When I decided to have my big chop four years ago and go fully natural about a year later, I had no idea of what I was doing. All I knew was that heat was bad for my hair and so were all the cheap bottles of shampoo, conditioner, sprays and oils that the hairdressers at the salon had continuously emptied onto my hair and scalp. I then decided to research more about hair care for my hair type and I can confidently say that this has been a never-ending experimental learning curve.
One of the products that I recently discovered and decided to give a try was bentonite clay hair mask. Now, I know that the thought of clay on your hair gives you Goosebumps but we are not there yet. Let us take it slow with this one.
What is Bentonite Clay?
Bentonite clay (derived from Fort Benton, Wyoming) is an ashy substance that is obtained from volcanic ash. Montmorillonite is its scientific name, thanks to Montmorillon, France, an area where this magic of a product was first found. When it comes into contact with water, bentonite clay forms into a mudlike substance. It is found in different parts of the world where volcanic processes take place. For years, it has been used for skin, hair, beauty and for medicinal purposes by people all around the world.
Why Bentonite Clay as a hair mask?
When it comes into contact with water, the strong negative electromagnetic charge (e-) found in Bentonite is activated. When this paste is applied onto wet hair, it draws out dirt and toxins (which have a positive electron charge) from the hair, hence working as a detoxifying agent.
DIY Recipe for Bentonite clay hair mask
Get your tools ready: plastic, ceramic or glass bowl and spoon. N/B- DO NOT USE ANY METALLIC TOOLS.
Add 5 times the amount of water (or rose water), a few drops of Apple Cider Vinegar and coconut milk. If you have aloe vera juice, feel free to add two spoonfuls of it. Since I could not get my hands on ACV, I was told it is okay to leave it out. I ended up using rose water only.
Mix the contents until it forms into a pasty mudlike substance. Keep mixing until all the lumps are dissolved. Please note that this whole process is messy and I equate it to playing with mud. With that said, stay away from white cotton clothes, towels and surfaces unless you do not mind dealing with the mess afterwards.
On wet hair, slowly apply the paste from ends to roots until all the hair and scalp is covered. Since I had detangled my hair in advance, I used my wide toothed comb to evenly apply the mask.
NOTE: It is okay to skip the shampooing step because the clay is ultimately going to cleanse your hair anyway. However, I would advise you prepoo, detangle and wet your hair beforehand.
Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave it on for about 30 minutes. To prevent your hair from drying, occasionally spritz your hair with plain water or rose water.
Rinse your hair with clean water and massage your scalp in the process.
Follow up with your preferred deep conditioner. I use the Auntie Jackie’s Curls and Coils in control Moisturizing and softening conditioner.
After care- Oil up your hair before keeping them in your preferred protective style.
Detoxifies hair by drawing out dirt, toxins and impurities from your hair and scalp. This counters hair frizziness and dryness, leaving your curls activated and your hair shine enhanced.
Promotes hair growth by doing away with the dead skin cells on your scalp which in turn improves blood circulation that then results in faster and healthier hair growth.
Protects your hair from dandruff and other scalp-related infections. This means that you do not have to worry about dandruff and build-up anymore. This in return helps boost your confidence.
PARTING SHOT: I can confidently say that Bentonite clay cleaned my hair and scalp, improved my curl pattern, and promoted my hair shine. When my hair is out, I intend to use it once per week. The heat and dust in Lodwar means that i get to sweat and have build up on my hair quite easily, prompting me to need wash days atleast once per week. With protective styling on, I will use it once the braids are out. If you can, please purchase it at www.naliakabrenda.com and give it a try.
Raisa Ichalut is a wellness- nichéd Content Curator who seeks to use this website as a tool that informs, empowers, and enlightens people on topics around self- discovery, development, and love, general wellness, positivism, energy, healing, and mindfulness.