17 DEEP CLEANSING HOMEMADE SCALP SCRUBS

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Men and women alike are looking to perfect the homemade scalp scrub. A good DIY scalp exfoliation can be hard to find, but luckily we’ve scoured the web to bring you the best solutions available. We hope by the end of this post you will know how to make a homemade scalp scrub! Scalp scrubs have TONS of benefits. Check out our article on the benefits of scalp scrubs along with some DIY recipes for more!

​What Are the Benefits of Using Homemade Scrubs?


The benefits of using homemade scrubs are extensive. Whether for the facial skin or for the scalp, these scrubs have a great impact on health and beauty. Despite popular belief, the scalp is just as notable as the skin on your face, and therefore it is important to take care of the scalp as well. The first benefit of using homemade scrubs is that all the ingredients in these scrubs are natural and therefore very good for you. You know all the elements contained in the scrubs, and you can rest assured that there are no chemicals or hidden ingredients. Some of the key ingredients in these scrubs are coconut oil, jojoba oil, himalayan pink salt, sugar from sugar cubes, salt crystals, and so many more natural healing elements. These scrubs are also great for skin if it is sensitive or if you have any allergies to chemicals typically found in scrubs.

Homemade scrubs are even great healing if you get cold sores frequently. Another great thing is the way these scrubs exfoliate your scalp naturally. These scrubs are gentle and help the cells to regenerate quickly. Scrubs help to fight against aging, as well as improve your skin and scalp, and help it to remain clear so that your skin care products or hair products will go on smoothly and not leave build up and residue. If you are seeking a soothing scrub, you can add in menthol crystals which help to remove build up and calm the scalp or skin. If you want to remove impurities deep in the scalps roots, you will want to use a scrub with green tea in it. The best part of this natural ingredient is that it does not leave residue as many chemicals in store-bought scrubs do. If you are looking for a moisturizing product, you can even apply green tea moisturizer to the scalp to help give hydration and nourishment. Scrubs unclog your pores and help your skin and roots to maintain healthy regeneration of cells as well as stimulation for hair growth. These scrubs are great if your scalp needs specific ingredients to thrive. It is always a good idea to ask your healthcare professionals (your dermatologist, for instance) what ingredients would be best for your skin and scalp.

Homemade scrubs allow you to have trial and error runs where you can learn to listen to your skin. As you tweak these scrubs, you will be able to determine if you need a daily exfoliation or only need to apply a few times a week, depending on dry or oily skin types. Scrubbing the face with this exfoliator helps the skin to renew faster than it would on its own by scraping off the dead skin cells on the surface. The actual circular motions of massaging the homemade scrub helps to drain the lymph nodes and stimulate your roots, which is great for your blood flow and the promotion of hair growth. These hydrating homemade exfoliation recipes feel incredible and refresh you for the day. It’s like a mini spa experience, right in your own home!

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Do Homemade Scrubs Really Work?


Our answer: Homemade scrubs absolutely work! The misconception about these scrubs is that because they are not store-bought, chemical-infused products, they are not legitimate. But this could not be further from the truth. Each of the scrubs listed in this article contains ingredients that will exfoliate and clear dead skin cells. The circular motion of these scrubs have the same effect as those that are stocking the aisles at the stores: they rejuvenate the roots and help to drain the lymph nodes, as well as promote hair growth. The ingredients in these scrubs clear dandruff and exfoliate the scalp, helping with the revitalization of previously clogged pores and even help the roots obtain less hair loss caused by Hardened Sebum in the hair follicles. The ingredients in these scrubs are natural, and therefore healthier for your face. The effects of these ingredients are lasting and help with the long term health of the skin. Another great reason these scrubs are better than those in stores, is that they are less drying of the skin which helps to soothe itchy scalp. They contain hydrating ingredients that restore, instead of chemical ingredients that will dry out the skin and scalp. There are DIY scalp scrubs for dry scalp with ingredients that don’t strip the scalp, but instead, they give something back to it and leave it feeling rejuvenated and fresh. These homemade scrubs in this article not only work, but they also smell great and leave your scalp feeling fantastic.

​Exfoliating Brown Sugar + Oatmeal Scrub

An excellent DIY scalp exfoliating scrub is the brown sugar and oatmeal option. This scalp scrub recipe from LiveStrong combines brown sugar and oatmeal to gently exfoliate the scalp, providing moisture and increasing circulation to the hair follicle.

