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!


12 comments


  • Angelique C Quinn

    Is it good for thinning g hair that hard to grow


  • Tamara

    Can you leave the clay on for more than 30 mins or will it damage your hair?


  • Bea

    I’ve done this. It works. It will definitely wake your curls up!!! I think I will try adding some oils next time!


  • Emery

    I never used clay in my hair. I have 4C hair and I’m worried it will be hard to wash out? I used banana in my hair before and it was terrible to get out. So wondering if this is easy or hard to get out of hair?


  • Erica Lee

    I have been a natural for over 15years and heat free for 5 and the clay is the best product to spring in your coils. I mix honey, coconut oil and essential oils with my mixture because it can be rather drying on my 4b 4c combo hair. I just got my hair straightened last week for the 1st time in 5 years and it really help bring the pop and shine back to my hair. I always follow with a deep mask conditioner afterwards to ensure my moisture isnt lost. I never go a month without my mask and my hair doesnt respond to wash and go’s if I dont clay mask my hair 1st..


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