Like the skin on your face, your scalp can get oily, which can lead to irritation and dandruff. 😱 Dirt, oil and buildup form on your scalp just as it does any other part of your skin, and in order to
keep your scalp and your hair healthy, periodic exfoliation is necessary to unclog your pores and help the hair grow naturally thicker, shinier and less oily. Neglecting to exfoliate can lead to dull hair, clogged follicles and itchy, flaky skin.
Scalp exfoliation can be one part scalp massage, another part skin treatment. It is usually performed on wet, just-shampooed hair. After you comb through and separate sections of your hair, you can apply the scrub with your fingertips.
Massage it into your scalp for 3-4 minutes. You can make your own scalp exfoliant using household products.
Here are some DIY scalp scrubs recipes:
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR SCALP SCRUB
- ¼ CUP HIMALAYAN PINK SALT (semi-fine texture)
- 1 TABLESPOON APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
- 1 TABLESPOON COCONUT OIL
- 1 TABLESPOON MANUKA HONEY (or any other type of honey)
- 15 DROPS OF YLANG-YLANG ESSENTIAL OIL (or any other essential oil of
Combine everything in a small bowl and stir. To use, wet your hair and gently
scrub a tablespoon sized amount into your scalp using your fingertips. Let it sit
for 5-10 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
SHAMPOO BAKING SODA SCALP SCRUB
- 1 HEAPING TABLESPOON BAKING SODA
- 1 TABLESPOON SHAMPOO
- 3 DROPS OF TEA TREE OIL
Combine ingredients and work the mixture through your hair, focusing on the
scalp and roots. Give yourself a couple of minutes to massage into hair and
enjoy a nice scalp massage to remove the accumulation of product and dead
skin buildup. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
COFFEE GROUND SCALP SCRUB
- 6 TABLESPOON VERY FINE COFFEE GROUNDS (previously brewed is fine)
- 4 TABLESPOON OF COCONUT OR OLIVE OIL
- 3 DROPS OF TEA TREE OIL
Mix all the ingredients well and store in airtight container at room temperature or
store in fridge. Scoop out enough to apply to scalp and massage for five to ten
minutes before rinsing well and washing hair with shampoo.
SALT OLIVE OIL SCALP SCRUB
- 2 TABLESPOONS SEA SALT
- 1-2 TABLESPOONS LEMON JUICE
- 1-2 TABLESPOONS OLIVE OIL
Mix salt, lemon juice and oil together then wet hair and massage scrub into scalp
for several minutes. Rinse well and shampoo.
Salt and oil combine to stimulate hair growth and remove any dandruff or dry
flakes without drying out the scalp. The fatty acids in olive oil coat hair, providing
moisture and protection against damage while the lemon juice dissolves product
BROWN SUGAR OATMEAL SCALP SCRUB
- 2 TABLESPOONS BROWN SUGAR
- 2 TABLESPOONS FINELY GROUND OATMEAL
- 2 TABLESPOONS HAIR CONDITIONER
Combine ingredients in a bowl. Shampoo hair first to remove any styling
products then scoop a small amount in the palm of your hand and work the
scrub into your scalp, using a circular motion. Rinse thoroughly.