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Scalp Scrub - Everything you need to know

by Lotte Lindgren on Sep 18, 2023

Read through by Dorthe Kristensen

Hairdresser and former co-owner of the award-winning hairdressing chain Zoom by Zoom
With many years of experience in the hairdressing industry, Dorthe has advised many customers about hair and hair care. Dorthe has read through this blog entry to ensure high quality and professionalism. This blog post is professionally updated on June 6, 2024.

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Welcome to our complete guide to scalp scrubs! In this article, we'll explore the benefits of using a scalp scrub, how to use it correctly, the best products for different hair types, and even teach you how to make your own homemade scrub. If you want a healthier and more well-groomed scalp, this is the guide for you. Read on to discover the secret behind a clean and revitalized scalp.

    What is a scalp scrub?

    A scalp scrub is a treatment used to cleanse and exfoliate the scalp. It may look like a regular body or face scrub, but it's specially formulated to be gentle enough to use on the scalp. Scalp scrub has become a popular addition to normal hair care, especially due to its deep cleansing properties.

    The purpose of a scalp scrub is to remove dead skin cells, excess oil, product residue and other impurities that can clog hair follicles and prevent hair growth. A scalp scrub can also help treat dandruff, itching and irritation as it removes the dead skin cells that can contribute to these problems. In addition, it can improve the absorption of scalp care products, such as shampoos and conditioners, which can optimize their effectiveness.

    Benefits of using scalp scrub

    Removing dead skin cells is one of the benefits of using scalp scrubs. It helps maintain a healthy and clean scalp, which can reduce problems like dandruff and itching. The scrub also stimulates blood circulation in the scalp, which promotes hair growth and general hair health. In addition, the use of a scalp scrub can help reduce itching and irritation caused by dryness or excess oil production on the scalp.

    Removes dead skin cells

    Make your scalp clean and fresh by removing dead skin cells. A scalp scrub also improves the absorption of hair care products and prevents clogging of the hair follicles. This scrub can be made with natural ingredients such as oil that contribute to healthier skin.

    Removes dead skin cells and improves the absorption of hair care products.

    Promotes blood circulation in the scalp

    Increases nutrient supply to the hair roots using a scalp scrub. This stimulates hair growth and at the same time reduces the risk of dandruff. Using the scrub, the oil is massaged into the skin, which promotes blood circulation in the scalp.

    Reduces itching and irritation

    Relieves dryness and flaky skin:

    • Moisturizing formula reduces dryness and flaking on the scalp
    • Helps to restore the skin's natural moisture balance

    Soothes inflamed areas on the scalp:

    • Enriched with soothing ingredients that relieve scalp inflammation
    • Reduces redness and irritation caused by itching or other irritants

    Reduces the risk of eczema:

    • Nutritious oils nourish and protect the skin from harmful substances
    • Promotes a healthier scalp, which reduces the risk of eczema outbreaks

    How to use scalp scrub

    Wash your hair thoroughly before using the scalp scrub to remove accumulated dirt and product residue. Massage the scrub into your scalp in gentle circular motions to stimulate blood circulation and remove dead skin cells. Leave the scrub on for a few minutes to allow it to penetrate properly and give the best results.

    Wash hair thoroughly before use

    Use a mild shampoo to clean the hair and rinse thoroughly to remove any residue. Avoid using conditioner or conditioner before applying the scalp scrub.

    Massage the scalp scrub into the scalp

    Take an appropriate amount of scrub and spread it evenly over the scalp. Use your fingertips for gentle circular movements for better stimulation of the skin. Be careful not to scratch or irritate the skin during the massage.

    • Take an appropriate amount of scrub
    • Spread it evenly over the scalp
    • Use your fingertips in gentle circular motions
    • Stimulates skin turnover
    • Avoid scratching or irritating the skin

    Leave the scrub on for a few minutes

    Close your eyes and enjoy the relaxation while the scrub does its work. Be careful to avoid contact with the eye area or other sensitive areas of the body. Rinse thoroughly with warm water after the recommended minutes for best results.

