While looking for some alternatives to traditional shampoo I found some weird suggestions for natural hair. Of course, there is a lot of crazy concoctions out there, but this is really a great find! Presenting: Bentonite clay!
I want soft, shiny, healthy hair, with defined curls, and without a bunch of products in my cabinet. I just cleaned out my cabinets, so screw that! I was spoiled by just reaching for my favorite product for a quick style. It just wasn’t working as well as it used to. There are too many guesses as to why I wasn’t getting my usual results. That’s where my problems started.
Many naturals are very happy with the many uses of bentonite clay. It’s found in many products in the health and beauty isle. Benefits of Bentonite clay for curly hair is amazing! How did I learn about this? I ordered some and tried it for myself of course! Researching the pre-poo, no-poo craze has been really fun!
Yes, I said “no-poo”or no sham-poo. There are other ways to cleanse your hair without harsh chemicals or overly drying soaps.
Bentonite Clay: Detox your body (The Science Stuff)
Bentonite clay is a naturally sourced product that can provide many benefits for hair. It’s a clay that’s directly mined from the earth. It’s formed from volcanic ash that has aged over time, weathering in the presence of water. The bentonite clay that is sold in the stores is a soft white powdery substance. It’s safe and simple to make into a clay hair mask, with most ingredients being simple to find.
There are many benefits to using bentonite clay on your hair. It’s especially useful for people who have coarse thick, curly black hair that needs some extra care to look good.
Magic Inside Bentonite Clay
Bentonite clay works as a magnet, which draws metals and toxins out of the hair. It has these properties because it contains a strong negative electromagnetic charge. It acts to draw out metals and toxins, which are then held within the bentonite clay hair mask. The hair mask is then washed off the scalp, where the toxins and metals flow down the drain. It will balance the body’s pH level too. It will also provide some essential minerals needed for your body’s optimum health. A bentonite clay hair mask will not only remove toxins from the hair, but it will also leave your hair feeling smooth, thick, and shiny. Toxins can build up over time from the environment, from using shelf brand shampoos and conditioners, and even from using hair spray, gels, and other hair care products.
Types of Bentonite Clay
There are different varieties of bentonite clay. Each manufacturer may sell their own special blend of minerals. To figure out which one is right for you, consider its properties first. Bentonite clay may contain a mix of potassium, sodium, calcium, and aluminum, in varying percentages. You’ll need to read the product label, or the online sales listing, to see which one is right for you.
Sodium bentonite clay may be better for drawing toxins and impurities from the body, while calcium bentonite may be better at providing these nutrients to your body.
Be cautioned: some types are also better for consumption, while others are better for scalp and hair treatments. Consuming too much sodium bentonite may be harmful to your health.
DIY Hair Mask Recipes!
Bentonite Clay + Honey = Moisture: This mask is great for really dry, itchy hair and scalp. Raw unfiltered honey is well known for it’s healing properties. It’s also good for moisture retention and has antibacterial & anti-fungal properties. Apple cider vinegar balances the pH of your scalp. Vinegar kills bacteria and removes residue from products from the surface. Adding almond oil to the mix will help moisturize it.
Bentonite Clay + Egg Yolk = Stronger: Egg yolk is one of the best ingredients for hair masks. Eggs add protein directly to the hair for maximum absorption. It also provides sulfur in egg yolk stimulates the scalp and increases hair growth. Egg whites are one of the best sources of protein. Protein makes hair follicles stronger. They also contain folate and other minerals that stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss. This is a great recipe for treating dry oily hair. Want to try more recipes look here.
Bentonite Clay + Apple Cider Vinegar = Brighter: The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar will remove residue from product buildup and help you get shiny, lustrous locks. Apple cider vinegar when mixed with water also provides an alkalizing effect, balancing pH levels. Check your porosity levels here.
Bentonite Clay + Herbal Tea= Repair: Depending on what herbal tea is used. Adding herbal waters will aid in the health of your hair. Chamomile is great for brighter straight blonde hair. Peppermint tea is great for dandruff. Sage is good for preventing gray hair. Rosemary is good for strengthening hair and reducing hair loss.
YES, YES, YES!
After a bentonite clay hair mask, your hair will feel extra clean and look shiny. It can also be beneficial for people who like to straighten their hair after a clay mask treatment.
Natural ingredient cleansers can give you the same great results, if not better when washing your hair. Bentonite clay, when mixed with water or apple cider vinegar (a curly girl favorite) carries a negative charge and when applied to the skin, which carries a positive charge, the clay reacts by working to lift away toxins and impurities. So, how does this work on natural hair? When used on natural hair, the clay mask provides a deep cleanse while also conditioning and moisturizing the hair.
The bentonite clay can be purchased from health care stores, vitamin shops, or online.
My results with bentonite clay
I really liked this mask. It instantly elongated and defined my curls. My hair feels softer than ever before. I was really impressed with the brilliant shine my hair has now before adding any conditioners. I did not shampoo my hair before applying the mask and my hair felt clean and refreshed after rinsing.
However, I did notice that my hair felt a little sticky afterward when I tried it with honey. So I will adjust my mixture accordingly. Overall, this is a great hair mask to use once a month when your hair needs a little extra TLC. Overall, I will continue to use bentonite clay to wash my hair.