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How to Revive Natural Hair with Bentonite Clay

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

curly hair confused

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.

What are bentonite clay's benefits for curly hair?

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

  • Bentonite clay 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. It's a great way to maintain a healthy scalp.
  • 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 DIY 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 apple cider vinegar for curly hair.)

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's Jamaican Black Castor Oil Growth Serum for best results.

jamaican black castor oil

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 a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to remove all the clay from your hair. 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. Here are some tips on how to deep condition your hair properly for maximum nutrients and moisture.

avocado deep conditioners for beautiful natural hair

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

Muhga Eltigani

Muhga Eltigani

After years of using products that left her hair dry, damaged, and dull, Muhga Eltigani decided to chop off her hair and start over. For 6 months, she committed to using only natural ingredients on her hair- foods from her fridge and the grocery store with names she recognized, like avocados, olive oil, coconut, baking soda, and even eggs. She found support through an online community of women like her, sharing recipes and ingredients on Youtube.

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