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7 Ways To Detox Your Scalp: Grow Thick and Healthy Hair

Detox your scalp and hair


A Healthy and Clean Scalp is the key to thick, shiny, gorgeous hair.

If your scalp is unhealthy, inflamed and full of toxins, imagine what quality of hair will it grow. Dull, thin, weak that falls out easily.

Like the delicate rose plant which requires the right moisture, soil pH, and nutrients to grow and flourish, our hair too is very demanding.

It needs the right conditions to grow, especially the hair on the scalp. It’s a real tough cookie to crack.

Sadly in the quest to make our hair look beautiful, we are exposing it to an onslaught of chemicals. Everyday use of hair dyes, mousse, sprays, shampoos and conditioners only makes the matter worse.

And it’s not your fault. The flashy advertisement and glossy models lure you in the promise of thicker, fuller and shinier hair. And most of us switch from one product to another only to be left in more hair misery.

Even if you opt for natural hair care, the pollution and water quality is another factor you can’t do much about. Unless we all live in the forest and use pure spring/river water, which would be so lovely.

But if you are a city inhabitant, you can give yourself a scalp detox every so often.

A scalp detox is like doing a deep cleanse. It helps to remove toxins and gunk from the scalp, unclogs the hair follicles, and balances our natural oils and scalp pH.

Detoxing your scalp will rejuvenate and renew the hair follicles and create a perfect environment for hair growth.

Why detox your Scalp and Hair?

  • Gets rid of toxin build-up to promote healthy new growth
  • Improves scalp circulation, bringing nutrients and oxygen to roots of hair
  • Helps regenerate hair cells
  • Unclogs hair follicles so hair can grow without any hindrance
  • Gets rid of dryness, flakiness and scalp irritation
  • Helps with scalp acne
  • Most importantly improves the health of your scalp which is the bedrock of your hair follicles.

7 Ways to Detox Your Scalp and Hair

Scalp Detox does sound fancy, but you don’t need to go to the spa to get this done. You can give yourself a scalp detox right at your home, with simplest possible ingredients. Choose from following options:

  1. Scalp Massage: useful for everyone, removes toxins and helps stimulate growth
  2. Lime juice clarifying Rinse: beneficial for oily hair or if you live in hard water area
  3. Honey and Cinnamon Scalp tonic: if your hair growth is deadly slow or you have bald patches, use this
  4. Sea Salt Scalp Scrub: removes dead skin cells and product buildup
  5. Cucumber and Lime Scalp Detox: helps with itchy, flaky scalp
  6. Baking Soda Cleansing Mask: naturally exfoliates scalp and helps with dandruff
  7. Clay Scalp Detox: pulls out scalp toxins; also works as a natural shampoo for greasy hair

1. Scalp Massage to Remove toxins

The good old scalp massage is the easiest way to detox your scalp.

When you head massage, it increases blood circulation – this helps to carry away toxin from the scalp and remove them from your body via the detox organs.

Head massage also stimulates and strengthens your hair follicles to grow healthy hair.

Besides, there is nothing quite as relaxing as a head massage, especially after a long day.

How to do it? Use the pads of your fingers. Alternate between gentle rhythmic movement and brisk rubbing of the scalp.

In the end, use long strokes along the length of the hair to finish. This is amazingly relaxing.

You can also use a wooden hair brush or wide tooth wood comb to massage your scalp.

Here’s a video on how to head massage or you can buy a scalp massager from amazon.

To oil or not to oil? It’s up to you if you want to. Use of oil is beneficial if you have dry scalp and hair, it helps to lubricate the scalp and create shiny and vibrant hair. As the oils are absorbed through the pores of your scalp, its best to use pure, cold pressed oils.

Most beneficial oils for hair are coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil, almond oil or argan oil.

2. Lime Juice Clarifying RinseLime juice clarifying rinse

We know that lime juice with warm water makes a great detox drink for our body, but lime juice also helps to detox our scalp and hair.

Rich in alpha hydroxy acid, lime juice gently removes the outer layer of dead skin cells and product build-up to promote hair growth and give a lustrous shine to hair.

you will need:

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice*
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil (optional, useful for dry flaky scalp)

Stir all the ingredients together and use.

*If your hair is on dry side swap lime juice for orange juice or apple juice.

How to use: Pour the rinse over your hair. Massage your scalp and work it through your hair, and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then wash with plain water.

Tip: you can use lime rinse as a conditioner after shampooing your hair. Or just use in-between shampoos to remove oil and grease and fresh up your hair.

