Oily hair? 5 tips for a hair detox
How can oily hair benefit from a hair detox? Read these 5 tips that will help you optimize your hair care routine.
Do you suffer from oily roots on a regular basis? You won’t need to put up with greasy hair any longer with the right detox routine. Learn how to properly cleanse hair to get a fresher, lighter feel for longer.
What is a hair detox?
Hair detox involves the removal of unwanted or harmful substances from the hair through a personalised cleansing routine. Essentially, they are purifying rituals that promote optimal hair health, but every hair detox is different depending on the hair’s specific needs. A hair detox made for dry hair, for instance, will include steps that focus on more intensive moisturizing treatments, which would not be the highest priority in a detox for oily hair.
How can oily hair benefit from a detox?
Oily hair occurs when certain stressors trigger the scalp into producing excess sebum (5). So a detox catered to oily hair types can not only remove existing grime, but can also help restore scalp imbalances to minimise overactive grease build-up in the first place.
However, remember that an effective hair detox should always be reflective of a comprehensive, step-by-step hair care routine. In this case, a detox for oily hair is not just a cleansing shampoo treatment: conditioner and dry shampoo should also be incorporated for a more complete hair care regimen. When properly executed, a hair detox can revitalize strands by improving their shine, smoothness, and strength.
Here are 5 essential tips for every oily hair detox:
1. Maintain a healthy scalp
Beautiful, dirt-free hair starts with a healthy scalp. So purifying hair should always begin at the root of the problem - the scalp. A gentle shampoo like Dercos Nutrients Detox Shampoo can lift impurities from strands and regulate levels of sebum production. These conditions are easily triggered by common stressors - pollution, heat, stress, even a harsh scalp massaging technique - and, when left untreated, can cause an acceleration of oil build-up (3).
2. Cleanse hair fibers of all residue
Sebum may be produced from the scalp, but these oils are also distributed down the strands. Make sure to lift impurities from the entirety of the hair, not just from the roots. A mild shampoo with a gentle cleansing formula (preferably free from paraben and silicone) will prevent weakening your hair. In fact, this was proven in a test which eliminated 93% of pollution particles from the scalp. In addition, there was also a 36% increase of hair volume*.
*instrumental test after 1 application of DETOX shampoo
3. Avoid drying out your hair
Remember: clean hair does not equal dry hair. It’s important to purify hair without stripping away its moisture and nutrients. In other words: don’t skip conditioner. Instead, opt for a lightweight one like Derco Nutrients Detox Conditioner, which can provide adequate hydration without added heaviness (4).
4. Protect your strands from pollution
Our hair is extremely vulnerable to pollution. In fact, carbon dioxide, heavy metals and other air pollutants have been proven to be detrimental to hair. When exposed to these environmental pollutants, the physical make-up of the hair’s surface is compromised: harmful particles are deposited onto the outer layers and the harsh friction results in dirty, damaged hair (2). Studies have also shown that the accumulation of pollution-related grime over longer periods of time will make the hair noticeably brittle and dull (1). That’s why pollutant-targeting cleansers like Dercos Nutrients Detox Shampoo are needed to protect the hair against the damaging effects of pollution.
5. Refresh with dry shampoo
Dry shampoo is perfect for keeping sebum levels in check over a 24 hour period when sporting "second-day hair". Always keep Dercos Nutrients Detox Dry Shampoo handy: its purifying ingredients (starch, kaolin, and spirulina) can instantly refresh hair between two shampoos, while also providing volume and texture.
1. Galliano, A. et al, ‘Particulate matter adheres to human hair exposed to severe aerial pollution: consequences for certain hair surface properties.’ 39.6 (2017) pp. 610-616 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28748540]
2. Grosvenor AJ et al, ‘Oxidative Modification in Human Hair: The Effect of the Levels of Cu (II) Ions, UV Exposure and Hair Pigmentation’ in Wiley Online Library: Photochemistry and Photobiology 92.1 (2016) pp. 144-9 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26451514]
3. Misery L. et al, ‘Sensitive scalp: does this condition exist? An epidemiological study.’ in Contact Dermatitis 58.4 (2008) pp. 234-8 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18353032]
4. Draelos, Z.D. ‘Essentials of Hair Care often Neglected: Hair Cleansing’ in International Journal of Trichology 2.1 (2010) pp. 24-29 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3002407/]
5. D’souza P. et al, ‘Shampoo and Conditioners: What a Dermatologist Should Know?’ in Indian Journal of Dermatology 60.3 (2005) pp. 248-254 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4458934/]