Ingredients:

  • ​2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ​2 tablespoons finely ground oatmeal
  • ​2 tablespoons hair conditioner

​Directions:

  1. 1
    ​Combine ingredients in a bowl. 
  2. 2
    ​Shampoo hair first to remove any styling products
  3. 3
    ​Scoop a small amount into the palm of your hand and work the scrub into your scalp, using a circular motion. 
  4. 4
    ​Rinse thoroughly.

​Clarifying Shampoo + Baking Soda Scrub

A good DIY scalp scrub for dandruff is the clarifying shampoo and baking soda scrub. Adding baking soda to your shampoo once a month makes for an easy and inexpensive clarifying shampoo that gently absorbs oil and removes product buildup. Tea tree oil is naturally antifungal and antiseptic. Using this oil on your hair helps eliminate bacteria and dandruff.

Ingredients:

  • ​1 heaping tablespoon of baking soda
  • ​Big squeeze of shampoo (roughly 1 tablespoon)
  • ​A few drops of tea tree oil

​Directions:

  1. 1
    ​Combine ingredients and work the mixture through your hair, focusing on the scalp and roots. 
  2. 2
    ​Give yourself a couple of minutes to massage it into hair and enjoy a nice scalp scrub massage to remove the accumulation of product and dead skin buildup.
  3. 3
    ​Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Note: this homemade scalp scrub isn’t recommended for color treated hair.

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​Deep Cleansing Salt + Olive Oil Scrub

A great scrub option is the DIY homemade dead sea salt scalp scrub. The dead sea salt and oil combine to stimulate hair growth and remove any dandruff or dry flakes without drying out the scalp. If you are concerned with your hair growing, you can use a derma roller as your mode of massaging this scrub into the scalp.

The fatty acids in olive oil coat the hair, providing moisture and protection against damage while the lemon juice dissolves product residue.

Ingredients:

  • ​2 tablespoons sea salt
  • ​1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ​1-2 tablespoons olive oil

​Directions:

  1. 1
    ​Mix salt, lemon juice, and oil together
  2. 2
    ​Wet hair and massage scrub into scalp for several minutes. 
  3. 3
    ​Rinse well and shampoo.
  4. 4
    ​Finish your scalp treatment with a moisturizing coconut oil, honey or avocado hair mask. or You can also use an apple cider vinegar rinse to seal the outermost layer of your strands and cuticles, leaving your hair super shiny.

​Deep Cleansing Salt + Olive Oil Scrub

A great scrub option is the DIY homemade dead sea salt scalp scrub. The dead sea salt and oil combine to stimulate hair growth and remove any dandruff or dry flakes without drying out the scalp. If you are concerned with your hair growing, you can use a derma roller as your mode of massaging this scrub into the scalp.

The fatty acids in olive oil coat the hair, providing moisture and protection against damage while the lemon juice dissolves product residue.

Ingredients:

  • ​2 tablespoons sea salt
  • ​1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ​1-2 tablespoons olive oil

​Directions:

  1. 1
    ​Mix salt, lemon juice, and oil together
  2. 2
    ​Wet hair and massage scrub into scalp for several minutes. 
  3. 3
    ​Rinse well and shampoo.
  4. 4
    ​Finish your scalp treatment with a moisturizing coconut oil, honey or avocado hair mask. or You can also use an apple cider vinegar rinse to seal the outermost layer of your strands and cuticles, leaving your hair super shiny.

​Clarifying Baking Soda Scalp Scrub

Baking soda is an incredibly easy ingredient to clean your hair with. So here is a quick DIY scalp scrub that removes buildup and clears clogged hair follicles.

Ingredients:

  • ​1 tbsp of baking soda
  • ​1 tbsp Shampoo

​Directions:

  1. 1
    ​Keep a mason jar of baking soda in the shower.
  2. 2
    ​Add an equal amount of shampoo to the baking soda.
  3. 3
    ​Massage the scrub into your head for about one minute.
  4. 4
    ​Rinse well, then shampoo and condition hair as normal

​Exfoliating Oatmeal Scalp Scrub

Using the oatmeal hair mask on the scalp treats several scalp problems including Dandruff, Scalp Inflammation and Scalp Irritation.

Ingredients:

  • ​1-2 tbsp of Oatmeal
  • ​Water

​Directions:

  1. 1
    ​Add water to oatmeal to make a thick paste.
  2. 2
    ​Apply it to the scalp and scrub using small circular motions to exfoliate the scalp.
  3. 3
    ​Shampoo, rinse thoroughly, and style as usual.

