How to Revive Natural Hair with Bentonite Clay


This week we're going to put something really different on our natural hair: mud!

really??

Ok, not just any mud. We definitely don't recommend rolling around in the park after it rains. But there is one special type of "mud" that works wonders on natural hair: bentonite clay.

Bentonite clay is a natural ingredient that is sourced directly from the earth. Here’s what it can do…

  • It has a negative charge (anionic), so it attracts positive charged (cationic) products that build up on the hair and scalp, working as a clarifier and detoxifier. Think about bentonite clay like a magnet for product buildup. When you wash the clay out of your hair, you remove all impurities and buildup with it.
  • Its anionic property also makes bentonite clay effective at drawing out toxins, heavy metals, chemicals, and impurities.
  • Bentonite clay is also antimicrobial and helps with irritated or flaking scalps, in addition to psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis.
  • Bentonite clay contains a mixture of natural minerals that are beneficial for your hair and can encourage hair growth.
  • It moisturizes, conditions, softens, and reduces frizz.
  • Bentonite clay encourages curl definition and shine.

bentonite clay for healthy shiny natural hair

So what are you waiting for? Let's get started. The best way to use bentonite clay on natural hair is to make a hair mask. On a basic level, all you need to do is mix clay with water, but we’ll suggest a few extra ingredients to enhance your results.


How to make a bentonite clay hair mask

1. Use a bentonite clay brand of your choice. You can find it at the grocery store, convenient store, or online.

2. Use a wooden, plastic, or ceramic bowl and spoon to mix together the ingredients. Don’t use metal. Metal can activate the clay before it reaches your hair, reducing its ability to detoxify your hair.

3. Start by diluting apple cider vinegar with water: 3 parts water to 1 part ACV. (You can read more about ACV here.)

4. Then, add bentonite clay and mix until you have a yogurt-like consistency. The amount of clay you'll need will depend on how much liquid you start with.

5. Finally, add small amounts of your favorite oils. We recommend a few drops of NaturAll Club's JBCO Growth Serum for best results.

6. Apply the mixture to damp hair in sections, fully saturating your hair. Do not apply to dry hair- it will be hard to get out! You may notice the clay become dry and stiff as you work on other sections. If so, use a spray bottle to rehydrate it.

7. Cover your hair with a hair cap to prevent your hair from drying out, and wait about 30 minutes. Optional step during these 30 minutes: apply any leftover mask to your face! Bentonite clay has the same incredible detoxifying effects for your skin.

8. Use shampoo and conditioner to remove all the clay from your hair. (Recommended: this Wash Day Bundle.) Be careful with any leftover mixture- because of its anionic properties, bentonite clay can ruin metal drains. Let water run down the shower drain for 30-60 seconds after you wash out the clay to ensure that it is fully flushed out.

9. Bentonite clay can dry out your hair, so follow the treatment with a deep conditioner to replenish your hair with moisture. We recommend NaturAll Club’s Avocado Deep Conditioners for best results.

avocado deep conditioners for beautiful natural hair

Did you try this treatment? How did it go? Let us know in the comments section!


5 comments


  • Vanessa G Henderson

    I’ve been using bentonite clay on my hair every other month for the last year. I absolutely love they way my hair looks and feels afterwards. But the 1st two times I used it, I used so much that my scalp was covered with the clay as well and I had extreme headaches (almost migraine like) while the product was on my hair and for about 2 hours afterward. From then on, I made sure to only put the clay on my HAIR, not scalp. Has anyone else gotten headaches from the clay being on their scalp?


  • Terrie

    Just a week ago, I tried the bentonite clay mask. I LOVED IT!! My hair had softer, more defined curls, which is something I’ve been wanting for a while. It is part of my regimen now!


  • TB

    I have been using bentonite clay on my face for the past three weeks, and my skin has cleared up a lot. I have 4c natural hair, and I just used bentonite clay on my hair for the first time. I don’t think I will be using a conditioner anymore. The few curls I have in my hair didn’t change, but my hair felt soft, conditioned and strengthened as if I did a treatment. Over the past 6-7 years I have been natural I have pretty much used everything on the market, and I have spent thousands of dollars on my hair just to figure out what is best for me. Cantu products are my favorite, but the bentonite clay mixture makes me use less product. The procedure went as such: shampoo once, bentonite clay mixture (Bentonite Clay, ACV, Cantu Tea Tree & Jojoba Hair & Scalp Oil), moisturize and style. I decided to use one cup on bentonite clay so that I won’t have to make any for next time. I didn’t measure the ACV or the Cantu hair oil. I just made sure the mixture had a creamy consistency. I didn’t have to use a lot of oil or cream in my hair afterwards, and I didn’t shed as much hair as well. Overall this is a great productand I would recommend it.


  • Shawn

    I’ve tried the Bentonite Clay to cleanse my after it is amazing! My curls are so defined, moisturized, and SOFT. I don’t use a shampoo afterwards, but I make sure I am very careful to wash it out thoroughly. I use the Avocado Deep Conditioner afterwards. I actually deep condition weekly. The combination of the two processes together are unbelievable! I doubt if I will ever use shampoo again.


  • Shawn

    I’ve tried the Bentonite Clay to cleanse my hair it is amazing! My curls are so defined, moisturized, and SOFT. I don’t use a shampoo afterwards, but I make sure I am very careful to make sure I wash it out thoroughly. I use the Avocado Deep Conditioner afterwards. I actually deep condition weekly. The combination of the two processes together are unbelievable! I doubt if I will ever use shampoo again.


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