Clean Beauty Tips & Techniques 10 Ways to Moisturize Your Scalp Using Natural Ingredients By Joanna Parkman Joanna Parkman Writer Duke University, Sewanee: The University of the South Joanna is an environmental protection specialist, science writer, and clean beauty writer. Her focuses are floodplain management, coastal resilience, environmental justice, nature-based solutions, and clean beauty DIY recipes. Learn about our editorial process Published December 13, 2021 Share Twitter Pinterest Email Treehugger / Sanja Kostic Clean Beauty Products Tips & Techniques There is no beautiful, shiny hair without strong roots and a healthy scalp—an often-neglected component in your hair care routine. Moisturizing your scalp is very easy. A DIY moisturizer is also better for the planet than store-bought products made with questionable or even hazardous ingredients. Plus, you probably already have everything you need for a DIY recipe right at home. Take a look at our 10 recipes for homemade oil treatments, hair masks, and serums to help you cleanse, soothe, hydrate, restore, and rejuvenate your scalp in no time. 1 of 10 Nourishing Castor Oil and Aloe Blend Amawasri / Getty Images This simple home serum relies on the hydrating powers of aloe vera and nutrient-dense castor oil to cleanse and restore your scalp. Steps Combine 1 tablespoon of castor oil with 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel.Add five drops of tea tree oil.Apply to your dry scalp and leave in for 30 minutes.Shampoo and rinse hair as usual. This application can be used one to four times per week. 2 of 10 Overnight Coconut Oil Mask Jayk7 / Getty Images Coconut oil remains a longtime hair care favorite, and for good reason. This recipe takes advantage of the ingredient’s deep hydration benefits to target your scalp. Steps Mix 5 tablespoons of liquid coconut oil with 5 drops each of rosemary and peppermint essential oils. (If your coconut oil is in solid form, warm it over the stove or in the microwave to melt before adding essential oils).Massage the mixture into your scalp—and all over hair from roots to tips, if you desire. If you have long hair, put it up in a bun. Wrap your hair in a towel or put on a shower cap.Leave the hair mask on for several hours or, ideally, overnight as you sleep. Wash and rinse hair as usual. 3 of 10 Deep Conditioning Treatment Kazmulka / Getty Images For an infusion of rich, hydrating ingredients, try this hair mask with egg, olive oil, and olive oil. Ingredients 1 egg1 tablespoon olive oil1 tablespoon honey1 teaspoon lime juice1 tablespoon coconut milk Steps Combine your egg, olive oil, honey, lime juice, and coconut milk in a bowl. Mix ingredients until thoroughly combined. If the mixture is too thick, add 2-3 tablespoons of water. Apply to scalp and hair, from roots to tips. Put on a shower cap or wrap a towel around your head. Leave on for 15 to 45 minutes, depending on how much time you have. After removing the shower cap or towel, shampoo and rinse. 4 of 10 Oatmeal Avocado Scalp Mask Kazmulka / Getty Images If you have a free half-hour, consider making this soothing scalp mask. With just oatmeal and avocado as ingredients, you’ll be surprised by how hydrated your scalp and hair feel after application. Steps Cook 1/2 cup of oatmeal and let cool.Add 1/2 an avocado, mashed, and mix until blended. Wet your hair with warm water and gently towel dry it until damp.Apply the mask to your scalp and massage.Wrap your hair with a towel or put on a shower cap, and let the mask set for 20 minutes.Shampoo and rinse out. 5 of 10 Exfoliating Brown Sugar Scalp Scrub Westend61 / Getty Images This simple exfoliating sugar scrub can help improve circulation and hydration to keep your hair follicles in balance. Steps Combine 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of finely ground oatmeal, and 2 tablespoons of your favorite eco-friendly conditioner in a bowl. After shampooing your hair, massage a small amount of the conditioner mixture into your scalp, adding more as needed. Rinse thoroughly to remove the scrub. 6 of 10 Aromatic Scalp Moisturizer Iryna Veklich / Getty Images For a fragrant twist on your run-of-the-mill scalp moisturizer, this recipe is packed with essential oils to revive your scalp and leave your hair smelling fabulous. Ingredients 1 tablespoon of castor oil 1 tablespoon of coconut oil 2 tablespoons of olive oil 3 drops tea tree oil 3 drops lavender oil 3 drops rosemary oil Steps Combine castor oil, coconut oil, and olive oil in a small bowl. Fill a larger bowl with hot water, and place the small bowl inside to melt the coconut oil. Once the mixture is entirely liquid, remove the small bowl. It should be warm, not hot. Add three drops each of tea tree oil, lavender oil, and rosemary oil. Pour the liquid onto your scalp and massage well using your fingers. Wrap your head with a towel or put on a shower cap, and leave in for about an hour. Wash your hair with shampoo and rinse; you won't need conditioner. Repeat this routine one to three times a week for best results. The 9 Best Organic Essential Oils of 2023 7 of 10 Scalp Massage Oil Ronstik / Getty Images This nourishing scalp serum features hydrating jojoba oil and aromatic essential oils. Ingredients 10 drops cedarwood oil5 drops rosemary oil5 drops lavender oil5 drops tea tree oil2.5 ounces jojoba oil1 ounce castor oil Steps Add cedarwood oil, rosemary oil, lavender oil, and tea tree oil to a small, 4-ounce amber glass bottle.Add jojoba oil and castor oil.Gently invert the bottle several times to mix ingredients. Apply a few drops to your fingers and massage into your scalp daily allowing it to absorb—ideally overnight—before your next hair wash. 8 of 10 Anti-Dandruff Lemon Oil Blend Hendra Rakhmat Kurniawan / Getty Images A dry, flaking scalp is no fun to deal with and can indicate serious irritation. Try out this deep moisturizing blend to help eliminate dandruff and heal your skin. Ingredients 1 tablespoon coconut oil4 drops lemon oil2 drops lavender oil2 drops peppermint oil Steps Combine melted coconut oil, lemon oil, lavender oil, and peppermint oil in a small dropper bottle.Lightly shake to mix ingredients. Massage into your scalp to fully coat and leave on for 15 minutes.Shampoo and rinse. 9 of 10 Apple Cider Vinegar Mask HeikeRau / Getty Images For a simple, three-ingredient recipe to soothe your dry scalp, look no further than this apple cider vinegar and honey mask. Steps Combine 1.5 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of honey in a small bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and mix well.Apply to damp hair and massage along the scalp.Leave in for 15 minutes before rinsing out. 10 of 10 Dry Scalp Shampoo Aleksandr Shulichenko / Getty Images Substituting your shampoo for one that specifically moisturizes your scalp can be transformative for your skin and hair. This simple recipe also targets dandruff while it hydrates. Ingredients 1/4 cup liquid Castile soap1/2 cup water1 teaspoon glycerine2 tablespoons jojoba oil20 drops tea tree oil Steps Combine castile soap, water, glycerine, jojoba oil, and tea tree oil in a small bowl. Mix well and transfer to a small glass container. Lather and massage into hair and scalp. Leave in while you soap up, and rinse out after about five minutes.