Use once a week.

3. Honey and Cinnamon Scalp TonicCinnamon and honey Scalp Detox

Along with detoxifying your scalp, the honey and cinnamon combo is super nourishing for hair. If your hair growth is deadly slow or you have bald patches, I encourage you to try this. It will revive your hair and bring new life to it.

Honey is a great moisturizer and works wonders to balance the scalp pH – this keeps the microbes and other nasties in check.

Cinnamon is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps remove scalp impurities, increases circulation, and stimulate hair growth.

You will need:

Mix the ingredients in a bowl.

How to use:

Massage the mixture into your scalp gently.  Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes covered with a shower cap and rinse. Shampoo if needed.

*Always buy unprocessed raw honey as it retains maximum antioxidants, enzyme, vitamins, minerals and healing properties. Such honey will bring great results.

How often can you use: Once or twice a week

4. Sea Salt Scalp ScrubSea Salt for Scalp Detox

It sounds like a tongue twister ‘Sea Salt Scalp Scrub’, but it’s another fantastic detoxifier.

The salt dissolves the dirt and product build-up, as well as scrub away dead skin cells. That is the reason you will find sea salt in many clarifying shampoos.

Just after a single use, your scalp will feel much healthier and cleaner. And as a bonus, your hair will have more shine and volume.

You will need

Mix the ingredients

How to use:

Wet your hair. Apply to your scalp and hair, and wash. Finish with cold water rinse to make your hair shiny and smooth.

Repeat once or twice a month.

Note: You can use homemade shampoo as well for this treatment.

Also, don’t use table salt which contains anti-caking agent and what not. Use pure sea salt such as these.

5. Cucumber and Lime Scalp DetoxCucumber and lime scalp detox

This is a very soothing detox treatment, especially for those with an itchy, flaky and irritated scalp.

How does this work?

Cucumber contains anti-inflammatory and anti-itching properties, which reduce redness and irritation. Cucumber is also naturally hydrating and moisturising for your scalp and hair.

Lime juice works to remove oil, dirt and product build-up while offering a citrusy tingly feel. You can expect clean, moisturised scalp, and soft, silky hair after using the cucumber and lime detox.

You will need:

Blend the cucumber to a fine paste. Mix in lime juice and your detox scalp is ready to use.

How to use:

Apply this mixture to your scalp. You can use your fingers or a cotton piece and apply section by section. Massage gently for a couple of minutes, and let it soak in for 5-15 minutes. Then wash it out.

Use once or twice a week.

6. Baking Soda Cleansing MaskBaking soda scalp cleanser

Baking soda or Sodium bicarbonate is an extraordinary cleanser. That is why it has hundreds of beauty uses – from toothpaste to shampoo you can use baking soda in many different ways.

When massaged into the scalp, baking soda exfoliates the scalp to remove any impurities. It also acts as a natural antibacterial and antifungal and helps to alleviate dandruff.

You will need:

Mix all the ingredients well.

You can pour the mixture into a squeeze bottle for easy application.

How to use:

First, wet your hair. Massage the mixture into your scalp and hair and rinse after a couple of minutes for residue-free hair.

Finish your baking soda treatment with a moisturizing marshmallow and hibiscus rinse, or an apple cider vinegar rinse. This will seal the outermost layer of your hair, the cuticles, leaving it super shiny.

Use once in 15 days

7. Detox Clay MaskClay Hair Detox Mask

If you are tired of your greasy hair and scalp, then this is for you. It can work as a natural shampoo cum detox treatment.

Clays such as rhassoul or bentonite have this amazing ability to extract impurities from your scalp, as well as absorb excess dirt and oil.

Besides, these clays are rich in minerals such as silica, iron, magnesiun, sodium and potassium. They help repair and renew scalp skin and nourish the hair roots to grow strong, shiny hair.

To prepare this mask you will need:

  • 1/3 cup rhassoul clay (use this clay for normal to dry hair)
  • 1/3 cup bentonite clay (use this clay for oily hair)
  •  enough water or herbal tea* to make a smooth paste

Optional add-ins: 

Mix all the ingredients to make a yogurt like paste.

Use your hands/brush to apply clay mask to your scalp and hair. Cover your scalp and hair completely with the clay. Allow the mask to soak in for 10-15 minutes. Rinse out with water.

Finish your clay detox with a moisturizing marshmallow and hibiscus rinse, or a herbal tea rinse (see below) to seal the outermost layer of your hair, the cuticles, leaving it super shiny.

