If you’re anything like me, you’ll do this right after you clean your tub or shower. I’m not sure what’s wrong with me, but every time I do something that will make a serious mess in my tub, it always ends up being right after I’ve scrubbed it out. And yet it never occurs to me until I’m washing poo-like goo gobs out of my hair and watching them splatter all over my tub and shower walls that I probably should have done that before I cleaned the tub. Anyhow, I digress.

When I visited Toronto in May my friend Meredith handed me a book—The Japanese Way of Beauty. She instructed me to read as much as possible before I left, because she was definitely keeping the book. So I did. And it was pretty fascinating.

I was especially drawn to the wide array of recipes that included seaweed… probably because I bought half a kilo of it and am having a hard time using it up. One of the things that caught my eye was a seaweed hair rinse. That got me thinking about how Rhassoul clay is supposed to be really good for hair as well (it’s been used in beauty treatments for over 12 centuries in the Middle East). So, I decided to try out a seaweed and clay hair mask. I added some lemongrass essential oil in an attempt to mask/complement the seaweedy scent. It worked reasonably well, but the mixture still made my bathroom smell like the seaside.

I mixed up a generous amount of seaweed and Rhassoul clay, and combined them with lemongrass essential oil, a bit of phytokeratin (optional), and enough water to create myself about 150mL of greenish brown goop. It did not look terribly appetizing. Good thing I wasn’t eating it.

To use it, I got in the tub, wet my hair under the tap, flipped my head upside down, and smeared it full of brownish-green goo. I then twisted my hair up into a bun and fixed it with a large clip.

After about 40 minutes (an episode of television, give or take), it’s time to rinse it out. I got in the shower and rinsed my hair, section by section, combing under the running water. Rinse, rinse, and rinse some more, or you’ll be fishing clumps of seaweedy clay out of your hair for a while. So, rinse away until no more greeny water comes out.

Et voila! I found that my hair had more volume and texture after the mask.

Seaweed & Clay Mask

3 tbsp powdered seaweed
3 tbsp rhassoul clay
10 drops lemongrass essential oil
5 drops phytokeratin (optional)

Mix all ingredients together and add enough water to make a paste. Spread through wet hair. Twist the hair up and let dry for abouu 40 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.