Mama. Retrieved from https://wellnessmama.com/9321/detox-your-hair/
Heather. How To Detox Your Hair. mommypotamus. Retrieved from https://www.mommypotamus.com/hair-detox/