*Making Herbal Tea

Brew the tea with 1 tablespoon herb of your choice and 1 cup of boiling water. Let it cool, then strain and use.

For dark hair choose from: rosemary, shikakai, amla, marshmallow root, black tea

For blond hair choose from: chamomile, marshmallow root, calendula, green tea

How often should I do this detox? Once a week or once in 15 days

More Tips to Help With Scalp Detox 

  1. Drink Water: Water is one of the most powerful detox ingredients.  It literally flushes out toxins and harmful hormones like DHT (which is the cause of male and female pattern baldness) out of your body.
  2. Eat more fruits and vegetables: Fresh vegetables and fruits are excellent sources of insoluble fiber, which absorbs toxins, promote speedy digestion and ‘clean’ the digestive tract (GI tract) of waste matter. A healthy digestive system facilitates proper absorption of vitamins, minerals and macronutrients that keep our skin, hair and body healthy and glowing.
  3. Ghee, aloe vera, amla, and beetroot are also naturally detoxifiers. Use them in your diet.

How do you detox your scalp?

Leave a Comment:

Ty says

Hello Mam,

Thank for sharing useful info. i’m male with 25, i’ve lost huge hair in front and middle area of my scalp. i think it’s because of dandruff…in one year i’ve lost huge hair.can you please tell me which remedy is useful for me and i want to regrowth my hair..can you please help me with the remedies.

Thank you….Waiting for your response

    Minaz says

    Hi Ty, you can try honey and cinnamon or cucumber and lime.

Carol says

Hi- I suffer from hair loss in the same spot quite often (crown) but it always grows back albeit slowly. I’ve gone to the dermatologist and hair stylists, all of which don’t see an issue with my scalp. They believe it may be due to stress but because it’s happened multiple times I’m wondering if it could be an internal issue perhaps my diet?

    Minaz says

    Do head massage with pure coconut oil once a weeks. That will stimulate scalp and promote growth. Also, if you can, do a weekly hair masks with avocado and egg.

Leela says

Hi! For the honey and cinnamon mask, can coconut oil or any hair oil be used in lieu of olive oil pls?

    Minaz says


Vishnu says

hi mam i am male i had a strong hair but now my hair lose is increased and my black thick hair is becoming thin and brown and falling i also have itchnes in scalpe and tried prescribed medicines but of no use please help me advaise me

May says

I will try some of these tips but wanted to check first in case you had more ideas. Now my scalp is dry itchy and with non stop drandruff while the rest of my long hair is super dry. How can i make my scalp less greasy but more the rest of my hair? Thanks in advance

Sarita says

Hello mam,
I am suffering from hair fall problem.I had thick hair but now it has become very thin.hairfall problem is there and there is no hair growth.pls suggest me any cute.My marriage is in november.please help me out.I am so worried.

    Minaz says

    Hello Sarita, there’s so many reasons for hair loss. I can’t really suggest a miracle cure. Go to your doctor to rule out any medical condition or deficiency like vitamin D, b12, iron, zinc, calcium and magnesium.

    A head massage with amla juice and coconut oil is very beneficial to stop hair loss and grow strong hair. And as much as possible use a homemade shampoo such as this.

Soso says

Are these treatments for all hair types? Both natural and treated hair?

Leela says

Hi Minaz. Thanks for your awesome tips to grow healthy and beautiful hair. For the cinnamon and honey mask, is it ok to use manuka honey in lieu of raw unfiltered honey. Thanks much for your advice.

    Minaz says

    Hi Leela, yes that’s perfectly fine.

Elijah says

Hi, can I add rosemarry oil to lemon rinse. I am a male and have a very oily scalp. I want cleaned hair but do not want to make them dry after shampooing. I currently use Pantene Pro V Lively Clean Shampoo.

    Minaz says

    Yes you can. I would also try a few herbal teas to see what is best suiting my hair.

Joy says

I do clay detox every other week. I use bentonite clay and chamomile tea. Apply to scalp and let it sit for 10 mins. Then do marshmallow and nettle tea rinse. My hair comes out clean and shiny. I like this detox.

    Minaz says

    Great! thanks for sharing!

Hanaa says

I do clay detox every other week. I use bentonite clay and chamomile tea. Apply to the scalp and let it sit for 10 mins, then rinse. Next I do acv rinse. My hair comes out clean and shiny and has more volume. I like this detox.

