This weekend I tried 2 things I would have never thought of putting anywhere near my head, brown sugar and honey. That’s right the stuff that is used to make desserts and other sweet treats. Believe it or not I used it on my hair and it felt good.
Lately I have been thumbing through some of my natural hair books and searching the web for homemade conditioner recipes. I came across some interesting recipes including a brown sugar scalp scrub used to exfoliate dead skin cells and product build up from scalp. Then I came across some youtube videos showing how to use a sugar scrub to exfoliate the scalp. It did not look difficult so I gave it a try. Here is my spin on the brown sugar scalp scrub and a homemade deep conditioning treatment. I applied the treatments after shampooing hair.
Brown Sugar Scalp Scrub
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, melted
- 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil
- 2 – 3 squirts of conditioner (I used Suave Shea Almond conditioner)
Combine everything and mix until blended into a smooth paste like or peanut buttery consistency. The thick consistency made it easier for me to apply it to the scalp, for a thinner mix one can either add more conditioner or more oil to the mix. Once its all mixed, separate and secure hair into four sections.
Using a rat tail comb part hair and use fingertips to gently apply mixture to scalp in a circular motion. Once done secure section and move on to the next section. Apply any remaining scrub to edges. Hands will be sticky during the process so you may want to keep a damp towel near by to wipe fingers on. Rubbing the scrub on my scalp felt good especially in the crown area where it can itchy sometimes.
When done with the scrub and after washing my hands I applied the deep conditioning treatment to the hair. I’m going to discuss that in part 2 so that this post won’t be so long.
The brown sugar scalp scrub can be done by itself either before or after shampooing, I did mine after shampooing with VO5 moisture milks strawberry and creme . Just cover with a plastic cap and allow it to sit for about 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water until all of the mixture is gone and for the last few moments rinse with cooler water to close the hair cuticles.
This scrub left my scalp feeling clean and with the deep conditioning treatment my hair was extremely soft and smelling oh so sweet.