DIY Scalp Scrub

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Are You Exfoliating Your Scalp?

We exfoliate our feet, knees, elbows, lips, and face. Why leave out your scalp?

It’s common knowledge, exfoliation removes dead skin cells and promotes cell turnover – regardless of where it occurs.

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So, be honest often do you exfoliate your scalp? Scalp exfoliation is just as important as other areas of body. Using a scalp detox treatment removes scalp build up, reduces the occurrence of dandruff and stimulates hair growth.

Why Use a DIY Scalp Scrub?

The scalp is no different than the skin on your lips, legs, or anywhere else.

Your scalp can benefit from a little extra TLC too!

Clean hair follicles are crucial to maintaining healthy hair and promoting hair growth. Daily use of a variety of hair products causes build-up. In addition to typical dead skin cells accumulating on the scalp.

All of which adds up to clogged hair follicles, dull, greasy hair, and slower hair growth.

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Detox Your Scalp for Beautiful, Healthy Hair

Remove the build-up of hair products, oil, and dead skin cells. And clear clogged hair follicles with a DIY scalp scrub and detox for healthy, shiny hair. This is a two-step scalp detox that starts with a clarifying scalp massage to exfoliate and remove build-up allowing your scalp to breathe. Followed by a mask to detoxify your hair roots, oil glands, and follicles.

Dealing with scalp build up? Get rid of it now with an easy DIY scalp scrub and detox!

Are you ready to detox your scalp?

Here’s what you’ll need:

Coconut Oil: 1 tablespoon

Moisturize and hydrate hair with coconut oil. It’s packed with antioxidants and vitamins for healthy hair. Did you know it helps to prevent frizzy hair? (Find coconut oil in my DIY natural hair conditioner)

Sugar: 2 tablespoons

It’s a gentle natural exfoliant. I love to use pure cane sugar to create body scrubs and lip scrubs. In this DIY scalp scrub sugar buffs away buildup, dandruff, and dead skin cells. By exfoliating the scalp it unclogs follicles and boosts scalp circulation to stimulate hair growth.

Apple Cider Vinegar: 1 teaspoon

Haven’t you heard? Nothing makes hair clean and shiny like apple cider vinegar! Use it in this scalp scrub for dandruff and oily locks. Apple cider vinegar lifts the impurities that cause scalp build up. And as a hair rinse it smoothes frizzy hair.

Honey: 1 teaspoon

An incredible natural resource of nutrients, enzymes, and vitamins, honey helps to restore the scalp during the mask treatment.

Rosemary Essential Oil: 3 drops

Encourage blood flow to the scalp and stimulate hair follicles with rosemary essential oil. In addition to balancing oil from the sebum glands and clearing clogged pores.

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How to Make Clarifying DIY Scalp Scrub:

In a small dish combine two tablespoons natural sugar, one tablespoon coconut oil, and one teaspoon apple cider vinegar. Mash with a fork until scrub forms.

Add one teaspoon honey and three drops of rosemary essential oil. Blend into the scrub with a fork.

How to Use a DIY Scalp Scrub to Remove Scalp Buildup:

Apply one to two quarter-size amounts of scalp scrub to dry or damp hair. Using your fingertips, avoiding your fingernails gently massage the scrub into your scalp in a circular motion.

Massaging the scalp not only increases circulation but exfoliates dead skin cells, dirt, and oil that may be clogging your pores.

Allow the scrub to detox your scalp for several minutes. You can shave your legs or just soak in a hot bath. Or wrap a shower cap around your hair while the mask works its magic.

After allowing the mask to set, rinse and cleanse with shampoo. And apply a conditioner as normal.

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How Often Should You Apply a Scalp Scrub?

Once a month is ideal for a normal to dry scalp. For oily hair or hair prone to becoming greasy apply twice a month.

This DIY scalp scrub recipe is packed full of antioxidants to keep your scalp healthy and prevent build up. Regular application will help to ensure healthy, dandruff free, non-greasy hair.

