Hey hey! Welcome to my first every Beauty DIY post. I’m excited to bring you my recipe for an awesome hair mask that I have been making and for over a year now. It’s full of lots of great ingredients to nourish the hair and scalp. The recipe started off pretty simple but it has evolved over time into what it is now. Using this mask I feel that I no longer need to buy any salon quality deep conditioning treatments which is great because they are usually expensive and I think it’s much more fun to make my own anyway.
You can find most if not all of these ingredients online. I have purchased the bulk of them on Ebay and iHerb and picked up a few at my local Indian market. I will try to include links to where you can buy them when possible. There are so many ingredients used in this mask that I do not have the energy to type out how every single one of them benefits you. In other words – I’m lazy. Google is your friend. :)
What you will need:
- A large mixing bowl, a few smaller heat proof bowls, a tablespoon, a teaspoon and a small sifter
- A tub of plain yoghurt
- Rhassoul clay chips or powder
- Coconut cream concentrate (optional) You can substitute plain coconut cream if you want but the mask will not be as thick.
- Cocoa butter
- Your favorite hair and essential oils. I like to use coconut oil, castor oil, argan oil, Vatika hair oil, black seed oil, neem oil and brahmi amla oil
- Ayurvedic herbs. I use amla, brahmi and bhringaraja
- Cacao powder (optional)
- Boiling water
- A plastic tub for storage
Phase 1: Preparation
Boil some water in a kettle. Next pour some of the Rhassoul clay into another small bowl. I use about 1/3 of a cup. Cover the clay with boiling water and leave it for a few minutes while it softens and then mix it into a paste with a teaspoon. You might need to add more of the boiling water to ensure a smooth consistency. Scoop around 2-3 tablespoons of the coconut cream concentrate into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 20-25 seconds or until soft. Don’t nuke it too long as it burns pretty easily.
Scoop 3 tablespoons of the cocoa butter into the Rhassoul clay mixture. If it is too hard you might find it easier to soften the cocoa butter before hand by placing the container into a bowl of hot water for several minutes. Mix it well with the clay. You should see it melting into the mixture nicely. Now add the coconut cream concentrate. I find that this really thickens the mixture so I usually add a bit more boiling water to get it nice and smooth. Set the clay, butter and coconut mixture aside.
Phase 2: Assembly
Empty the yoghurt into the large mixing bowl. Sift 3 tablespoons of each of your herbs and the cacao powder onto the yoghurt. Sifting helps eliminate lumps which can be really annoying when you are applying the mixture to your hair. Mix the herbs into the yoghurt until you get a nice smooth paste. Now add 1-2 tablespoons of each of the oils apart from the neem. That stuff stinks so I only add a few drops. Once again, mix well until smooth. Be careful not to go overboard adding heaps of oil. You can cause the mask to separate into a greasy mess.
Now add your Rhassoul clay and cocoa butter mixture into the yoghurt, herb and oil mixture. Blend it really well until you get a smooth paste. At this point I transfer the mask into a plastic container and set it in the fridge for a few hours while everything infuses together. After using the mask I put it into the freezer to keep it from spoiling. I normally get at least 4 treatments out of one batch. It is easily defrosted by taking the container from the freezer and placing it into a bowl of boiling water for an hour or simply letting it defrost for a few hours on your counter.
Phase 3: Application and Removal
You want to apply this mask to freshly washed, damp hair – not dry hair. Put a stopper in your sink and fill it with warm water. This will come in handy for rinsing excess mask off of your fingers as you apply it to sections of your hair. The mixture is quite gritty due to the Rhassoul clay and its easier to work it in to each section with clean hands. The water you pick up while rinsing also makes getting the mask out of the tub easier if it has hardened. You can also just add more hot water to the mask to get it back to the consistency that you want.
Make sure to rub the mask into your scalp as you apply it to your hair. That way your scalp all benefits and goodness of the different herbs and oils. Once I have applied the mask to my hair I put on a plastic cap and then my Hair Therapy Wrap for 30 minutes or until the wrap cools down. If you don’t have access to heat you can put on a plastic cap and just wrap a towel around your head for on hour or so. Afterwards I rinse the mask out with cool water before applying a final rinse of apple cider vinegar and water. You want to take care to really give your hair a good rince since the Rhassoul clay can leave behind tiny bits of grit. The mask makes my hair really soft, shiny and manageable. Now I’m ready for styling!
There you have it folks, my Rhassoul Clay and Ayurvedic hair mask recipe. It’s a bit slapdash honestly as I never really use proper measurements. Feel free to use what ever other ingredients you want but remember to go easy on the oils especially if you have fine non-kinky hair. I plan on investing in some more herbs to add to the mask in future. I’ve slowly built up my collection over time so don’t feel you need to go out and buy a ton of ingredients at once.
Let me know if you give the mask a go in the comments or if you have any hair recipes you’d like to share :D