Using Hair Detox Shampoo to Pass a Hair Drug Test – Macujo Methods
What is the Macujo Method?
It is a hair detoxification routine, one of the best known when it comes to hair drug tests that aim for the follicle. This approach is the most widespread among casual users, and it has been floating around online since early in the 2Ks. This detox method takes at least three days to be effective, and your crowning glory will suffer some damage (though nothing severe and nothing permanent).
The key point is to quit your substance cold turkey (at least temporarily) before you go for the detox, to minimize metabolic sediments. The less drug traces you have in your hair when you start, the easier it will be to get rid of them. You can read more about how cannabinoids move through our system at this web page.
It relies on the chemical interplay of the ingredients used with the chemical makeup of your hair, including the drug molecules that get stuck in it. Essentially, what you are manipulating here are the pH levels. In a nutshell, above 7 is alkaline (base), below 7 is acidic. Bases open up the hair and surrounding pores, so that other things can get in more easily, whereas acids close up the area and make the hair softer.
Now, somewhat counterintuitively, the Macujo Method has you applying your ingredients in the reverse order – you start out with the acidic ones and end with the alkaline ones. Therefore, some people decided to switch it around in a way that makes more sense to them. As a result, we have the Reverse Macujo Method as well.
Users of the method have reported passing their tests regardless of the “direction” of the detox that they used, so feel free to trust your own judgement on the method. You can even go all guns out and do it both ways, just to be totally sure.
The key weapon: Aloe Toxin Rid detox shampoo. Remember to look for the “old formula” specifically, as people report that the new version is basically useless for passing a weed hair test.
Regular shampoo: you need one that contains salicylic acid, so read the ingredients list before you buy!
Acidic agent: household vinegar. Any kind will do. The brand is also irrelevant.
Alkaline agent: liquid detergent. Originally, people recommended Tide, but use your own best judgement. If you are tight for budget, or wary of chemical compounds, plain ol’ baking soda makes for a good substitute.
We will give you the rundown for the original Macujo (acid first). If you want to do the Reverse Macujo, just apply the ingredients in the opposite order.
Step one: Get your hair damp with some warm water. It should not be completely wet, and definitely do not soak your head! Just make it damp.
Step two: Thoroughly apply your vinegar. Make sure you work it into every bit of your lock, and massage it in (like you would when shampooing) so it will get everywhere. Apply it all the way to your head and massage it into the scalp as well. Caution: do not let the vinegar drip or seep into your eyes nor ears! Vinegar is acetic acid, so it will sting you something fierce.
Step three: Add the salicylic shampoo to the mix. As with the vinegar, apply it everywhere, as thoroughly as you physically can. And, as with the vinegar, be careful not to let it into your eyes nor ears. This is acid too, so you will get double-stung if it runs.
Step four: Stay a potato for half an hour to forty-five minutes. Put your favorite shower cap on for an Old Maid flare, or just wrap your hair up in a towel, and go read something or otherwise entertain yourself while the acids cast their magic.
Step five: When the 30 – 45 minutes have passed, fetch your Aloe Toxin Rid and use that to rinse your hair. Apply it twice and be vigorous, you need to get rid of everything.
Step six: Apply your chosen detergent to your hair, but use it extremely sparingly. Do a little and give your hair a rub. Repeat until it squeaks. Once again, keep the detergent away from the eyes and ears. Believe it or not, bases hurt even more than acids, with the addition of feeling slimy while they corrode the tissue.
This is the chief reason for the baking soda substitute: it is weaker than the bases in standard cleaning products, so you get good effectiveness with much less chance of injury. If you would like to know how strong that thing you read in the ingredients list is, you can look it up in this handy table: https://depts.washington.edu/eooptic/links/acidstrength.html
Give your hair about ten hours to rest, then repeat everything. The bare minimum is to do the cleansing five times over three days, but if you can do more over a longer time, go for it! The more times you apply this detox, the more effective it will be.
Keep in mind, this treatment will irritate your hair and scalp. You may experience itchiness, reddening, and a “burning” feeling. The hair will dry out and may look kind of frizzed. This is all perfectly normal. Hair conditioner can help your strands stay healthy, and the longer you wait between repeats, the better your head will recover.
A couple more things to keep in mind
You can substitute Aloe Toxin Rid with Zydot Ultra Clean in a pinch, but it is less effective. ATR is specifically aimed at removing everything unwanted: chlorine, hardwater minerals, external pollutants etc. in addition to THC, so it is still the best choice according to the community.
African-American hair retains more drug metabolites, due to slower growth, so a few more detox sessions are recommended. Hair relaxer (if you use it) also helps with drug removal, so feel free to incorporate it into your detox!