Weekend Hair Detox

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Summer sun, salt water, chlorine & air pollution can leave your hair dry and damaged. Restore its natural shine and fullness with our deep-cleaning, four-step…
STEP 1: nourish your scalp

Restore moisture and nutrients to your scalp with healing oils like soybean for protein, sunflower for its fatty acids, and rosemary to help blood circulation.
Massage your scalp:

Using your fingertips to stimulate blood flow, gently massage the oil (see below for an at-home remedy) into your hair, focusing on the roots, says Marina Perkovic, a scalp massage expert at Phyto Universe. Then wrap your head in a warm, damp towel or cover it with a shower cap for at least 20 minutes to allow the oils to penetrate.

TRY: clockwise from top, Suki Hair/Scalp Conditioning Oil ($30; sukipure.com) uses organic lavender and rosemary extracts to calm irritated scalps; Phyto Phy-topolleine Universal Elixir Scalp Stimulant ($32; phy to-usa.com) contains 100 percent essential oils from sage, lemon, and rosemary, which have purifying, antiinflammatory, and healing properties; Rene Furterer Complexe 5 Regenerating Plant Extract ($45; sephora.com) contains balancing citrus, castor, and lavender oils.

Homemade scalp treatment: Try one tablespoon of these oils (and follow instructions above): Jojoba oil moisturizes and protects hair and scalp; castor oil adds shine and fullness; coconut oil stimulates cleansing.
STEP 2: deep cleah

Wash away residual product, dirt, and dead skin with a clarifying shampoo.

Shampoo properly: Brush your hair before showering to loosen dirt and dead skin cells and pull oil away from the scalp, says Louise O'Connor, owner of OC61 Salon in New York. Before shampooing, make sure your hair is completely wet. As you shampoo, focus on the scalp, hairline, and back of the head, where dirt and sweat collect. Rinse thoroughly — for at least another three minutes after the suds are gone, advises Paul Labrecque, founder of the Paul Labrecque salons and products.

TRY: from left, Hair Rules Aloe Grapefruit Purifying Shampoo ($20; hairrules .com) removes product buildup and restores shine with mild grapefruit extracts; Avalon Organics Lemon Clarifying Shampoo ($9; avalonorganics.com) cleans with lemon extract and moisturizes with shea butter; Jane Carter Solution Hydrating Invigorating Shampoo ($10; janecartersolution.com) has peppermint essential oil to help remove dandruff and nettle to stimulate the scalp, helping hair grow strong.

Homemade clarifier: Rinse with a cup of apple cider or white vinegar (a natural clarifier that removes dirt and product buildup without stripping color) once a week before using your regular shampoo.
STEP 3: restore moisture

Hydrate hair with a conditioner or mask made with essential oils and proteins.

Apply a hair mask: After thoroughly coating your hair with a mask or deep conditioner (see below for a do-it-yourself mask), wrap it in a warm towel for ten to 30 minutes, according to package directions. If your hair doesn't feel too dry or brittle, use regular conditioner and wrap a warm towel around your head for 15 minutes. To hydrate hair all day long, apply a leave-in conditioner, says Labrecque.

TRY: from left, Aubrey Organics Rose Mosqueta Nourishing Conditioner ($19.50; aubrey-organics .com) uses rose and wheat germ oils that nourish dry strands; Aveeno Nourish+ Condition Leave-In Treatment ($7; drugstore .com) contains a blend of wheat germ oil and wheat protein to restore dry hair; Kiehl's Sunflower Color Preserving Deep Recovery Pak ($25; kiehls.com) is a mask infused with sunflower seed and apricot kernel oils.

Homemade hair mask: Mix two tablespoons of olive oil with about half a mashed-up avocado and apply from roots to ends; wrap hair in a hot towel, leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse.
STEP 4: style gently

Use alcohol- and silicone-free styling products to keep hair shiny, healthy, and free of buildup — and to protect it from pollution and UV rays.

Prevent buildup: Use styling gels or sprays sparingly: For example, apply a volumizing product just on the roots or a conditioning cream only on the ends, explains O'Connor.

TRY: from left, ShiKai Color Reflect Color Lock Maximum Hold Styling Gel ($9; shikai.com) is alcohol-free and has UV filters to protect hair; Jason Kiwi & Apricot Volumizing Root Boost ($7; jason-natural.com) adds volume while botanicals prevent damage; Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Smoothing Crème ($6; at drugstores) contains botanicals that lock in moisture to fight frizz and flyaways.

Homemade styling product: Mix two ounces of sugar with four ounces of water in a spray bottle and spritz on hair to add texture and a light hold.

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By Olessa Pindak

Still-Life Photography by Antonis Achillos

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