Does My Hair Need A Detox?

We’ve all heard of 389 different ways to detox—and quite frankly, many of them sound pretty miserable. We totally get it.

If we overindulge in food and drink and get that sluggish feeling, it’s good to do a detox and get your cells back in balance. The trick is to (a) not overindulge in the first place and (b) incorporate “detox-like” practices in your everyday routine. This way you don’t need to go on a deep cleanse, which if not done correctly, can do more harm than good.

It actually works the same for our hair too!

For example; eating an unhealthy diet such as one that consists of fast foods, deep fried foods, high fat items or those with lots of preservatives and artificial flavors and colors (Basically the Standard American Diet.) would be the ‘body’ equivalent of using hair products that are full of plastics, silicones and carcinogens. Possibly okay on occasion, but extremely unhealthy long term.

The key to effectively detoxing the body is to “prep” before hand. This means cleaning up our diet before the detox even begins. If we continue to eat unhealthy right up to the starting point—we will suffer through the detox, probably give up within the first few days, fall back on our fast food habits, and cause a harsh imbalance in our body. If done correctly though, a detox can be a powerful way to kick-start our bodies into better health.

Well, the same goes for our hair. If we want to achieve healthy, vibrant hair thats full of body and style—we need to go at it correctly.

The most important thing we can do is to start eliminating the culprits that are causing the problems in the first place—which would be mostly the plastics and silicones.

We would start by checking your hair care products for the following ingredients and then removing them from your beauty routine.

  • Dimethicone copolyol
  • Hydrolyzed wheat protein (hydroxypropyl polysiloxane)
  • Laurel methicone copolyol
  • Silicones with PEG listed before it
  • Amodimethicone
  • Behenoxy dimethicone
  • Cyclohexasiloxane
  • Cyclomethicone
  • Cyclotetrasiloxane
  • Stearoxy dimethicone
  • Cetearyl methicone
  • Cetyl dimethicone
  • Cyclopentasiloxane
  • Dimethicone
  • Dimethiconol
  • Phenyl Trimethicone
  • Stearyl dimethicone
  • Trimethylsilylamodimethicone

It’s not difficult to remove the build-up but it does take a little time. Using AHNESTI Puriti Uplifting Shampoo is a great way to begin the process. If you have a lot of build-up it may take several shampoos to “break through” the barrier. (This is also why you may not get a great lather with a sulphate-free formulas). Once this is achieved you should get a rich, creamy lather which will be your indicator that your hair is beginning to detox! Now the trick is to give it a week or two, depending on how often you shampoo. We’ve noticed the big difference right about the sixth time we shampoo. The other part of this is to no longer use products that are contributing to the build-up. (It’s good to note here too, that silicones are not considered a toxin and so many natural shampoos DO contain them.) Most styling products and all hairsprays contain some sort of acrylates (plastics) and so eliminating them along with the silicones is also important.

Now I’m sure your saying, “What do I style my hair with then?” Well, if you are an avid hairspray user, it will be tough to truly detox your hair. Using a sulphate-based cleanser will strip through the build-up every time you shampoo, but if you are trying to live a toxin-free lifestyle, then eliminating these culprits—and maybe trying a different style that doesn’t need fixatives—will be a choice you’ll need to make.

The good news is, you can create a beautiful natural shine, gorgeous body and fullness, and control—all without silicones and plastics. Give AHNESTI Haircare 2 weeks and you will fall back in love with your hair!


Try AHNESTI’s simple daily detox habits and jump start into a healthier lifestyle

Body: Lemon water. A fresh squeeze in a glass of purified water, unflavored mineral water, or hot tea. Feel lighter, increase blood flow, and brighten skin!

Mind: Give yourself a few time-outs during the day. 2 minutes of quiet time will help you increase clarity, lower stress, and promote calmness.

Hair: Detox the silicones and plastics and then start a healthy hair routine with AHNESTI Haircare. Doesn’t strip color. Doesn’t build up.