5 Tips to Prevent Scalp Build Up

  1. Add six to eight drops of rosemary essential oil to your shampoo. It’s one of the most common ingredients for anti-dandruff and scalp build-up.
  2. Use an apple cider vinegar rinse to help kill bacteria, combat dandruff, and relieve an itchy scalp.
  3. Brush your hair. Seriously, brushing your hair with fine bristle brush like a natural boar hair brush helps to distribute natural oils throughout hair. And a great hairbrush can massage your scalp and remove dead skin cells.
  4. On days you are skipping a shampoo, apply a natural dry shampoo to absorb oils and prevent excess build-up.
  5. Switch to natural products or make your own by choosing to only use ingredients beneficial to your hair.

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So, be honest how often do you exfoliate your scalp? Scalp exfoliation is just as important as other areas of the body. Using a scalp detox treatment removes scalp build-up, reduces the occurrence of dandruff and stimulates hair growth.

This DIY scalp scrub recipe is packed full of antioxidants to keep your scalp healthy and prevent build up. Regular application will help to ensure healthy, dandruff free, non-greasy hair.

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36 Comments

  1. Reply

    Carrie

    I’ve just got to say this scalp scrub is AMAZING! I have fine hair medium/long hair that gets dry on the ends, I have an oily scalp, and I live in central Mississippi. I’m creeping up on 40, so my hair is changing in more ways than just greying. *sigh* Nothing I used seemed to help…my hair was heavy feeling, I couldn’t do anything with it, I’d just wad it up and put it on top of my head every day. Nothing was working like it did before.

    Insert me Googling things to help my hair. I came across your blog and found your recipe for a scalp cleanse. After my first use, I was HOOKED! My hair felt SO amazing, soft, light, and I could actually do stuff with it! I use this once month (for at least the past 4 months) and my hair just keeps getting better and better.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Reply

      lifenreflection

      Carrie that is amazing!!! Thank you so much for sharing with me. I know just what you mean by a heavy feeling in your hair. I can always tell when its time for me to do scalp scrub.

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    Olive

    hi! i used this scrub and it definitely helped my dandruff! however, a couple days later my hair is still very oily. i’ve tried rinsing with apple cider vinegar a couple of times but still finding it oily (aka it looks wet when it’s dry)…any tips for this? thanks!

    • Reply

      lifenreflection

      Olive, happy to hear it helped your dandruff! Everyone loves this scalp scrub, I get a lot of DMs on Instagram about it. I haven’t had the experience of it leaving my hair oily. Are you shampooing after? Or do you have fine hair? Or did you maybe use too much? You could reduce the amount of coconut oil in the recipe if needed. In the meantime shampoo twice or try my aloe vera hair rinse recipe it’s clarifying.

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    Kelly

    I had the same experience—my scalp feels good but my hair looks wet. I used fractionated coconut oil and I think this may be the root of the problem!

    • Reply

      lifenreflection

      Oh yes, that would be the problem! It’s just too moisturizing for the scalp. And you only need to apply a small amount of this scrub, not the whole thing.

  4. Reply

    Brandy

    This also left my hair really greasy looking and I have thick, coarse curly hair that can take a lot of moisture. I did use all of it. So maybe there should be a note about how much actually a “generous amount” is. Next time, I might try to leave out the coconut oil or put a teeny tiny amount. Any suggestions on how to decrease my hair quickly? Leaving for vacation tomorrow and don’t have time to repeat the process. Thanks!!

    • Reply

      lifenreflection

      Sorry to hear that Brandy. I will update the instructions now. You can use apple cider vinegar or clear club soda to rinse out excess oil.

  5. Reply

    PEPPER

    IS THE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR SAFE TO USE ON COLOR-TREATED HAIR?

    • Reply

      lifenreflection

      Yes it is to my knowledge

  6. Reply

    Nabila

    I’m looking forward to using this scrub as i suffer from build up which can make even my dry hair get greasy after 1 day of washing. I was just wondering if washing it wouldn’t be hard with the sugar particles ?

    • Reply

      lifenreflection

      The sugar functions as an exfoliator, it washes out just fine.

  7. Reply

    Becky

    Could you replace the coconut oil with almond oil??

