DIY Hair Detox

I’m so obsessed with hygiene and cleanliness, it’s not even funny y’all. Sometimes it can get a little out of hand, but I just like taking care of myself and my surroundings. So I’m sure you can imagine my surprise when I was younger and spotted a little bit of dandruff. I washed my hair every day, I didn’t share hair accessories with anybody, it just didn’t make sense. Until a hairdresser explained to me that I had product built up on my scalp and needed to use a clarifying shampoo. I had never even heard of that before, but she taught me a trick in the salon that changed my life.

It’s something we never think about, but all the products that we use -- heat protectant, curling cream, mousse, dry shampoo, hairspray, even just regular shampoo and conditioner -- can build up on our scalp over time. There are a few brands that make specific clarifying shampoos just for this purpose, but I’ve never purchased any of those because everything you need for this trick is probably already in your home.
The big secret here is dishwashing soap, not to be confused with dishwasher soap. Those are two completely different things. Yep, all you need is some good old fashioned Dawn soap. Use this as you would normally shampoo your hair in the shower. Make sure to scrub really good to get all the product off the scalp completely. Then just rinse it out and wash your hair again with just a tiny amount of your normal shampoo.
After you rinse your hair for the second time, you could continue on with your normal conditioner. However, I like to take this time to apply my favorite deep conditioner to really nourish the hair. Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner is the best I’ve ever tried. It smells absolutely amazing, it’s super affordable, and it leaves my hair extremely soft. I’ve tried other versions of this conditioner and the Moist is definitely the best option, even with my extremely oily hair. It’s very rare that I ever use anything else.
I know this sounds crazy, but it actually works! You’ll immediately be able to tell a difference with how clean your hair feels. Every time I tell someone about this trick, I typically hear concerns about the dishwashing soap drying out the hair. Over the nine years that I’ve been doing this, I’ve never had a problem with it drying my hair out. Especially after using my normal shampoo and deep conditioner afterwards. Just as the dishwashing soap would remove all the grease and grime off your dishes, it works the same way on the hair.

If you apply a lot of hair products multiple times a week, I would recommend doing this treatment a few times a month. I rarely use anything on my hair anymore aside from shampoo and conditioner, so I only do this once a month. It’s also really important to thoroughly rinse your hair during every washing to prevent any excess product build up.

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~Mani Monday~
Since 4th of July is coming up in just a few days, I knew I had to do something a little festive on the nails this week. I wanted something really simple, so I decided to go with just a blue and silver accent. I just picked up this Sinful Colors polish in the shade Endless Blue hoping it would be a replacement for my favorite Most Sinful polish of theirs that I can’t find to repurchase anymore. I actually think they’re almost identical. I was really happy about that! The silver glitter is Queen of Beauty, also from Sinful Colors, and is one that I always reach for as an accent. I do wish there were more glitter to it, though.
What’s on your nails this week?

~Christina~

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