DIY hair scrubs to boost scalp health

These all-natural scrubs will banish your hair woes and leave your hair and scalp refreshed!

Sea salt, lemon, and olive oil scrub
This is a deep cleansing scrub that stimulates hair growth and sloughs off dead cells without drying out your scalp. The sea salt works as an exfoliator and promotes blood circulation, while the lemon juice helps remove excess oil build-up, unclogging hair follicles, and tightens hair follicles, helping prevent hair fall. Olive oil, with its fatty acids and vitamins A and E, makes for a great conditioner, hydrating the scalp and protecting hair from damage. Mix 2 tablespoons of sea salt with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Wet your hair and gently massage the scrub into your scalp. Let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water. Follow it up with your usual shampoo and conditioner.

Oatmeal, brown sugar, and conditioner scrub
This scrub is good for those looking for a little exfoliating. The oats and brown sugar work to gently exfoliate your scalp, removing any build-up of dirt and dead skin cells to really clean your scalp. This is done without stripping the hair of natural oils, while also providing moisture and increasing the blood circulation to your hair follicles. Mix 2 tablespoons of finely ground oatmeal, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons of hair conditioner to make your scrub. Shampoo your hair to remove any dirt and product build-up. Then massage the scrub into your scalp and hair. Wash your hair thoroughly after 5-10 minutes.
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Brown sugar, sea salt, and jojoba oil scrub
A nourishing scrub, the brown sugar and sea salt exfoliate and stimulate blood circulation, while the jojoba oil, which is rich in vitamins, moisturises, fights dandruff (along with the sea salt), strengthens hair, and promotes hair thickness. Mix together 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of sea salt, and 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil. Wet your hair and massage this scrub into your scalp with your fingertips. Let it on for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse off. Follow with your shampoo and conditioner.

Tea tree oil, sea salt, and shampoo scrub
Adding tea tree oil to your shampoo is a great way to get rid of dandruff, product build-up and any excess oil, prevent hair loss, and boost hair growth. Tea tree oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties making it idea for those dealing with a dry scalp, lice, flakes, and dandruff. Sea salt can be added for its exfoliating properties. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of shampoo with 1 tablespoon of sea salt and a few drops of tea tree oil. Work the scrub into your hair and focus your attention on your scalp. Spend a few minutes massaging the scrub in. Then rinse off with lukewarm water and follow with a moisturising conditioner or hair mask.

Sea salt, apple cider vinegar, honey, and coconut oil scrub
Apple cider vinegar, with its antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, makes this a great detoxifying hair scrub. It helps exfoliate the scalp, combat dandruff, ward off bacteria, and maintain your scalp’s pH level. The honey and coconut oil for their part hydrate and nourish the hair, promote hair growth, and strengthen the hair follicles. Mix 2 tablespoons of sea salt with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar honey, and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Combine the ingredients and gently massage the scrub into wet hair. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water. Follow with shampoo and conditioner.

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