Bentonite Clay Hair Mask (No-Poo Scalp Detox)

You’ve probably heard of bentonite clay or seen it in a DIY project. It has become quite popular recently and for good reason. Bentonite clay has amazing detoxifying properties and can be used in many different ways. Today, I’d like to share on of my favorites which is a bentonite clay hair mask.



What is bentonite clay & what does it do?

Bentonite clay (or Montmorillonite) is composed of volcanic ash and mostly harvested in France, Italy and the U.S. It has been used for centuries by indigenous cultures  in the Andes, Central Africa and Australia for healing.

Bentonite clay can be used both internally and externally to detoxify and cleanse body or hair. In addition it contains many valuable minerals and vitamins.


When you , there are a few things to look out for. Make sure you buy it from a trusted high-quality source as some cheap types of bentonite clay can contain trace amounts of lead and other heavy metals. It should be gray or cream colored, not bright white. It should also be odorless and not have any particular taste.


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a long image with the top showing a bowl of bentonite clay hairmask mixed together and the bottom showing the same bowl before it is mixed with bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar and aloe vera gel in it


Bentonite Clay Hair Mask

Bentonite clay is also great for your hair. It can be used as a shampoo alternative if you are doing no-poo or simply as a scalp detoxifying and nutrient packed hair mask that you can use as part of your wash.

It cleanses without stripping, makes the hair shiny, acts as a natural detangler and  enhances curl pattern. This makes this hair mask ideal for curly or thick hair. However, it can really be used for any type of hair.

Bentonite Clay Hair Mask
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

This bentonite clay hair mask is a great shampoo alternative. It detoxifies and cleanses the scalp, acts as a detangler as well as enhances shine. Use instead of shampoo or in addition to show your hair  some extra love.

Course: Beauty
Cuisine: Hair Mask
Servings: 1 hair mask
Author: Laura
  • 1/2 cup bentonite clay
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp aloe vera gel
  • oils, honey (optional)
  1. Mix all ingredients until you get a yogurt-like consistency (adjust liquid as necessary).  

  2. Dampen your hair. Apply the hair mask to your hair and scalp, making sure that every strand is coated

  3. Let sit 20-25 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Use around once a month or as needed


Make sure mixture doesn't dry in you hair, so cover with a shower cap or something else to keep it from drying.

Apply any leftover mixture to your face as a face mask.

 And remember to have some fun with the bentonite clay hair mask 🙂

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