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EVER WONDER WHY mermaids have the best hair? If the effects of this all-natural DIY mask for your locks (from my book, Wild Beauty, $18, captainblankenship.com) are any indication, my guess is it has to do with seaweed. I’m not gonna lie; this smells briny like the ocean. It makes me feel like I am on the beach smelling seaweed drying in the sun. This gently exfoliating and detoxifying blend with bentonite clay and kelp cleanses environmental elements, such as dirt and pollution, and rejuvenates your hair and scalp. Apple cider vinegar removes buildup, balances scalp pH, and adds shine. Use twice a month or as desired.

 

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Mermaid Hair Mask

INGREDIENTS Makes 2 ounces

  • 1 Tbsp. kelp powder (available in the spice aisle)
  • 1 Tbsp. bentonite clay or kaolin clay (available at beauty supply stores)
  • ¼ cup water or cooled nettle tea
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

DIRECTIONS
Add kelp and clay to small mixing dish and mix with spoon. Add water and vinegar and stir to form paste. Apply paste to damp hair with fingers, rubbing into scalp and all the way down to ends of hair. Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water until water runs clear.

By Jana Blankenship - Illustration by Rachel Frankel.

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2020 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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