How to Detox Your Hair

Did you know you could detox your hair? This process removes buildup from over the counter products that damage your hair.
How to Detox Your Hair from The Coconut Mama

Did you know you could detox your hair?

I had no idea that you could detox your hair until I read the book, DIY Organic Beauty.

Out of all the recipes in the book, the one I was most interested in reading about was the homemade shampoo recipe. Why? Because I have tried to use homemade shampoo several times over the last few years. I always go back to commercial shampoo because my hair becomes a terrible rats nest of yuckyness when I try to go all natural!

What I’ve learned is that our hair needs to detox, which can take several weeks to do.

During the detox stage your hair will be very dry and tangly (or as I said above – a terrible rats nest of yuckyness!). I have always had a hard time getting past this stage! Who wants to have nasty feeling hair? Not I!

Here is some good news! You can speed up the process by applying a detox hair mask to your hair!

I’ve used this detox hair mask several times over the years and I absolutely love it! My hair feels so clean and soft when I treat my hair with this nourishing mask. Now that my hair is detoxed, I get to enjoy healthy feeling hair!

Today I’m going to share the recipe from DIY Organic Beauty on how to make this detox hair mask.

How to Detox Your Hair from The Coconut Mama

Detox Hair Mask

Detox your hair with this bentonite clay hair mask!



  • Mix bentonite clay, aloe vera and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar together and work into hair.
  • Put on shower cap and allow to sit for 20-30 minutes.
  • Don’t let the mixture dry!
  • Rinse with 1 cup of vinegar and allow to sit for 1-3 minutes, then shampoo.
  • Follow with shine boost rinse or detox hair soak.

How to Detox Your Hair from The Coconut Mama

How to Detox Your Hair
  • ½ cup bentonite clay powder
  • ½ cup aloe vera gel
  • ¼ apple cider vinegar
  • 1 additional cup of apple cider vinegar
  1. Mix bentonite clay, aloe vera and ¼ cup apple cider vinegar together and work into hair.
  2. Put on shower cap and allow to sit for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Don't let the mixture dry!
  4. Rinse with 1 cup of vinegar and allow to sit for 1-3 minutes, then shampoo.
  5. Follow with shine boost rinse or detox hair soak.

A few things I’m doing differently now is that I’m using the mineral rich shampoo recipe, Sweet Orange & Honey Shampoo from DIY Organic Beauty. In the past I used a recipe that was based on baking soda, vinegar and water. The recipe was very hard on my hair and left my hair feeling dirty. I also learned that homemade shampoo can leave the PH of your hair too high. You can fix this by rinsing the hair with the shine boosting rinse. “This simple rinse helps to close the hair cuticles and restore PH” – DIY Organic Beauty


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About the author: Hi! I’m Tiffany – aka Coconut Mama. I’m a real food mama of three coconut babies. I’m passionate about traditional and healing foods. As a true believer in the health benefits of coconut, I use coconut products in all my recipes. You can download my free Coconut Flour Recipes E-book here. Thanks for stopping by!
61 comments… add one
  • Barbara March 27, 2017, 12:02 pm

    Sounds great! I use first ferment water Kefir…..also works fabulous….I just pour a bottle in wet hair….massage and let sit for a few minutes….then shampoo as normal….soooooo clean….shiny….

  • Shawna November 17, 2016, 11:01 am

    Do you wash your hair at all during the week? Can I shampoo my hair the next day, or what?

  • Vera July 26, 2016, 4:46 pm

    What exactly does the ACV detox hair from?

  • Amanda May 30, 2016, 3:05 pm

    Do you think Kaolin clay can be substituted for the bentonite? I have Kaolin on hand and not sure if it has the same effect?

  • Gaby October 14, 2015, 12:27 pm

    Is there a chance ACV can make your hair greasy? I’m starting to detox my hair so it’s been greasy, and the one time I did not rinse with ACV my hair was not as greasy after it dried. I’m scared of using a whole 1/4 cup of it!

  • Diana July 8, 2015, 9:29 am

    Hi Tiffany,
    I was wondering if i could replace the aloe vera gel for juice from the plant?
    Thanks 🙂

  • max May 2, 2015, 7:01 pm

    In your directions you say after to then shampoo. Follow with shine boost rinse or detox hair soak. What type of shampoo? also what are the shine boost or detox soak? What will this detox your hair from? peace-max

  • Shawn Woodell May 2, 2015, 6:33 pm

    I tried this detox and it worked wonderfully. I can’t believe how soft my hair feels. I also tried the face mask and the bath detox and they had the same effect. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe and all the great ideas you share with us on your journey to become more Crunchy!

