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How to Detox Your Hair and Scalp with Salon-Approved Treatments


Cleanse your hair and scalp from pollutants, excessive oil, dandruff, and product buildup.

Doing a hair detox is important to your scalp health. Product residue and naturally-occurring oils build up over time, and as a result, hair starts to lose its bounce, brilliance, and luster. If you suffer from an itchy or flaky scalp, you are overdue for a hair detox. 

In addition to regular shampooing, in-salon treatments are necessary for deeper cleansing. This three-step process cleanses hair of pollutants and adds nutrients, relieves irritation and leaving you with vibrant, hydrated, rejuvenated tresses. 

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What Is a Hair Detox?

Products and pollution can get trapped in your hair follicles and linger even after rigorous washing. Think of a hair detox as a zingy ginger shot for your locks: it flushes out the bad stuff — pollution, product buildup, excess oil, and so forth — and creates a clean slate for hair to reap the maximum reward from your hair products. For best results, a hair detox should be a multi-step process in salon.

Step-by-Step Detoxing Ritual

Ready to rid your hair of impurities? It's time. Ask your Davines hairdresser about this three-step Detoxing Ritual.

#1 - Cleansing

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The ritual begins with the most essential step in any hair detox: cleansing. A gentle exfoliating cleanser like the Naturaltech Detoxifying Scrub Shampoo is the trick to dissolving buildup and restoring the scalp to a state of pH-regulated health. The scrub works best with a scoop of Naturaltech Elevating Clay Supercleanser added for extra oil absorption. Your hairstylist will add the mixture to damp hair, combing from root to tip to coat each strand, then gently massage into your scalp before rinsing.

TIME: 10 minutes

#2 - Conditioning

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A deep cleanse without conditioning can leave hair dry, weak, and brittle — even more susceptible to further damage. To fully revive and reinvigorate your hair, this step is crucial, and feels good on the scalp, too. The Naturaltech Renewing Conditioning Treatment is massaged into the scalp and freshly washed, towel-dried hair, then left to soak up the conditioner's superfood complex for a few minutes before rinsing.

TIME: 10 minutes

#3 - Activation

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The third step in this detox ritual is the one most often overlooked. A vitality massage with a leave-in treatment keeps the hair and scalp hydrated and healthy enough to stave off pollutants after you leave the salon. The Naturaltech Elevating Scalp Recovery Treatment works best for this. Applied to towel-dried hair, the treatment not only strengthens strands but soothes the scalp with anti-inflammatory ingredients.

TIME: 5 minutes

What Are the Signs You Need a Hair & Scalp Detox Treatment?

  • You use a lot of styling products— Styling products accumulate on the scalp and create a layer of built-up that needs deep cleansing to restore the balance of your hair.
  • You live in a polluted area — City air, especially, is contaminated with smoke, smog, and particulate matter that your scalp absorbs even more than skin on the rest of your body.
  • You feel like your scalp is itchy or flaky— An accumulation of too substances (even dead skin cells, an entirely natural and unavoidable phenomenon) can cause the scalp to itch; and worse, giving into the itch can cause residue to shed in flakes, like dandruff.
  • Your hair gets dirty very quickly — It's simple: Excess oil makes hair greasy.
  • You notice the hair is thinning or falling — Buildup can clog hair follicles. Damage to hair follicles can result in fragile hair or skin conditions like folliculitis.
  • Your hair doesn’t smell fresh — Too much residue can change the pH of your scalp and cause it to overproduce sebum, making it a potential breeding ground for bacteria and yeast, which can cause an unpleasant odor.

Haircare Detox Products

Once you complete your detoxing ritual in salon, it is essential to maintain a proper routine even at home. Ask your hairdresser for advice on which products are best suited to your hair status or try the three-step method at home, with Naturaltech products.

What Are the Benefits of a Hair & Scalp Detox?

  • Better breathability -Removing the suffocating layer of buildup and residue will allow your scalp to finally breathe, providing you with a sense of relief.
  • More benefits from care products- With your strands and scalp no longer congested, they'll have more capacity to absorb hair care products that hydrate and nourish, promoting overall hair health in the long term.
  • Hair (re)growth - Unclogging those follicles gives your hair and scalp the environment it needs to grow healthier and thicker.
  • Relief from irritation -Flakiness and itchiness are likely to fade away once buildup has been cleared.
  • Fresher-smelling hair — No oil buildup means no unpleasant residual odor and, what's more, a better chance of hair hanging onto pleasant scents in hair products.

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Detox Moments for Your Mind

Of course, your hair isn't the only thing susceptible to stress from buildup and neglect. You can begin to lose your luster, too, without routine wellness rituals to refill your cup. Take the time to detox your mind with these old faithful mental health habits.

Set aside time to meditate and restore emotional balance; take notice of your thoughts and feelings that arise throughout the day, giving them space to be and to pass without judgement.

Activate your parasympathetic nervous system, the system that takes over when the body is at rest, with a deep breathing exercise like the four-two-four method (breathe in for four, hold for two, breathe out for four).

Yoga has been proven to lower stress hormones and boost feel-good brain chemicals such as serotonin and endorphins.

Pausing for a cup of tea gives the brain a break from work, stress, or whatever might be troubling you, and it gives you an excuse to socialise (another demonstrated mood booster!).

Find a ritual that works for you, perhaps journaling or a nightly facial massage, that relaxes your mind and improves your resilience to everyday adversity.

Hair Detox FAQS

If you live in a polluted area or regularly use styling products and notice that your hair is excessively greasy and drab, it's time to detox. As always, seek professional advice from your Davines hairstylist.
Product buildup occurs when ingredients — oils, chemicals, etc. — accumulate and form an irritating layer of residue on the scalp.

Detox frequency depends on personal habits, like product use, and environmental factors, so check in with your Davines hairstylist to find out how often your hair would benefit from in-salon treatments.
Too much detoxing can strip your hair and scalp from essential protective oils, so limit your use of detoxifying shampoo to once a month.

An itchy scalp is an inflamed scalp, and Davines' Naturaltech Elevating Scalp Recovery Treatment is packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients that soothe, hydrate, and restore the scalp to balance.

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