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Frizzy Friday: Natural Scalp Exfoliators

Around this time of year my head starts to feel a little bit….itchier. And then, the dreaded flakes begin to appear, until before I know it, I’m suffering from dry skin.

Now, I’m flakey enough about treating dry skin elsewhere on my body (flakey, get it? A laugh riot here), but on my scalp? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Except when I wear black. Or navy. Or any colour that allows dandruff to show through. Crap.

Part of the reason for my dry skin is easy to explain: since I have curly hair, it never gets brushed. My scalp is never stimulated the way straight-haired people stimulate theirs every single day with brushing. All I’ve got is the occasional wash and begging Joe to give me a head massage (this is a rare, rare occurrence). Sometimes I try to give myself one but, let’s be honest, that’s boring. I quickly give up and bounce on to some other activity, such as eating candy.

But, like any dandruff sufferer, I reach a point. I can’t and won’t use things like Head and Shoulders; way too harsh and full of sulfates. I can, however, make my own goodies. And so it begins.

I have two different options for scalp scrubs – I try to make a bunch of each, as my hair catches half of what I’m trying to apply (isn’t that the biggest pain in the butt? I’m trying to do something good for my scalp, dammit!). These are one-use only deals, but feel free to do them about once a week. And if you’ve got any recipes, I’d love to hear them as well!

Quinoa Conditioner Scalp Scrub

  • large palm full of conditioner
  • add about 1 tbsp. quinoa, millet, or other hard grain

Mix together and scrub on your scalp!

Coconut Oil & Brown Sugar Scalp Scrub

  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar

Mix together and scrub! This is also a lovely body scrub especially during the dry winter months.

How do you keep your scalp healthy and happy when it gets dry?



  1. I always thought dandruff and dry scalp were different. But I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who gets dry skin on their scalp! Another curly girl, here. It doesn’t fall onto my shoulders like dandruff does; it just flakes off into my hair and annoys the crap out of me.

    By the way, just a word of warning, do not try Lush’s Superbalm for this. It leaves your hair a greasy mess for days!!

    • Jess A

      Ok, cool Shani – I won’t try their superbalm! I like trying to make as many of my own products as possible. Thanks for the tip, though!

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