So ya’ll know I love all things pre-poo and here is a cool one for you to try. This pre-poo scalp scrub is simple and easy for you to do and you already have the ingredients in your kitchen. This scrub will not only help remove sweat, flakes, dandruff from your scalp but it will also increase circulation and stimulate blood flow which is important for scalp health. While anyone can try this recipe I recommend it for those with dry scalp, dandruff sufferers or those with psoriasis. You can also apply this to any area of your body.
Brown Sugar Scalp Scrub
- 2 Tbsp of Brown Sugar
- 2 Tbsp of Olive Oil (or your favorite oil)
Place sugar in a bowl and press with fork to remove any lumps. Mix in oil a teaspoon at a time to your liking, it should form a nice thin paste. Part hair into 8-10 sections and secure. Next apply the scrub directly to your scalp and massage in circular motion, removing clips as you go along to reach all of your scalp. Rinse your hair then clense and condition as normal.
This recipe is easily customizable by adjusting the ratio of sugar to oil you can make a courser mixture by using more sugar or thinner with more oil. You can also experiment with different types of sugar like sugar in the raw, demerara, turninado or muscovado. Or you can use a drop or two of essential oils to suit your scalp needs.
Colloidal Oatmeal or Avena sativa L is oats that have been ground down into a fine powder. Oatmeal has been used for ages in health and beauty care. You all know that oatmeal can help soothe dry itchy skin as many use it as a treatment for bug bites/stings, eczema, chicken pox (does anyone even get this anymore?) or sunburns. Oatmeal with its great healing and moisturizing effects is also beneficial for the hair and scalp as Aveeno has an entire product line based on this principle.
Colloidal Oatmeal can be found at any market, pharmacy, or health food store look either in the pharmacy or the bath aisle. Make sure you pick up 100% colloidal oatmeal with no additional additives. You can buy the popular Aveeno brand or grab another one. This hair rinse is ideal for those with dry itchy scalp, oily hair, or dry hair looking for additional moisture or softness.
Colloidal Oatmeal Rinse
1-large 2 quart pitcher
1/4 c. or 1 packet of colloidal oatmeal
Mix the oatmeal in the pitcher filled about 1/2 full of warm water. Stir to make sure the oatmeal completely dissolves without clumps. You may opt to use a wire whisk to break up and dissolve the oatmeal or use your fingers to break up the clumps. Add water stirring continually until the pitcher is full. Allow the mixture to sit a few minutes, if you see oatmeal settled on the bottom you need to keep mixing.
Wash/co-wash and condition your hair as normal. Then slowly pour the oatmeal rinse over your hair saturating it completely and gently scrunching and massaging the rinse into your hair and scalp. You can allow the rinse to sit for a few minutes (about 5) then rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water making sure all the oatmeal is rinsed clean from the hair. Then finish with a final rinse of cold water to close the cuticle. Continue with your reglar styling regimen.
**Note: If you experience white flakes this means you did not rinse the mixture thoroughly from your hair. Take the time to make sure this is done by simply re-wetting your hair and allowing water to run through it.
I tried it on my own hair and it did fill a bit softer. I had my mom try this out on her itchy scalp and it did provide her temporary relief but she had to repeat it daily.
A special thank you to Brokey McPoverty for sharing her mixology with us! You can read her original post on her blog.