Bentonite Clay Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Mask Recipe

Words by Louise Miller

Photo by Anna Shvets.

You’ve likely heard of making a bentonite clay mask for your skin, but this natural detoxification treatment can also do wonders for your hair.

Benefits of a bentonite clay mask for hair

Bentonite is a natural clay with a long history and a myriad of healing benefits for the body. In terms of your hair, bentonite clay can act as a detoxifying agent, helping calm irritation such as flakiness; smooth out frizz; improve definition and volume; and add luminous shine. When combined with nutrient-rich and anti-inflammatory apple cider vinegar, it makes a truly effective and all-natural hair treatment.

How to make a bentonite clay mask for hair


  • 1/2 cup bentonite clay
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil


  1. In a non-metal bowl, add the clay, oil, apple cider vinegar, and Cedarwood Essential Oil. Use a non-metal spoon to mix and combine.
  2. Let the mixture sit and aerate for 20 seconds.
  3. Add in the water and stir vigorously to get rid of any clumps. You want a thick, yogurt-like consistency.

How to apply a clay mask to hair and how long to leave a clay mask on hair

  1. Dampen your hair.
  2. Starting from the roots, apply the mask to your hair (using a mask brush is helpful) in sections until your whole head is coated.
  3. Cover your hair with a shower cap and let sit for 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse out the mask with warm water.
  5. Shampoo and condition your hair as normal.
  6. Check yourself out—yeah, you look good.