This $6 Clay Mask Will Give You the Best Hair of Your Life

Your roots will thank you.

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We're starting to sound like a broken record here, but we can't emphasize enough how important it is to thoroughly cleanse your hair in the age of dry shampoo (opens in new tab). You need to give your scalp the same TLC as your face, otherwise unspeakable things start to happen beneath the surface.

As of late, we've been reaching for a new kind of treatment to address all the buildup. You know how clay masks are the best thing ever (opens in new tab) for your skin? They're equally great for the hair and scalp as the clay works like a magnet to draw toxins from the hair. Whether it's product buildup or excess oil, the fine-grained stuff has got you and is game changing if you struggle with oily roots.

Our go to is L'Oréal's Extraordinary Clay Pre-Shampoo (opens in new tab)Mask (opens in new tab) because 1) We're obsessed with pre-shampoo treatments (opens in new tab) and 2) It's super easy to slather on and leave on for five minutes before jumping into the shower. The blend of different refined clays works to nix the grease while also conditioning and hydrating the hair. We like to gently rub it into our scalp with our fingertips and give ourselves a head massage as the stimulation is also great for scalp health. Another pro? It rinses out super easily and leaves roots squeaky clean with added volume. Oh, and did we mention that it's only $6. TOO. GOOD.

P.S. We love L'Oréal's clay face masks (opens in new tab) too.

L'Oréal's Extraordinary Clay Pre-Shampoo Mask, $5.99; amazon.com (opens in new tab)

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Lauren Valenti
Beauty Editor

Lauren is the former beauty editor at Marie Claire. She love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. She firmly believes that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.