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Brown Sugar Scalp Scrub

By January 27th, 202113 Comments

Brown Sugar Scalp Scrub

By Sylvia of LoveNaturalSunshine via For the Fabulous and Frugal

The Brown Sugar Scalp Scrub is ideal for naturals who have oily, pore-clogged scalps or for naturals who want a new DIY treat to add to their list of all-natural scalp cleansers. Brown Sugar Scalp Scrub unearths unwanted oils laying on your scalps surface, blocking oxygen and repelling water. Moreover, because of the “hands-on” method used to apply the scrub, it helps promote scalp blood circulation and allow cleansing the scalp to be a breeze! Plus, it is really, really simple to make! I have been testing the Brown Sugar Scalp Scrub for two months now and I felt it was ready to share with naturalsunshine. I originally discovered the recipe on Naturallycurly but I added the “Tips & Caution Steps” based on my personal experiences. So here we go!

Recipe: Brown Sugar Scalp Scrub

2 tablespoons of Olive oil
2-3 Tablespoons of Organic Light Brown Sugar
3 drops of your favorite essential oil (helps open the pores)

Directions: In a small bowl mix ingredients. Add enough sugar to make a thin paste. Do not heat the oil as this will melt the sugar. On dry or damp hair, part and section the hair into 6 or more sections. Clip or twist the hair to keep it in individual sections. Take a scoop of the scrub and apply to scalp, separating hair to reach entire scalp. In a circular motion, slowly scrub the scalp with the mixture for 1-2 minutes. Refrain from scrubbing roughly, as this may lead to irritation. Rise well, then shampoo and condition hair as normal.


Removes excess oil and impurities
Removes dead skin cells
Improves cell circulation

Tips & Caution Steps:

Use an organic brand (USDA approved works great!) of brown sugar for the recipe. The granules of organic sugar will be larger than regular processed sugar, allowing maximum exfoliation of the scalp. An alternative to using an organic brand is to use a brown sugar that has granules similar to the texture and the size of sand.

If you have sensitive skin, use with caution as sugar granules can cause mild skin irritation. To avoid this, make sure mixture has the thickness of a paste and that you apply the scrub only to the hair avoiding facial area.


  • Anonymous says:

    I added vitamin a,d,e and rosemary, peppermint & jojoba oil…..rinse well with warm water then a cool rinse

  • Jasmine Rose says:

    I use brown sugar as a facial scrub! So Im sure it helps with that scalp as well.

  • LovelyB says:

    this post came RIGHT on time! I just took my twists out (after almost 2 months!!) and finally washed my hair this past weekend. straightened it (wanted to see how long it grew as though 2 months in twists would increase m hair by 3 inches haha) and have TONS of build up on my scalp (even though I shampooed. and scrubbed that shampoo. twice!)
    I am going to HAVE to try this when I get ready to wash my hair, which will probably be next weekend if I can stand to wait that long, and just do an oil massage now

  • Sylvia says:

    Sure, it is okay to put sugar in your hair! Sugar is made of granules that work nicely as a scrub. You can know if your scalp is pore-clogged by looking to see if your hair has build up. Usually, on wash day, I check my scalp by rubbing my fingers against it. If I see flakes or dandruff appear, I know my scalp needs a good clarification. Hope that helps! (:

  • NikNak says:

    doesn't adding conditioner to the sugar, make it dissolve, which would defeat the purpose?

  • Anonymous says:

    This is also great to exfoliate the skin as well!

  • Anonymous says:

    I've been doing this for years…using my homemade brown sugar scrub from head to toe.

  • Anonymous says:

    How do you know if your scalp is pore-clogged?

  • Anonymous says:

    Eh! I'll pass. Shampoo works just fine.

  • stephanie says:

    This is amazing! I do this a few times during the winter when my scalp gets dry. I mix brown sugar, olive oil, and a cheapy hair conditioner and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. My scalp loves me for it.

  • phoenixa says:

    I need to try this because I have a lot of build up on my scalp. And I love to wash my hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    Is it ok to put sugar in hair?

  • Natural Beauty says:

    I'm going to have to try this.

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