Those hoping to detox their hair for a hair test have some work ahead of them. Detoxing hair is a serious effort and can be extremely damaging to your hair. If you know that you will be submitting for a hair follicle test, it’s best to stop consuming cannabis right away. Those that decide to detox should expect to spend some quality time conditioning, rehydrating, and re-nourishing afterward.
How can I pass a hair follicle test?
It’s important to note that the only surefire way to avoid risks and negative consequences with a hair test is to abstain. Avoiding contact with cannabis smoke is also extremely important. The skin-to-skin contact with someone who consumes cannabis may also transfer trace amounts of cannabis metabolites on hair.
Many hoping to trick a hair follicle test turn to abrasive detergents. These detergents are in no way good for the hair or the body, so avoiding them if at all possible is recommended.
However, here’s what people do in an attempt to pass a hair follicle test. Materials include:
- Hair test (to test the hair to see if the procedure has worked)
- 2 detox shampoos
- Distilled white vinegar (large bottle or jug)
- Liquid laundry detergent (Tide)
- Shower caps (a bunch)
- Goggles (to protect eyes)
1. Nexxus Aloe Rid Shampoo – $144 to $235
Nexxus Aloe Rid Shampoo is a favorite among those hoping to pass a hair follicle test. This detoxifying shampoo eliminates medicines, environmental pollutants, and other undesirable stressors from hair. Unfortunately, the recipe for this aloe shampoo has changed. The recipe often used to detox hair is an old recipe. To make sure you’re getting the right product, look for items featuring the bar code 05592 16035.
It is not recommended to order this product off of eBay, or from illegitimate retailers.
2. Zydot Ultra Clean Shampoo – $13.48
This shampoo comes with three packets of specially formulated shampoo, purifier, and conditioner. This is a popular option and it’s fairly cost effective, but this product is not often used on its own. Rather, Zydot Ultra Clean can be combined with the Neutrogena T/Sal or Synergy Detox Toxin Wash ($69.95).
3. Neutrogena T/Sal – $12
This shampoo contains 3% salicylic acid. Salicylic acid detoxifies and helps cut through grease, dirt, and buildup. Neutrogena T/Sal is a great shampoo overall, but the salicylic acid does not penetrate into the cuticle layer. Rather, this is a great choice for getting off an initial layer of gunk.
2. DIY hair follicle detox
Here’s where things get intense. There are two common methods of DIY hair detox for drug testing.
For the first one, the hair is washed, bleached, and then re-died. A thick baking soda paste is then slathered onto the hair and scalp, then left on for 10 minutes or so. Hair is then washed using a shampoo like T/Sal or Synergy Detox Toxin Wash. Then the hair is washed with a shampoo like Zydot.
The second method uses actual detergent. It’s possible that baking soda paste and vinegar rinses may be an adequate detergent replacement for light consumers, however, many may not want to risk it. Here is one of the most effective ways to pass a hair follicle test:
- Massage distilled white vinegar into scalp and hair to strip and loosen oils
- With vinegar still in hair, massage in T/Sal or another salicylic acid shampoo
- Carefully wipe and clean face and entire body (you can use apple cider vinegar as a natural toner, stripping oils)
- Put hair in shower cap and wait 30 minutes
- Rinse hair
- Wash at least twice with Nexxus Aloe Rid Detox Shampoo
- Work a small dollop of liquid laundry detergent into hair
3 natural alternative hair detox agents
Those that have some time may be interested in experimenting with some natural detoxing agents. These natural products are known to help detox hair and promote healing and nourishment. Going all in on the natural route can be risky for heavy consumers.
These products do not completely strip hair like the more aggressive detox regimes do. Though, the overall results can be surprising. It’s important to keep in mind that when you go all-natural, you risk not quite getting the results you want.
However, these products can boost the health of your hair overall and may be worth adding to your pre-test detox plan. These remedies can also be applied multiple times until the desired result is reached. If possible, you may want to home-test your hair before participating in an official hair follicle analysis.
