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Spa Time In Your Pantry: DIY Scalp Scrub Recipes for a Pamper Night

Jan 03, 2024 | By Maria

Spa Time In Your Pantry: DIY Scalp Scrub Recipes for a Pamper Night

Give your hair some pamper time and detox right in the comfort of your own home. You don’t have to spend a lot of money or go to the store to buy your scrubs, you can totally whip up your own concoction at home easily with supplies that can be found right in your kitchen pantry. You can customize your own scrub with ingredients that address specific concerns and choose your recipe depending on your hair type. Bonus, the natural ingredients will be very gentle on your scalp and hair and you’ll know exactly what you’ll be putting in your product!

Ready to get your spa night on? Here are some of the best DIY scalp scrub recipes you can do at home.

1. A Gentle Touch for Dry Scalps:

Gentle Touch for Dry Scalps

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 5 drops of rosemary essential oil

These ingredients are great for gently exfoliating a dry scalp as well as replenishing moisture. The brown sugar is a very gentle exfoliant that won’t cause any dryness. Coconut oil is high in fatty acids that help nourish the hair and scalp and repair damage. Honey is an incredibly moisturizing ingredient that will leave the scalp and hair soft and shiny. Last but not least, rosemary oil is known for its hair growth properties as well as its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

2. A Balancing Act for Oily Scalps:

A Balancing Act for Oily Scalps

  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 5 drops of tea tree essential oil

Oily scalps need a balance of clarifying and moisturizing ingredients to keep the scalp healthy; this is exactly what this scrub contains. Sea salt is more clarifying than any other scrub particle and is great for balancing oily scalps. Aloe vera brings back moisture, soothes the scalp, and lessens oil production by providing just the right amount of hydration. Apple cider vinegar is another deeply cleansing and purifying ingredient that gets rid of buildup. Finally, tea tree essential oil controls sebum production and helps fight dandruff.

3. Exponential Growth for All Hair Types:

Exponential Growth for All Hair Types

  • 1/3 cup ground coffee (exfoliating and stimulates circulation)
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil (rich in nutrients and promotes growth)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (clarifies and boosts shine)
  • 5 drops of peppermint essential oil (increases blood flow and stimulates follicles)

This blend is specially formulated to maximize hair growth with the best natural ingredients. Coffee grounds are a gentle exfoliant that’s also well-known for stimulating blood flow. This helps get more oxygen to the scalp and boosts the rate of hair growth. Avocado oil is incredibly high in healthy fats and protein that thicken the hair and help make it stronger. Lemon juice is a clarifying ingredient that also boosts shine. Lastly, peppermint essential oil promotes healthy circulation and stimulates the hair follicles for faster hair growth.

Customizing Your Scrub:

Mix and match for your needs

Find an ingredient that does something you love? Add it into the mix! The great thing about making your own scalp scrub is that you are the scientist. Depending on your needs and preferences, you can adjust your scalp scrub and put in what you like best.

Adjust the texture

Again, you’re the boss here! You can adjust the texture depending on how you like it. YOu can make your scrub thicker or thinner by adding more or less oil. You can also experiment with adding more or less other ingredients.

Store it right

Keep in mind, these scrubs are not like store-bought scrubs which have preservatives and other ingredients to keep them fresh for longer. Make sure to always keep your concoction in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. Use your scrub up within the week to prevent the ingredients from spoiling. Do not use it if it has been more than a week.

Ingredients to Mix and Match:

There are a few key ingredients in a scalp scrub and you can mix and match them safely as long as you keep the pillars of a good scalp scrub.


This is probably the most important ingredient. It isn’t a scalp scrub without the “scrub” right? You can use a few things for this: brown sugar, white sugar, sea salt, coffee grounds, and seed grounds. You can experiment and see what your scalp will agree with most. You can also go by what each scrub does: sugar (gentle), salt (clarifying), coffee (stimulating), seed grounds (thorough exfoliation).


Hair oils are an essential ingredient in scalp scrubs. There are numerous oils to choose from and not all will be listed here but the most commonly used oils in scalp scrubs and for hair benefit are coconut oil, jojoba oil, argan oil, olive oil, avocado oil, rosemary oil, tea tree oil, and more. Oils do a number of things besides providing moisture and shine. Choose your oil depending on our hair type and your hair’s needs.


A scalp scrub should have a clarifying agent that helps detox and refresh the scalp. You can add in ingredients such as white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, yogurt, or lemon for this.


A moisturizing ingredient is also a key part of a scalp scrub. After exfoliating, it’s important to add some moisture back in to keep the scalp nourished. Moisturizing ingredients such as aloe vera, honey, and shea butter can add hydration back into the hair. Depending on how much moisture and what your preferred consistency is, you can add more or less of these ingredients.

The Alchemist

It seems like playing in the bathroom and mixing different products is a universal experience that everyone has had. Why not continue that and make something that you will be able to use and will benefit your hair amazingly? Embrace your inner alchemist and mix up your own DIY scalp scrub now that you know how easy it is! You’ll end up with a healthy, fresh scalp and lush hair.

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