Brown Sugar Exfoliating Scalp Scrub

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I use quite a bit of hair gel and other hair styling products that create buildup and sometimes make my scalp feel itchy.  To control both the buildup and itchy feeling, I treat myself to a brown sugar exfoliating scalp scrub at least two times per month and it is one of my most favorite things to do. 

Not only does scalp massage relax you and make you feel wonderful, there are also several benefits. Massaging your scalp regularly:

  • Removes dead skin
  • Removes hair product build up
  • Stimulates hair growth by increasing circulation to the scalp
  • Can relieve itchy and irritated scalp

According to research, scalp massage increases hair thickness by stretching the cells of hair follicles. This, in turn, stimulates the follicles to produce thicker hair. It’s also thought that a scalp massage may help dilate blood vessels beneath the skin, thereby encouraging hair growth.”

There are many methods for efficiently exfoliating the scalp, but my favorite way to exfoliate is by using brown sugar, olive oil and a bit of baking soda for clarifying and deep cleansing.

Brown Sugar Exfoliating Scalp Scrub Recipe


3 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1 ½ Tbsp. of olive oil

For Normal Hair

3 drops lavender essential oil

3 drops rosemary essential oil

3 drops mint essential oil

For dry scalp and dandruff

3 drops clary sage essential oil

3 drop cedarwood (any kind) essential oil

3 drops rosemary essential oil


Mix oil, sugar and essential oils (optional) in a bowl and blend well.  Part hair in sections and apply to scalp in each section until most of scalp is coated.  Massage scalp for 1-2 minutes in a circular motion then shampoo and condition as usual.

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