scalp scrub ingredients

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 scalp scrub! There are also TONS of benefits of scalp scrubs, check out The 3 Benefits of a Scalp Scrub and 3 Recipes for more!

Exfoliating Brown Sugar + Oatmeal Scrub

This scalp scrub from Live Strong combines brown sugar and oatmeal to gently exfoliate the scalp, provide moisture and increase circulation to the hair follicle.

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Two 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.

Clarifying Shampoo + Baking Soda Scrub

Add baking soda to your shampoo once a month makes for a easy and inexpensive clarifying shampoo that gently absorbs oil and removes product buildup. Tea tree oil is naturally antifungal and antiseptic. Using it on your hair helps eliminate bacteria and dandruff.

  • 1 heaping tablespoon baking soda
  • Big squeeze of shampoo (roughly 1 tablespoon)
  • a few 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 scrub massage to remove the accumulation of product and dead skin buildup.

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

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 residue.

  • 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.

Finish your scalp treatment with a moisturizing coconut oil, honey or avocado hair mask or an apple cider vinegar rinse to seal the outermost layer of your hair, the cuticles, leaving it super shiny.

homemade scalp scrubs

Clarifying Baking Soda Scalp Scrub

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


  • 1 tbsp of baking soda
  • 1 tbsp Shampoo


  1. Keep a mason jar of baking soda in the shower.
  2. To the baking soda add equal amount of shampoo.
  3. Apply the scrub on your head not your locks for about one minute.
  4. Rinse well, then shampoo and condition hair as normal

Exfoliating Oatmeal Scalp Scrub

Oatmeal Hair Mask on scalp treats several scalp problems including Dandruff, Scalp Inflammation and Scalp Irritation.


  • 1-2 tbsp of Oatmeal
  • Water


  1. Add water to oatmeal make a thick paste.
  2. Use it on the scalp and scrub using small circular motion to exfoliate the scalp.
  3. Rinse thoroughly, shampoo and style as usual

Deep Cleaning Sugar Scalp Scrub

Use sugar or sea 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.


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Olive Oil


  1. Mix sugar with oil to make a hair scrub.
  2. Part and section your hair.
  3. Use the sugar scrub on damp hair and massage it only on the scalp for few mins.
  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.

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Clarifying Shampoo + Cornmeal & Essential Oil

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

Allure says start with your favorite clarifying shampoo to properly cleanse and remove any product buildup, dirt, and oils. Mix equal parts of a mild exfoliate like cornmeal or ground almonds.

Add a few drops of an essential oil like peppermint to stimulate the blood or tea tree oil, which is a natural antiseptic.

Mix the ingredients in a bowl and massage the mixture into your scalp for three minutes using only your fingertips. Rinse and condition.

Olive Oil + Brown Sugar

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup brown sugar

Combine both ingredients into a bowl and massage into your scalp with your fingertips for about three minutes prior to cleansing your hair.

Rinse, cleanse, and condition as usual. This recipe comes from Livestrong.

Favorite Hair Conditioner + Brown Sugar

  • ¼ cup favorite hair conditioner
  • ¼ cup brown sugar

Livestrong gives us more direction with this simple recipe.

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

homemade scalp scrubs

Honey + Olive Oil & Sugar

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

Combine these ingredients in a small bowl and apply to your scalp with your fingertips. Massage in circular motions for about three minutes. Rinse, cleanse, and condition as usual. This recipe comes from Polyvore.

Aspirin + Warm Water & Toothbrush

  • 6-8 aspirin
  • 4 tbsp. warm water

Place aspirin tablets in a bowl. Ehow says aspirins contain salicylic acid, which is great for acne and exfoliating skin. Next, pour warm water to dissolve tablets.

Use a toothbrush to stir the mixture and to apply the mixture to your scalp. Part your hair and gently scrub all of the areas of the scalp. Rinse, cleanse, and condition as usual.

Brown Sugar and Oatmeal

Mix together 2 tablespoons each of brown sugar, finely ground oatmeal and your hair conditioner in a small bowl. Add 15 drops of the essential oil of your choice to this scrub mixture.

Scoop a few tablespoons of the scalp scrub mixture onto your fingers and scrub your scalp, using a circular motion. Be gentle and do not rub too harshly. For more Oatmeal and Brown Sugar Scrub Recipes, check this out.

homemade scalp scrubsPeppermint Conditioner 

Combine 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 3 tablespoons of conditioner and 3 drops of essential oil. Peppermint, tea tree, lavender and vitamin E are all good choices for the scalp.

Apply the mixture to your wet hair. Scrub it into your scalp for a minute or two. Pay special attention to any particularly dry or itchy parts of the scalp. Rinse the mixture out of your hair. Shampoo your hair and scalp with clarifying shampoo, then condition as usual.

Cornmeal and Peppermint

Mix equal parts of clarifying shampoo and cornmeal and then add few drops of peppermint oil. Scrub it onto your scalp for a few minutes, rinse it out and condition your hair as usual.

Brown Sugar & Honey

Take 4 tablespoons of finely ground brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of your favorite silicone-free conditioner and 1 tablespoon of honey in a bowl. Thoroughly mix them together.

Use this mixture on your scalp and then wait for 5 minutes before rinsing it out. This scrub is very effective on dry, irritated scalp.

homemade scalp scrubs

Jojoba Oil

Mix 2 tablespoons jojoba with 2 tablespoons brown sugar in a small bowl. Add 3 drops each of cypress essential oil and peppermint essential oil. Mix the ingredients until you get a smooth paste.

Apply the mixture to your scalp, and rub it in soft, circular motions for five minutes. Rinse the mixture out of your hair, and shampoo and condition as usual.

Essential Oils and Cinnamon


  • 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


  1. In a bowl, combine the cinnamon powder, rose water, plain water and essential oils until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Apply this scrub preferably in your bathroom so you don’t make a mess.
  3. Wet your hair slightly and rub in the scrub in all areas of your scalp.
  4. Now gently massage the scrub into your scalp.
  5. Allow the mask to sit for at least 10 minutes. In this time you can be dry brushing your body or doing a full body oil massage.
  6. You will feel a tingling feeling as the cinnamon and essential oils encourage blood flow to your scalp. This is perfectly normal.

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 a little wet 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 off the scrub with cool water instead of hot. Hot water will wash away the beneficial oils, making the scalp dry.
  • Don’t use a scalp scrub more than once a week.
  • Never use anything that irritates your scalp. If it is, discontinue using it and find something a little gentler.

Learn the easiest way to massage your scalp here, with 5 Health and Beauty Benefits of a Scalp Massage.

homemade scalp scrubs

In Conclusion

By now you know how to clean your scalp. To exfoliate the scalp naturally should come, well naturally to you now. Good luck!


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