Southern Mom Loves: DIY Clarifying Scalp Scrub & Moisturizing Hair Mask

DIY Clarifying Scalp Scrub & Moisturizing Hair Mask

Friday, August 9, 2019

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Hey, guys! Today's post is a fun DIY for an easy scalp scrub that will help clarify and remove any product buildup, plus deeply moisturize your hair. (It can also help with dandruff!) I'll give you the recipe for the basic scalp scrub/hair mask and also a comprehensive list of 18 essential oils that benefit the hair and scalp. Choose your oils to add based on the benefits you need (or the scents you like). Just mix and match to make the perfect scalp scrub for you!

If you don't have any essential oils on hand, just leave them out and you will still have a fabulous moisturizing scalp scrub and hair mask to use. If you do have some essential oils, I've researched a list of 18 that work to promote hair growth, slow loss, help with dandruff, strengthen hair, and more! Even if you don't have anything that needs correcting, it's always nice to add in a gorgeously-scented oil.

There is a huge difference between Essential Oils and Fragrance Oils, so make sure you're using pure essential oils in your recipes! I get mine from Simply Earth because they're the least expensive seller for 100% pure oils that I've found, so I've linked each oil for you below!

  1. Basil - Promotes hair growth a healthy scalp.
  2. Bergamot - promotes hair growth and a healthy scalp.
  3. Cedarwood - promotes hair growth and a healthy scalp. Mix with lavender and rosemary to help reduce hair loss.
  4. Chamomile - helps with dandruff.
  5. Clary Sage - promotes hair growth and improves hair strength.
  6. Eucalyptus - promotes hair growth and a healthy scalp.
  7. Geranium - strengthens hair.
  8. Lavender - useful for alopecia, can speed up hair growth.
  9. Lemon - promotes hair growth and a healthy scalp.
  10. Lemongrass - promotes hair growth and a healthy scalp, helps with dandruff when used daily as a mask.
  11. Myrrh - helps with dry scalp and dandruff.
  12. Patchouli - helps with scalp issues such as eczema, dermatitis and fungal dandruff.
  13. Peppermint - promotes hair growth a healthy scalp. Natural treatment for dandruff and lice. 
  14. Rosemary - helps to reduce hair loss and promotes hair growth, adds moisture to dry hair. Natural treatment for lice. 
  15. Sandalwood - helps with dandruff and dry hair.
  16. Tea Tree - promotes hair growth and a healthy scalp. Natural treatment for itchy scalp, dandruff, and lice.
  17. Thyme - promotes hair growth and a healthy scalp, helps prevent hair loss.
  18. Ylang-ylang - adds moisture to dry scalps and dry hair.
Now let's make it!

Clarifying Scalp Scrub & Moisturizing Hair Mask
Source: Southern Mom Loves
This is a recipe for one use, but you can double, triple it, etc. and store it in an airtight jar in your shower to use repeatedly.


  • 4 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons melted/liquid coconut oil
  • 8-10 drops of the essential oils of your choice (I'm using 4 of cedarwood, 3 of sage, & 2 of lavender)


1. Place the sugar in a small bowl or jar. Make sure it doesn't fill your container more than halfway.

2. Melt your coconut oil (if solid) in a cup in the microwave just until it's in liquid form. Let it sit and cool so that it doesn't dissolve the sugar. If you have liquid coconut oil, skip this step.

3. Add the coconut oil to the sugar.

4. Add the desired essential oils to the jar.

5. Mix thoroughly. You should have a runny sugar paste.

To Use:

I use this in the shower because it's very messy. Do it first thing when you get in to give it time to sit on your hair; That's the mask part of this mixture. You can either use a comb with a tip on the end to part your hair or your fingers.

1. Part your hair from front to back and slide a quarter-sized amount over the part. Continue parting your hair every 1" to 1-1/2" and placing the scrub on the part line until your whole head is covered. Use more of the oil to cover your hair from root to tip. 

2. Gently start massaging your scalp. Be thorough but gentle. Let the mixture sit on your hair for 5 minutes.

3. Rinse and then shampoo your hair. If your hair still feels oily, shampoo again, then use your regular conditioner.

Coconut oil is fabulous for your hair and will make it feel so, so soft! I hope you love this DIY scalp scrub and hair mask!

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Have you ever used a scalp scrub? Which oils would you choose? I love to read your comments!

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