Today I’m going to show you how to make a natural DIY hair styling clay to create sculpted, stylish yet relaxed looks with ease. I’ve been concerned that the many clay products we buy at the drug store contain unwanted preservatives and harsh chemicals that can irritate your scalp and other areas of the skin. So a while back I decided to have a go at making my own.
Natural hair clay is a relatively new product to appear on our store shelves. Ranging in consistency from your average toothpaste to a more dryer sculptor’s clay. My diy hair clay recipe is designed using Bentonite clay to give a decent hold and build a textured volume to your hair, it will create looks that are breezy and effortless but still stylish and modern.
Organic, natural and preservative free hair products need not cost you the earth, and in just a few simple steps you can have your very own for less than a few dollars, and it make a lovely homemade gift.
- 40g White or Black Clay (Powder). Bentonite is a good choice for hair care
- 30g Organic Coconut Oil (Solid)
- 2g Organic Shea Butter
- 1 drp Neroli Essential Oil (optional)
- 1 drp Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (optional)
Drop the organic tag, pass over the essential oils and go with the standard ingredients to save even more money!
How To Make The DIY Hair Clay
STEP 1: Place the solid coconut oil and the Shea Butter together and melt using a double boiler. A microwave can be used as a shortcut, but keep it on a low setting for short bursts of about 10-15 seconds at a time. Continue heating until the fat and oil have completely liquidised.
STEP 2: A quick word on the clay. All earthy colors will work, but I find black or white to be perfectly fine. As you can see I have used white clay this time. It has been suggested that white is better suited for fair hair and black suited for dark hair, but I personally think that’s nonsense.
Place the clay into a mixing pot or bowl and pour the liquid fat and oil on top. Mix thoroughly to ensure that all three ingredients have fully combined.
STEP 3: This is where you should add the 2 drops of essential oils. I use Neroli and Ylang Ylang for a fresh, vibrant aroma. For a more familiar fragrance, substitute for a couple of sprays of your favourite cologne. Mix thoroughly.
STEP 4: To finish making your hair styling clay spoon into your chosen container and smooth the top if desired.
STEP 5: Once you’ve finished obsessively scraping the bottom of your mixing bowl, leave your clay to stand until completely cool. Ensure you leave the lid off for this, otherwise bacteria with shorten the life span of this natural hair clay.
- Will produce a relatively modest amount, but remember this will begin to lose its best quality after a few months.
- Shea butter can be substituted for other vegetable butters. However, be careful to choose one with a relatively high melting point.
- Readers in hot climates should be aware that the end product may turn out a little looser than desired. If so keep it in the fridge or other cool place, you could also try adding beeswax to make it a little harder.
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed learning how to make hair styling clay, please post any questions or comments below, and let me know if you have an alternative recipe that we can add to our growing collection of homemade hair care recipes.