DIY Scalp Scrubs

Scalp Scrubs May Seem Like a Nuisance, but Hairstylists Swear by Them

Hair grows from the scalp. So don’t you think it’s essential to have a healthy scalp? Right? A healthy scalp helps our hair grow strong, long, and luscious. The dirt and oil buildup on your scalp can lead to the formation of dandruff and cause hair fall – that nobody wants. So it is important to keep your scalp clean to promote healthy hair growth.

We often take care of our face and use an exfoliator to remove the grime and dead skin cells to make the nutrients reach the deeper skin layers but neglect our scalp.

So besides oiling, shampooing, and conditioning, also include scalp scrubs in your hair care regime.

Remember, you can never have healthy hair growth without a clean, healthy scalp. These homemade scalp scrubs will help you do exactly that:

How To Make DIY Scalp Scrub At Home?

# 1

DIY Scalp Scrub For Oily Hair – Exfoliating Brown Sugar &Oatmeal Scrub

If you have an oily scalp, no matter how much you clean your hair, they will go back to square one the very next day. This happens because of the super-active oil glands of your head. They emit too much oil, which holds onto dirt and weighs hair down, making your head look sticky and hair dirty all too soon.

Many factors can cause those oil producers to go into overdrive. Shampooing your hair too much or too little will throw off the balance of healthy oil production in your scalp. We recommend that the first thing to try is simple: shampoo less often.

It may sound illogical, but actually, shampoo strips your hair of oil, making your scalp react by producing more oil! Thus, by shampooing less, you can train those little factories in your scalp to produce less oil over time.

This excellent scrub for oily hair combines oatmeal & brown sugar to gently exfoliate your scalp, accelerate blood circulation to the hair follicles and provide moisture. It works in a balanced way without drying out your scalp.

You will need:

  • Brown sugar: Two tablespoons
  • Finely ground oatmeal: Two tablespoons
  • Hair conditioner: Two tablespoons


  1. Mix well all of the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Shampoo your hair to remove any styling products.
  3. Scoop a small amount of the scrub in the palm of your hand. Work it into your scalp using small circular motions. Rinse hair thoroughly.

# 2

DIY Scalp Scrub For Dry Hair – Lemon, Olive Oil, and Salt Scalp Scrub

Too little moisture leads to dry scalp, making your scalp irritated and the skin flaking off. Two of the most common reasons for dry scalp are cold, dry air, and harsh styling products.

We recommend allowing your scalp and hair a little break from styling and up the hair hydration. Also, don’t wash your hair too often, or else you face the risk of stripping away its natural oils.

The combination of oil and salt, on the one hand, removes the flaky stuff without drying out the scalp, and on the other, it stimulates hair growth. Olive oil works as an excellent mask because it contains fatty acids, providing moisture and protection against damage [Source]. While salt exfoliates your scalp, lemon juice dissolves any product residue.

Note: If you don’t have lemon juice, you can use apple cider vinegar instead. Apple cider vinegar is effective in restoring shine and makes an excellent scrub.

This deep cleansing scalp scrub is both simple as well as effective.

You will need:

  • Sea salt: Two tablespoons
  • Lemon juice: 1–2 tablespoons
  • Olive oil: 1–2 tablespoons


  1. Mix well the three ingredients. Wet your hair a little and massage the scrub into your scalp for a few minutes – this will help improve blood circulation
  2. Allow the scrub to stay on for several minutes. Rinse the scrub off well with lukewarm water and follow up with the regular shampoo and conditioner.

# 3

DIY Scalp Scrub For Flaky Scalp – Clarifying Shampoo + Baking Soda Scalp Scrub

Dandruff flakes are often caused by too much oil on the scalp. The excess oil stimulates the overgrowth of natural yeast on the scalp, leading to the formation and build-up of skin cells. The scalp responds with uncomfortable itching and redness.

Instead of using a harsh, medicated shampoo, give a try to natural treatment. Begin by getting rid of styling product buildup (which may be the reason for the occurrence of flakes) and bringing your scalp’s oil levels back to normal if you’re finding your scalp is super oily.

Add baking soda to your regular shampoo to make a DIY inexpensive & easy clarifying shampoo. This will gently absorb oil and get rid of product buildup. Use this natural remedy 1–2 times per month to maintain your scalp’s natural pH level.

Tea tree oil has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties [Source]. So applying it to your hair & scalp helps remove the sources of dandruff and flakes. You can also add a tablespoon or two of salt to make this scrub more effective.

