Of course, many naturals love natural products. So, it makes sense that clays – which are born of the earth, would be a big deal to use in our haircare. Using a hair clay wash has become popular in recent years, but many cultures throughout history have been using clays to heal and rid their bodies of toxins forever.
Believe it or not, but clays are naturally potent, and enriched with minerals to to clean, detoxify, and condition our hair and skin. Never thought about trying one? No worries, as I am about to share some of the several benefits of using a hair clay wash has including saving money.
Using a hair clay wash is less expensive
People associate using clays with expensive beauty treatments but most clays are inexpensive and you can do this treatment yourself. While some clays are super expensive like Dead Sea clay aka black mud. Harvested from the banks of the Dead Sea, it is hard to find bigger quantitates unlike Rhassoul and Bentonite. These clays can run you around $6 to $15 for a 1 lb jar. A little goes a long way, as it has great shelf life and is usually mixed with water and aloe Vera juice for application.
You can get them anywhere!
When I mean anywhere, I mean anywhere and not just online. These clays can be found at Target, Walmart and a local grocery store as well. Not just clays by themselves either. Many haircare brands are now incorporating clays into their formulations like African Pride Moisture Miracle Moroccan Clay & Shea Butter Heat Activated Masque or BREAD BEAUTY SUPPLY
Mud-Mask: Hair & Scalp Detoxifying Pre-Wash Clay Treatment. You don’t have to use a full on hair clay wash and try a brand that simply uses it as an ingredient.
Clays naturally rid the body of toxins. Bentonite clay can produce an electric charge, when hydrated, and that charge gives absorbs toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and also chemicals.
Bentonite clay has been shown to act as a detoxifying agent. This property is referred to its poly-cationic nature, which leads to absorption of negative charge toxins. Bentonite Clay as a Natural Remedy: A Brief Review
To not use these natural wonders at least once is not a good idea. As much as our society LOVES detoxification, it just makes sense to use ingredients like a natural clay to give it a try on your tresses. I use it at the end of every season to remove whatever gunk I have left in my hair. Here’s my recipe below:
Bentonite Clay Seasonal Hair Detox
- 1/2 cup Bentonite Clay (you may need a tad more as I wanted more of a paste consistency)
- 3 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
- 3 tbsp. Distilled Water
- 3 tsp. Unrefined Coconut OIl
- 1 Spray Bottle
- 1 Glass bowl
- Scoop the Bentontie 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 Bentonite clay 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!
There is nothing better than using natural ingredients for many naturals in our community. The DIY girlies love using natural ingredients whether they are whipping up masks in a blender or simply create a clay wash with a few kitchen ingredients. it’s all up to you and what makes you and your hair happy and healthy.
No matter if you choose to go the total DIY route using a hair clay wash or picking up a brand that has it on its ingredient list. The options are vast, just like the benefits. As we near fall, I’ll be using my clay wash recipe above in a few weeks and will feel like I am stepping into fall properly with cleaner scalp and hair.