ICYDK, a scalp scrub is essential to maintaining healthy hair. When the scalp is clogged with product buildup (gel, hairspray, dry shampoo, or leave-in conditioner), dead skin, and oil, it will be hard for the follicles to grow properly. Plus, all the accumulated layers may cause flakes and itchiness. Doing a scalp detox once a week (include it in your self-care routine!) will give you shiny, bouncy locks.
While there are ready-made scalp detox products in the market, going the DIY route is the most affordable way! Plus, you're guaranteed that what you're putting on your hair is free of harmful chemicals. Check out our fave, super-easy recipes below:
(Ed's note: Most of these recipes are single-use, but if you do have leftovers, store them in the fridge for up to a week.)
YouTuber BeautyKLove shared a super simple recipe that you can use to maintain your scalp's health. This blend can encourage fast hair growth, too. Massage this mask on your scalp once a week to see results.
Sugar and honey scrub for healthy scalp and hair growth
- - Two tablespoons raw unwashed sugar (or muscovado sugar)
- - Two tablespoons honey
- - Three tablespoons coconut oil
- - Two tablespoons almond oil (optional)
Why it works: Sugar works as the physical exfoliator that lifts all the gunk from the scalp. Honey seals in the moisture and strengthens the hair follicles. Coconut oil, a mega ingredient of hair care, soothes and hydrates the scalp and improves the health of your hair shaft. Almond oil is rich in vitamin E that nourishes the hair and helps in accelerating its growth. Overall, this concoction can be your basic scalp detox scrub.
Oatmeal brown sugar coconut oil to soothe itchy scalp and promote hair growth
- - Two tablespoons brown sugar
- - Two tablespoons finely ground oatmeal
- - Two tablespoons hair conditioner
Why it works: Brown sugar and oatmeal slough off product + dead skin buildup and soothe an itchy scalp, respectively. Rub this on your head in circular motions to boost circulation and promote healthy hair growth.
Sea salt scrub to get rid of dandruff
- - Two tablespoons of sea salt
- - - One to two tablespoons of lemon juice
- One to two tablespoons of olive oil
Why it works: Sea salt removes dirt and buildup without stripping off the scalp's natural oils. Olive oil acts as a lubricant to lift dandruff flakes. Lemon juice also works as an exfoliant that dissolves gunk. Gently massage this scrub on your head for one to two minutes and wash with shampoo afterward.
Baking soda + tea tree oil scrub to get rid of dandruff and greasy scalp
- - One heaping tablespoon baking soda
- - Big squeeze of shampoo
- - A few drops of tea tree oil
Why it works: Tea tree oil works as an antibacterial ingredient that takes care of dandruff and itchy scalp. Baking soda, on the other hand, acts as a micro-exfoliator to remove buildup.
*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.