I don’t want to get too graphic here, but people have definitely let themselves go during this pandemic. I mean, unless I just never noticed how many slobs live in my city? No, it must be corona-hygiene…
People haven’t been getting hair cuts and may or may not be using styling products but one thing is for sure, hair washing has taken a definite backseat. Unless you’ve got a chrome dome aka bald af, you’re walking around with a slick scalp. Your new nickname is Pony Boy because you’re now a Greaser (ha – jk).
Build-up on your scalp is totally normal. It means your head is producing the oils on your head that it’s supposed to but with the typical drugstore shampoos, they’re like detergents and strip your scalp of oils. It then has to work overtime to replace those oils. It’s a bitter cycle. Check my natural shampoo post if you want to break out of that scalp hellhole.
But if you’re comfortable with your current (lack of) routine, maybe do this coffee grind scalp scrub every so often to refresh those locks. It’s as satisfying as pulling a clump of hair out of a brush. Just a weight lifted off your shoulders!
If you’ve been making my cold brew coffee at home, you already have the grinds for this recipe. This is best for people with brown hair, maybe even dark blonde. If you’re platinum, this might make your hair look dingy, but also, you’re not fooling anyone with that colour (jk).
Not only does this scrub slough off any crap on your scalp but massaging it in brings blood to your head (that’s what she said) and it’s great for hair growth. Plus, coffee is supposed to help with greys…apparently.
Coffee Grind Scalp Scrub
Use your preferred carrier oil (coconut, avocado, etc) and add in the coffee grinds. If you’re using coconut oil, I’d soften it first to make it easier to combine, but beware because it can be a bitch to wash out of your hair. If you have rosemary essential oil, add in a few drops which will help with dandruff and overall scalp health.
Take some of the scalp scrub on your fingers and massage it into your scalp in circular motions. Do not use your nails. As a long nail haver, I have to consciously ensure that I’m using the pads of my fingers and not scratching my scalp with nails because that can do damage, even if it feels good.
I usually let it sit a few minutes and then scrub in circular motions as I’m rinsing it out with warm water. You can even use the extras for a body scrub. Coffee is great for cellulite according to Pinterest lol.
Now your scalp is so squeaky clean, you can eat off it!