  • Kay February 13, 2015, 5:56 pm

    I tried the vinegar & baking soda & water theory before & it completely stripped all of the color from my hair (I’m prematurely very grey, so I dye my hair bi-monthly). Doing this method, therefore makes me just as nervous, anyone know if it strips color from dyed hair?

  • h20 January 11, 2015, 7:52 am

    Both trader Joe and lily brands of aloe are full of chemicals. May I suggest one might go elsewhere for aloe? After all, if you use the aloe brands mentioned above, the “detox” benefit is dubious at best.

    When will i find a blogger who does their research BEFORE offering advice?

    • The Coconut Mama January 12, 2015, 11:22 pm

      h20 – A few years ago Trader Joe’s sold 100% pure organic aloe. When the quit selling it I started buying it online here: http://amzn.to/1IG0z5x

      Thanks for the comment.

      • Dana S. February 7, 2015, 7:26 am

        Coconut Mom! I’d like to say, you answered and handled that lil prior comment VERY WELL! LOL! Bet you didn’t know you would be so openly chastised and rebuked for just sharing something you’ve enjoyed, also kindly and thoughtfully passed along for the rest of us to gratefully enjoy also! !! LOL! Thank you so much for the recipe ! My sister in law has copied many of your DIY’s , ALL VERY SUCCESSFULLY!! Regardless of any of your recipes possibly having a slight error! Who knows, maybe even a crossed i or a doted T ,LOL !, we once again were able to find the fun in all of this DIY craze! Can’t wait for more to come! ! : )!

        • Cathy November 10, 2015, 10:56 am

          Thank you, Dana, my sentiments exactly. Why criticize harshly when most of what a person does is awesome. Let’s grant people a little more, eh?

  • Franceen November 12, 2014, 9:36 pm

    Is the hair detox a one-time thing or do I have to do it daily/weekly/monthly…?

  • Erin September 5, 2014, 11:50 pm

    You should NOT be using a metal spoon/utensil with the clay. The clay pulls out toxic metals from our bodies. That means it also pulls it from a metal spoon directly. By using a metal utensil (be it a spoon or bowl, etc) to mix your clay mask, the toxins that the clay pulls out of the metals it is coming into contact with have the potential to end up in your skin. Very much the opposite of a detox! Please be careful and please inform your readers. This is a big mistake that is often overlooked! Be safe and healthy 🙂

  • Victoria Klingonsmith August 13, 2014, 1:19 pm

    what is the shine boost rinse?

  • bree May 25, 2014, 6:29 pm

    NEVER handle bentonite clay with metal utensils! Oh my goodness. Bentonite clay is extremely good at pulling impurities out of things (to put it as basically as possible), which is probably why you chose it as a detox, but it is especially good at pulling impurities out of metal… like that spoon in the photo. Youre basically drawing a bunch of nasty stuff out of your spoon and putting it right on your scalp….

    • Lorraine October 1, 2014, 8:26 pm

      Bentonite clay doesn’t put chemicals back into something or someone. When wet it locks onto the positive organic properties in chemicals and toxins and such and such them out it doesn’t put anything out other than minerals and oxygen and good stuff. The reason why you shouldn’t touch real salt or any other detox organic is because it may lesson the effectiveness of such.

  • Jill Smith November 3, 2013, 2:01 pm

    Is Heather book in the bookstores?

  • Ashlee Mayer October 22, 2013, 9:06 pm

    Thanks for a GREAT recipe!! LOVED it!! My review is here

  • Mrs W July 27, 2013, 4:49 pm

    Is there an alternative to aloe? I am allergic to it.

  • Jessica T July 13, 2013, 6:22 am

    Should your hair be wet or dry when you apply the detox mixture?

    • Anna Powers June 23, 2016, 3:31 am

      wet- use like normal shampoo, I let mine sit in for a few minutes before I rinse it out.

  • Diane Schindler via Facebook May 10, 2013, 7:41 am

    Brian Corkumb+

  • Kim Travis Parent via Facebook May 10, 2013, 6:09 am

    I use your same method Shannon and I love the freedom of not having to pay for pricey hair products. I use 100% pure glossy locks to help with frizziness. I also noticed i can go 4 days now before having to even wash my hair if feels so soft and clean.

  • Amy James via Facebook May 10, 2013, 6:04 am

    our hair is toxic?

  • Sarah Elizabeth via Facebook May 10, 2013, 5:23 am

    It’s such a bummer this book is only offered as an E-book!

