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Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub

This detoxifying apple cider vinegar scrub uses finely ground pink Himalayan salt to slough away dead skin and deep clean hair follicles.
Active Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: At Home Hair Treatment
Keyword: apple cider vinegar, hair, salt scrub
Yield: 2 applications
Author: Stephanie Pollard
Cost: $4


  • Coffee grinder (optional)
  • Small bowl
  • Jar with lid



  • If you can only find coarse sea salt, grind about 1/3 cup salt in a clean coffee grinder until you have a semi-fine texture (a few coarse pieces are okay).
  • Combine everything in a small bowl and stir. Transfer to an airtight container.
  • To use, lightly wet your hair ,and gently scrub a tablespoon-sized amount into your scalp using your fingertips (don’t expect the scrub to foam like soap). Let it sit for 5–10 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Follow up with shampoo and conditioner as usual.
    Massage your scalp



Store remaining scrub in the refrigerator and use within a week.
Apple cider vinegar is a strong acid, so it should always be diluted with water either before or just after applying it to the skin. I usually apply a handful of scrub to my hair and then make sure to dilute the mixture with a little bit of water once it's on my scalp. Diluting also makes it less drying, so it's safer for naturally dry and color-treated hair.
Recipe Variations:
Dry Scalp Scrub
  • 1/4 cup sugar (sucanat or coconut sugar would be great for this)
  • 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon Manuka honey (or regular honey)
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil (or another oil of your choosing)
Squeaky Clean Scalp Scrub
  • 1/4 cup Himalayan pink salt, lightly ground
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon shampoo
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil melted
  • 1 teaspoon Manuka honey
  • 15 drops grapefruit essential oil (or another oil of your choosing)