Are you trying to make a switch to a naturally based hair care routine like MONAT? If so, that also means you could be going through a nasty period of time with your hair, that feels endless and for some can be enough reason to quit and go back to your old hair care routine. Have you been wondering why, since you’ve made the switch from conventional shampoos and hair care products to naturally based hair care, your hair has gone from fab to flab? That my dear is what we call the detox process, and for some of you making the switch, you could experience at least a shortened version.
My hair is going to do what??? (not everyone… )
During the detox process, your hair and scalp will be shedding itself of the build-up from all of the products you have used. While you go through your detox, your hair will shed itself of all of the plastics, -cones, and toxic chemicals that have built up over time. Because everyone’s hair is different and the amount and type of damage can vary, there are three basic detox responses that your hair may go through when detoxing. You may only go through one detox symptom, or all three of them, over the course of your detox, but know that it is normal and a part of the process while your scalp and hair readjusts and regulates the oil production cycle.
Your hair feels sticky, heavy, matted, and/or tangled – This is a common detox symptom. When your hair and scalp releases all of the chemical build-up, all of the plastics from your previous hair care products stick to just about anything they can touch, including your hair.
Your hair and scalp feel extremely oily – If your hair is extremely oily, it’s because your scalp is used to being stripped of its oils constantly and overproduces oil to compensate. Once your scalp readjusts itself, this will go away. If you slip up, and use a shampoo with sulfates in it, you will basically shock your scalp and go through detox again, experiencing the oil once again.
Your hair feels dry, rough, and brittle – All of the damage that I did to my hair with conventional hair dyes, hair straightening products, and sulfate shampoos, reared its ugly head when I first switched over. My hair was uber dry, brittle, and felt rough to the touch. When you start shedding all of the silicones from your hair, you begin to see the true nature of the damage that has been done over time. It is imperative to get into a brushing routine in the evening, at least a couple times a week. Brush from the back/base of your skull and brush your hair down from there, spreading the natural conditioner that your scalp produces. This also helps to stimulate the scalp for more hair growth as well.
You can speed up the detox process…
Depending on how much abuse your hair has gone through over time, your detox period can vary anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months! I myself experienced an entire 2 month detox period because I had put my hair through the ringer, as far as commercial dyes and products are concerned. If you get impatient and try to shampoo your hair with your old shampoo, you might have to restart the detox process. I know just how tempting it is, because right when I was ready to give up, my hair FINALLY regulated itself. You can speed up this process by chelating your hair first.
Be patient! Once you get through the process you will be enjoying the BEST hair of your life!