Happy Monday!

After my two delightful experiences with Bentonite Clay, I began to wonder how often I could safely engage in this cleansing/softening clay treatment. I use to poo (hahah) 2 times a month, and I was hoping to use the clay treatment similarly. So, I contacted the ingredient guru, Ms. Anita Grant, so that she may shed some light on the situation. She sells both Bentonite and Rhassoul clay, among other goodies!

Please find our dialogue below:

CN: Hi Anita! I hope this email finds you well. I have a few quick questions. How often can I use Bentonite clay to cleanse and soften? Would bi-weekly be okay? What are the benefits of Rhassoul clay? and how does it compare to Bentonite? Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you soon!

AG: Bentonite contains over 70 natural occurring trace minerals like:
Silica- 61.4% (required for strong healthy hair growth and skin tissue regeneration)
Aluminum- 18.1%
Iron- 3.5%
Sodium- 2.3%
Magnesium- 1.7%
Calcium- 0.04%
Titanium- 0.02%
Potassium- 0.01%
Moisture- 7.8%
pH – 8.3 – 9.1


Bentonite has a high percentage of naturally occurring Silica & Iron than most other naturally occurring clays.

Silica & Iron deficiency may lead to:
• Skin becoming loose and dehydrated
• Lack lustre hair
• Poor bone development
• Brittle nails

Effective & powerful when taken:
• Externally as a poultice, naturally curly Afro hair mask, face and body mud pack, sprinkled in the bath, and/or to reduce swelling.
• Internally as a supplement for those with mineral deficiencies.

Bentonite deposits can be found all over the globe but the largest concentrations are located in the Great Plains area of North America & the mountains of Italy. Bentonite is derived from the deposits of weathered volcanic ash. Bentonite is purported to be an effective natural intestinal detoxifying agent that has been used for centuries by native peoples around the world. Rhassoul contains natural silicon, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium & sodium – with a deep cleansing, anti-microbial action that does not irritate the sebaceous glands. In fact, it regulates the amount of sebum secreted from the scalp.

Rhassoul contains a high percentage of naturally occurring trace minerals like magnesium, and calcium.

Silica- 58% (required for strong healthy hair growth and skin tissue regeneration)
Aluminum- 2.47%
Iron- 0.64%
Sodium- 2.3%
Magnesium- 25.2%
Calcium- 2.34%
pH – 6.9 – 7.5

Clays and Clay Minerals The information/research above has been taken from my website. As you can see both Rhassoul and Bentonite Clay are very beneficial for our hair but on their own they made my hair dry out somewhat – hence the reason why I made my Rhassoul Deep Condishes. I don’t use Bentonite Clay on it’s own either because it did work for me but after a while my ends started to dry out. However, others have found success using the clays on their own. You’ll need to decide for yourself whether using clays would be beneficial to your hair. Hope this helps.

CN:
Thanks for your speedy response! I have 2 more questions:
1. Could I add an oil to my Bentonite clay mix?
2. Were you using water or acv? I only use water because acv dries me out over time.

AG:
1. Depends on what the oil is. Perhaps you should try Bentonite on it’s own on a small section of your hair before you mix with oil. However, if you are going to mix it with oil make it a light oil like VCO or Camellia Kissi or Sesame oil.

2. I use ACV *before* I shampoo or condish. With my mixes I either use water or an herbal infusion.

Here’s a link to Anita Grant’s site: https://anitagrant.com/

So, what do you guys think? It sounds like it’s going to take some experimentation to ensure that I don’t do more harm than good. I have yet to notice a drying effect, but I’ve only done 2 treatments. I will most certainly do a DT after each treatment from now on, and beginning next week, I will try mixing in a humectant (honey), and a bit of oil (probably grapeseed). I’ll of course keep you ladies updated on my experiments!

Please leave your Bentonite (or Rhassoul) mixes in the comments section, for my benefit, and the benefit of your fellow readers!

Later Gators,
Nik