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DIY Scalp Scrub to Boost Hair Growth

Hair growth solutions are some of the most sought-after remedies. People want hair that’s thicker, shinier, longer, and healthier. While there may not be a magic wand to make all your hair problems disappear (or make your hair reappear), adding a scalp scrub to your hair care regimen can create the conditions that support hair growth. Our DIY scalp scrub recipe uses ingredients that exfoliate away the scum that clogs your pores while infusing your hair follicles with nutrients.

Why Use a Scalp Scrub?

When you ask about someone’s hair care, nearly every person you ask will have a different answer. Everybody has their own array of shampoos, conditioners, and leave-in products that they use on a unique schedule. And this makes sense. Different hair has different needs depending on the coarseness, length, color, style, and climate. For instance, when I moved to Colorado, I had to find new ways to keep my hair from drying out and becoming brittle. But with all the attention on our lush locks, we tend to neglect our scalp. However, a healthy scalp is key to growing a healthy head of hair. Just like the skin on the rest of our body, our scalp can become clogged with oil, dirt, and product buildup over time, which can lead to issues like dandruff, itchiness, and even hair loss.

A scalp scrub can help to remove this buildup and unclog hair follicles, allowing for better circulation and nutrient absorption. Additionally, using a scalp scrub can help exfoliate the scalp, which can promote the growth of new, healthy hair by removing dead skin cells and stimulating the follicles.

What Goes into a Scalp Scrub?

A homemade scalp scrub typically has three elements: an acid, a moisturizing fat, and an exfoliant. Depending on your hair type, you might find it useful to play around with different variations of our recipe. To give you some inspiration, here are some alternative ingredients to put in your scalp scrub, along with their purposes.


Apple Cider Vinegar: This acidic vinegar contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids that can help to exfoliate the scalp and remove buildup, making it a great choice for those with oily or product-laden hair. Additionally, it can help to balance the pH of the scalp, which can be especially beneficial for those with dandruff or other scalp issues.

Lemon Juice: The acidic nature of lemon juice can help to balance the pH of the scalp, which can reduce dandruff and other scalp issues that can inhibit hair growth. Additionally, the high concentration of vitamin C in lemon juice can help to nourish the hair follicles, promoting healthy growth and improving the overall appearance of the hair.


Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is incredibly moisturizing, helping to nourish the scalp and hair while also preventing dryness and flakiness. It can also help to reduce inflammation and irritation, which can be beneficial for those with sensitive scalp.

Olive Oil: Olive oil has a high concentration of antioxidants, vitamins, and fatty acids that can help to nourish the hair follicles, improve circulation, and reduce inflammation on the scalp, all of which can promote healthy hair growth. For the most benefits, use extra virgin olive oil that has been cold-pressed.

Pumpkin Seed Oil: Full of nourishing vitamins, pumpkin seed oil offers moisture and resilience to each strand of hair. Make your own pumpkin seed oil with this recipe!

ExfoliantsDIY Scalp Scrub for Hair Growth - massaging scalp with scrub

Salt: Salt is best for removing impurities on the scalp, and is best for oily hair or scalp with dandruff. It’s also great to scrub off any chemical buildup due to products. Coarse sea salt is a popular choice, as it’s larger and more abrasive than table salt. However, if you have sensitive skin, you may want to opt for a finer salt or a salt scrub that’s been pre-mixed with oils or other ingredients to help soften the texture.

Sugar: Sugar scrubs add moisture and can soften the scalp and hair. They’re good for skin detox and unclogging pores. Like with salt, it’s important to choose the right type of sugar when using it as an exfoliant. Brown sugar is a popular choice, as it’s finer and gentler than white sugar.

Oatmeal: Oatmeal is more gentle and good for children or anyone with more sensitive skin. You can grind it up to get the best texture for exfoliating.

Other Ingredients

Honey: Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it helps to attract and retain moisture. This can be especially helpful for those with dry or damaged hair, as it can help to lock in moisture and prevent further damage. Honey is also known for its antibacterial properties, which can help to keep the scalp clean and healthy.

