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How To Use Bentonite Clay For 4c Hair That Needs Some Life!
Bentonite is an absorbent clay that forms from aging volcanic ash.
Oh, yea, it was named after Fort Benton, Wyoming which has the largest source of bentonite clay in the world (say what?!).
It can absorb negatively charge toxins from the body when consumed and also be used topically on the skin and hair for beauty treatments.
I’ll get into how to use the clay for your hair in a minute but remember that Bentonite clay is also known as Montmorillonite clay.
Before you try something you need to know why should you try it, right?
What are the Benefits of Bentonite Clay for Natural Hair?
Bentonite clay has a good amount of benefits for the scalp and hair. Here are a few:
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 upon 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.
- It is also antimicrobial and helps with irritated or flaking scalps, in addition to psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis.
- This clay contains a mixture of natural minerals that are beneficial for your hair and can encourage hair growth.
- It moisturizes, conditions, soften and reduces frizz while it encourages curl definition and shine.
Now that you know why you should give it a try let’s get into two basic bentonite clay recipes that you can try at home on your 4c natural hair!
How to Use Bentonite Clay on Natural Hair
The most popular way is by doing a mask (that’s what we all naturals do with bentonite clay, lol).
The clay can be used plain, but you can mix it with aloe vera, apple cider vinegar (ACV) or a mix of therapeutic oils (I go for the ACV version).
The clay truly clarifies, and that also could mean stripping natural oils from your hair too.
You should end by doing a deep conditioning treatment after you use the clay.
Remember that you won’t need to shampoo when you do your clay treatment because the clay is so cleansing.
What is amazing about bentonite clay is that it can give you a clean slate to apply your products.
You’ll find that most products work a lot better after using the clay because they can effectively reach your hair shaft.
Also, always use a wooden spoon when you’re making your clay mixture because clay reacts to metal (Yikes!).
Here is what most of the ingredients you’re using can do for you and your hair:
Incredibly powerful, possessing a negative charge (anionic). This makes it an ideal clay for cleansing and detoxifying, as it has the ability to remove positively charged (cationic) conditioners and products that can build up on the hair and scalp.
It is also said to have the ability to draw out toxins, heavy metals, chemicals, and impurities. It helps cleanse and lift impurities from the hair, aiding in conditioning, shine, softness, and definition.
Apple Cider Vinegar
The ultimate hydration and curly hair problem solver. Your hair needs it!
This is a oil with a high saturated fat content, rich in vitamins and nutrients beneficial to the hair. Due to its low molecular weight, coconut is one of the few oils proven to actually penetrate the hair shaft. It protects and coats the hair, and prevents protein loss.
Has antibacterial and antifungal properties, so it will help with dandruff and other scalp ailments. It is also a great moisture sealant, and promotes hair thickening and growth.Castor oil also acts as a humectant, drawing in moisture to the hair for total hydration.
Sweet Almond Oil
Oil that locks moisture into the hair while nourishing, smoothing cuticles, controlling shedding, and boosting shine. It is rich in omegas 6 and 9, which help ciment the cuticle, reduce moisture loss, and improve elasticity.
Now that you’re familiar with the benefits of each ingredient, let’s get on with the recipe. Warning: it’s dangerously easy.
bentonite clay hair mask #1
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.
4. Next, 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. End by, adding a small number of your favorite oils.
6. Apply the mixture to damp hair in sections, fully saturating your hair.
(Remember, do not apply to dry hair- it will be hard to get out!)
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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.
You can also apply any leftover mask to your face because bentonite clay has the same incredible detoxifying effects for your skin.
8. Use shampoo (If needed) and conditioner to remove all the clay from your hair.
9. Bentonite clay can dry out your hair, so follow the treatment with a deep conditioner to replenish your hair with moisture.
Bentonite clay hair mask #2
What You’ll Need:
a plastic or glass bowl
a plastic, wooden, or rubber stirring utensil
1/2 cup (or 4oz) of bentonite cay (I use the Indian Healing Clay)
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of castor oil
1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil
6 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (unfiltered, with mother)
3 tablespoons of water
- Add the clay first, then the oils, in your mixing bowl. You can begin stirring if you like, or leave it all until the very end (I prefer to stir after everything is all in). Next, add your 6 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Allow it to aerate and foam for 10-15 seconds before adding in the water. The reaction between the clay and apple cider vinegar is essential to avoiding a lumpy mix. After the mixture has foamed for a few seconds, add your 3 tablespoons of water.
- Stir everything together vigorously, until you have a smooth, minimally lumpy mixture that is roughly the consistency of Greek yogurt.
- Apply the mask to clean, damp or wet hair from root to end. To ensure even coverage, work in small sections. If your hair begins to dry while applying the mask, keep a spray bottle nearby to spritz and keep the hair damp, but not dripping wet. After you’ve completely coated your hair with the mask, cover it with a plastic cap, saran wrap, or plastic bag for 20-30 minutes. You can use a hooded dryer or steamer for extra penetration, or just let the heat from your head do all the work.
What to do After your mask!
Rinse it off. Once the clay is 80-90% rinsed out, follow up with a conditioner of choice.
It doesn’t have to be a deep conditioner, your favorite, regular, cheapie conditioner will do. Your end result will be hydrated, ultra-moisturized, soft, frizz-free, super-defined hair.
There you have it, How To Use Bentonite Clay For 4c Hair That Needs Some Life!
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