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Chocolate for Natural Hair? Oh, Yes! 2 Cocoa Powder Hair Mask Recipes

• Nov 27, 2013

by Kiianah of Rockin’ it Napptural

What is Cocoa powder? 

Raw cacao powder is made from cocoa solids and comes from the cacao tree, which is also where chocolate comes from. Not only is cocoa powder something that I enjoy adding to smoothies and such, it’s also something I enjoy including in my hair and beauty care routine.

How does it Benefit my Hair? 

Cocoa is rich in magnesium, a mineral that helps to combat hair loss. Cocoa also contains one of the highest levels of antioxidants than many other sources on Earth, which is also really great for your skin. Cocoa powder is a nourishing and beneficial treat for your hair strands. It can add vibrancy, shine, volume and promote healthy hair growth. Cocoa also contains beneficial nutrients for your hair such as protein, riboflavin, vitamin A and thiamine. If used consistently over time, the cocoa powder can darken the hair strands.

How can I use Cocoa Powder in my Hair? 

I’ll share a couple of recipes I’ve tried with cocoa powder so far. I’ve been playing around with using the powder in various ways, but here are just a couple of my favorites so far:

1. Clarifying Chocolate Clay Hair Mask

1/2 cup bentonite clay
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup aloe vera juice
2 tbsp raw or organic honey
3–5 drops tea tree or peppermint oil
1 cup (or more as needed) semi-boiling water

Combine all ingredients and whisk until smooth, allow to cool. Apply to slightly damp hair with a dye brush if available. Allow to dry for at least an hour. Rinse and apply your favorite conditioner. This mask will help clarify the hair and reduce frizz.

2. Chocolate Hair Smoothie

1 cup greek yogurt of choice
1/4 cup raw cocoa powder
3 tbsp coconut oil
3 drops lavender oil
5 drops rose hips seed oil
optional: 1/4 cup conditioner of choice 

Mix all ingredients together and apply to freshly washed hair. Apply conditioning cap and allow to sit on hair for 30–45 minutes before rinsing. Hair should be soft and manageable. Follow up with detangling routine.

Have any cocoa or chocolate beauty secrets to share? 

Kiianah is the creator of Rockin’ it Napptural, a vibrant natural hair, beauty and lifestyle blog which focuses on a simple approach to achieving healthy hair, skin and health. A natural-born writer with a glowing personality, she has a huge heart for rescue animals, big earrings and an obsession with dark chocolate.

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20 Comments on "Chocolate for Natural Hair? Oh, Yes! 2 Cocoa Powder Hair Mask Recipes"

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wanda renee

Thank You! My fav. deep conditioner(bask cacao bark)has cocoa powder but it’s expensive.
I gonna try to make my own next wash day:)


it is easy you can use your hot cholocate (cocoa powder) i use it up because i didn’t wanna waste abt 8 packets in trash just because i found out it has aspartame.. i already bought pure 100% real caco powder without sugar or additional. i decided to use cocoa powder. Nice changing of dc!


Mmmmmmmmmm lovely, i can’t wait to try this chocolate delight on my hair.


Looks great! I’ve never used cocoa powder on my hair before, only argan oil from pro naturals, it’s really hydrating too but I love trying weird home remedies.


Lattes are a good start because they are half milk and half esserpso. The milk really softens the esserpso taste and makes for a nice drink. PS Lots of ladies love lattes wow that’s a lotta L s


Intmaorfion is power and now I’m a !@#$ing dictator.

Divachyk @Relaxed Thairapy

This sounds so lovely! Thanks for sharing.


I made a Peppermint Patty Hair Mask once. Here are the ingredients I used:
3/4 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
3 tbsp melted coconut oil
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp raw honey
1 tbsp food-grade aloe vera gel
5 drops of peppermint essential oil

The mask was super thick and smelled yummy. I used it as a pre-shampoo deep conditioner. My kinky coily hair felt SUPER moisturized after using the mask. I’ll definitely use it again.



Yum, I almost want to eat this! Looks like I have a new hair recipe to try. Thanks for sharing this with us MM!

tmc (toronto meet up dec 14)

i think hot chocolate is different from the real cocoa powder. what don’t naturals put in their hair?


As a chocolate lover, I so need to try this out on my hair. Thanks for sharing this with us, Kiianah


No problem, enjoy!


I’m taking out my marley twists next week and after a little TLC (i.e. low manipulation styles for finals week) I’m looking forward to using this on my hair before I attempt my “no direct heat” straightening session (Initially I was going to flat iron my hair around Christmas but I’ve gone since march without any direct heat so I might as well keep it going — the exception being the 2 times I blowdried my hair before my twists)


I am definitely going to try these recipes out. They sound delicious enough to eat! In fact, I may eat them in the process haha. Taking care of your hair is so important and even women can suffer from hair loss.


Just tried the Clarifying Chocolate Mask and all I can say is, wow! The recipe posted makes about 8 ounces of mask. My hair feels clean, conditioned, and soft (with great curl definition). I am definitely incorporating this mask in my hair regimen. (Note: I used my Mint Terressentials as my bentonite clay ingredient)


I put a tablespoon or two in my henna mix. I read somewhere that it might make the red tones browner. Turns out it doesn’t, but it does add a delicious chocolate aroma that mellows out the earthy henna smell. Makes it extra creamy too. Nice!


[…] Finish it up with a couple drops of lemon and lavender oil, and lather up! Cover your hair then with a plastic bag, and enjoy a good hour of “you time.” When that hour’s up, just step in the shower, rinse off with shampoo and wala! Luscious, great-smelling hair is yours! Check out two more recipes over at Black Girl Long Hair. […]


I use Raw Cacao Powder, blended with Rhassoul Clay, as a dry shampoo 🙂
Works wonderfully and adds texture and thickness to my fine thin hair.


[…] Chocolate hair masks are available to buy for dry, damaged hair, but you can make your own at home. Black Girl Long Hair gives readers two healthy chocolate hair recipes. Their hair mask is made with bentonite clay, […]

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