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How to Do a Hair and Scalp Detox

Whether it’s the first time you’ve heard about a scalp detox or you’ve been doing it for a minute already, here’s everything you need to know–from choosing the best scalp detox products to understanding how to detox your scalp at home. Since our scalp and hair are intricately connected, detoxing your scalp also benefits your hair!

What is a Scalp Detox Treatment?

A truly clean scalp demands a reset, and a scalp detox is just that–a good, old-fashioned exfoliation that refreshes your scalp while removing excess oil and impurities like dirt, pollution, and product buildup. To reach this state of bliss you do need to put in a little work, but it’s enjoyable, especially if you like a good scrub.

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9 Signs You Need a Scalp Detox

How do you know if your scalp needs detoxing? Here are some signs you might benefit from a deep clean:

1. You have an itchy or irritated scalp
2. You have visible dandruff, bumps, or buildup
3. Your hair is limp and dull
4. Your hair is producing excess oil
5. Your scalp and hair smell funky
6. You frequently experiment with new hair products
7. You wash your hair infrequently
8. The seasons have changed
9. You simply want your scalp to feel invigorated and energized


Wondering how to detox your scalp at home? Here’s a DIY tutorial to rescue your scalp from residue and reach a new level of clean.

How Often Should You Detox Your Scalp?

Detoxing your scalp is super satisfying, but don’t overdo it – 2x per week is usually enough. Too much scrubbing can actually strip your scalp’s natural oils and perpetuate the problem.

Scalp Detox for Curly/Textured Hair

Curly hair benefits from the natural oils produced by your scalp, which means you need to strike a balance between under-cleansing and over-cleansing. Got questions? Check out our guide to How Often You Should Wash Curly Hair.

If your hair is really thick or you have a tight curl pattern, it may be tricky to access your scalp. Section your hair with clips, then use a pointed-nose bottle to precision-apply your favorite scalp detox products, then massage with your fingers. Be sure to do an extra rinse!

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