scalp exfoliation

happy wednesday, crunchies!

today i’m posting on my way to ICELAND! i can’t wait to share pictures with you on instagram (@alexraye_ae). have any of you ever been? any suggestions?

well, today’s post is all about scalp exfoliation! washing your hair less can mean you need to focus more on getting the sebum and oils worked down the hair shaft, and keeping your scalp clean. scalp scrubbing has been an absolute MUST for be lately in my ROM routine, besides scritching and preening.

DIY scalp exfoliation

these scalp scrubs are all no-poo/low-poo/ROM/water-only friendly, aka, they won’t mess with your hair ‘washing’ routine (whatever that entails for you).

these mixes can be repeated weekly, if needed.

feel free to mix and match scrubbing ingredients with moisturizing and/or problem-solving ingredients. everyone’s different, but i’ve included a few of my favorite recipes below the ingredients list:



  • MSM powder – stimulate hair growth and follicle strength
  • salt – normal to oily hair only
  • ground almonds (almond meal)- all hair types; gentle


  • pure aloe (like Lily of the Desert) – soothing for all hair types; increases shine and softness
  • raw honey – soothing for troubled and/or dry scalps; increases shine
  • organic conditioner – if you use conditioner


  • essential oils – wide variety of types of uses (ex: rosemary and sandalwood for growth stimulation; tea tree oil for dandruff; lavender for irritation; etc)
  • apple cider vinegar – soothes dandruff, ph-balancing (detangler), helps clear product build-up, helps with dry scalp, helps with itch
  • witch hazel – clarifying, helps with itchy, dry, irritated scalps


no matter which ingredients you mix and match, you’ll want roughly these overall ratios (of course you can play around with them):

    • 1 part exfoliators
    • 1.5 part moisturizers
    • 1/3 part acv/witch hazel
    • 5-10 drops EOs

mix all ingredients together in a bowl and apply to scalp before washing (or can be used indepently between washes). let sit for 10-15 minutes and rinse very well with warm water.


dry, itchy, flakey scalp

  • 3 spoonfuls ground almonds or MSM powder (whichever you have handy)
  • 1.5 spoonful raw honey
  • 2 spoonfuls pure aloe
  • 1/2 spoonful ACV
  • 5 drops tea tree oil EO and/or 5 drops lavender EO

oily scalp

  • 3 spoonfuls salt (i have the Real Salt brand and really like it)
  • 2 spoonfuls raw honey

product build-up

  • 2 spoonfuls ground almonds
  • 1 spoonful salt
  • 3 spoonfuls aloe
  • 1 spoonful acv

stimulate hair growth

  • 3 spoonfuls MSM powder
  • 2 spoonfuls pure aloe
  • 5 drops rosemary EO
  • 5 drops sandalwood EO

AR’s current favorite

  • 3 spoonfuls MSM powder
  • 1 spoonful raw honey
  • 1 spoonful pure aloe
  • 1/2 spoonful acv
  • 10 drops lime EO

leave ingredient additions below, as well as your favorite recipes!

see you back in the states next week!



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24 thoughts on “scalp exfoliation”

  1. Love the raw honey and sea salt combo! I’ve used it twice now and love how soft it makes my hair next to my scalp. Thank you!

  2. Hi Alex! I’m big into the crunchy world now, but have never heard of MSM powder. What other uses does it have? (One of the best parts of this lifestyle is that most things I buy have tons of uses instead of just one, I’m hoping this does too!)

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