How to DIY a Scalp Treatment At Home (aka a Scalp Facial)

DIY Scalp Facial

Because your scalp needs a treat right about now…

DIY Scalp Facial

If you’ve never had a scalp facial, you are seriously missing out…just trust me on this one.  The best thing about a scalp facial, aside from leaving you with a super clean and fresh scalp, is the fact that they’re Coronavirus-friendly (I.e. you can do them at home with no help at all).

Who’s it for?

Well, anyone really…but especially good for those who have an itchy scalp, hair loss or dry flakes.  A good scalp facial will really get the blood flow glowing, and it’s also essentially a hair treatment that works for both your scalp and hair.  It sounds frivolous but trust me when I tell you that you will be HOOKED once you try this once.

Oh, and even though I’m not typically a “make your own beauty product” person, I DO love this recipe to make your own scalp scrub.  It feels so AMAZING and you likely have all three of these ingredients already in your pantry.  Feel free to sub in your own DIY recipe for the scrub portion of your scalp facial 🙂

What You Need:

DIY Exfoliating Scalp Scrub

  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • Combine the ingredients into a bowl and stir
  • Apply onto damp hair then gently massage it into your scalp
  • Leave the scrub on your scalp for 10 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water and follow with shampoo and conditioner

How To Do This DIY Scalp Facial/Treatment At Home

Deep Clean

I like to start with an apple cider vinegar scalp rinse and my favorite is the DpHue version.  Typically you would use this rinse as a substitute for shampoo but since this is a whole treatment, I start with this to really cleanse and remove impurities (without stripping the natural oils that are essential to the health of your scalp and hair, of course).

Apply a scalp scrub

My first pick (I’m obsessed) is OUAI Scalp + Body Scrub…yep, it’s a two-for-one!  The fragrance is the brand’s signature “Melrose Place” (my fave) —a velvety rich rose fragrance with hints of bergamot, lychee, cedar-wood, and white musk.  I also really love the Christophe Robin Purifying Scalp Scrub with Sea Salt and, for a drugstore pick, I love the Yes To Tea Tree Pre-Shampoo Scalp Scrub.  You can also DIY your own (see recipe above!).

Cleanse and condition


I’ve been talking about how much I love the Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro Exfoliating Shampoo (blogged about it HERE: it’s Black-owned, btw). I also really love Amika’s Reset Scalp Clarifying Gel Shampoo!


So for this step you want to use your regular conditioner.  Right now I’m loving Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Conditioner and IGK Hot Girls Hydrating Conditioner.

Deep condition

Now that you’ve deep cleansed, you really want to make sure you lock back in all the moisture, right? Normally I would never say to apply a deep conditioner or hair mask directly to your scalp, but since this is a SCALP treatment and not a hair treatment, GO FOR IT.  A few of my deep conditioner/hair mask favorites: Garnier Smoothing Treat 1-Minute Hair Mask, Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask and Redken All Soft Heavy Cream Super Treatment.


Lastly, spray a little vitamin-packed treatment to your scalp for that final touch.  I love Nexxus Scalp Inergy Leave-In Treatment and AVEDA Invati Advanced Scalp Revitalizer.

Thoughts? Will you try this at-home scalp facial?!


Photo by Felicia LaSala

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