I Added Sugar to my Shampoo for a Month & Here’s What Happened

Posted in Beauty
on March 20, 2017

Girl say whaaa? 

Yes, you heard me. Shampoo + Sugar = Beautiful Hair. Who knew? If you’re interested in seeing how you can transform your hair in a month, keep on reading! I promise this one addition to your hair-care routine will be life changing!

With all the crazy, inconsistent weather and not taking care of my hair like I normally do—my hair was in desperate need of a little extra TLC. It was dry, damaged, and needed help ASAP. And you know me, you know that I’m not one to spend a lot of money on special hair treatments, products, etc. because I’m not about that life. I like to keep my beauty routine short and sweet.

In all honesty, I should lay off the dry shampoo a little more. I notice that even though it’s one of two products I use in my hair, it doesn’t help keep it healthy. Sure, you don’t need to wash your hair every day. But I have taken this a little too seriously and by Thursday my hair is 99 percent dry shampoo and one percent hair. I was out looking for a way to treat my hair and reverse some damage over the last few months.

One night I was 150 pins deep on Pinterest when I found an article about adding white sugar to shampoo to help exfoliate it and help treat the damaged parts of your hair. Needless to say my mind was BLOWN because I use sugar to create my own lip/face/body scrubs, so why wouldn’t I think to do the same for my hair? I was ready to try this the same night and create my own experiment to see how it would change my hair after a few weeks.

The perk of using sugar is that it dissolves easily while still giving all those benefits for your scalp. When I realized that I could incorporate this into my hair-care routine, I got to work. Since I wash my hair every other day, I thought that exfoliating my hair once a week would be acceptable. I simply added a tablespoon of sugar to my shampoo, lathered up, rinsed, and conditioned as normal. I recommend really taking your time when you shampoo your hair to work the sugar and shampoo all over your scalp. Take your time since you’re only going to do this once a week.

While exfoliating my hair for the first time, I immediately noticed how good it made my scalp feel. TBH it was a mini massage, which felt incredible. When I finished washing my hair, it felt even more clean and pampered than normal. It was an extra treat for my hair. The next day, styling my hair felt like a breeze. I don’t know if this was because I was having a good hair day or, or if it was from exfoliating—but I’ll take it! You know when you exfoliate your face, and it feels soft and free of any excess dryness? That’s exactly how my hair felt after my shower and the following day. Needless to say, I was hooked.

After three weeks, I noticed that my hair wasn’t shedding as much when I shampooed my hair. I know it’s completely normal to shed hair throughout the day, but it helps keep the drain clean and doesn’t make me panic like when I used to see a cat-sized mound of hair on the shower wall. (I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this way, right?!) Also, I noticed that my scalp was less oily. I learned that when you stimulate your scalp more, it helps to remove excess oils to keep your hair healthy. This was  a huge perk for me because it helps me use just a little less dry shampoo than I normally would on my no-wash days for my hair.

All in all, I have noticed that this once simple addition to my hair routine has shown a huge difference in my hair. Like exfoliating your face, body or lips, your hair deserves to reap the benefits of exfoliating, too!

Have you ever tried this beauty hack before? Would you consider it? What other tips to you have to treat your hair in winter? Make sure to share in the comments below!

Ki Signature


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  • Wow! Yeah! I never would have thought of that but that’s pretty cool (and cheap)!

    • Yes! You can never go wrong with a good beauty hack that’s also inexpensive!

  • Lisa Warren

    I had no idea about this !!! Makes sense though to exfoliate your scalp. I may need to try this today. thanks!

    • You’re welcome! Let me know how this works for you if you decide to give it a try for yourself!

  • Sarah Jean

    I haven’t tried sugar but yesterday I DID try epsom salts in my shampoo – great minds think alike! You’re right, it was super exfoliating and my hair had more body than before.

    • YES! It’s amazing what one simple change can do for your hair! I’ve heard of the epsom salt, too–but I had sugar readily available to start using so I tried that first. 🙂 I’m glad to know this works as well!

  • Candy Kage

    Never ever heard of this before and wouldn’t have thought to use sugar in my shampoo. Might patent this before long the shampoo companies will be doing this.