    Best scalp scrub for different hair types

    Dry scalp: Choose a scalp scrub with moisturizing ingredients such as aloe vera or argan oil. Avoid scrubbing products with alcohol as they can further dry out your scalp.

    Oily scalp: Use an exfoliating scrub with salicylic acid or tea tree oil to remove excess oil and sebum build-up on your scalp. It will leave you feeling clean and fresh.

    Sensitive scalp: Choose a mild and soothing scrub specially formulated for sensitive skin types. Be sure to avoid products with aggressive chemicals or fragrances, as these can further irritate your skin.

    Normal scalp: You're in luck! You can use almost any type of scrub to care for your normal hair and scalp diver. Try different variants to find the one that best suits your preferences and needs.

    Dry scalp

    Symptoms of dry scalp:

    • Itchy and irritated scalp
    • Dry, scaly skin
    • Increased incidence of dandruff

    The best ingredients to combat dry scalp:

    • Tea tree oil: Has antifungal and antibacterial properties that soothe and cleanse the skin.
    • Aloe vera: Adds moisture to the scalp and reduces itching.
    • Vitamin E: Nourishes and restores dry skin.

    Recommended products to treat dry scalp:

    1. Scalp scrub with sea salt

    2. Anti-dandruff shampoo with tea tree oil

    3. Hair mask with aloe vera gel

    Oily scalp

    Causes of oily scalp:

    • Overproduction of the sebaceous glands
    • Frequent hair washing, which removes the natural amount of oil

    Effective scrub ingredients to reduce excess oil production:

    • Tea tree oil: Antibacterial properties and helps balance sebum production
    • Apple cider vinegar: Regulates the pH value in the scalp and fights superficial fat. Read more about apple cider vinegar for hair here.

    Sensitive scalp

    Characteristics of a sensitive scalp: Itching, irritation and redness are common symptoms of a sensitive scalp. It may also be more likely to react negatively to certain ingredients in products.

    Gentle and soothing ingredients in a scrub suitable for sensitive skin: When choosing a scalp scrub for sensitive skin, look for products with gentle and soothing ingredients such as aloe vera, chamomile or oats.

    Normal scalp

    If you have a normal scalp, it is important to maintain a healthy and clean balance. Use a mild scalp scrub once a week to remove excess oil and product build-up. Gently massage the scrub into your scalp in circular motions and rinse thoroughly afterwards. Finish with a light conditioner to moisturize and care for your normal scalp.

    To maintain the healthy state of your normal scalp, avoid excessive use of styling products as well as frequent hair washing as this can dry out or irritate your scalp. Also, give your skin time to breathe by not always having your hair tied up tightly or covered by hats or scarves. Remember, regular care will keep your normal scalp healthy, fresh and balanced.

    How to make your own scalp scrub

    One of the best ways to care for your scalp is with a scalp scrub. A simple recipe can be made by mixing sugar and oil together. Massage the mixture into your scalp in circular motions to remove dead skin cells and increase blood circulation.

    Another effective recipe for a homemade scalp scrub involves the use of coffee and honey. Coffee grounds act as a natural exfoliant, while honey adds moisture and nourishment to the hair follicles. Mix the ingredients well, massage it gently into your scalp, leave it on for a few minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water.

    Recipe for scalp scrub with sugar and oil

    Choose the right type of sugar for your scalp scrub: When making a scalp scrub, it is important to choose the right type of sugar. Use fine sugar such as cane sugar or brown sugar to avoid irritating the skin.

    Which oils are best suited for a scalp scrub? For an effective and nourishing scalp scrub, you can use different oils such as coconut oil, almond oil or jojoba oil. These oils help moisturize and soothe your scalp.

    How to make a simple sugar and oil scalp scrub recipe: Mix 2 tablespoons of sugar with 1 tablespoon of oil of your choice in a bowl. Gently massage the mixture into your wet scalp in circular motions for a few minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and shampoo as usual. Repeat this treatment once a week for optimal results.

