If you need a reason to stop binge-watching Tiger King or you’re bored of discussing ‘that’ explosive onscreen fight, now’s the time to get handy in the kitchen and tend to your locks. Whisking up your own beauty treatments means keeping them free of chemicals, and they’re kinder on your bank balance than splurging on expensive products. In fact, armed with the right recipe, even beauty moguls like Huda Kattan swear by DIY beauty.
“I’ve always loved doing DIYs because it’s another way for me to get creative with my beauty routine. I feel like so much of beauty is trial and error, and DIYs give you the freedom to create a custom routine for yourself. That’s why I do some type of beauty DIY almost every day!” she reveals. “I also love DIYs because they’re accessible to everyone! Everyone might not have the money to purchase the latest and greatest products, but DIYs take inexpensive everyday items and show you how to repurpose them in order to achieve the same results as pricey beauty products.”
So, if you want locks as luscious as Kattan’s, then it’s time to whip up some tasty treats for your tresses. And we’re not talking your usual hair masks – we mean super scalp scrubs that clear build-up, detoxify, and encourage hair growth. Here, Huda reveals her three DIY favorites exclusively to Savoir Flair.
Detoxifying Salt Scrub
“This scalp scrub majorly detoxes your scalp as it contains our fave miracle ingredient: apple cider vinegar. What makes apple cider vinegar so magical is it contains anti-fungal properties that will rid your scalp of dandruff by killing any fungus around your hair follicles, while also restoring your scalp’s natural pH levels. Combined with hydrating, nourishing ingredients like coconut oil and honey, it’s pretty much unstoppable.”
¼ cup ground Himalayan pink salt (use coarse sea salt if you can’t find any)
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, preferably organic (swap for baking soda if you prefer)
1 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
1 tsp honey
5 drops of peppermint or tea tree oil (you can skip this if you don’t have any)
1. Combine the ingredients in a bowl, and stir.
2. Apply a tablespoon onto damp hair, gently messaging it into your scalp.
3. Leave the scrub on your hair for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water, followed by shampoo and conditioner.
Deep-Cleansing Lemon Scrub
“This scrub is so simple, yet so effective. The combination of sea salt and lemon juice make for a super-powerful exfoliator as the citric acid in the lemon juice is a natural chemical exfoliator, so it’ll help shed any dead skin and loosen any oil that’s blocking your hair follicles. The olive oil will hydrate your scalp and is full of beauty vitamins, like vitamins A and E, which will fight free radicals that trigger hair loss and hair fall.”
2 tbsp sea salt
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp olive oil
1. Combine the ingredients together in a bowl.
2. Apply to damp hair, massaging the scrub into your scalp to boost circulation.
Nourishing Sugar Scrub
“This sugar scrub is somewhere between a hair mask and a scrub – it’s a win-win. It’s crazy nourishing as it contains coconut oil and olive oil, both of which are full of fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants that’ll help strengthen the hair follicle. Muscovado sugar is also super soft, so it’ll gently exfoliate your scalp without being too harsh on your skin. If you have sensitive skin, this scrub is perfect for you. Finally, it’ll help hydrate your locks as it contains honey – a natural humectant that’ll draw in moisture.”
3 tbsp deep conditioner
1 tbsp muscovado sugar
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp coconut oil
1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl, and apply to wet hair.
2. Massage the mixture into your scalp, then coat hair from root to tip. Cover your hair with a plastic shower cap (you can always use a plastic bag) and leave the treatment on your hair for 30 minutes.
3. If you have curly hair, rinse out and let your hair air-dry. If you have straight or fine hair, you may want to follow with your usual shampoo and conditioner to avoid oily roots.