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Transitioning to a natural and organic deodorant is the first and most important step of detoxing your armpits to sweat less naturally. And frankly, it is the only step you need to complete to detox those armpits.

There are a lot of articles and methods that will tell you to detox your armpits with homemade pastes you spread on your underarms and let sit there a while, but it is messy, a hassle, and not necessary.

If you are looking or something easy, mess-free, and non-complicated, all you will need to do it ditch that toxic, chemical-laden antiperspirant and find a natural deodorant that works for you. If you are in the market for a natural and organic deodorant, check out our natural and organic deodorant buying guide. You can also see our guide to making your own Natural Charcoal and Lavender Deodorant and our guide to making your own Natural Floral Deodorant Spray.

In this article, we will tell you exactly what to do to detox your underarms and what you can expect during this process. It may not be fun, it may be a little stinky, but we promise it will be worth it in the end. Your body is going to thank you.

How Switching to Natural Deodorant Detoxes Your Pits

The problem with conventional deodorant is that it is an antiperspirant. An antiperspirant means the product itself will make you stop sweating by blocking your body’s ability to sweat through your armpit glands or pores.

Generally, these products block your ability to sweat through the use of aluminum. Aluminum is a heavy metal and toxic compound that is dangerous and linked to a wide variety of health problems, including breast cancer.

Aluminium
Aluminium = Bad

If you are used to using antiperspirant, your body gets used to not sweating through your armpit glands. Your body, for years likely, has never been able to purge itself of sweat and bacteria through these glands since they are always blocked.

When you switch to a natural option, your body will then begin to purge and sweat again through your underarm glands. This is when the detox process will begin.

At first, you will likely feel like you are sweating tremendously and that your underarms are producing a common underarm smell that you are not used to. This is generally the first step of the detox. Your body has not been able to produce sweat in this location for so long that it will try to sweat extra to purge and detox this area. This is natural and normal and exactly what you want to happen.

People often find they are sweating way more than ever before and they are stinking and give up at this step. They feel like their new natural deodorant is not working and actually making it all worse, but this is not the case and you must stick it out. Your body is detoxing and purging. You have to be gentle with your body and your mind in order to make peace with your underarms and sweat less naturally!

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Reverse This Process With an Armpit Detox

From there, many people will often go through a period of redness, irritation, and tenderness on the underarm. It typically resembles a rash and may be uncomfortable for a few days to a few weeks. Although this may seem alarming, or you may think your natural deodorant is giving you a rash or a reaction, this is just another step of the detox process. This is your body expelling bacteria, sweat, chemicals, and toxins that have been trapped in there for far too long. Keep in mind that not everyone goes through this step.

Around the third or fourth week, your body should be normalizing, sweating less, and smelling less as well. During this process, your body is detoxing in order to regulate again. Once it has been able to expel all of that unwanted gunk it will begin to realize it will be free to sweat a little bit every now and again to detox naturally. As a result, you will find you sweat much less and smell much better when you use your natural and healthy deodorant.

Conclusion

Many people even feel like they get to a point where they do not even need to use their natural deodorant every day because they have begun to sweat so much less it is not necessary. Of course, your body will sweat if you are working out, walking, nervous, or in hot weather and deodorant will keep some sweating at bay and keep you from smelling. However, if you are taking it easy, it is cooler weather, or you are not doing anything strenuous, it is possible you can even ditch a natural deodorant for a day or two.

In the end, detoxing your armpits may be a little sweaty, stinky, and not your most favorite experience, but once the process is complete, you will be so happy you stuck with it! So, don’t waste any more time and give it a go!

This article was last updated on October 8, 2021 .

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10 Hair Detox Tips from Fashion Week Pros

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You may think that Fashion Week models are living the life. But consider what all that hair color, styling products and heat styling does to your hair throughout the six-week fashion week runway season. See 10 secrets from the New York Fashion Week pros that keep runway models from permanently damaging their shiny, runway-ready hair. These hair detox tricks are clutch to help recover NYFW models’ and even real-life women’s hair health. You can read the original article on www.popsugar.com.

