Something I have been adding to my hair care routine is a scalp scrub. I do one about once a month, and this is my favorite recipe!
2 Salt Scalp Scrub
- 1 tablespoon Sea Salt
- 1 tablespoon Himalayan Pink Salt
- 1 and 1/2 Coconut oil
- 5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
This is really easy to make and one batch makes a few months worth of hair scrub. It can be stored in the bathroom both Tea Tree and Coconut oil have preservative aspects. I like to use a chopstick to mix things but that is just me.
Scrub this mix into your scalp with your fingertips. You do not want to get rough, this should not hurt, but rather soothing.
I let it sit in my hair for about an hour or an episode of whatever I am currently binge watching. (Right now it is old episodes of Bones.)
Why these ingredients?
- Sea Salt: Great for exfoliating and a cleaning agent.
- Himalayan Pink Salt: Antioxidant, great for getting of odors.
- Coconut oil: cleansing, conditioning, and helps to boost your immune system.
- Tea Tree essential oil: cleans, helps rid your scalp of bacteria, and anti-fungal and anti-yeast.
Let me really honest right now. Sometimes being No Poo is kinda gross. Your hair starts to get a build up and you end up planning your “wash” around when you want to be social. So this is me, before “wash day.”
This is a little awkward because I felt very greasy when my husband took these photos.
I am not feeling very cute in this photo but this is me before the scrub! As you see, I do really need that treatment.
Raw Vinegar rinse! Most people use Apple Cider Vinegar but I prefer my homemade Lemon Vinegar. I ferment my own vinegar and this one in the photo is a mix of homemade Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon!
I use a hair dye application bottle with 4 oz water 4 oz vinegar and use this to rinse the scrub off my scalp and hair. I follow with the hottest water I can stand, and rinse the vinegar out. After that, I do a cold water rinse. (This makes for softer hair.)
Let your hair dry out and if it feels dry feel free to use Argon oil or something like to condition it. If it is greasy use a dry shampoo to dry it out a little.
Make your own scrub!
You do not have to use my recipe, experiment! Make your own! Here are some things to keep in mind.
- Every ingredient should have a purpose. Scent can count (you know to cover vinegar smell) but it is even better if that good smelling oil is also amazing for hair like Ylang-Ylang.
- Be kind to your drain! I avoid coffee grounds (use lots of coffee, though), oatmeal, or any grain. I know oatmeal can be wonderful for your hair, but it is less kind to your drains.
- This seems like a no-brainer but don’t use anything that will give you a bad reaction. If you have a gluten allergy or baking soda intolerance, avoid those things.
- Mix it up! If you always use the same thing it seems like it does not work as well after a while. Play with it!
- Salt might be too hard for some if so try sugar and brown sugar.