Hair Detox - The Best Routine to Maintain Healthy Hair
Hair detox has become a bit of a buzz word lately, but you should know it’s much more than that. Its most visible result is beautiful hair but its effects go deeper.
A hair detox routine makes it possible to clean the hair and scalp profoundly. But how does hair get toxified in the first place and how does that affect it? We cover everything you should know below!
Why does hair get toxified?
When we talk about ‘hair toxification’ we don't just refer to the hair strands, it affects hair down to the follicles and cells. A detox takes into account all of these factors; it’s the same philosophy that we apply to skincare. It’s only natural, since the scalp is also skin, made form the same kind of cells as those covering the rest of our bodies.
All cells have a natural detoxification and regeneration mechanism called autophagy. As old cells decay and degrade, their components are recycled to fuel the formation of new ones. Through this process cells use up damaged proteins, traces of lipids or other by-products of cellular metabolism. This is done using lysosomes - you can think of them as the cell’s recycling bins. They are rich in enzymes that digest the toxins.
Factors like lack of sleep, smoking, an unbalanced diet and other elements of an unhealthy lifestyle affect autophagy. The functioning of lysosomes is impaired, leading to an accumulation of toxins. This disturbs the normal cell regeneration process. For your hair this leads to aging - a slowing or even stopping of hair growth, resulting in thinning and premature hair loss.
The hair that has already exited the follicle is affected by what happens at cellular level on the scalp, but also by external factors. Pollution, dust, styling products, chemical traces from hair coloring, and even not rinsing shampoos and conditioners or masks well enough can affect the hair shaft. The result is dehydration and increased hair porosity. Hair becomes fragile and brittle, not to mention lifeless and dull. An oily scalp or dandruff can also be the result of it becoming toxified. They create a vicious circle, further fueling the effects of toxins as they accumulate around the follicles.
Should everybody do a hair detox?
Given its benefits for promoting and maintaining the health of the hair and scalp, a hair detox is for everybody. It doesn’t just help to eliminate accumulated toxins, but prevents from new toxin build-up too.
So don’t think of a hair detox only as a treatment for an oily scalp or dandruff. Make it a regular practice even if you don’t have particular concerns with your hair. We recommend doing a detox once per week as a preventative routine.
For those dealing with an excess of sebum or dandruff it’s best to do a shock treatment. Follow a detox ritual twice a week for a few weeks. Once the issues have been alleviated, the hair detox ritual can be reduced to once per week.
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Now you know why having a hair detox routine is important and how often you should do it. But what are the best products for hair detox?
We’ve formulated the Extreme Caviar Exfoliating Scrub Scalp Mask and Purifying Charcoal Shampoo to be the perfect hair detox duo.
The Tahitian mother-of-pearl and coral sand in the Extreme Caviar Exfoliating Scrub Scalp Mask provide a gentle exfoliation of the scalp. Our Cell-Detox Booster stimulates cellular detoxification, ridding the scalp of damaged and toxified cells and residue. The Botanical Phyto-Active 15 Complex provides an astringent action, it penetrates the follicles to regulate sebum production and balance the scalp. Panthenol and Caviar can then find their way to nourish follicles, as well as the entire length of the hair.
The Extreme Caviar Purifying Charcoal Shampoo is efficient on oily hair, but gentle enough for those with dry or sensitized scalps as well. Two of its key ingredients are Organic Activated Charcoal and Biosulfur. With its micro-porous structure, the charcoal absorbs excess oil, impurities and toxins from the hair and scalp. It also delivers a gentle exfoliating action. With its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, Biosulfur further helps balance the scalp. It helps soothe redness, inflammation and eliminate dandruff.
What you will notice after the very first hair detox ritual is matte hair regaining its shine. You will also see an improvement when it comes to sebum and dandruff. Hair detoxing activates microcirculation in the scalp and oxygenates the cells. This helps regulate sebum production. A deeply cleaned scalp is also a great basis for hair treatments - whether they are meant to stimulate growth, or just provide nourishment.
You won't regret adding a hair detox to your routine for the long run! It's the best thing you can do to support your hair to grow faster, longer and healthier.