1. Hair Supplements

Holli Smith, Creatures of the Wind at NYFW (Image Source: IMAXTREE/Matteo Valle)

Image Source: IMAXTREE/Matteo Valle

Holli Smith, lead NYFW hairstylist for Creatures of the Wind, says that while hair masks and deep conditioners are a must, there’s another important approach to healthy hair that not many seem to know about. “The one thing that all these models do for their hair but don’t necessarily talk much about is their use of the supplement Viviscal,” Smith says. “It strengthens the hair so that it’s not prone to breakage, and it helps the new hair grow back in stronger and healthier.” Nourish follicles with a complete hair growth supplement with marine extracts, biotin, vitamin C and iron.

2. Mix Avocado Oil Into Your Conditioner

Image Source: IMAXTREE / Matteo Valle

Image Source: IMAXTREE / Matteo Valle

“I put avocado oil into my conditioner every day to add extra moisture into my hair to give it an unbelievable shine,” explained one hairstylist backstage at Jason Wu. Not only is avocado oil ultra-moisturizing for your hair, a few Pinterest users swear by its makeup removing powers as well (yes, even in mascara).

3. Do a Dish Soap Rinse

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Image Source: IMAXTREE / @IvanLattuada

This may sound crazy and we certainly don’t recommend you make a habit out of it (especially for color-treated hair), but one hairstylist backstage at the Tommy Hilfiger show swears by this trick. “Some models get super-greasy hair after fashion week because of all the thick products we use, so I tell them to squirt a nickel-sized amount of dish soap into their hair for a quick, 30-second rinse,” she explained. “It brings the natural oils in your hair back into balance.” Disclaimer: Dish soap will certainly make your hair squeaky clean, but just remember to rinse with your regular shampoo afterwards (and stick to doing this only in emergencies).

4. Only Detangle Hair in the Shower

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Image Source: IMAXTREE / MatteoScarpellini/almaphotos.net

Lead hairstylist Jeanie Syfu said backstage at Marissa Webb that every model must detangle her hair with extra care. “Take all the elastics and bobby pins out of your hair and hop in the shower without brushing first. Wet your hair, put a deep conditioner on it and wait until the hair is soft enough to run your fingers through — this means the products have disintegrated from your hair. Then, do a full shampoo and a second set of conditioning to fully detox the hair.” This tip works best for girls who use a ton of hair products, especially in those tight, super hair-sprayed hairdos (think wedding hair). Keep in mind that brushing your styled hair before showering can cause major breakage since the hair is dried out and tangled, so simply jumping in the shower first is your best bet.

5. Cleanse With Apple Cider Vinegar

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Image Source: IMAXTREE / MatteoScarpellini/almaphotos.net

When asked about repairing hair post-NYFW, most hairstylists were focused on re-hydrating damaged strands. However, one hairstylist backstage at Nicole Miller had another issue she wanted to address: “There’s typically a ton of buildup in the models’ hair after all the products they’ve used for each show. So, I always recommend rinsing their hair with apple cider vinegar after the week is finished to remove gunky product residue and restore the hair to its natural pH level.” As a bonus, apple cider vinegar seems to have acne-clearing abilities too, so it’s a skin and hair win-win.

6. Apply Hair Oil With a Hot Towel

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“After Fashion Week, a lot of models tend to have dry, damaged hair from all the hot tools we’ve been using,” said hairstylist Ale Bonilla backstage at Christian Siriano. “My best suggestion for them is to first coat your hair with a reparative hair oil, pop a damp towel into the microwave until it’s warm, and then wrap the hair up in the towel for about a half-hour.” After the treatment, Bonilla recommends shampooing the excess oil out and using conditioner as usual.

7. Treat Your Hair Like You do Your Face

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Image Source: IMAXTREE / @IvanLattuada

Anthony Turner, lead hairstylist at the Prabal Gurung show, is a huge advocate for treating your hair the same way you’d treat your skin. “I tell my model friends all the time that they need to get a decent haircut, a few inches at the very least, after NYFW in order to get rid of all the dead ends. Getting frequent trims is just like regularly using a good face scrub to remove all the dead skin from your face — you need a clean starting point for healthier cells to grow in.”

That’s not all — Anthony says that the outside of your hair can be pumped full of vitamins too. “Hair salons have vitamin-enriched treatments that can strengthen the hair by opening up the hair shaft and pumping proteins into the strand to rebuild it,” he says.

Don’t be turned off at the idea of opening the hair shaft of already-damaged hair. Anthony says that these ingredients will create a smooth, healthy look that will be worth it in the end. Ask your local salon for treatments that specifically boost the look of hair health and skip styling treatments like keratin, which can lead to more damage.

