Does your hair look a little more greasy than usual? Is your scalp feeling a little more clogged up than it normally does? During the summer months when we’re sweating more, these things are pretty common. Unfortunately, they can cause other unpleasant situations like hair loss and uncomfortable scalp buildup. But with an all-natural DIY scalp scrub, you can kiss such problems goodbye.
I know what you’re thinking. “I wash my hair so often already, do I really need a scalp scrub?” The answer is, you might. Just like the pores on our skin, hair follicles release oil called “sebum” which helps to keep the scalp healthy and our strands shiny and strong. However, when the weather is warmer, our scalps can produce excess sebum which then clogs the hair follicles, leading to issues like hair loss and itchy, uncomfortable skin.
Just like how we often turn to exfoliation to deal with our skin woes, the same can be applied to the scalp. Using a gentle, clarifying scalp scrub can help remove that excess oil and buildup so that our skin can feel fresh and our hair can grow in strong and thick.
Personally, scalp scrubs have been a game changer for me during the summer. I found that simply using shampoo and conditioner wasn’t cutting it. My hair felt greasy and my scalp was itchy and flaky, and I even started noticing more hair falling in the drain. With that in mind, I decided to create a simple scalp scrub with clarifying, natural ingredients that has become a staple in my beauty routine.
My scalp scrub includes five simple ingredients — sugar, argan oil, rosemary and tea tree essential oils, and apple cider vinegar — and each one has different benefits for your hair! Sugar acts as the natural exfoliant which sloughs off dead skin and scalp buildup, all while gently stimulating the hair follicles. Argan oil is a natural hair and scalp moisturizer with a light consistency that won’t clog up your pores — plus it’s an antifungal, so it’ll fight any fungus buildup on your scalp.
Rosemary oil is known for its ability to boost hair growth. While tea tree oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial, and another soother and clarifier for a stubborn scalp. And last but not least, apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, a natural compound that improves the pH of your hair and scalp to reveal healthy skin and shiny strands.
Here’s how to make my DIY scalp scrub.
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon argan oil (Try this one from Cliganic: $12.99, Amazon)
- 10 drops rosemary essentail oil
- 10 drops tea tree essential oil
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- In a small bowl, combine all ingredients, mixing well.
- Before use, perform a test patch on your skin to check for adverse reactions.
- In the shower, take the scalp scrub in your fingers and apply to affected areas of your scalp, rubbing gently with your fingertips.
- Rinse with warm water. You can shampoo or simply condition hair afterward.
I use this scalp scrub recipe twice per week, swapping it for shampoo. If you notice any irritation or redness on your scalp, stop use and return to your normal haircare routine.
That’s it! Feel free to play around with this recipe as much as you like with other ingredients. You can try adding in lavender essential oil, another skin soother that smells heavenly in the shower. Have fun with it, and enjoy a healthier scalp and longer, stronger hair!