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.