Coconite Cassia Bars

Shampoo can sometimes be a dirty word in the curly hair community. The mere mention of it can stir up negative emotions in the minds of many curlies. But this DIY hair mask may be the antidote to your hair cleansing woes. It's cute, it's natural, and it's oh so healthy! What more could a girl ask for?

This recipe comes to us from NaturallyCurly community member Lola Zabeth. Thank you Lola for your informative ingredients list and your detailed directions!

If you try this recipe out at home, be sure to review it for other curlies to learn from your experience here.

What You'll Need

  • 5 oz bentonite clay powder; draws out toxins, dirt, product build-up, and improves combability, defines curls
  • 2 oz unrefined melted cocoa butter; hydrating and high in vitamin E with emollient (smoothing) properties
  • 2 oz extra virgin olive oil; penetrates the strands increasing strength and elasticity
  • 1 oz pure cocoa powder; antioxidants protect against free radicals
  • 2 tbs cassia obovata; conditions scalp and thickens the strands
  • 1/2 cup hot coconut water


  1. Melt cocoa butter using a double boiler, or improvised double boiler method
  2. Pour melted cocoa butter into bowl (non-metallic), and combine with remaining ingredients
  3. Mix thoroughly with a spoon (non-metallic)
  4. Pour mixture into tart or dessert mold (non-metallic)
  5. Place in freezer to set for 2 hours
Yields eight 1/2 oz Coconite Cassia Bars (using the mold shown). This is enough for shorter hair, but for hair that is shoulder length and longer, you may need to at least double the recipe. 

To Apply

  • Place bars in a heat resistant bowl (non-metallic)
  • Add 1/2 cup hot coconut water
  • Let the bars sit for 5 minutes, then mash with a spoon (non-metallic)
  • Mix for even consistency
  • Once mixture is cool, apply to dry hair and scalp and leave on for 30 minutes (plastic gloves will make the process less messy)
  • Rinse well and moisturize generously

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For more curly mixology recipes, or to share your own favorite at-home treatments, go to our Recipes section.