Homemade Clay Deep Conditioner for Detangling

This is my go-to when my hair is way dry and desperately needs to be detangled.  One of my major complaints about homemade natural conditioners is that they don’t have enough slip to really help me detangle hair that’s gone too long.  But I have fixed that problem with the addition of a special ingredient!

Let me say, my measurements here are rough estimates.  Sometimes conditions (like humidity, temperature, quality of clay, etc.) can make this conditioner need different proportions of liquid.  You want the end product to have the consistency of a rich, thick, moist paste.

Also this is recipe that is just the right amount for my hair.  I have kind of a lot.  If you have short hair, you should half or third it since it will not keep long.


  • 3/4 cup aloe vera juice (give or take a 1/4 cup, be sure to add slowly to clay)
  • 1/4 cup rosewater
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup of rhassoul clay (1/2 cup is a lot.  start with a 1/4 cup and add more slowly if it’s watery)
  • 3-4 Tbsp raw honey
  • 3-4 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2-3 Tbsp marshmallow root powder [this is the special slip ingredient]
  • 20 drops rosehip essential oil
  • 20 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 30 drops lavender essential oil
  • 25 drops ylang ylang oil


  1. Start with the smallest amount of each of the ingredients.  Mix them in a glass bowl with a utensil that is not metal, like a silicone or rubber spatula.
  2. If it’s too runny, add more clay and honey.
  3. If it’s too thick, add more aloe vera juice.
  4. If it’s not slippery, or feels chalky, add more marshmallow root.
  5. Don’t worry about the coconut oil mixing well because when you rub it between your hands, your body heat will melt the oil.
Looks gross right? Works amazing!

Looks gross right? Works amazing!

Apply generously (easiest to do if hair is separated into medium sections). Twist hair and clip up.  Put on a plastic cap and let sit for at least 20 minutes.  Rinse very thoroughly.

Let me know if you try it!

3 thoughts on “Homemade Clay Deep Conditioner for Detangling

  1. Wow this is a lot like Naptural85’s clay mud shampoo recipe (which i love) but with more yummiess! I did mine in the shower and after applying ran hair section-by-section under the water stream so it kinda cheated and got the slip that way.

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