Hair Routines & Growth

DIY Scalp Scrub Recipes For Scalp Detox & Hair Growth

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In this article, I will share a few different homemade scalp scrub recipes and washes that cater to various scalp conditions.

Using your own scalp scrub can significantly improve the blood condition and appearance of your hair. It can help clarify your scalp and really help you get in there to remove any product buildup.

A thorough apple cider vinegar-water rinse and a light coating of jojoba oil on the hair tips take care of the rest of your greasy hair.

But enough of that—let’s get into at-home scalp scrubs!

What Do Scalp Scrubs Do?

They do pretty much exactly what the name implies, scrubbing the scalp to exfoliate, treat, and increase blood circulation to promote healthy hair growth and give you a healthier scalp. 

Scalp scrubs are like a reset button for your scalp, effectively removing product buildup of dead cells, product build-up, and excess oil (including excess sebum) that can clog hair follicles and inhibit healthy hair growth.

By gently exfoliating the scalp with a natural exfoliant, these treatments promote better blood circulation, which in turn nourishes the hair follicles and encourages healthier hair from the roots.

Do You Need A Scalp Scrub

If you want healthier hair, you need to understand the purpose of scalp scrubs.

A DIY scalp treatment, enriched with natural ingredients like coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, and brown sugar, is very beneficial to scalp care.

By gently exfoliating the scalp, they effectively remove dead skin cells, excess oil, and product buildup, leaving a clean slate for hair follicles to thrive.

The use of essential oils such as tea tree oil and olive oil not only clarifies the scalp but also offers it antibacterial properties, addressing scalp conditions like dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis.

With a focus on deeper cleansing and improved blood circulation, scalp scrubs become a cornerstone in achieving a healthier scalp environment conducive to robust hair growth.

Similar to how a good, consistent face exfoliator may improve the state of your skin, the same can be said for your dry scalp.

In actuality, it is really an extension of your skin tissue; like your skin, it produces sebum, sheds, regenerates, and occasionally becomes clogged.

Unless you are only applying the product to the hair shaft, the scalp products you use on your hair will affect the scalp and almost certainly leave some sort of product build-up.

If you don’t correctly and frequently remove that scalp buildup, it will have an impact on the condition of the scalp and, subsequently, the hair.

The products and treatments you apply to your hair and scalp will work better when there isn’t a buildup of dead cells or product buildup, just like with the rest of your body’s skin.

How Often Should You Exfoliate Your Scalp?

Exfoliating your scalp is important, but it’s important to find a balance.

Too much exfoliation can strip the scalp of its natural oils, leading to a dry scalp and irritation.

On the other hand, not exfoliating enough can allow dead cells and product buildup to accumulate, potentially clogging hair follicles and hindering healthy hair growth.

As a general rule of thumb, aim to exfoliate your scalp once a week to maintain optimal scalp health.

However, this frequency can vary depending on hair types, scalp conditions, and personal preference.

If you have an oily scalp or use a lot of styling products, you may benefit from exfoliating more frequently, while those with dry or sensitive scalps may find that exfoliating less often is sufficient.

You might benefit from a deep cleanse once a week if you frequently use products like hairspray, gels, dry shampoo, or mousse to style your hair.

Listen to your scalp’s needs and adjust your exfoliation routine accordingly to keep it balanced and healthy.

A weekly (mild) cleanse would also be beneficial if you struggle with scalp conditions like seborrhea, dandruff, flaking, or itching.

Benefits of Scalp Exfoliation

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Regular scalp exfoliation isn’t just a trendy scalp care routine; it’s a vital step in maintaining a healthy scalp and vibrant hair.

Here are some key benefits you can expect from incorporating scalp exfoliation into your hair care routine:

1. Removes Buildup:

Over time, hair products like gels, mousses, and dry shampoos can accumulate on the scalp, leading to buildup.

Scalp scrubs effectively cleanse away this residue, allowing your hair follicles to breathe and function optimally.

Just like the skin on your face, your scalp sheds dead skin cells.

Regular exfoliation helps get rid of these cells, preventing them from clogging hair follicles and potentially causing issues like dandruff or itching.

2. Enhances Blood Circulation:

Scalp scrubs stimulate blood flow to the scalp through the massaging action during application.

Improved blood circulation nourishes the hair follicles, promoting healthier hair growth and potentially preventing hair loss.

3. Improves Hair Health:

By maintaining a clean and balanced scalp environment, exfoliation supports overall hair health.

It can help prevent conditions like seborrhea, dandruff, and flaking, promoting a comfortable and itch-free scalp.

Exfoliation encourages the removal of impurities and excess oil, which can weigh hair down and make it appear dull.

As a result, hair looks shinier, feels lighter, and is easier to style.

4. Promotes Healthy Hair Growth:

A clean and unclogged scalp provides an optimal environment for hair follicles to thrive.

By removing barriers like scalp buildup and dead skin cells, scalp exfoliation may support the growth of thicker, stronger, and healthier hair.

The massaging action during exfoliation also stimulates the scalp, which can help awaken dormant hair follicles and encourage new hair growth.

5. Enhances Product Absorption:

Exfoliating the scalp creates a clean canvas for the absorption of hair care products.

Whether you use serums, natural oils, or treatments, they can penetrate more effectively into the scalp and hair follicles, maximizing their benefits.

How To Apply Scalp Scrubs

It really is up to you whether you apply a DIY scalp exfoliator to a dry scalp or a damp scalp.

Apply your natural scalp scrub to your scalp in a circular motion to get it working.

It will just take a few minutes at most because most of the benefits will come from the actual scalp-scrubbing motions you make as you apply the therapy.

Following that, you simply wash your hair as usual. Scalp scrubs serve as a “pre-poo,” if you will.

Scalp Exfoliator DIY Recipes

Soothing Coconut & Brown Sugar Scrub


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 drops tea tree oil (optional for added antibacterial properties)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional for clarifying)


  1. In a small bowl, mix together the coconut oil, brown sugar, olive oil, optional tea tree oil, and lemon juice.
  2. Wet your hair and scalp with warm water.
  3. Apply the scrub to your scalp using circular motions, focusing on areas with excess oil or product buildup.
  4. Gently massage for 5-10 minutes to exfoliate and improve blood circulation.
  5. Rinse thoroughly with warm water, then follow up with your regular shampoo and conditioner.

Refreshing Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Rinse


  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 5 drops essential oil of choice (such as lavender or peppermint for a soothing effect)


  1. Mix the apple cider vinegar, water, and essential oil in a small bowl.
  2. After shampooing, pour the mixture over your scalp and hair, ensuring it covers the entire scalp.
  3. Gently massage your scalp for a few minutes to help distribute the mixture and exfoliate dead skin cells.
  4. Leave the rinse on for 2-3 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water.
  5. Follow with your regular conditioner if desired.

Nourishing Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil Scalp Mask


  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
  • 2 tablespoons jojoba oil
  • 2 tablespoons of sea salt (coarse sea salt)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional for added hydration)
  • 1 teaspoon almond oil (optional for added nourishment)


  1. In a small bowl, combine the aloe vera gel, jojoba oil, sea salt, honey, and almond oil (if using).
  2. Apply the mixture to your scalp and massage gently in circular motions for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Leave the mask on for an additional 10-15 minutes to allow the ingredients to penetrate the scalp.
  4. Rinse thoroughly with warm water, then shampoo and condition as usual.
  5. Use this mask once a week for the best results in promoting healthy hair growth and scalp health.

Remember to always do a patch test if you have a sensitive scalp or sensitive skin.

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