How to get rid of waxy, greasy hair with this DIY clarifying hair mask

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During a summer trip something super embarrassing and frustrating happened to us. Somehow our hair got this awful, waxy and oily build, and no matter how much we washed our hair – literally triple shampoo it – the residue did not go away. Our hair looked and felt coarse and oily hair is never a good look.

We soon discovered that we weren't the only ones who experienced this, and there are plenty of questions about "waxy scalp build-up won't wash out" online. If you have had this oily build before, there may be some things to do, including using haircut products that are too "heavy" to make your hair too hard from hard products. (If you simply have typical oily hair, this DIY hair mask will also work wonders).

In our case we discovered that we had seborrheic dermatitis, which can reveal itself in the form of dandruff, large flakes and itching, or in our case hair that felt sticky and waxy (even after we washed our hair). This is often caused by stress, hormones and even the weather. So when all the shampoos failed, our DIY beauty skills came in and we were shocked at how amazing our lightening hair mask turned out to be.

So, whether you are experiencing this waxy build or just want to detoxify the scalp and oily hair, you must try this ultimate DIY clarifying hair mask. The only thing that actually worked to get rid of our hair of this waxy tallow residue and leave it soft AF!

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We already knew that Apple Cider Vinegar was a great way to detox the hair, but we took it a step further and added some great beauty power plants to the mix; bentonite clay and activated carbon powder. This natural hair mask works to deep cleanse and balance by removing excess oil and toxins that can build up in the scalp. Whether you have product build-up, dandruff, oily hair that won't go away or a frustrating case of seborrheic dermatitis, this mask will fix it – tested and tested !!

Clay: Clay is packed with minerals and nutrients and helps remove toxins and absorb extra sebum produced in the scalp. The clay also helps to inhibit the growth of fungi that cause dandruff.

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Activated carbon: This works in a similar way that clay does to detox the scalp. Activated carbon is adsorbent, which means it has an electrical attraction that pulls molecules, ions and atoms against its surface so they stick to it – essentially soaking up dirt and oil from your scalp.

cider vinegar: One of nature's most potent creations, it is full of active ingredients, vitamins, mineral salts and amino acids, and it is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. It also has antifungal properties and helps restore the skin's natural pH balance and destroy dandruff by killing fungi and cleaning clogged pores and hair follicles.

How to make the clarifying detox hair mask:


1 tbsp Aztec Healing Indian Clay
1 tbsp Active charcoal powder
2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar

We buy big tubs with these products and use them for all types of DIY, from face masks to hair masks and body scrubs (and we've had our pots of activated carbon powder and Aztec Indian Healing mud for several years!) If your hair is just a little greasy and You just want to detox, you can also add a teaspoon of honey to nourish your hair.


Step 1. Combine the powders and slowly stir in the apple cider vinegar (make sure you use wood or ceramic utensils when activated carbon reacts with metal); the formula will bubble up and should be combined into a running paste.

Step 2. Apply the mask to dry hair with a medium brush and work your way through sections over the scalp – as you would if you were to die in your roots. After covering the scalp with the mask, tie the hair (apply a shower cap if you like) and let the mask work for 20 to 30 minutes.

Step 3. Wash the mask until the water runs out and then shampoo the hair properly. You can shampoo twice to ensure no mask remains, then follow with conditioner on your ends.

The result is that all traces of oil or any waxy structure are completely gone. Dandruff flakes are dried out and the scalp feels balanced. It also makes your hair feel super light and soft and gives your hair natural volume. We recommend that you do this mask once a month to keep your scalp in top condition.

If your scalp is super flaky or you have experienced the waxy build-up of hair that does not go away with washing, you should definitely visit a gut to see if you have seborrheic dermatitis. A skin will be able to advise you on the best medicated shampoos, and also prescribe an ointment to improve seborrheic dermatitis. Let us know if you've experienced this before!