Sometimes a girl just needs a clean slate, especially when it comes to all the crazy things we’ve put our hair through. Chemicals, dyes, heat styling and bad product choices can all work a number on our tresses. When it comes to removing toxins clay can be just as effective and beneficial for your hair as it is for the rest of the body.
Because of its unique composition, clay attracts and traps dust, toxins, pollutants, microbes and parasites. It’s a natural detoxifying agent that can be used both internally and externally. Clay is an effective cleanser and detoxifier that leaves hair soft, shiny and clean.
Here are some things to remember when choosing which clay to use for your mud wash: Although Bentonite gets the job done and is easy to find, it can be drying if left on too long. Rhassoul clay may not be as easy to find in stores, but it is preferred by many naturals because it is less drying and leaves hair with a better texture than other clays. It’s also easy to find online.
There are several ways to make your own hair wash using clay. Some people simply mix equal parts clay with apple cider vinegar or Aloe Vera juice. However, the mixture of half clay and half ACV can be too harsh for some hair types. The clay is cleansing enough in it self. Mixing clay with only ACV could be overkill. Here’s another option:
- 1 cup brewed herbal tea or filtered water. (Black, Green, Nettle and Chamomile tea all work well)
- 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 3/4 cup Rhassoul or Bentonite clay
- 10 drops of your favorite essential oils (Rosemary, Peppermint, Lavender, etc.)
- Brew the herbal tea and let cool slightly, make sure all herbs are strained out.
- Pour tea and apple cider vinegar in a blender, food processor or non-metal bowl.
- Start adding clay a tablespoon at a time while blending or whisking to incorporate it.
- Keep adding clay until mixture is smooth and about the consistency of yogurt. You can adjust the amount of clay used in this recipe as you see fit.
- Add essential oils if using. Mix well.
- Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.
Section hair into at least four sections and wet thoroughly. Starting at your roots, massage a handful of the mixture into hair and work it down toward the ends. Repeat until all hair is evenly coated. Put on a plastic cap and let it sit for 20 minutes. DO NOT let it dry! Some people follow up with an ACV rinse but this is purely optional. Rinse with warm water and be sure that all traces of clay are removed before you deep condition.
If you’re not in the DIY mood check out Terressentials clay hair washes. Though I’ve never tried them myself , I’ve only heard good things.
Recipe: Wellness Mama
Has anyone out there tried Terressentials? Did it work for your natural hair and what did you think of it?
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