An Amazing Alternative to Shampoo for Low Porosity Natural Hair

Hola Chicas!
Watch as Curlygaisha shares an alternative for your cleansing routine!  Bentonite clay mixed with ACV is a great way to cleanse, and clarify the hair without stripping it. This is especially good for  naturalistas with low porosity hair, as shampoo can be very drying.

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Does Clay Washing Actually Clean Hair?

Joneen asks:
I have a question about rhassoul clay. I’ve heard great things about using it as a shampoo. My concern, though, is mineral buildup. This is one of the results of hard water that has a negative impact on hair, and something I am currently experiencing and want to avoid in the future. I know rhassoul is largely silica and aluminum, but it does have some calcium and magnesium in it, the very same minerals that hard water contains that are so problematic.

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3 Clays to Detox and Restore Your Natural Hair and Scalp

by Sabrina Perkins of

Although hair strands are considered "dead", I like to treat mine as though they were alive. After all, they play such a big role in my life and I would be devastated to lose them! I do different things that will help keep my strands attached to my head, so I can enjoy them for as long as I can.

I find that my hair loves natural remedies, since I have yet to have any side effects from using them. Since I went natural in 2008, my hair has bounced back from all of the harsh treatments I have put it through. Thankfully, my strands have been the utmost forgiving and decided to give me a second chance.

Today, I have long tail-bone length curly hair and I have my natural regimen to thank for that. One of my favorite remedies to use for my hair (and skin) consist of clays. I love them all, but I have certain ones that I prefer over others, especially when it comes to my hair. The three clays that I adore are highly beneficial for your scalp and hair.

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Bentonite Clay Cleanse for Natural Hair- Homemade Products!

Bentonite clay, an impure mud discovered in Rock River, Wyoming, was once thought to have healing powers. In addition to medicinal purposes, this mud attracts impurities like toxins, bacteria, and viruses, and draws them out of hair. For CurlyNikki's experiences with bentonite clay, click HERE.

Blogger HippieChicChick shared her recipe for a simple bentonite clay hair cleanser.

What You'll Need
Bentonite Clay (found in vitamin stores or here on Amazon)
Apple Cider Vinegar
Aloe Vera Juice (optional)

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Clay Washing for Natural Hair Health and Growth

Clay, mud, and fine-grained earth are all words that describe our mineral-rich favorite detoxifying miracle for our bodies and hair. Whether you choose bentonite, rhassoul, or kaolin clay, they all offer benefits that to some far outweigh shampoos. If you want to ditch shampoos for their harsh sulfates and surfactants, but find co-washing inefficient, then a clay wash may be the perfect solution.

These clays are born of the earth, and as we love using what the earth has to offer, clays never disappoint. In recent years they are becoming popular but many cultures throughout our history have been using clays to heal and rid their bodies of toxins. According to Wellness Mama, there are animals that will even eat dirt and clay to remove poisons from their systems during illness and distress. They are natural, potent, and mineral-rich to clean, detoxify, and condition our hair and skin. If you are new to them do not worry, as I am about to share some of the plentiful benefits for your hair, body, and even wallet!

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A Clay Mask for Natural Hair Greatness #ForSerious

I'm more product junkie than DIY mixtress, but every so often I copycat or stumble upon a DIY recipe that makes me think I could launch the next big natural hair product line.

Maybe I'm exaggerating a little. Maybe.

But this DIY clay mask has forever changed my regimen. It hydrates, moisturizes, de-frizzes, softens, and banishes dryness, while encouraging curl clumping and shine. Any problems you're having with your hair, this mask can probably solve.

Rhassoul Clay vs. Bentonite Clay for Healthy Hair and Scalp

Don’t worry, there isn’t a battle of the clays going on. There is just the need to clarify (pun intended) the differences and the similarities of the two highly popular and highly nutrient-rich clays. They are being used for hair, face and body but is one better than the other? Does one work better in your hair while the other does better for your body? It’s time to learn the differences between the two and how they can give you healthier, lovelier hair and bodies.

