Any beauty enthusiast with a proper skincare routine knows how essential an exfoliation is to the health of their skin. Exfoliating your skin regularly will encourage cell turnover, which will help reveal healthier, smoother skin. Exfoliation doesn’t just apply to your skin, though. Did you know that your scalp needs to be exfoliated too?
4 DIY Scalp Scrubs For Your Every Need
Your scalp works the same way as your skin. It produces sebum, which if not controlled, will cause your hair follicles to be clogged. When combined with the build-up from your haircare products, sweat and bacteria, your clogged hair follicles can worsen, thus leading to scalp conditions like dandruff.
This is why including an exfoliating treatment in your haircare routine is vital for the health of your scalp and hair. Exfoliating your scalp will help get rid of all that build-up, thus renewing the cell turnover of your scalp and restoring its health.
If you’re not keen on using commercial scalp scrubs in the market, try one of these DIY recipes to give your scalp the proper exfoliation:
Detoxify: Apple Cider Vinegar Scrub
If you’ve ever gone down the no-poo routine, you know how greasy and itchy your hair and scalp can get during the first month or so. This can be a result of the excess sebum accumulating on your scalp, thus clogging your hair follicles. And since you’re not using any commercial haircare products to wash your hair during the no-poo period, how are you supposed to get rid of all that oily build-up on your scalp to restore the health of your tresses? Enter the apple cider vinegar scrub. Apple cider vinegar, also lovingly known in the DIY beauty community as ACV, is most popularly used for its ability to clear clogged hair follicles resulting from a combination of excess sebum and product build-up. In addition, if you’re suffering from dandruff (which can occur due to excess sebum), ACV is an effective at-home treatment to clear this scalp condition because of its anti-bacterial properties. Here’s a simple recipe you can try to detoxify your scalp and reveal your shiny, luscious locks. Just combine all the ingredients together and you’re ready to give your scalp a well-deserved detoxification.
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon honey (preferably Manuka)
- ½ cup pink Himalayan salt (or grind coarse sea salt)
Clarify: Baking Soda Scrub
Besides apple cider vinegar, baking soda is another kitchen pantry essential that is often used to create DIY at-home beauty treatments, from turning our teeth pearly white to using it as an underarm lightening treatment. Other than being used as a whitening agent, baking soda can also be applied to our scalp as a clarifying treatment. If you’ve ever used baking soda to remove stains, you’ll know why it has become a go-to ingredient when your hair needs a deep clean. When applied to the scalp, baking soda is able to remove the haircare products as well as oils that have accumulated over time, leaving you with soft and shiny tresses. One note of caution: baking soda can be pretty abrasive, particularly if you have sensitive skin. Use it too often and your scalp and hair might end up being too dry. You might even experience hair breakage in the long run if you’re not careful with your baking soda usage. To be on the safe side, only use this baking soda scrub once a month.
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 cup warm water (add more if your scalp is sensitive)
Deep Clean: Lemon Scrub
If you suffer from hair conditions like dandruff or hair loss, that might be an indication of clogged hair follicles. Your hair follicles can become clogged due to an excess production of sebum on the scalp. To clear your clogged follicles, lemons make an effective at-home treatment due to the presence of citric acid, which is a natural chemical exfoliator. Citric acid can help to get rid of the dead skin cells and product build-up on your scalp, leaving your hair follicles clear and thus making way for your hair to grow to its healthy state. However, like baking soda, lemons can be quite abrasive on the scalp, so be careful when incorporating this scrub in your routine. Always do a patch test before applying the scrub to your entire scalp to see if you experience any adverse reactions.
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil (or olive oil)
- 1 tablespoon of pink Himalayan salt (skip if too abrasive)
Exfoliate: Brown Sugar Scrub
If you’re familiar with DIY beauty products, you’ll most likely have dabbled with using sugar as an exfoliator. From your face to your body, sugar is commonly used as a scrub for a couple of reasons. Firstly, for those with sensitive skin, sugar is a preferred alternative to salt as its granules are gentler. Salt granules, on the other hand, can sometimes cause tiny tears in the skin. Next, sugar is a natural humectant, thus it is able to leave the skin moisturised while simultaneously exfoliating the skin. Try our recipe below for an easy sugar scalp scrub; feel free to use the scrub on other areas of your body too!
- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
- ½ cup of coconut oil
- A few drops of your favourite essential oil