Make Your Own Scalp Detox

in , by FroBunni, Friday, September 25, 2020
Natural hair scalp detox infographic

It’s not often I write negative reviews. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever written one before. At best, you may catch one on my Instagram stories, but other than that, I just don’t write them. But I do try products that end up not working for me. Case in point, Act + Acre.

There’s nothing wrong with Act + Acre, per se, it just doesn’t work for type 4 hair. Both the shampoo and conditioner left my hair dry. I had my mom try it and she said the same. The breakout star is the Scalp Detox, but at $42 and only 3oz, I just can’t justify the price. But thankfully, the scalp detox isn’t unique and can be made with only a few simple ingredients.

Carrier Oils

A carrier oil is a base or vegetable oil, such as olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil. Other carrier oils include castor oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, and soybean oil. More expensive carrier oils include marula oil, moringa oil, argan oil, and rosehip oil.

The type of carrier oil you’ll want to use depends on your personal needs, preferences, and cost. If your hair and scalp doesn’t get oily or dry, a lighter oil like almond or argan oil will be fine. But for dry hair and scalp, castor oil may be better. If your scalp is sensitive, try jojoba or rosehip oil.

Herbs and Essential Oils

Your scalp oil can be personalized based on the herbs and essential oils you choose to use. I prefer to use ayurvedic herbs, but there are many others that can provide a variety of benefits.

Ayurvedic Herbs: Herbs like Amla, Fenugreek, and Brahmi help to strengthen the hair follicles, promote growth, and condition the hair and scalp. They also help control itching and dandruff.

Teas: Black, green, and white tea all have the power to reduce shedding and prevent itching, while herbal teas (technically called tisanes) like rose, hibiscus, and jasmine condition the scalp, and lemongrass helps to control itch and dandruff.

Essential Oils: Essential oils like peppermint, basil, and sage can help reduce itching and promotes growth, sage strengthens roots and improves circulation, and tea tree oil helps manage scalp issues, like dandruff and dermatitis.

Making Your Oil

There’s two ways to make your detox oil. If you plan to use only essential oils, in 8oz of a carrier oil, you’ll need to mix in 10-20 drops of essential oil(s).

For ayurvedic herbs and tea, you’ll need to infuse them. In 8oz of a carrier oil, add about ¼ of cup of herbs and/or tea. You can infuse the oil slowly or quickly. To do so slowly, in a jar, mix your oil and herbs/ tea. Then let infuse for 6 weeks to two months. To do so quickly, mix your oil and herbs/ tea in a jar, and place your jar in a crockpot. Pour enough water to reach halfway up the jar and cook on high for 4 hours or slow for 8 hours. When done, let cool. Regardless of method, after infusing, place a cheesecloth over the opening of a clean jar and strain the oil from the herbs and teas.

While it’s okay to mix different herbs, teas, and essential oils, remember less is more. A lot of them provide more than one benefit. Mix no more than three of the ingredients, and if you choose to use essential oil with herbs or teas, add the essential oil right before use.

How to Use

I like to use my scalp detox oil about 8-12 hours before I shampoo my hair. I massage the oil into my scalp and add a little to my hair to condition. I’ve noticed since using my scalp detox, my scalp isn’t as itchy, and I have less shedding. You can also use your scalp detox to seal with after moisturizing hair, as a hot oil treatment before or after shampooing, or even as a body oil.

And that it’s it. An easy and inexpensive scalp detox for a healthy scalp!

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