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How To Exfoliate Your Scalp: All Natural DIY Scalp Scrub

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Scalp scrubs have become a popular trend in hair care, but what exactly are the benefits? And how do they even work? We’ll tell you why scalp peeling is good for your head, and show you how to exfoliate your scalp with an all-natural DIY scalp scrub. 

By using a DIY scalp scrub, you can be sure that you’re getting all the benefits of exfoliation, without risking any damage caused by strong chemicals or other questionable ingredients often found in conventional haircare products. 

What is a Scalp Scrub and How Does It Work?

Use a scalp scrub a few times a month to rebalance your scalp and help prevent dandruff. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Unsplash – Edgar Chaparro)

Why should you add a scalp scrub to your haircare routine? Here are three good reasons:

  1. They remove any dead skin or product buildup on your head, which helps clear pores, remove dirt and impurities, and fight dandruff. 
  2. The skin on your scalp is rarely treated directly: regular exfoliation will help your skin stay balanced and healthy.
  3. Exfoliating your scalp will reinvigorate the roots of your hair, leading to stronger, healthier strands. 

Easy DIY Scalp Scrub: How to Exfoliate Your Scalp

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To make your DIY scalp scrub, you’ll only need three ingredients. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay – Mareefe)

To make your own DIY scalp scrub, you’ll only need a few simple ingredients: 

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp coarse ground sea salt
  • A few drops of essential oil like lavender or tea tree oil (optional)

The key ingredient of this DIY scalp scrub is the salt, but if you don’t have any at home, you can use coarse sugar instead. Most importantly, the salt or sugar must be coarse to have an exfoliating effect. 

Tip: There are lots of great ways to use olive oil for hair!


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a container and place it next to your shower or bathtub.
  2. Stand or sit with your head under running water for several minutes, Then, apply the mixture. 
  3. If you have longer hair, you might need to lift your hair in sections to distribute the mixture evenly. 
  4. Massage the scalp scrub into your scalp for several minutes, being careful not to apply too much pressure. The goal is to exfoliate your skin, not abrade it. 
  5. If you added essential oil to your DIY scalp scrub, be especially careful not to get any in your eyes. 
  6. Wash your hair thoroughly with shampoo and warm water. To prevent the salt from causing your hair to become dry, follow with homemade conditioner to nourish and re-moisturize. 
  7. After using a scalp scrub, it’s best to let your hair air-dry, to avoid assaulting your freshly exfoliated head with intense heat. 

Tip: To be even kinder to your scalp, try using an apple cider vinegar hair rinse a few times a week to help keep your scalp at a healthy pH. 

Do Scalp Scrubs Really Work?

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Keeping your scalp healthy and balanced is an often-overlooked part of haircare. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay – olichel)

There are quite a few good reasons to learn how to exfoliate your scalp. Using a scalp scrub a few times a month will lead to balanced, healthier skin. It helps prevent odor and oiliness and gets rid of light to moderate dandruff. But remember not to overdo it: give your skin enough time to regenerate between treatments. 

There are some problems, however, that a scalp scrub won’t fix. 

  • Hair loss: Unfortunately, because hair loss is often a hormonal problem, a DIY scalp scrub is not an effective solution.
  • Acne: If you have acne on your scalp, don’t exfoliate. The abrasion of a scalp scrub could cause bleeding and lead to infection. 
  • Severe Dandruff: While this DIY scalp scrub will help fight mild dandruff, it will not be able to fix severe dandruff. 

This article was translated from German to English by Christie Sacco. You can read the original here: Kopfhaut-Peeling: Wann es sinnvoll ist und wie es funktioniert

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