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How To Detox Your Hair (& Why You Need To!)

How To Detox Your Hair (& Why You Need To!)

Hairspray, mousse, shampoos and other hair care products can put a serious dent in your hair’s health. Get rid of heavy metals and other toxins from conventional hair care with this hair detox. Your hair and scalp will thank you for it!

Why do a hair detox?

Our hair reflects the health of our body. When we’re undernourished or full of toxins, our hair tends to thin or dull. If you’ve used conventional hair care products, then you’re exposing your hair to an onslaught of chemical toxins. Even if you opt for natural hair care, any toxins found in our food and environment will affect your hair and scalps health and appearance. By doing a hair detox you’re nourishing the scalp, and removing the toxic buildup.

The powerful effects of bentonite clay

Also known as montmorillonite clay, this ancient sediment has the unique ability to pull and trap heavy metals from the body. It’s the star of this hair detox. When mixed with water it forms a matrix that draws out impurities and holds them hostage, so they simply rinse down the drain.

Activated charcoal

Activated charcoal is frequently used in cases of food poisoning for its ability to gently absorb and rid the body of harmful substances. In this recipe it cleanses and detoxes the scalp. Be careful while using it though, as it will stain light colored fabrics, and sometimes white sinks. I like to immediately rinse down the sink or shower after I used it to prevent any messes.

Potent essential oils

Since essential oils are so concentrated, you really don’t need much for a powerful effect. Cilantro may remind you of taco night, but it’s great for removing heavy metals and unwanted toxins. Lavender essential oil calms scalp inflammation and improves hair growth for better hair. And lastly, rosemary stimulates circulation on the scalp for hair growth and health.

Nutritious nettle

Yes, that same prickly plant growing in your yard is actually a nutrition powerhouse. It’s full of nutrients to nourish and strengthen your hair. Nettle is high in Vitamin A carotenoids, Vitamins B, C, D and K, calcium, magnesium and many more. It’s worth the extra minute to add a nettle infusion to your hair detox.

How To Detox Your Hair (& Why You Need To!)

Nourishing hair detox for stronger, healthier hair


  • 1 T Apple cider vinegar (available here)
  • 1 drop rosemary essential oil (available here)
  • 2 drops cilantro essential oil (available here)
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil (available here)
  • ½ cup Bentonite clay (available here)
  • 1 t Activated charcoal powder (available here)
  • 2 tsp dried nettle (available here)
  • ½ cup filtered or distilled water

Rinse ingredients

  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup filtered water
  • 3 drops of your favorite essential oil for hair (I used geranium)

Materials needed

  • Glass bowl
  • Wooden or plastic spoon
  • Pot with lid


Place the ½ cup of water into your lidded pot, and heat it until boiling. Turn the heat off and add the nettle herb. After its steeped for 5-10 minutes with the lid on, strain out the herb and pour the water into a ½ measuring cup. You may need to add a little more water to have a full ½ cup.

In another cup combine the ingredients for the rinse and set aside. I like to put this in the shower so it’s ready to go when I need it.

In your bowl add the apple cider vinegar, essential oils and charcoal. Carefully stir to combine. Be careful with the charcoal! It’s very light so it likes to get everywhere.

Add the water and bentonite clay and stir well to combine. You may need to trade your spoon for a rubber spatula at this point to get it thoroughly mixed.

To use the hair detox

Use your hands to scoop up some of the detox treatment and liberally apply it to sections of hair. After you’ve covered each section, spread some more over the head, spreading it on thickly. How much you use will depend on your hair length and thickness, but don’t be stingy with it!

Allow the clay mixture to stay on your hair for about 10 minutes. If you have longer hair, wrap it up in a bun to keep it from getting everywhere. Do NOT let the clay dry or it will be very difficult to get out.

Very thoroughly rinse your hair with warm water. It will take some time to get all of the clay out, just be patient with it. Gently work your fingers through the hair as you wash.

Once you feel like the clay is out, give the vinegar hair rinse a quick stir with your finger. Tilt your head back and slowly pour the rinse over, making sure to cover the entire scalp. Rinse the vinegar out briefly and then allow the hair to dry naturally.

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