We all know about the importance of exfoliating your skin… but what about exfoliating your scalp? The skin on your scalp is the same as the skin on the rest of your body, so there’s no reason to neglect it! Having luscious, healthy hair starts from the roots, which means you have to exfoliate. Using a lot of skin products causes product build-up, on top of just regular dead skin cells. So the next time you’re having a pamper day, don’t forget about your scalp exfoliation routine. And don’t worry, this routine is DIY, using ingredients you probably already have on hand.

First things first, you need to make the scrub. There are tons of recipes for homemade scalp scrubs online, but this simple one requires just 5 ingredients. Together, the components will detox your scalp and remove the leftover product, oil, and dead skin cells. This will, in turn, leave you with healthy locks, starting at the root.

All you need for this scrub recipe is 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon of honey, and a few drops of tea tree essential oil. The coconut oil will hydrate your hair while sugar is a perfect natural exfoliate. Apple cider vinegar cleans your hair and gets rid of oil and dandruff, honey helps to restore your scalp, and tea tree oil will nourish your roots.

In other words, it’s a perfect, natural DIY scalp scrub.

First, combine the coconut oil, sugar, and ACV until it forms a scrub-like paste. Then, add in the honey and tea tree essential oil. As for the actual application process, it’s pretty self-explanatory. Gently massage the mask onto your scalp in a circular motion. Massaging the scrub ensures getting rid of all the product and dead skin, leaving you with a squeaky clean scalp. Leave it in your hair for a few minutes, and then follow with your regular shampoo routine.

Do this scrub once a month to give your hair the TLC it deserves. And if you’re feeling extra, follow with a hydrating and moisturizer hair mask to really do the trick. Trust me, you’ll be thankful you did it when your hair always looks like you just got it done.