Adding bentonite clay to your natural hair regimen can be very beneficial, no matter what type of clay you use. I know you may be thinking: “Clay? Like mud?” Yes, and yes. Bentonite clay, in particular, is one of the favourites in the natural hair community.
There are two main types used for beauty purposes: sodium and calcium bentonite clay. Bentonite clay has adsorbent, moisturising, conditioning and clarifying properties, all of which make it an excellent addition to any natural hair regimen.
Here are the top 3 things bentonite clay can do for your hair:
Cleanses and Clarifies Hair
Due to its adsorbent properties, bentonite clay binds to impurities and dirt on the hair, which are then washed away when the clay is. Additionally, it is known to draw out toxins. The result is soft and supple hair that is clean, but not stripped of moisture. Thus, it’s a gentle alternative to shampoo.
In addition to cleaning the hair, it conditions it at the same time. Using bentonite clay as a conditioner will leave your hair soft, defined and moisturised. Basically, it can be used as a shampoo, a conditioner, or a two-in-one shampoo and conditioner.
Doing a bentonite clay mask or rinse before wearing your hair in its curly style can significantly reduce the amount of frizz you get. Bentonite clay helps curls to clump together uniformly – much better than conditioner does. At the same time, it reduces tangles and knots. In other words, doing a bentonite clay mask before you do a style like a wash and go can significantly improve your results.
Bentonite Clay Mask Recipe
Here are a few easy clay mask recipes:
You can vary the measurements based on the consistency you want your mask to be.
1 part clay : 2-3 parts water
1 part clay : 1 part aloe vera juice : 1-2 parts water
1 part clay : 1-2 parts apple cider vinegar
You can also add things like honey or essential oils for an added boost. If your mixture ends up being too runny, add some more clay, and if it’s too thick, add more liquid.
Important: When mixing bentonite clay do not use any metal utensils. I.e. Don’t mix with a metal spoon and don’t store or mix in a metal container. The bentonite clay has a strong negative charge, and metals are said to interfere with that, making it lose its properties.
Clay masks are an essential part of the Maximum Hydration Method. That’s how I first found out about them. If you don’t know what that is, go check out my posts about it here and here. Since bentonite clay is so good at making curls clump, the clay-mask step in the MHM is used to check for ‘maximum hydration’ – whether the hair curls from roots to tips or not.
My Experience With Clay Masks
I recently bought some more bentonite clay and I hope to start using it again. When I first started using clay masks, I had no idea that moisture was the key to a good wash and go. I thought the clay did all the magic. But now that I know how to hydrate my hair, adding clay to my regimen will give it an added boost and make my wash and gos unstoppable! (Okay… maybe not unstoppable… )
Either way, I hope you incorporate bentonite clay in your hair regimen as a cleanser, conditioner, deep treatment, or something! If you’ve tried bentonite clay and loved it, let me know in the comments below! 😉
~ Until next time,