​Deep Cleaning Sugar Scalp Scrub

A great DIY scalp scrub for hair growth is the sugar scalp scrub. Use sugar or Himalayan pink salt to get rid of excess oil and flaky skin. Massaging your scalp with a brown sugar scalp scrub can help increase circulation to the hair follicles.

Ingredients:

  • ​1/2 cup sugar
  • ​1 cup Olive Oil

​Directions:

  1. 1
    ​Mix sugar with oil to make a hair scrub.
  2. 2
    ​Part and section your hair.
  3. 3
    ​Use the sugar scrub on damp hair and massage it into the scalp for a few minutes
  4. 4
    ​Rinse the scalp scrub from your hair, and shampoo and condition as normal.

Quick Tips:

Add in a few drops of your preferred essential oil to your homemade scalp scrub —peppermint stimulates blood flow, lavender and vitamin E for hair growth, and tea tree acts as an antiseptic to fight dandruff.

​Clarifying Shampoo + Cornmeal & Essential Oil

​Ingredients:

  • ​Clarifying shampoo
  • ​Cornmeal or ground almonds
  • ​Peppermint oil or tea tree oil

​Directions:

  1. 1
    ​Allure says to start with your favorite clarifying shampoo to properly cleanse and remove any product buildup, dirt, and oils. 
  2. 2
    ​Mix equal parts of a mild exfoliate like cornmeal or ground almonds.
  3. 3
    ​Add a few drops of an essential oil like peppermint to stimulate the blood flow, or tea tree oil, which is a natural antiseptic.
  4. 4
    ​Mix the ingredients in a bowl and massage the mixture into your scalp for three minutes using only your fingertips. 
  5. 5
    ​Rinse and condition.

​Olive Oil + Brown Sugar

​Ingredients:

  • ​¼ cup olive oil
  • ​¼ cup brown sugar

​Directions:

  1. 1
    ​Combine both ingredients into a bowl and massage into your scalp with your fingertips for about three minutes before cleansing your hair.
  2. 2
    ​Rinse, cleanse, and condition as usual. 

This recipe comes from Livestrong.

​Favorite Hair Conditioner + Brown Sugar

​Ingredients:

  • ​¼ cup favorite hair conditioner
  • ​¼ cup brown sugar

Livestrong gives us a bit more direction with this simple recipe.

​Directions:

  1. 1
    ​Combine ingredients in a bowl and massage it into your scalp with your fingertips for about three minutes before cleansing your tresses. 
  2. 2
    ​Rinse, cleanse, and condition as usual.

​Honey + Olive Oil & Sugar

​Ingredients:

  • ​1 tbsp. organic honey
  • ​1 ½ tbsp. olive oil
  • ​3 tbsp. brown or white sugar

​Directions:

  1. 1
    ​Combine these ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. 2
    ​Apply to your scalp with your fingertips. 
  3. 3
    ​Massage in circular motions for about three minutes. 
  4. 4
    ​Rinse, cleanse, and condition as usual.

This recipe comes from Polyvore.

​Aspirin + Warm Water + Toothbrush

​Ingredients:

  • ​6-8 aspirin
  • ​4 tbsp. warm water

​Directions:

  1. 1
    ​Place aspirin tablets in a bowl. Ehow says aspirins contain salicylic acid, which is great for acne and exfoliating skin. 
  2. 2
    ​Next, pour in warm water to dissolve tablets.
  3. 3
    ​Use a toothbrush to stir the mixture and to apply the mixture to your scalp.
  4. 4
    ​ Part your hair and gently scrub all the areas of the scalp. 
  5. 5
    ​Rinse, cleanse, and condition as usual.

​Essential Oils and Cinnamon

A notable homemade scrub option is the DIY apple cider vinegar scalp scrub. Make sure apple cider vinegar is used, not white vinegar which will dry out the scalp. The key ingredient that ties the oils and cinnamon together is the apple cider vinegar.