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Bentonite Clay Moisturizing Mud Wash with MissT1806

by Amanda

For some curlies, regular shampoos and sulfate-free shampoos are equally drying. Adding a mud wash into your rotation of co-washing and ACV rinses creates a regimen full of various cleansing alternatives. Tina from MissT1806 teaches us how to create your own scalp soothing mud wash with just a few ingredients from her pantry.

Bentonite Clay for Skin and Natural Hair

What is bentonite clay?

Bentonite is an impure clay that usually forms from the weathering of volcanic ash and in the presence of water. There are several types of bentonite, each named after the respective dominant element, like potassium, sodium, calcium, and aluminum.

Clays like bentonite have long been used to help rid the body of toxins and to provide it with nutrients. Sometimes animals turn to eating dirt and clay to help remove poisons from their systems or in times of illness or distress.

Bentonite can be used externally as a poultice, mud pack or in the bath and, in skin care recipes. Good quality bentonite should be a grey or cream color and anything that appears to be “pure white” is suspect. It is often times packaged and distributed in powder form and should have a very fine, velvet-like feel. It is odorless and non-staining.

Bentonite clay is made of aged volcanic ash and is quite unique due to its ability to produce an electrical charge when hydrated. Upon contact with fluid, its electrical components change, giving it the ability to absorb toxins. Bentonite is known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy metals, impurities and chemicals.

How to use it

When it becomes mixed with water, bentonite clay rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge, allowing toxins to be drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound inside of it. The clay then releases its minerals for the body to use.

Bentonite also helps oxygenate the cells, as it pulls excess hydrogen and allows the cells to replace it with oxygen instead. NEVER let bentonite come in to contact with anything metal, as this will reduce the effectiveness. You can mix it with water, apple cider vinegar, or extra virgin olive oil in a glass or plastic vessel and use plastic utensils to thoroughly mix.

There are many uses for bentonite:
  1. A paste of bentonite clay and water can be used on the skin for any irritation like blemishes, insect bites, cuts, skin itching or burns. Leave it on until it dries and then wash it off. This can be especially calming to skin suffering from eczema, psoriasis, chicken pox, etc.
  2. For more severe issues (like burns), you can create a poultice by putting a thick layer of clay on the skin and applying a wet gauze or cloth over it, then wrap the area and leave the poultice on, changing every 2 hours.
  3. For smooth and healthy skin, make a paste of bentonite and water and apply to your face as a mask. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash off. This can be done once or twice a week.
  4. Adding a ¼ cup of bentonite to a bath can serve as a very relaxing and detoxifying bath that soothes and softens the skin.
  5. Bentonite can be used to clarify AND condition the hair (in one step!), by effectively removing product build-up without stripping the hair like shampoo, leaving your hair conditioned and moisturized throughout

CN Says:
It's been a while since I've revisited bentonite clay.  For my hair, I remember liking the results, but not caring much for the rinsing process.  I purchased the Aztec Secret brand which can be found at Whole Foods. One tub will last you a year or more. 

Do you use Bentonite Clay? What's your process?

Bentonite Clay- Natural Hair Cleansing

Tina writes:

Becoming a mixtress can be really enticing and exciting especially if on a budget. The truth is, cleansing is an essential part of a regimen to remove product build-up but using shampoo can strip the moisture we already struggle to retain. So try making a mud wash that clarifies while leaving your hair conditioned and moisturized throughout. Check out the video below for a cool way to make your own mud wash if you don't have the funds to spring for Terressentials.  

After using bentonite, my hair feels clean without the stripped feeling one often gets with shampoo! If you have a lot of product build up or very damaged hair you can expect to have to use a mud wash a few times before experiencing the luxurious feel of beautiful moisturized hair. I wish I could try some Terressentials but this will have to do for now. I am in no way saying this product is equivalent to Terressentials as I have never used their products, but for those on a strict budget, this might be an option! Cheers to Mud Wash!

Thanks for letting me share with the CurlyNikki community!

CN Says:

Check out my experiences with Bentonite, HERE.  I haven't revisited in a while due to time... but the results were absolutely amazing! 

Do you use bentonite clay? Share your experiences below!

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