How to Deep Cleanse Your Scalp and Hair at Home

Say goodbye to excess oil, dirt, and product buildup. Here's how to deep cleanse your scalp at home.

Deep cleansing your scalp is one way to keep your scalp healthy. It helps remove dirt, grime, and product residue that has been trapped on your scalp and hair follicles. Getting your scalp deep cleansed at least once a month can help give you a cleaner, fresher scalp and healthier-looking hair. And the best part? You can do it right at home! Here’s how.

1. Rinse your hair

Asian woman with long wet hair ready to deep cleanse her scalp
Do a preliminary cleansing by washing your hair and scalp with water. Credit: Hariono Halim

Wash your thoroughly with water first. Massage your scalp and finger-comb through your hair while rinsing to remove dirt and product buildup.

2. Apply oil to your scalp

Closeup shot of an Asian woman deep cleansing her scalp
Tea tree oil can help remove impurities from your hair and scalp. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Give your hair and scalp an oil treatment that helps get rid of the buildup on your scalp and roots. Don’t know what oil to use? Go for tea tree oil, which has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Mix 10 drops of tea tree oil with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and apply it to your scalp. Cover your head with a shower cap.

Editor’s tip: Want to incorporate tea tree oil in your daily hair care routine? Use Love Beauty and Planet Tea Tree Oil & Vetiver Radical Refresher Shampoo. It is infused with Australian tea tree oil and it gently cleanses and detoxifies your hair. For best results, use it with Love Beauty and Planet Tea Tree Oil & Vetiver Radical Refresher Conditioner.  

3. Steam your scalp

How to deep cleanse your scalp: Asian woman with shower cap on her head wearing a white robe
Steaming your scalp can help unclog pores. Credit: Dennie Ramon

This process helps open up your pores and unclog it. You don’t need fancy equipment for this. Just soak a towel in warm water, wring it to squeeze out water, and heat it in your microwave oven for two minutes. Wear a potholder or gloves when taking out the towel to protect your hands. Put the towel over your shower cap and cover it with another shower cap or a piece of plastic. Leave it on for 30 minutes. If your towel loses heat, you can put it back in the microwave to warm it again.

4. Shampoo your hair

Asian woman shampooing her hair and and deep cleansing her scalp in a bathroom
Use a shampoo that can help bring back lost nutrients to your hair. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Rinse your hair to remove excess oil, then apply an exfoliating shampoo. Massage your scalp as you shampoo to promote good blood circulation and stimulate hair growth. Shampoo your hair thoroughly from roots to tips.

Editor’s tip: Wash your hair with TRESemmé Detox & Nourish Shampoo to remove impurities from your hair and replenish lost nutrients.

5. Apply a conditioning mask

Closeup shot of an Asian woman wearing a white robe and putting hair mask on her long hair
Don’t forget to treat your hair with a hair mask to keep it nourished and moisturized. Credit: Natasha Estelle

End your deep cleansing session with a hair mask treatment to keep your hair nourished and moisturized. Apply the mask, then cover your hair with a warm towel for the nutrients to be absorbed better. Leave it on for five minutes, then rinse out the mask with water.

Editor’s tip: Keep your hair clean, nourished, and healthy with TRESemmé Detox & Nourish Treatment Mask. It’s a great complement to your detoxifying shampoo and helps bring back nutrients to your hair. It also doesn’t have parabens, colorants, or dyes.

There you have it! Deep cleansing your hair and scalp is easy. Schedule a deep cleansing session at home once or twice a month, and you’ll be on your way to cleaner scalp and healthier hair.

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