Bentonite clay is the truth! My hair (and my face) loves it. Since I co-wash and don’t use shampoos on my hair, it’s critical that I clarify my hair, often, to remove product build-up. I do ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinses, twice a month and these rinses do a great job of balancing the pH level of my hair and removing build up from my hair and scalp. I do bentonite clay treatments once a week (sometimes twice a week if my hair feels really dry throughout the week).
Bentonite clay attracts impurities like toxins, bacteria, and viruses, and draws them out of hair. It helps cleanse and lift impurities from the hair, aiding in conditioning, shine, softness, and definition.
What you’ll need:
– bentonite clay (1 cup)
– extra virgin olive oil (1 TBS)
– honey (I use organic raw honey) (1 TBS)
– water (1.5 cups)
1. Combine all of the ingredients in a plastic or glass bowl and mix to the consistency of batter. Be sure to only use plastic or wooden utensils when mixing, as the metal will lessen the effect of the clay. Mix enough ingredients to cover the thickness and length for your hair.
2. Massage mixture into hair (one section at a time) gently pulling downward on strands smoothing the cuticle for about 15 – 20 sections per section. Apply a plastic cap so mixture does not dry. Allow the mixture to sit on the hair for 30 – 45 minutes.
3. Rinse mixture with lukewarm water until all clay is rinsed from the hair. It is important to rinse thoroughly and make sure all the clay mixture has been removed from the hair. If clay is left on the hair it will cause the hair to become very dry.
4. Follow with a deep conditioner. *this step is optional but I always deep condition for extra moisturizing.
My hair immediately after rinsing out bentonite clay
My hair about 80% dry, after deep conditioning. I still have a little residue (conditioner) remaining on the sides