1. Rosemary shampoo
Rosemary contains compounds that naturally detoxify skin and hair. To make rosemary shampoo, slowly heat a large bunch of dried rosemary leaves into a pot of grapeseed oil for a minimum of three hours. Allow the mixture to cool overnight.
Then, massage the mixture into the hair and scalp. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes, then wash with something like T/Sal for more detox. For more moisture, wash with a gentle shampoo.
This shampoo may be helpful for continuing the detox process and re-moisturizing hair after intensive cleaning. Rosemary is also thought to encourage hair growth.
2. Baking soda
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a natural detergent replacement. It is not as abrasive as the intense Tide detergent many detox regimes require. However, a thick baking soda paste can be applied to the scalp and hair prior to washing with a purchased detox shampoo like Zydot Ultra Clean.
This will remove metabolites from the cuticle of the hair. This may be beneficial for lighter cannabis consumers. However, something stronger may be necessary to reach metabolites deeper into the hair strand.
Another popular way to use baking soda is in a thick salt and vinegar paste:
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1 cup sea salt
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
Mix all of these together and apply as a thick paste to the scalp and work into the strands of your hair. Let this paste sit for five to 10 minutes. Shampoo and then repeat as needed. Salt and baking soda are excellent detergent replacements, stripping and dehydrating hair of the sebum (oil) that contains cannabis metabolites.
3. Other additions
There are a few other products that may be helpful in a complete hair detox. These ingredients can be mixed in with homemade detox pastes or applied separately to heal the hair.
- Aloe vera gel (can be mixed with baking soda to aid detox)
- Bentonite clay
- Activated charcoal
How do I recover my hair after a detox?
It is extremely important to always make sure your hair is adequately conditioned and nourished after a detox. For a bare minimum, allow your standard conditioner to soak in for one hour after detox or bleaching treatments. Those with long hair may want to tuck their locks into a shower cap during this deep conditioning process.
- Aloe vera gel
- Coconut oil
- Egg yolk
- Avocado/avocado oil
- Olive oil
- Argan oil
- Jojoba oil
Moisturizing aloe vera hair mask recipe
After applying harsh detergents to your hair, intense nourishment is needed. This simple recipe uses soothing and moisturizing aloe vera gel, which adds shine and hydrates brittle and dry hair.
Coconut oil is extremely moisture intensive, and acts as a lovely carrier oil for the antioxidant vitamin E. Honey is a natural humectant that encourages shine and preserves moisture retention.
- 5 tablespoons aloe vera gel
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil (melted, can substitute olive oil)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 teaspoon or two punctured capsules of vitamin E
- 1 teaspoon sweet almond oil
- 1 teaspoon rosehip oil
- Lavender essential oil
Mix all ingredients together and then slather onto your hair for a moisture-rich hair mask. Leave on for 30 to 60 minutes, then shampoo with a gentle product and condition as normal.
Do detox drinks work for hair?
Maintaining a healthy diet rich in colorful and nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables overall can certainly change what metabolites are present in the hair by altering anything secreted through the sebum and perhaps the bloodstream. However, drinking a simple detox elixir prior to a hair test is unlikely to have an effect.
As mentioned earlier, cannabis metabolites aren’t thought to even show up in the hair until five to seven days after it was consumed. Once these metabolites show up in the hair, they are more or less stuck there in a type of chronological record of what you have experienced.
Detox drinks work better for urine and saliva tests. Both urine and saliva tests can be diluted to disguise the concentration of THC metabolites floating around in bodily fluids.
However, as long as these drinks are natural, safe, and healthy, there’s no harm in drinking one in the days prior to a hair test to continue to dilute the metabolites in your sweat, sebum, and system as a whole. Some natural detoxifiers that are safe to consume include:
- Food-grade aloe vera gel/juice
- Food-grade activated charcoal
- Food-grade bentonite clay
- Apple cider vinegar
Though no research or evidence really touches on whether or not this is actually beneficial.
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