Why You Should Try A Bentonite Clay Hair Mask
Bentonite clay masks have earned a permanent place in my hair regimen! Once a month, I replace co-washing my hair with this mighty mask and here is why!
Have you ever used products (conditioner, moisturizers, gels, etc) that have done wonders for your hair and, suddenly, they “stopped working?” Based on my experience, there is a very good reason for this. Over time, environmental toxins and hair care products can build up on your hair and scalp. This buildup can prevent your hair from receiving the maximum benefits that your products have previously provided.
I experienced this early in my natural hair journey. Every week, as part of my weekly hair care routine, I use a co-wash conditioner to cleanse and moisturize my hair. Co-washing works very well for cleaning hair without drying it out and stripping it of natural oils. I would follow my normal routine, but after a few weeks, I noticed that I wasn’t getting the same results. After a little online research, I learned that buildup might be the culprit and that clarifying my hair could help.
At first I tried a clarifying shampoo. It removed the buildup but left my hair looking and feeling like straw. It was way too harsh! Eventually I came across some articles and YouTube videos that raved about the magic of bentonite clay hair masks! There are so many recipes available for this hair mask depending on your individual hair needs, but I decided to keep it simple (like I always do)!
How I Play With My Clay
When I was a kid, I used to get all kinds of excited when my art teacher would give each student a huge block of clay to play with! Now I get to play with clay again….well sort of…and use it to clean my hair!
For my monthly mask, I use only the clay and some organic raw apple cider vinegar. I mix these two ingredients in a small ceramic bowl with a small wooden spoon until it gets a nice, creamy consistency. (NOTE: do not use a metal bowl or spoon! The clay will absorb the metals and will cause the clay mask to become less effective. Glass and plastic are okay.)
After wetting and parting my hair into 4-5 sections, I apply the mixture to my hair (warning: it can be a bit messy!) and cover my hair with a plastic cap. After 20-30 minutes, I rinse out my hair out, thoroughly, making sure that I get all of the mixture out. I then continue on with the rest of my hair routine.
Let me tell you something…THIS MASK DOES AMAZING THINGS! The first time I tried it, I could not believe the results! Not only did it remove the toxins and buildup from my hair, it also left my curls extra defined, detangled and shiny without any frizz! The products that stopped working for me were back to doing great things for my hair.
Whether your have natural or chemically-treated (relaxed) hair, I highly recommend this mask. You will not be disappointed!!