You will need:

  • Baking soda: One heaping tablespoon
  • Shampoo: A big squeeze (roughly 1 tablespoon)
  • Tea Tree Oil: A few drops


  1. Mix well all the ingredients and evenly apply the mixture through your hair, focusing on the roots and scalp.
  2. Massage gently for a couple of minutes to allow the scrub to work into your hair and eliminate the accumulated product and dead skin buildup.
  3. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

Note: This scrub isn’t recommended for use on color-treated hair because the baking soda can strip out hair color.

4. Finish your scalp treatment with a moisturizing hair conditioner ()  or an apple cider vinegar hair rinse to seal the hair’s outermost layer, the cuticle, leaving it super shiny.

Related: DIY Hair Moisturizer Recipes

Related: Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

# 4

DIY Scalp Scrub For Itchy & Flaky Scalp – Sugar, Coconut Oil & Essential Oils Scalp Scrub

If you suffer from a flaky and itchy scalp, this scalp scrub using coconut oil and other essential oils will beneficially treat the flaky scalp. Tea tree oil is antibacterial, antifungal, and effective for improving scalp health. Whereas coconut oil is anti-inflammatory and rich in fatty acids, peppermint oil boosts circulation to the scalp. In addition, sugar is believed to possess properties that help remove dead skin cells. So this scrub will treat scalp flakiness and itchiness.

You will need:

Unrefined coconut oil, Raw sugar, Peppermint oil, Tea tree oil


  1. Mix two tablespoons of coconut oil, 2-3 drops of tea tree oil, and add 3-4 teaspoons of sugar to it. If available, add 4-5 drops of peppermint oil.
  2. Using a hairbrush, apply this mixture evenly to your scalp. When it settles, massage it into your scalp. Allow it to remain on for 5-10 minutes, then rinse it off.

# 5

Cinnamon, Brown Sugar, and Coconut Oil Scalp Scrub

Cinnamon with its antimicrobial property helps improve blood circulation and promotes hair growth. Brown sugar works as an exfoliant and helps slough off flakes and remove grease from the scalp. Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties, which soothe the scalp.

You will need: Equal quantities of coconut oil and cinnamon powder, one tablespoon brown sugar.


  1. Add the cinnamon powder and brown sugar crystals to the coconut oil and mix them well.
  2. Apply this mixture to your scalp and massage gently. Let it sit for 30 to 45 minutes, then rinse it off.
  3. Follow up with the regular shampoo and conditioner.

# 6

DIY Scalp Scrub For Oily Hair – Aloe vera and Fuller’s Earth (Multani Mitti) Scalp Scrub

Aloe vera is rich in vitamins, essential amino acids, and minerals. It helps hydrate hair and promotes hair growth. In addition, it can treat rashes in the scalp and skin. That explains why aloe vera is used in so many skin and hair care products. On the other hand, Fuller’s Earth (Multani Mitti) is a natural exfoliant that helps absorb oil in the scalp and remove the build-up once dried. It’s an ideal ingredient for a greasy and oily scalp. You can also add rosewater to the scrub to provide a soothing effect to the scalp.

You will need: Aloe vera leaf, 1-2 tablespoon Fuller’s Earth (Multani mitti), rosewater(optional), and 1 teaspoon refined sugar


  1. Take an aloe vera leaf and remove the pulp in a bowl. The quantity of the pulp is as per your need.
  2. Add 2-3 tablespoons Fuller’s Earth and 1-2 teaspoons refined sugar to the pulp. Mix well.
  3. If you have rosewater add in that also. Apply the scrub thoroughly on your wet scalp and massage in circular motions.
  4. Allow it to settle for twenty minutes, and then rinse it off with lukewarm water to get a cleaner scalp and lustrous hair.

# 7

Honey, Sea Salt, and Avocado Scalp Scrub

Avocados are high in Vitamin B complex, potassium & magnesium. Including avocados, in your hair care routine helps hydrate your scalp, provide shine to your hair and prevent breakage. Whereas honey soothes your scalp and minimizes flakes and dandruff, sea salt is an excellent exfoliator. You can also add coconut oil (optional) to this scrub to moisturize your hair.

You will need: Half ripe avocado and one tablespoon each of sea salt, honey, and coconut oil.


  1. Mash half a ripe avocado in a bowl and add sea salt and honey to it.
  2. Add the coconut oil to the mixture (optional).
  3. Mix this paste well until it’s lumps-free.
  4. Apply this scrub to your scalp and gently massage.
  5. Let the scrub sit for 20-30 minutes, and then rinse it off with lukewarm water.

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