    Recipe for scalp scrub with coffee and honey

    Benefits of using coffee in your scalp scrub:

    • The coffee has natural exfoliating properties that remove dead skin cells and stimulate blood circulation in the scalp. This can help reduce the build-up of dandruff and improve hair growth.

    The healing properties of honey in a scalp scrub:

    • Honey is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it ideal for treating dry or irritated scalps. It also soothes itching and contributes to increased hydration.

    Step-by-step guide to making your own coffee and honey scalp fluffer:

    1. Mix 2 tablespoons of ground coffee with 1 tablespoon of honey.

    2. Gently massage the mixture into damp scalp with circular movements.

    3. Let it sit for approx. 10 minutes to give the ingredients time to work.

    4. Rinse thoroughly with warm water, followed by shampooing as usual.

    5. Repeat this process once a week for optimal results.

    Recipe for scalp scrub with sea salt and coconut oil

    How does sea salt help the scalp? Sea salt is known for its exfoliating effect, which removes dead skin cells and impurities from the scalp. This scrub also stimulates blood circulation and promotes normal hair growth.

    Benefits of using coconut oil as an ingredient in a scrub salt treatment Coconut oil is rich in nutrients that moisturize and nourish both hair and scalp. This natural oil also has antimicrobial properties that can fight fungus or bacteria on the scalp.

    How to make a homemade sea salt and coconut oil scalp scrub Mix 1 tablespoon of sea salt with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a bowl. Gently massage the mixture into your wet scalp with circular movements for approx. 5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and shampoo to remove excess oil and salt residue from the hair. Repeat this treatment once a week for best results.

    How often should I use a scalp scrub?

    A scalp scrub should typically be used once a week to remove dead skin cells, excess oil and product residue from the scalp. This frequency helps maintain a healthy scalp without disrupting natural oil production. For those with a sensitive scalp, it may be necessary to reduce the frequency to every two weeks to avoid irritation. Listen to your scalp's needs and adjust usage according to how well your scalp responds. Regular use of a scalp scrub can promote healthy hair growth and improve the overall condition of your hair.

    When should I use a scalp scrub?

    A scalp scrub should be used when you experience a build-up of dead skin cells, excess oil or product residue that can lead to irritation and hair problems. Here are some specific situations where a scalp scrub can be particularly beneficial:

    • Scalp Feeling Oily: If your scalp gets oily quickly, a scrub can help cleanse and balance oil production.
    • Dandruff or Dry Scalp: A scrub can remove dead skin cells and improve scalp health.
    • After using a lot of styling products: If you use a lot of products, a scrub can remove build-up and restore scalp health.
    • Itching and Discomfort: Regular use can relieve itching and irritation.

    In general, using a scalp scrub once a week is recommended to maintain a healthy scalp and promote hair growth.

    How to maintain a healthy scalp after scrubbing

    Use a mild shampoo for daily cleaning of the scalp. Choose a shampoo that is gentle and free of harsh chemicals, as it will help maintain a healthy scalp after scrubbing. Avoid frequent use of hot water as it can dry out the scalp and lead to irritation. Gently massage the scalp with your fingertips to stimulate blood circulation and promote normal hair growth.

    Product recommendations

    We have a number of product recommendations for your scalp scrub that can make your scalp scrub experience easier and more comfortable.

    Scalp brush

    A scalp brush is the perfect companion to your scalp scrub. With its silicone bristles, it ensures that the scalp scrub reaches the scalp and ensures a better and more effective scrub of your scalp. The brush is comfortable to use and provides a nice scalp massage at the same time. In fact, scalp massage also helps stimulate blood circulation to the scalp, which can also have a positive effect on both scalp and hair.

    A mild shampoo

    After using a scalp scrub, it's a good idea to use a mild shampoo without sulphates and silicones to avoid over-cleansing the scalp. We highly recommend our Grow and Glow shampoo for those with thin and fine hair and our Repair and Care shampoo for those with thick, thick or dry hair. These shampoos are free of silicone and sulphate and are therefore gentle on the scalp while also containing good ingredients for the hair.

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