It’s no secret that exfoliating removes dead skin cells and helps improve cell turnover to reveal fresh, rejuvenated skin. We exfoliate our faces, feet, hands and body, but why not our scalps? 

Here at Terra Collective, we’ve been on the topic of oily hair and flaky scalps lately. How can one have both of these symptoms at the same time? Daily use of a variety of hair products including dry shampoo can clog your hair follicles causing your scalp to overproduce oil. We decided to test a  DIY scalp scrub to see the impact. Here’s what we used:




The result?

After one scalp scrub, we noticed a serious reduction in flakes and decreased oil production, adding days between washes. 

So how does it work?

There’s no doubt that a clear scalp leads to healthier hair. A periodic scrub does a lot to maintain a happy scalp. Exfoliating removes the buildup of dead skin cells, dirt, oil and excess product on the hair follicle. Clear follicles allow for an even distribution of oils down the hair shaft, for nourished hair from root to tip. 

Here’s how you scrub: 

  1. Apply 1 to 2 quarter-sized amounts of scalp scrub at a time to dry or damp hair until an even amount has been distributed on your scalp. 
  2. Gently massage the scrub into your scalp in a circular motion, avoiding using your fingernails.
  3. Allow the scrub to detox your scalp for ten minutes.
  4. Rinse and cleanse with shampoo. And apply a conditioner as usual.

Pro Tip: We recommend applying the scrub in the bath or shower to minimize clean up! 

Key Ingredients

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is packed with antioxidants and vitamins. Super hydrating, it’s excellent for promoting healthy hair. 


Sugar is a gentle and natural exfoliant. Pure cane sugar is slightly coarser for a deeper exfoliation. Don’t have it, opt for granular sugar instead. 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a hair game-changer. In this scalp scrub, it helps fight dandruff and an oily scalp by lifting impurities that cause buildup. Apple cider vinegar also helps balance the scalp’s natural pH, bringing hair health back into balance. Rebalancing the pH levels can help offset dull, brittle or frizzy hair. 


An incredible source of nutrients, enzymes, and vitamins, honey helps the scalp during the mask treatment by moisturizing dry hair and scalp, restoring shine, reducing frizz and softening hair. 

Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary essential oil is excellent for improving circulation. It promotes hair growth by encouraging blood flow to the scalp and stimulating hair follicles. With its anti-inflammatory properties, it also helps with itchy scalp. Rosemary essential oil helps balance oils from the sebum glands and clears clogged pores.

How Often Should You Apply a Scalp Scrub?

If you have normal to dry hair, apply the scalp scrub once a month as regular maintenance. For oily hair prone to getting greasy, start by using this scrub twice a month to get your hair back on track. 


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May 24, 2021