Dandruff is frustrating, and unfortunately, it can also be embarrassing. This is because some people believe that it is caused by being unclean or not washing properly. However, this is certainly not the case!
In fact, dandruff actually affects around fifty percent of the population worldwide. It is incredibly common, and nothing to be embarrassed about. So many things cause annoying flakes on our scalps, and they can often seem impossible to get rid of.
While there is technically no cure for dandruff, we can help to reduce it with some homemade remedies – like scalp scrubs. These products make sure that our scalp is kept in the best condition possible, making it a good environment for new hair growth to thrive in.
If you are after some easy-to-make scrubs that will drastically reduce dandruff and keep your hair looking healthy, carry on reading to find the best DIY scalp scrubs for dandruff!
What Causes Dandruff?
Many factors can cause dandruff. Typically it is a result of irritation from hair products like shampoos, mousses, or hairsprays. However, it can also be caused by eczema (especially if you have irritated skin on other parts of your body).
Ultimately, the main cause of dandruff is simply a build-up of the product. We forget that our scalp is also skin, and just like our face or our bodies, we will have to maintain it regularly.
It is especially difficult to reduce product build-up if you have lots of hair because you won’t be able to see how much product is left on your scalp when you are washing it. So, this product on your scalp will then clog up your hair follicles and irritate the scalp environment.
Why Is Dandruff So Difficult To Get Rid Of?
Because there are so many causes of dandruff, it is a struggle to find the right type of treatment for it. It is also often made worse by stress, so if you are worried about dandruff currently on your scalp, then it is going to take longer to get better!
How Do You Know If You Need A Scalp Scrub?
The general misconception is that dandruff is caused by dry skin. But it is actually caused by too much oil (which can happen when you overwash it, or if you use too many products near your scalp).
So, if you have an oily scalp and this is resulting in dandruff, then a scalp scrub would definitely be a good idea.
However, if you are experiencing pain, irritation, or scaliness on your scalp, then you might want to contact a GP, as this could be a sign of a more serious issue than product build-up.
Why Are DIY Scalp Scrubs Good For You?
Scalp scrubs are recommended because they help to remove the build-up on your scalp by dislodging the clogs in your hair follicles. This will then stimulate hair to grow faster, and it will also reduce the rate at which your hair will get greasy.
With DIY scrubs, you know that there won’t be any unnecessary chemicals in the solution as you are building it yourself. As well as this, it is far cheaper to put ingredients you have lying around your house into a bowl than going to a shop to buy a separate scrub!
DIY Scalp Scrubs for Dandruff
The first DIY scalp scrub that is ideal for those with textured hair or sensitive scalps is a sugar-based solution. Sugar is brilliant for adding moisture to your scalp, which will soften both your hair and skin. As well as this, it is not as rough as a salt scrub, which means that heavily irritated skin will be much happier with the sugar fix!
What you will need:
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of oatmeal (preferably finely ground)
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon of honey
An optional extra for this scrub is a couple of drops of rosemary essential oil. It is a brilliant source for hair growth as its properties help to strengthen the circulation of your scalp. As well as this, it can aid in treating light dandruff, and it can also help with the itchiness if you are struggling not to scratch your scalp.
A Bit Salty
This scrub is perfect for stimulating hair growth, without drying out your scalp. This is because it combines salt (a brilliant ingredient for unclogging pores) with oil, to help condition your skin while it is being cleansed.
It also contains lemon juice as an acid-base to help break down any excess product build-up. This scalp would be brilliant for anyone who is prone to dry skin.
What you will need:
- 2 tablespoons of sea salt
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil or avocado oil
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
If you don’t have any lemon juice to hand, you could switch it out for apple cider vinegar. However, this smell can be quite overpowering! To help with this, we would recommend adding in a couple of drops of either lavender or rosemary essential oil.
Not only will this help to calm your scalp down while it’s being scrubbed, but it will leave your hair smelling beautifully fresh.
The Essential (Oil) Scrub
This is probably the most intense scrub out of this selection. This will be most effective for heavier cases of dandruff and flaky scalps. It will also aid in reducing redness and itching, either from dandruff or exposure to the cold.
It contains tea tree oil, which is one of the most effective natural oils around. This is because it has both antibacterial and antifungal properties, which will dramatically reduce the number of flakes your scalp produces.
However, this scrub does use baking powder, so we would recommend using it with some caution. Baking powder is brilliant at absorbing moisture, so it will easily reduce any product build-up.
But if you have color-treated hair, it could absorb some colors and ruin your dye. It is also quite drying, so don’t keep it on your scalp for too long a period of time.
What you will need:
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda
- 3 tablespoons of water
- 2 drops of tea tree oil
If you want to take this scrub a bit further, you can add some clarifying shampoo to the mix instead of water. This will ensure that your scalp stays at a suitable pH level while aiding the baking powder in absorbing oil.
You can also add a tablespoon of salt as an extra scrubbing layer to completely rid your pores of build-up.
How To Use Scalp Scrubs
You should aim to use a scalp scrub at least once every one or two weeks if you have dandruff. This is to ensure that you are fully ridding your scalp of build-up products and maintaining a healthy environment for your hair to grow in.
However, if you are going to use any scrub with baking powder, you may want to use this once a month, or alternate it with a softer alternative (like the sugar scrub) every couple of weeks. This is because overuse of baking powder will dry out your scalp, resulting in more dry flakes.
You will want to use your scrub just before you shampoo your hair. Run a small amount of the scrub through your scalp, trying to avoid the lengths of your hair as much as possible.
With the scrubs that contain salt or sugar, you can massage your fingertips round in small circles on your scalp, making sure to only do this lightly to avoid irritation. Avoid using nails for this part. With the baking powder scrubs, you can simply place it all over your scalp and let it do its thing!
After you have let the scrubs sit on your scalp for a few minutes, you can simply shampoo and condition your hair as normal.
What we would say is that if you have particularly dry ends on your hair, you might want to use a hair mask or another extremely moisturizing product after you have used the scrub.
This is because some ingredients in these mixes can dry out your hair even more, so adding another moisturizer on top of the conditioner will keep both your hair and scalp in amazing condition.
To Sum Up
DIY scalp scrubs are incredibly quick and easy to make, and they can be put together with products from your cupboards.
Salt and sugar are brilliant exfoliants for dislodging build-up from your pores, and baking powder is great for drying out the excess oils that cause dandruff on the scalp.
Aim to use these scrubs either once a week (or every two weeks) to keep your hair and scalp looking healthy and happy.