Here's what you need to know about adding this beauty treatment to your routine.

By Elizabeth Swanson
March 02, 2020
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Maybe you wash and condition your hair exactly every other day. Maybe you unwind with a hair mask every Sunday night. Maybe you even sleep on satin pillowcases and eat lots of omega fatty acids to add strength and shine. But, after all of this, if your hair still seems dull or brittle, it could be because an integral step is missing from your haircare regimen—one that's important especially when you're prepping for a wedding.

That step? Detoxing your hair with clarifying products. They increase shine by getting rid of excess sebum and product buildup from styling products like hairspray, gels, and dry shampoos. "Detoxing your hair and scalp promote a healthy foundation for shiny hair," says Mandee Tauber, Oribe educator. "Clarifying and deep cleansing products can remove excess dirt, oil, and product, which in turn, help hair grow longer, stronger, and shinier." They can also help remove flaky skin, clarify the hair shaft, and rebalance strands, adds Garren, celebrity stylist and co-founder of R+Co.

Detox products usually come in the form of shampoos and contain cleansing ingredients like apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, witch hazel, and salicylic acid. There are also salt and volcanic ash scrubs, but be sure they also contain nourishing oils as well so you don't completely strip your scalp. Try Oribe The Cleanse Clarifying Shampoo ($44, oribe.com), R+Co Crown Scalp Scrub ($38, randco.com), or Klorane Vinegar Shine Rinse with Chamomile ($18, kloraneusa.com), which is especially beneficial to maintain the integrity of blonde hair.

Start incorporating hair detoxing into your regimen at least a month before your wedding to get a feel for how your hair reacts to it, Garren says. Then incorporate it into your schedule once a week, or once every two weeks, depending upon how oily your hair is and how much product you use on a daily basis. Do the final detox two days before the big day. "Then follow up with your regular shampoo the day of your wedding so that your hair will react to your wedding-day hairstyle the same way it did when you did your test run," he says.

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