Detoxing your scalp is extremely important to maintaining a healthy hair regimen full of growth and retention. To detox you will need to exfoliate. Exfoliating your scalp helps to get rid of dead skin cells, unclog your pores, and remove impurities as well as impurities to help stimulate and promote hair growth. So here are 5 DIY scalp detox recipes you can make from the comfort of your own home using ingredients that you can most likely find in your kitchen.

1 pH balanced Shampoo 

I haven’t tried this detox shampoo yet because I am a weary shampooer (more so a co-washer but not strictly following the curly girl method) but I came across this recipe and it looks super interesting. The contents of the diy recipe seem to be gentle enough to cleanse/detox the scalp without stripping my hair of natural oils and moisture.


1 ½ cups of coconut milk

1 ¾ cups of Aloe Vera Gel

optional: add in a few drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance. 

Directions: You put all of the ingredients together into a bowl and whisk them together as if you were whisking eggs. Once they are fully mixed together and voila you are ready to go. You can use the mixture just like you would use any other shampoo. You may want to find some sort of container to keep it in. The original creator of this recipe had a nifty idea of putting the mixture into ice trays and storing it in your freezer. When you are ready to use one of the home made shampoo bars you just pop it out the night before you know you are going to use it and put it in a bowl or container in the fridge until it is go time. How awesome is that! No wasted ingredients and gentle detoxifying shampoo that controls the pH balance of your hair! Sounds like a win win to me!

2. Detox Hair Mask :

This recipe I already knew of and have been using once a month personally in a slightly tweaked/altered version. This recipe calls for the following ingredients:


½ cup of Bentonite Clay (use a wooden or plastic bowl no metal bowls or utensils when interacting with bentonite clay)

½ cup Aloe Vera Gel(I get mine from GNC but it can be found in many health food stores, beauty supply stores, or online at Amazon)

¼ cup Apple Cider Vinegar (preferably Braggs brand with “the mother” still included)

1 additional cup of apple cider vinegar (optional or can be replaced with water) 

DIRECTIONS: My detox clay mask featuring bentonite clay powder doesn’t consist of Aloe Vera Gel but I do incorporate apple cider vinegar and some sort of essential or carrier oil. On occasion I also add in the additional cup of water because I feel the mixture may cause too much dryness if it tips further into the clay/vinegar as the main ingredients. That is just a personal preference. I mix these ingredients together and use the clay mask once a month when cleansing my hair or right after the removal of a protective style. I leave the mask on for 20 minutes with a shower cap over it to prevent over drying. Once I rinse this mask off my scalp feels amazing and my curls are POPPING, fully refreshed and ready to tackle the co-washing faze of wash day.

3. Honey Shampoo:

 Also on my agenda to give a try is this honey mask I recently ran into. I use honey as a part of my pre-poo regimen and deep conditioning but have never once thought to use it as a part of a cleansing/detoxification method.


3-4 tablespoons of honey

mason jar/ random jar or container

Essential oil (optional)

Directions:  You are going to add the 3-4 tablespoons of honey into the jar or container you will be using for storage. Then you add in warm water until the container is filled to about its half way mark . Once the honey appears to have entered a liquid/watery state you can add any essential oil of your choice for fragrance. Use the mixture the same way you would use regular shampoo. This mixture will help not only to detoxify but to cleanse, moisturize and balance the pH of your hair as well while leaving it with a nice health shine.

4. Cucumber Lemon Shampoo:

This shampoo mix helps to detox the scalp but also helps alleviate a dry itchy scalp as well, while offering an amazingly soothing citric tingly feel.


1 lemon

1 cucumber

Food processor or blender

Directions: This mix/blend is probably one of the easiest creations to make to help detox and alleviate toxins on your scalp. Peel the lemon and the cucumber. Chop them up (if you are using a low power blender like I am) or just throw them into your food processor and bam… mix them up until they turn into a thick liquid paste consistency. Then apply to your hair like you would with shampoo.

5. Baking Soda Cinnamon Detox 

This is probably one of the most popular scalp detoxes in the natural hair community. It was the first one I ran into and the first one I actually tried on my self. Here’s what you will need for this mix (hint: the title gives most of it away)


1 teaspoon of baking soda

½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder

2 tablespoons of olive oil

DIRECTIONS: Mix the ingredients into a small container and massage the concotion into your scalp gently. (its best and easiest to do so when your hair is in sections…. but as a naturalista you should have already known that!). Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes covered with a shower cap and rinse. This mix will help fight off dandruff by providing more antioxidants and decreasing hair loss. Sounds like something I need to try asap!

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Hey there! I’m Melissa, co-founder of Trials n Tresses, natural hair and beauty lover, binge tv watcher and lover of life. When I am not creating content for TNT, I’m busy teaching the future of society.

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3 Responses to 5 DIY Scalp Detox Recipes

  1. Many say using baking soda before styling the hair with a blowdryer and hair iron will damage the hair, is this true!!