Natural DIY Hair Styling Clay Recipe With Bentonite

Natural DIY Hair Styling Clay Recipe With Bentonite

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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

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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: 15 minutes
Difficulty Level: Easy
Yield (adjustable): 74 grams
Author: Angela Wills
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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.
    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.
    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.
    add essential oils and mix thoroughly
  • To finish making your hair styling clay spoon into your chosen container and smooth the top if desired.
    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

Notes

  • 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.
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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
Angela Wills
Hi, I’m Angela, I make most of the homemade things here at Savvy Homemade. I'm an experienced soap maker, skincare formulator, author, busy Mom of 3, and recently a Grandma! "Every day I share my experience while crafting something new, it’s fantastic".

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    • I haven’t made this recipe yet but. I usually sub avocado oil in for coconut in all my hair and skin products as it is a smaller fat molecule that is absorbed by your skin(scalp) and hair quicker leaving less residue at the end of the day. You also could try grape seed it’s great for faces.
      Coco butter was not in the recipe as Shea was so if I assumed you meant coco oil incorrectly I apologize.
      Good luck,
      Alan

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  1. Greetings!

    i found it interesting to try out your Hair Clay DIY
    however, some folks suggest me to add beeswax and jojoba oil essential in mixture
    will it do any better?

    FYI, I’m living in hot climate
    thanks 🙂

    Reply
    • Hi Vincent
      If you live in a hot climate, keep it in the fridge 😉
      You could try adding beeswax to make it harder, let me know how this goes.

      Reply
  2. I tried this and I followed the measurements and my end result looks like soup, are the measurements correct? and also when I ordered my clay it said cosmetic clay but when I received it it was facial mask clay will that clay work?

    Reply
    • Hi Fred
      I’m not sure what’s happened here, this shouldn’t be like soup as all the ingredients are solids, so once it cools it should dry out. Have you used a liquid coconut oil (often referred to as fractionated coconut oil), if so that could be your problem as it’s manufactured by removing some of the important fats, it’s not the same as real coconut oil? The only other thing I can think of is that if you are in a hot climate you might have to keep it in a cool place.

      Reply
  3. I was wondering whether you can use Rhassoul clay (Moroccan red clay) instead as it has more beneficial properties to your hair from what I have read than Bentonite clay does?

    Reply
    • Hi Gary
      I cant see a reason why you couldn’t use Rhassoul clay but I haven’t used it before, you would have to experiment a little which is fun 😉 … Let me know how you get on with it!

      Reply
  4. Thanks for the recipe. Just wanted to make sure that is the shea butter amount truly 2g only or is it a typo? Is it supposed to be 20g?

    Reply

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