    • Such a great thought, Candy–haha! 🙂 I would definitely recommend trying this if you’re looking to treat your hair after using a ton of products!

  • Wow so cool! Never heard of that either, but makes total sense! I need to try that!!

    • Let me know if it works for you, Jackie! Would love to know what you think after trying it yourself for a few weeks!

  • JamieSplendry

    I’ve never heard of this beauty tip before! I actually add honey to my shampoo and am loving the results!

    • I’ve heard that honey has so many beneficial properties for you skin and hair! Such a perfect, natural beauty item!

  • Leah

    Never heard of this. Going to try maybe try the epsom salt idea too and see which works better for me.

    • Let me know what you think of this tip! I hope it works for you as well, Leah!

  • WHOA. Never heard of it or tried it, but I think it makes sense…will DEFINITELY have to give it a go next wash, especially cos I’m like you in being a biiiiiit too dry shampoo happy. Ha!

    Coming Up Roses

    • It’s amazing how addicting dry shampoo can be! But yes, if you want to give your hair a little TLC from all the product–definitely try this out!

  • Tara

    Wow I would of never think to use sugar either. What brand of sugar did you use? I would be willing to try it. Did you mix the sugar and shampoo together in like a cup and then apply it to your hair? Thanks for the tips. I am going to try this this weekend. I’m excited.

    • I honestly used granulated, white sugar 🙂 And I added the spoonful of sugar in my hand and mixed in my shampoo in my hands with the sugar before applying to my scalp. I focus the sugar scrub on my scalp and rinse/condition as normal. Hope this helps, Tara!

  • This is awesome! I definitely want to try this on my own hair. Any specific amount you add in?

    • Yes, I do one spoonful because I have long, thick hair. 🙂 Hope this helps, Cara!

  • I have never heard of this technique before…interesting. I’ve practiced a lot of techniques for better haircare since I’m a professional stylist…I’ll have to ask my stylist buddies if they’ve heard a sort of “sugar scrub” for the scalp. You’re right, we do use sugar scrubs on feet and elbows and all of this skin is connected…hahaha!

    • So true! And I know so many people might seem skeptical, but it’s also nothing something you have to do all the time–just when you need to treat your hair to a little TLC!

  • This is such a wonderful idea! I’ll have to give it a try.

  • Shani Ogden

    I’ve never heard of this before but it sounds interesting!

    • I didn’t either until I randomly stumbled across it once, and I’ve been committed to using it regularly!

  • That sounds really interesting and I’ve never heard of this! My mother-in-law is a hair dresser, so I’m going to see what she thinks! I’m super interested!

    • I asked my hairdresser about it and she said she has never personally done it, but she taught me that it’s great for people who have dandruff because stimulating your scalp helps to remove that dead skin and bring out the good, natural oils! The more you know, right?!

  • This is a mind blowing hack! I never would have thought of this but you are so right, you add it to all kinds of beauty products so why not to your shampoo, too? I’ll be trying this soon! Thank you for sharing!

    • You’re welcome! And yes, when I talked to my hairdresser she had the same response: we add it to stimulate our skin properly, so it wouldn’t damage your hair whatsoever!

  • WHAT?!?!?! I NEED TO DO THIS! I shed SO much it’s crazy! (like the wheels of my office chair don’t roll anymore because there is so much hair in them!)

  • Patricia Conte

    Super interesting! And, the hair on the wall thing? Totally. As someone who washes her hair twice a week, I’ll definitely want to try this (I looooove my dry shampoo, too)!

  • mind. BLOWN!

    I’ve recently stepped back from shampooing every day after falling off the wagon a few months ago… but my reliance on dry shampoo can’t be any better. My hair also falls out like CRAZY (the dreaded shower wall, you are not alone!)

    I need to try this. NOW. I am totally looking forward to my next shampooing now…

    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

  • Lora Green

    SO interesting! I hadn’t heard about this before, so I was intrigued 🙂

  • I have had some scalp issues lately [not even going to lie about it]. Definitely want to give this a try! Plus, we have slowed down on using sugar, so I have to use it somehow. Right?!

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