​Ingredients:

  • ​2 tablespoons of cinnamon powder
  • ​1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • ​2 teaspoons of rosewater
  • ​2 drops of lavender oil
  • ​Two drops of vetiver oil
  • ​2 drops of peppermint oil

​Directions:

  1. 1
    ​In a bowl, combine the cinnamon powder, rose water, plain water, and essential oils until thoroughly mixed.
  2. 2
    ​Apply this scrub preferably in your bathroom where you can make a mess.
  3. 3
    ​Wet your hair slightly and rub in the scrub in on all areas of your scalp.
  4. 4
    ​Gently massage the scrub into your scalp.
  5. 5
    ​Allow the mask to sit for at least 10 minutes. In this time you can begin dry brushing your body or doing a full body oil massage.

​You will feel a tingling sensation as the cinnamon and essential oils encourage blood flow to your scalp. This is perfectly normal.

​Brown Sugar and Oatmeal

​​Ingredients:

  • ​2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • ​finely ground oatmeal
  • ​your hair conditioner
  • ​Essential oil

​Directions:

  1. 1
    ​Mix ingredients together in a small bowl. 
  2. 2
    ​Add 15 drops of the essential oil of your choice to this scrub mixture.
  3. 3
    ​Scoop a few tablespoons of the scalp scrub mixture onto your fingers and scrub your scalp, using a circular motion. 
  4. 4
    ​Be gentle and do not rub too harshly. 

​Peppermint Conditioner

​​Ingredients:

  • ​1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • ​3 tablespoons of conditioner
  • ​3 drops of essential oil

​Directions:

  1. 1
    ​Combine baking soda, conditioner and essential oil. Peppermint, tea tree, lavender and vitamin E are all good choices for the scalp.
  2. 2
    ​Apply the mixture to your wet hair.
  3. 3
    ​ Scrub it into your scalp for a minute or two. 
  4. 4
    ​Pay special attention to any particularly dry or itchy parts of the scalp. 
  5. 5
    ​Rinse the mixture out of your hair. 
  6. 6
    ​Shampoo your hair and scalp with clarifying shampoo.
  7. 7
    ​Condition as usual.

​Cornmeal and Peppermint

​​Ingredients:

  • ​Half portion of clarifying shampoo
  • ​Half portion of cornmeal
  • ​Peppermint essential oil

​Directions:

  1. 1
    ​Mix equal parts of the clarifying shampoo and the cornmeal.
  2. 2
    ​Add a few drops of peppermint oil.
  3. 3
    ​Mix it all together.
  4. 4
    ​Scrub it onto your scalp for a few minutes.
  5. 5
    ​Rinse it out.
  6. 6
    ​Condition your hair as usual.

​Brown Sugar & Honey

​​Ingredients:

  • ​4 tablespoons of finely ground brown sugar
  • ​2 tablespoons of your favorite silicone-free conditioner
  • ​1 tablespoon of honey

​Directions:

  1. 1
    ​Thoroughly mix all these ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. 2
    ​Use this mixture on your scalp.
  3. 3
    ​Wait for 5 minutes before rinsing it out. 

Note: This scrub is very effective on dry, irritated scalps.

​Jojoba Oil

​​Ingredients:

  • ​2 tablespoons of jojoba
  • ​2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ​3 drops each of cypress essential oil and peppermint essential oil

​Directions:

  1. 1
    ​Mix ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. 2
    ​Add cypress essential oil and peppermint essential oil.
  3. 3
    ​Mix the ingredients until you get a smooth paste.
  4. 4
    ​Apply the mixture to your scalp, and rub it in soft, circular motions for five minutes.
  5. 5
    ​Rinse the mixture out of your hair.
  6. 6
    ​Shampoo and condition as usual.

​Dos and Don’ts of Scalp Exfoliation with Homemade Scalp Scrubs


  • ​Wash your hair to get all the styling products out, if there are any. Don’t dry your hair. Keep it as damp as possible before you use the scrub.
  • ​Massage the scrub into your scalp with your fingers. Be gentle while you massage your scalp. Apply it directly to the roots to nourish your scalp. Take a long bath and leave your scalp scrub in for a while.
  • ​Wash out the scrub with cool water instead of hot water. Hot water will wash away the beneficial oils, making the scalp dry.
  • ​It is best to use a scalp scrub about once a week.
  • ​Never use anything that irritates your scalp. If it is causing irritation, discontinue using it and find something a little gentler. Sometimes this is as simple as switching out an ingredient.

​Learn the easiest way to massage your scalp here:

​Have a Blast Creating Your Homemade Scrubs!


By now, you know how to exfoliate the scalp naturally. We wish you the best of luck as you create your homemade scrubs, using this article as your guide. Be as creative as possible with your mixtures, and have fun creating!

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