Natural DIY Hair Styling Clay Recipe

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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.

diy natural hair styling clay

About This Hair Clay Recipe

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 makes a lovely homemade gift.

ingredients for natural hair styling clay

Money saving tip!

Drop the organic tag, pass over the essential oils and go with the standard ingredients to save even more money!

diy natural hair styling clay

DIY Hair Styling Clay Recipe

Natural diy hair styling clay to create sculpted, stylish yet relaxed looks with ease.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty Level: Easy
Yield: 74 grams
Author: Angela Wills
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  • 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 melted.
    30 grams Coconut Oil, 2 grams Shea Butter
    melt your oil and shea butter over a waterbath
  • 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 is 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.
    40 grams Kaolin Clay
    combine the clay and liquid oils
  • 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.
    1 drop Neroli Essential Oil, 1 drop Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil
    add essential oils and mix thoroughly
  • To finish making your hair styling clay spoon into your chosen container and smooth the top if desired.
    Cosmetic Jar
    Spoon into container
  • 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 will shorten the life span of this natural hair clay.
    It should provide a firm, but flexible hold


  • 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.
Category: DIY Bath & Body
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Difficulty: Easy

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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.

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Angela Wills

I'm Angela, and I make most of the homemade things here at Savvy Homemade. I’m fearlessly dedicated to creating tried, tested recipes & products that will work for everyone. I'm an experienced soap maker, skincare formulator, author, busy Mom of 3, and recently a Grandma! Welcome to SavvyHomemade, it's my true passion.

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Discussion (25 Comments)

    • Hi there,

      No sorry you can’t use dairy butter in your cosmetics. You must never do this, always use a cosmetic butter such as shea butter or mango butter.

  1. Is the mixture supposed to separate out? After mine cooled, it seems the clay ended up at the bottom, and the coconut oil ended up at the top. I mixed thoroughly when the oil was still liquid.

    • Hi LC,

      No, it shouldn’t separate like that. This could happen if it takes too long to cool down, say if you live somewhere that has a relatively warm climate. Try popping it in the fridge.


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