    Minaz says


shy says

hello Minaz Mam,
I need your help Mam.1 year ago I came across your page.I had been suffering from hair sweat infront of my head as my front hair looks most of the time oily and wet and used to have hairfall after oiling it and washing my hair and my front hairline had become thin and i could see my bald scalp from front then you suggested me that i could be suffering from oil imbalance and told me not to by not oiling over my scalp and opt for re-she shampoo and its been 1 year that I have been washing my hair with Re-She shampoo by adding into it dry brahmi leaves and methi while washing.I have also been eating amla,carrots,flaxseeds but my front hairline is still thin and I could see my bald scalp from front.Since the day I have started washing my hair with these,I have stopped putting oil and continue washing with these.I have seen improvement as my hair sweat has stopped and now after washing with re-she shampoo my hair falls from 25-50 strands overall in a day,so is this normal mam??but mam my front hair line is still the same thin and i could still see my bald scalp.please help me. should i go for fenugreek miracle hair mask?or should i go for brahmi hair mask?

    Minaz says

    If your hair fall has reduced that’s great. Use honey and cinnamon mask once a week for hair regrowth. You can also try miracle hair mask.

      shy says

      ok thanks a ton Mam..:)
      will definitely try these and let you know about the results.:)

      shy says

      one more query mam whether its honey and cinnamon mask or miracle hair mask,in both the ingredients oil is there so my query is shall i start putting oil over my scalp again??asking this question as haven’t put oil over the scalp for 1 year since you said going through oil imbalance so shall i start putting oil over my scalp again as in both of the above masks oil is there.

      Minaz says

      You can add a teaspoon of olive oil to the hair mask itself.

      shy says

      ok mam will do as you say.:)

Darla says

I have tried fennel tea with rosemary oil and when it dried my hair was greasy. I truly believe natural is the best way but i have Sjogrens Syndrome and fine blonde hair. Is there any thing you can suggest to help my dry ends and greasy scalp. Thank you for caring for peoples concerns about there hair problems cause hair means everything to a woman.

    Minaz says

    Darla, make a tea with 1 tablespoon marshmallow root, 1 soap nut and 1 tablespoon chamomile flowers. Boil in 2 cups of water for 10 minutes. Let it cool and use that to wash your hair. Let me know how it goes. Best, Minaz

dean ellis says

hi minaz..my partner hair is severley thinning due to giving birth to our son hes 2 now and her hair seems to be getting worse. anything in particular you would do personally to treat this ..thanks

    Minaz says

    Hi Dean, it’s normal to shed hair after pregnancy. But if it’s happening even after two years that there may be various factors:
    1. stress is a big one.
    2. Is she eating well
    3. look into any vitamin deficiency – b12, iron, vitamin d
    4. regular exercise – even walks help to balance hormones and de-stress.

    She can also try one of the natural hair masks:
    miracle hair mask or
    egg and olive oil mask

Ninfa says

Me encanta tus sugerencias , Gracias.

yusuf saiedi says

i wish i could have my hair back. it was a top target since american women touched it in michigan. my hair was just like michelangelos david(nato hq 1 kabul sichuan china quake51208). classic italian or greek stuff to please women. then i lived under the sun in california and lost my hair gradually without knowing what the hell was going on. the sun burned my hair(boumerdes quake 521 scalp massage). i dont know how i´ll get my hair back or what i should do to keep it a while longer before going for a 2mm trim. i dont feel well having lost my natural genetic looks. i was white afghanistan and dont look much different from the other races anymore. a story of evolution and counter-evolution under the weather. but what jesus can actually return my hair and looks to me after it is countered by human will(sindh river flood 2010). i need the real goods not some oil or massage. i need the holy grail on these remedies. see what you can find and do not stop trying to find it. good luck.

    Minaz says

    Yusuf, the holy grail is in front of you, you only need to look 🙂
    Have you tried rice water hair & skin treatment. And head massage every other day (use a combination of castor oil and olive oil – ratio of 1:4).
    Best of luck.

pratyusha says

i have one doubt plz help me … while i am combing my hair i can see some kind of white thing at the end of my hair roots …i think that is hair follicle …does my hair grow back again in that area ??

    Minaz says

    Pratyusha, the white end is the root bulb, not follicle. Follicle is the hair pocket in which your hair grows and gets nourishment. When your hair falls out on its own, the root (dead) falls out, and it is replace by new hair.

Sonal says

Clay mask work very well. Don’t forget to top it up with sufficient oil in case you have dry hair.

    Minaz says

    Sonal, thanks for sharing 🙂

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