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Nourishing Cocoa for Natural Hair + DIY Chocolate Hair Recipes

By Rockitnapptural @Rockitnapptural
Nourishing Cocoa for Natural Hair + DIY Chocolate Hair Recipes
What is Cocoa powder?
Raw cacao powder is made from cocoa solids, one of the two ingredients of chocolate liquor. Cocoa comes from the cocoa tree, which is also where chocolate comes from. Not only is cocoa powder something that I enjoy adding to smoothies and such but 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:
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.
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?  Leave your comments below!
Sources: Minimalist Beauty, Divine Caroline, Naturally Curly Original image credit:

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