8. Add a Protein Treatment to Your Hair Regimen

Image Source: IMAXTREE / Matteo Valle

Image Source: IMAXTREE / Matteo Valle

When all is said and done post-fashion-week, Anthony Cole at the Christian Siriano show, advises models to set aside a few hours one night to do an entire hair revival treatment. “Always start your hair recovery night with a clarifying shampoo,” says Cole. “You want to get rid of all the residue from products that were used in the hair, then add extreme moisture via a hair mask or deep conditioning product, and then end it with a penetrative protein treatment.”

According to Anthony, the order of these steps is what people typically get wrong at home. And following the steps correctly is almost more important than the steps themselves. “The protein treatment has to be the very last step because it can be drying if the hair hasn’t been sealed with moisture beforehand.”

9. Indulge in the Ultimate DIY Hair Recipe

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Image Source: IMAXTREE / @IvanLattuada

Yes, there is an ultimate DIY hair recovery recipe. And Davide Marinelli, a hairstylist backstage at Jenny Packham, has shared it. “First, combine a large avocado and five drops of jojoba oil or almond oil into a bowl, mix it until you get a creamy, rich texture, and set it aside,” he explains. “Then, add a tablespoon of baking soda into a color-safe clarifying shampoo that’s sulfate-free and hop in the shower to exfoliate only the scalp — not the hair.” Afterwards, Davide recommends towel-drying your hair to where it’s only slightly damp (not wet) before applying the avocado treatment.

The drier the hair is, the more it’s going to absorb the formula, because wet hair can actually dilute it. “Take an old white t-shirt, dampen it with warm water, and wrap the avocado-covered hair with the t-shirt into a bun,” says Davide. After 15 minutes, you can rinse out the avocado and shampoo your hair as you normally would.

10. Wrap Your Hair Up in Silk

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Image Source: IMAXTREE / @IvanLattuada

When wearing an overnight hair mask, do not simply put a towel down on your pillow and hope the product won’t make too much of a mess on the clean sheets. According to Kenna, lead hairstylist at Libertine, this is actually one of the biggest mistakes we can make when trying to revive damaged hair.

“An overnight hair mask is the best thing you can do for your hair after it’s been damaged; however, if you sleep on a towel, it’ll simply absorb the moisture right out of your hair,” Kenna explains. Instead of a towel, Kenna recommends wearing a silk scarf on your head to lock the moisture into your hair during the night. Or try Slip Silk, a silk pillowcase that was specially designed to protect hair and skin from overnight damage.

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DIY Detox Tea for Health Skin and Body

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ginger lemon tea detox Achieving healthy skin is as much about what you put in your body as it is about what you put on it. That’s why we always encourage you to “feed your skin.” One piece of advice anyone with a clear, glowing complexion will give you is to drink plenty of water. We know water is not a magic skin care remedy, but it does benefit the overall health of your body and organs, including your skin. We also know, that one of the main reasons many of our friends don’t drink water regularly is that it’s bland. Trust us, we’ve all been there!

The good thing is, you can make water taste better without much work. The simplest way to add flavor to you H2O is by creating fruit infused water. Just chop up your favorite herbs and fruits, add them to your water bottle and go. Instant spa water! Some of our favorite combinations are:

  • Strawberry, Lime, and Cucumber
  • Raspberry and Lemon
  • Blueberry and Orange
  • Watermelon and Basil
  • Pineapple and Mint

If you want to make the flavor even more potent, may we suggest this delicious detox tea recipe. We’re calling it a tea because you steep the ingredients, but no tea leaves are required for this refreshing infusion. Make it in bulk so you can sip all day!

Lemon, Ginger and Basil Detox Tea Recipe

PREP TIME COOK TIME SERVINGS
10 minutes 20 minutes 9 servings
INGREDIENTS
  • 1/2 ginger root
  • 2 lemons
  • 3/4 cup of basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • 9 cups of water
DIRECTIONS
  1. Boil the water in a large pot.
  2. Add the juice of two lemons, the basil and ginger into a pitcher.
  3. Once water is boiled, pour it into the pitcher, as well. Slowly add the honey while stirring thoroughly.
  4. Let the mixture steep, and drain once cooled.
  5. Add some ice or enjoy it warmed!

Recipe courtesy of Paleo Grubs.


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