With a few natural ingredients, you can detoxify your hair and get a fresh follicle start for fall.

The summer months can take a toll on your appearance. Everything from sun damage to chlorine exposure can leave its mark on your body.

While there are countless ways to rejuvenate and replenish your skin, what about your hair?

A few times a year, try giving your hair a fresh start. Shampoos and conditioners on a day-today basis do a good job cleaning your hair, they can often leave behind residue and buildup that makes your hair lifeless or flat.

If you feel the need to revive your locks, there are a few simple things you can do at home to bring your hair back to life. This particular mask treatment provides a deep, natural clean for those with dry hair and scalp and can be safely used once a month.

Here is what you need:

  • 1 tsp. Baking soda (absorbs oils, grease and product residue from hair)
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil (antioxidants help fight dandruff and dry scalp)
  • ½ tsp. Cinnamon powder (contains antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties)

Simply mix the ingredients in a container, part your hair in small sections and apply the mask down each part of the scalp. Massage the mask in a gentle circular motion. Cover your hair and scalp with a shower cap for 15 minutes.

After the allotted time, shampoo and condition your hair like normal. You can also skip the shampoo and finish the detox treatment with an apple cider vinegar rinse, then condition as normal. The vinegar helps balance pH levels on the hair and scalp and kills bacteria.

There are other methods that can help detox your scalp. Some are everyday things, others a little outside the box.

Head massage

It feels amazing and it’s also one of the best ways to detoxify your scalp. A relaxing head messages helps improve circulation to your scalp and draw away any toxins that have accumulated on the scalp. This process also helps remove dead skin cells and unclog follicles so new hair can grow easily. If you have dry scalp, try incorporating a cold-pressed oil like coconut, olive or almond.

Comb your hair

Sounds simple enough, something most people do every day. And just like a head massage, combing through hair helps unclog pores and stimulate follicles.

Clay mask

This may not be for everyone, but nutrient-rich clays like bentonite can expertly absorb impurities from your scalp and hair. Even though the clay strips away the toxins, it also nourishes with a mix of vitamins and minerals like silica, iron, magnesium and potassium.

So the next time your hair feels lifeless or like doll hair, give these simple treatments a try.