  8. Reply

    Laura

    Hi,

    I have everything on hand but the coconut oil – can I replace it with another oil or maybe just equivalent amount of shampoo? Thank you!

    • Reply

      lifenreflection

      Laura, I haven’t tried with a different oil or shampoo. But, if I had to choose – I’d opt for the shampoo.

  9. Reply

    Anastasia

    Thank you so much. I let this set while I took a bath (shaving my legs was a good tip to allow it to set longer). In order to rinse the mixture out, I treated the situation the same as I do with a castor oil pack = take 3 times the amount of conditioner than I normally use and massaged that into the rinsed hair + 3 times the normal amount of shampoo than I normally would use and massaged that into the conditioner. My scalp is so nice and clean and my hair is ridiculously bouncy. Remember, conditioner will break down the coconut oil and shampoo will then rinse both out. Conditioner first (no rinsing in between) and then shampoo, then rinse.

    • Reply

      lifenreflection

      It is such a difference right! So glad you enjoyed it too!

  10. Reply

    Ronna

    The issue with hair looking greasy after washed/dry is because the coconut oil didn’t completely wash out. Think about it… oil & water don’t mix! If you apply shampoo to wet & oily hair, the oil will repel the shampoo. First, can you apply this scrub to a DRY head? (it would make it easier to wash out) After scrubbing, I would apply shampoo & only use water when you want to rinse out the entire thing. Trust me on this… I’ve used petroleum jelly to sculpt hair for a costume & successfully washed the whole thing out this way 🙂
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    • Reply

      lifenreflection

      Ronna absolutely you can apply this scalp scrub to dry hair and in fact, I’ve done that many times.

  11. Reply

    Cleone

    I tried this scalp scrub this evening and just love it! I am in my sixties with long hair pastry lower back. I made the recipe just as written. I used close to two tablespoons and rubbed it into my dry. This felt amazing! Let it set for awhile before shampooing. I did as Anastasia suggested above commit and my hair is not oily! First conditioner and then add the shampoo rinse. Thank you Anastasia. Thank you lifenreflection!

    • Reply

      lifenreflection

      Happy to hear it Cleone, I love using this scalp scrub!

  12. Reply

    Drea

    I absolutely love this scrub so so so so much I’m so glad I found it. I use a little more rosemary oil and half the amount of coconut oil. My hair looks and feels so much better. Thank you so much for this, my scalp has never felt cleaner before.

    • Reply

      lifenreflection

      Thanks for sharing Drea, a clean scalp feels so good and makes your hair look so much better, right!

  13. Reply

    Brynn

    Love this stuff! It’s a game changer! Do you feel like you could make a larger batch and store it for future? Maybe in the refrigerator?

    • Reply

      lifenreflection

      Thanks Brynn! Yes you could store in the fridge for up to 2 months

  14. Reply

    Yari

    Hi, your blog has taught me a lot! especially working with my own recipes. What would be the shelf life on this? or should there only be enough for one use?

    • Reply

      lifenreflection

      Awe Thanks Yari, I usually just make enough for 2 applications. I use it once a week.

  15. Reply

    thegiftsports

    Love this stuff! Can I store it? For example in the refrigerator?

    • Reply

      lifenreflection

      You can if you made more than you needed up to 2 months. I tend to make just enough for two applications. Using the first immediately and the 2nd a week later.

  16. Reply

    Kristin

    I absolutely love this scrub so so so so much

    • Reply

      lifenreflection

      Thanks Kristin, I’m so glad you love it too!! It keeps my scalp healthy and my hair bouncy.

  17. Reply

    Sarah Cronin

    I tried this tonight and I absolutely love it! I’ve tried for years all sorts of treatments from doctors. I’m converted.

    • Reply

      lifenreflection

      I have had many say the same thing, so glad you found it!

  18. Reply

    Dandre

    I’m pinning this. I am still looking for the perfect scalp management system for me. A scalp scrub is a great idea!
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    Grace

    I cant wait to try this scrub out! does it go bad after awhile or will it store for as long as you want it to?

    • Reply

      lifenreflection

      This recipe makes enough for 2 uses, you can use those up before it goes bad easily.

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