Have you ever been tempted to go no ‘poo? I’ve tried homemade shampoo but have never been especially happy with the results. My hair seems to freak out at the prospect of detoxing and goes slightly crazy. The no shampoo adjustment period – which is said to last weeks – has me totally petrified. Who can endure a 2-week long bad hair day? If you’re not ready for no poo, there’s good news – a deep cleansing DIY scalp scrub not only will help your hair detox but it also feels amazing.
These DIY scalp scrubs get rid of product buildup on your scalp and hair follicles. Regular use of conditioners gels, hair spray, and so on can make hair dull and flat so why not give your scalp the same detox attention that your body gets?
1. 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
- 2 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.
2. 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 massage to remove the accumulation of product and dead skin buildup. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Note: this scrub isn’t recommended for color treated hair.
3. 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.