Bentonite clay is a one of the newest buzzword for women in beauty. From hair detoxes to facials, this healing clays is just one of many that's been used for centuries in the removal of toxins. One of the best clays for detoxification, Bentonite clay is composed of aged volcanic ash and can draw-out toxins from the body. With an abundance of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron and potassium, this is the ideal clay to get my hair ready for spring and summer!
DETOX RECIPES FOR BEAUTIFUL HAIR THIS SPRING
I love preparing my hair for the new season by doing a hair treatment and deep cleansing. In years past I would have gone into a salon but now I do it all myself and have always had amazing results. I did a post on Monday about detoxifying hair by using natural ingredients and came across a phenomenal recipe from vlogger, Lyvona. I fell in love with the ingredients and her results. The recipe reminded me I have some Bentonite clay in the back of my bathroom closet (that's been there forever) and never really used it. I figured it was about time and decided then I was going to put on my DIY mixtress hat and get to work!
Apple Cider Vinegar: ACV is a form of vinegar produced from pulverized apples to produce apple juice that is fermented to apple cider and then re-fermented to ACV. It contains a number of natural nutrients such as vitamins, lactic, citric and malic acids as well as pectin, mineral salts and amino acids. The main ingredient in ACV is acetic acid (a synthetic carboxylic acid with antibacterial and antifungal properties).
Unrefined Coconut Oil: Unrefined coconut oil retains the original coconut's chemical composition and made from fresh coconut meat. Coconut oil is rich in carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. It has healthy fats or good fats called medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) like Caprylic acid, Lauric acid and Capric acid. Coconut oil is one of the few oils that can penetrate the hair shaft, making it a moisturizing oil great for softening and conditioning. It also has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and antifungal properties.
BEAUTY PRODUCTS YOU NEED THIS SPRING!
The only other ingredient was water (I chose distilled) and I had a powerhouse clarifying hair treatment my hair needed! Here's the recipe:
*1/2 cup of bentonite clay (you may need a tad more as I wanted more of a paste consistency)
6 tbsp. ACV
6 tbsp. distilled water
3 tsp. Coconut oil
Do not use any metal utensils with Bentonite clay. The positive charges from the metal can be pulled towards the clay and render useless and it will not be effective!
Scoop the clay into a glass bowl before adding the ACV. (you will notice a chemical reaction occur which is normal and just some minor sizzling. Stir a little before adding your distilled water and then the coconut oil. (You can melt the Coconut oil in the microwave or in a cup of hot water since it will not lose it's effectiveness.) Mix well to create a watery paste and make it easier to apply to your hair. You want to ensure all the clay is properly mixed but you will still most likely end up with some lumps.
Section hair into four (or more) sections. Use spray bottle to dampen hair (not saturate) before applying mixture to your hair. I make sure to part each section into smaller parts to apply mixture evenly from root to tips. once a section is properly covered twist into a bantu knot and secure before going to the next section to repeat the process.
My hair isn't very thick so I had a little left over after my whole head was finished so I just applied the rest to the top to ensure every inch was covered. Next, top hair with a plastic cap and leave on for an hour. The heat from your head is all the heat you need. I took this time to clean up as you can see I made a serious mess on me and the bathroom!
After the hour was up, I jumped in the shower and fully rinsed my hair. I have to say my hair FELT different. It felt like something was on it but not like oil, grit on dirt. It felt slightly coated. I rinsed well to make sure nothing was on my hair and realized it was just a different feeling than I was used to. I then deep conditioned with heat using my Hot Head Thermal cap and SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque (my fave!). I kept that on for 45 minutes before jumping back into the shower and rinsing it out well.
SPRING CLEAN HAIR PRODUCTS & STYLING TOOLS, IT'S TIME!
I wanted to combat any shedding that may be going on (stress alert!) by using a Growth Stimulating Hair Tea by Allie's Natural Hair Community. I simply pour that over my head and massage lightly before applying my leave-in conditioner,
Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Conditioner mixed with a few pumps of SheaMoisture's Raw Shea Butter Reconstructive Finishing Elixir. This is a rinse out or leave-in conditioner and I love it. Lastly, I applied my styler, Kinky Curly Curling Custard and I let my hair air dry.
This is the next day and look how shiny, healthy and happy my hair looks! I'm pretty impressed with the results and have to say I may be using clay for washing my hair in the future as it really was easy to use and I love using all natural ingredients. I can see I will need to get use to my hair feeling different when using these kinds of ingredients because there is no build-up on my hair. My hair will frizz and not hold curls very well when I have product build-up.
the verdict is in and I'm in love with this treatment! I wanted to share the process and results with you as a few of my readers were quite interested in what I was doing and wanted the deets. I feel clay will become a fixture in my hair routine and will be on the hunt for more recipes.
This video was a great asset to me using this treatment and I'm sure you will enjoy seeing exactly how she did it. I pretty much followed her method to the letter except I did add a tad more clay to get a thicker consistency.
Are you going to give this treatment a try? Have you tried clay washing before? Share below!