  • Shannon Jacovino via Facebook May 10, 2013, 4:20 am

    I switched about a month to “washing” my hair with first a baking soda/water rinse, then a vinegar/water rinse and it truly has never looked better. I have very thick, very long curly/wavy hair that is prone to frizziness and tangling. Now I have perfect curls. No more frizz. And I was shocked at how easily I could run a comb through my hair after I the vinegar rinse. I still use Morrocan Hair oil cream to tame it, but I am looking for a chemical free substitute for that.

  • Jimmy Correa via Facebook May 10, 2013, 4:17 am

    ..by any chance you aint got something to grow some hair, send me a five gallon bucket asap. It’s hair today gone tomorrow!!!

  • Michele Brown April 9, 2013, 7:42 pm

    oh, this is NOT a child-friendly recipe. I’ll have to wait until the youngest is sleeping through the night to try this. Hmmm….

  • Melissa April 9, 2013, 7:15 pm

    does anyone have any success stories with really hard water? I have this ebook and cannot use the shapoos…I have been no poo for 4 months and still have not gotten past the nasty stage…my husband isn’t too happy about my hair, but I don’t want to go back to the cancer causing, chemically nasty commercial shampoos….

    • Jennifer B April 10, 2013, 10:47 am

      Melissa, I have really hard water and I’ve had trouble too. Boiling the water before you add the BS/ACV helps. I am also looking into a water filter as I hear this makes a huge difference. Washing with a mix of 2 egg yolks and 1 teaspoon of ACV also really helped when my hair is feeling gross. Good luck!

    • Beth June 28, 2013, 11:12 am

      This was a while ago, Melissa, but I went “no poo” with semi-hard water, and it worked okay. But then we moved someplace with REALLY hard water and it stopped working. No matter how little baking soda I used, my hair got flaky and scaly, and when I tried to go without for a while, it got greasy and nasty. I eventually switched to shampoo bars (bought mine at from an online company called Chagrin Valley) with a vinegar rinse. It worked okay, but I had to wash out the film with an organic shampoo once or twice a month. I’m now using Aubrey Organics Island Naturals shampoo and conditioner, and love it. Still don’t have to wash daily, by any means, but it’s gotten rid of all the gross or annoying side effects of strict “no poo”. I checked out the Aubrey shampoos on EWG Skin Deep database, and Island Naturals is the one that gets the best rating, which is why I go with it. 🙂 There are other good brands, but this one I found on Amazon and at the local health store.

    • Anna Powers June 23, 2016, 3:30 am

      Melissa, I have hard water, and have had terrible luck with natural shampoo methods as well. I would get this gunk in the back of my hair etc. I do not get this when I use bentonite and apple cider vinegar. The bentonite attracts all that gunk, metals and things that get stuck up in the hair, and the apple cider vinegar strengthens and smooths the hair. It is a lovely combination. I have never tried the addition of aloe. You do have to make sure you use enough, and get it in to all the hair for it to be effective.

  • Charis Yoder March 23, 2013, 5:52 am

    Thanks for posting this! I too have tried the baking soda,vinegar ‘no poo’ method and i’m left with a nasty mop! lol I’ll have to order some clay online..this small town has none of these awesome ingredients you’ve listed for a more natural sustainable living. 😉

  • Beforeforever23 December 20, 2012, 9:19 pm

    Please update on how this is going!

  • Cyndi December 20, 2012, 1:25 pm

    What type of shampoo do you use after?  Could you give a recipe?  Also, how often do you do this?  Is it just a one time thing?  What is the shine boost rinse?  

    • Tiffany @ The Coconut Mama December 20, 2012, 9:26 pm


      I’ve only done this once so far. My hair felt incredible afterward! Really soft :). I only had permission to share this recipe from Heather’s book. You can find all these recipes and much more in her book DIY Organic Beauty – http://tinyurl.com/ab8bgdo

      • Anna Powers June 23, 2016, 3:25 am

        Cyndi, I actually use something similar to this for my shampoo all the time. I mix bentonite and apple cider vinegar and water and wash my hair with that. I am able to wash every 4-5 days doing that without my hair getting greasy. Your hair will feel amazing! Nourished too!

  • Beautifulbird79 December 18, 2012, 7:41 pm

    Where can I buy the aloe vera? I’ve been looking for it to make my own hand sanitizer, but can’t find any. Thanks.

  • Annmariedowden December 18, 2012, 11:46 am

    what type of hair is this used on ?

  • Edward Lewis via Facebook December 18, 2012, 11:22 am

    I would use this but I haven’t got any hair! Lol! 😉


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