2 Quick & Easy Scalp Scrub Recipes You Can DIY at Home

Torera George
by Torera George
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Here are two simple self-care scalp scrub recipes that you can add to your routine! Use this DIY scalp scrub to really get into those roots and get all that gunk out of your hair. There are so many benefits to a moisturized and well-cleaned scalp, and I’ll show you how to make a scalp scrub with natural ingredients. Let’s get started.

Benefits of using a DIY scalp scrub

  • Stimulates your hair follicles
  • Removes product build-up
  • Rebalances PH levels
  • Detoxifies the scalp
  • Promotes healthier hair growth

Tools and materials:

  • Green coffee
  • Rosemary
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint
  • Shell powder
  • Glycerine 
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Coffee seed extract
  • Rosemary leaf extract
  • Onion paste 
  • Honey
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Almond oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Sugar (demerara or regular)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
Build-up on the scalp

As you can see, I have a lot of build-up in my hair owing to having the same braided hairstyle for a month. 

Taking out braids with fingers

When taking your hair out of the braids, you need to give your hair some extra love and care. So, first up, make sure your hair is detangled. Do this carefully with your fingers so you don't lose a lot of hair. 

When making the actual recipe formulation, I often check out retail products and their ingredients and try to do it myself. I skip on the formulation part, and any ingredients used to maintain shelf life.

I basically take the core ingredients (the bulk of the recipe), and I put that together to create my own DIY formulation. 

DIY scalp scrub

Scalp scrub recipe: Coffee-infused scalp scrub

The first recipe is inspired by a popular scalp sold in the stores. I see the bulk of their ingredients are;

  • Green coffee
  • Rosemary
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint
  • Shell powder (an abrasive ingredient that I’ll swap for sugar)
  • Glycerine (a humectant that draws moisture to the scalp to promote hair growth)
  • Sweet almond oil (highly nourishing to the scalp)
  • Coffee seed extract (I’ll use brewed coffee)
  • Rosemary leaf extract (I don’t have rosemary so I'll use peppermint essential oil)

So, once you have these nourishing ingredients, add a little of each into a clean mixing bowl. 

Mixing ingredients together

Mix everything until well combined. 

Homemade scalp scrub recipe

Scalp scrub recipe 2: Antifungal & antibacterial scalp scrub

The next homemade scalp scrub I’ll be doing has a lot of antifungal and antibacterial properties.

One of the main ingredients that I use is … onion! I know this may surprise you, but onion is actually fantastic for your hair! If you haven’t heard this before, you’re hearing it from me! 

Here’s what you’ll need;

  • Onion paste - blend up some onions or use the juice if you don’t want flakes in your hair
  • Honey
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Almond oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Sugar - I used demerara sugar; it doesn’t immediately dissolve, thus still keeping its abrasiveness. However, you can use regular sugar.  
How to make a scalp scrub

So, let’s get mixing. You should have a paste that looks something like this. 

How to use the DIY scalp scrub

How to apply the homemade salt scrub

1. Wet your hair

You should start with wet hair. I usually add the scalp scrub in the shower, but because I’m demonstrating this, I’ll spray my hair with water to make it damp. 

Massaging the homemade scalp scrub into the roots

2. Apply the DIY scalp scrub

Next, section your hair and apply the scalp scrub to your roots. The great part about this is that the sugar granules will melt in your hair instead of leaving residue. 

Tip: This can get messy, so I recommend doing this in the shower. 

3. Leave it in for a while

Once you're done massaging the DIY scalp scrub, leave it in your hair so it can work its magic. I recommend leaving it in for about 5-10 minutes. Then, go ahead and shampoo your hair. 

Results of the scalp scrub

I’m done washing! Look at the difference it’s done to my scalp. There are no flakes, and it feels so good. The peppermint oil invigorates my scalp and overall, my hair feels soft, too. 

Scalp scrub recipe tutorial

Some may argue that scalp scrubs do nothing for your hair, but the ingredients in this scalp scrub recipe are perfect for your hair and will help with hair growth.

I really think it’s worth using this DIY scalp scrub every once in a while. Are you going to try this out? Let me know in the comment section. 

Suggested materials:
  • Green coffee
  • Rosemary
  • Eucalyptus
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  • Yvonne Lyons Yvonne Lyons on Aug 22, 2022

    Hello, my scalp has a lot of build up too. But I also suffer from having little scabs on my scalp. I don't know what causes it, but won't the ACV burn? The antifungal sounds good, what would you suggest? My hair is Natural. Thanks

    • Leslie Leslie on Aug 23, 2022

      Hi Yvonne, Has a Dr. looked at your scalp? If you do not know what causes the scabs, I would take that step first. I don't want to sound mean but asking Torera to maybe diagnose and suggest relief would not be fair to her or the right thing to do.. Print out the directions bring to Dr. and see if he or she thinks it's a good thing for you. Your Dr. might also tell you to see a Dermatologist. Good luck :)

  • Ter13181779 Ter13181779 on Aug 22, 2022

    once a week I rinse my hair with white vinegar. I wash my hair with shampoo the rinse with a solution of half vinegar half water rinse

    then apply conditioner and rinse. No extras added.