Jasmine essential oil: It contains natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that can help to soothe and nourish the scalp, promoting healthy hair growth. Of course, other essential oils like lavender or rosemary are also nourishing for hair follicles.

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Scalp Scrub Recipe

Scalp scrubs feel amazing and give your hair some much-needed tender loving care. While there are plenty of scalp scrubs available for purchase, making your own DIY version is a great way to save money and customize the ingredients to your specific needs. For this recipe, we prioritized the ingredients that would freshen up the scalp and stimulate hair growth.

  • 1/4 cup coarse sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Jasmine essential oil
  1. Start by mixing the sea salt, coconut oil, and apple cider vinegar together in a small bowl until well combined. You want the mixture to be thick and gritty, so adjust the amount of salt and oil as needed to achieve the desired consistency.
  2. Add in the honey and a few drops of the jasmine essential oil, stirring until everything is evenly mixed.DIY Scalp Scrub for Hair Growth - add ingredients
  3. Enjoy your scalp scrub! Depending on the dryness of your hair, repeat use once every month up to once per week.DIY Scalp Scrub for Hair Growth - finished scalp scrub

How to Use a Scalp Scrub

To use the scalp scrub, scoop a hearty dollop into your hands and rub it around. Then work it into your scalp by making small circular motions with the pads of your fingers. Your goal is to massage the product into your scalp, but not to scrape or damage your skin. Let it sit for a few minutes, then comb the scrub out through your hair. The coconut oil, honey, and apple cider vinegar can have conditioning and nourishing benefits for the whole strand. After working it through your hand, rinse the scrub out thoroughly with warm water, then follow up with your regular shampoo and conditioner.

The Bottom Line

In conclusion, making your own DIY scalp scrub is a simple and effective way to promote healthy hair growth. By using natural ingredients like sea salt, coconut oil, honey, and apple cider vinegar, you can gently exfoliate and nourish your scalp while also enjoying a luxurious spa-like experience.

Give it a try and see the difference it can make for your hair! Let us know if you tried any of the ingredient variations and how they worked for you.

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One concern I have about using coconut oil is the potential to clog plumbing with buildup. Is there a good alternative to this?

Boil a pot of water and pour it in your drain afterwards.
Do you eat hamburger or bacon?
Them drippings go down the drain too.
Anything that’s meltable can be remedied with boiled hot water poured directly afterwards.
Rice is worse for your plumbing than many oils/greases

coconut oil has a very low melting point and is pretty easily broken down. I use it on my hair once a week as a conditioner and have yet to have any drain problems. It shouldn’t be an issue. Animal fats are more of an issue than coconut oil would be.

How long does this keep for please? I’d like to make some but wondering if it keeps well save wasting any thank you

Given all the ingredients are highly shelf stable I would say weeks if not months? I would refrigerate the scrub if you’re using lemon juice tho or if you want it to keep for longer, but the coconut oil and honey will solidify so you’ll want to take it out of the fridge to thaw a bit before using again 😉

Hi Layla,

Body and face scrubs containing salt/sugar and oil should last several months, maybe a year, if not contaminated with water (or bacteria from fingers).

Many blessings and good health!

How long will this keep?

Hi Sarah,

Body and face scrubs containing salt/sugar and oil should last several months, maybe a year, if not contaminated with water (or bacteria from fingers).

Many blessings and good health!

Is there something you can replace the honey with? I am highly allergic to Sunflower/dandelion and all things in that group so cannot do anything with honey sadly🙄

Hi Becca,

If you’re allergic you can leave honey out of your scalp scrub mixture. It will still do a good job.

Many blessings and good health!

I love the idea of this and had a go, all the salt just fell out all over the floor. Maybe I wont use such course salt next time!

Hi Briar,

Thank you for sharing this with us! The second try will definitely be better.

Many blessings and good health!

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