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Bentonite Clay- Natural Hair Cleansing

By January 27th, 202122 Comments
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!


  • Pb says:

    I have found that bentonite clay (indian Aztec brand) does loosen my curl pattern. However for me, that's a Godsend b/c my 4a/b hair can be torture to detangle. Henna doesn't loosen my curl pattern at all but the clay did. My hair doesn't shrink as much once I've rinsed the clay out AND I see that the spirals are more defined.:)

  • Sydney says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE BENTONITE CLAY. After reading about it online somewhere, my mom tried it a few weeks ago and loved it and after reading all of the below I decided to try it out last night. Amazing! My mom's recipe includes a bunch of stuff, coconut milk, an oil, honey etc. After rinsing my hair thoroughly I had her apply the clay mixture, two plastic caps and I sat with it on for about 20-30minutes. When I rinsed my hair my hair felt "heavy". It was a little stretched but the curls were still there and springy and popping. My hair had not been itself lately and I felt as if my hair had hit "reset". I applied my super slippery conditioner to co-wash detangle (which was a super breeze) and applied my DT. I threw my hair in 22 twists using a home made aloe vera juice refresher spray, shea leave in and argan oil and went to bed. This morning I decided to keep my twists in (lazy and they were still a tad damp) but my hair is frizzless and looks "happy". I don't think it affected my curl pattern at all and my hair feels good. I definitely will be trying this again. Maybe once a month? I don't know but I had a good experience.

  • Sydney says:

    Thanks for the info! I'm excited to try it!

  • kierot says:

    It is nothing like that. Doesn't loosen your curl but definitely softens your hair.

  • Sydney says:

    Did you find that the bentonite clay loosened your curl pattern at all? I'm worried about it's long term effects if it acts like henna.

  • 101Corkscrews says:

    For those wanting to find out who this girl is on Youtube, like me, her name is Misst1806.

  • anonymous says:

    Too cute – your hair is gorgeous! I've been wanting to go back to the Aztec Bentonite. In June, I purchased a bottle of Terressentials Left coast lemon from their Frederick MD store, and I am sprung. Girl, I said SPRUNG. I have been chasing the dragon with other shampoos, but nothing compares to it. Thanks for an informative video.
    I'm just unsure about addubg a heavier oil. Won't the clay adsorb the oil and negate the benefits of both?

  • keisha billups says:

    I have never tried this. I am so lazy when it comes to all of these different treatments. I wash, cowash, use a leave in, deep treat twice a month. I use butters, hair milk to moisturize. Oils to seal in. I detangle in shower with conditioner in my hair. I wear wash n gos and twist outs mostly. I really need to experiment.

  • Miss TeeTee says:

    I do a bentonite clay wash about once a month. I tried using it in the shower, but it made an awful mess, clay was everywhere. So now I just stick to applying out of the shower, cover with a plastic bag, scarf, bonnet and let it sit for about an hour. My mix is bentonite clay, aloe vera juice, marshmallow root, and lavender oil. I don't measure; just eyeball it until I have enough to cover my entire head, probably about a cup or so. I have not thought about adding honey, but I might give that a try next time. Ok, and definitely gotta get an applicator bottle. Last week I did my mud wash after taking down my braids; I did not detangle or wash my hair prior to, and that mud removed all of the gunk. I didn't have a lot of buildup but still it removed everything and left my hair soft, shiny and pretty much detangled. The next day I did a 7 hour henna treatment (fell asleep on the couch), and then rinsed twice with suave coconut conditioner. Normally I go thru 2 bottles of conditioner, but this time I only used about 1/3 of the bottle, and I could still see twigs and debris still in my hair. I did another bentonite clay wash and from what I can tell, it got all of the henna out.

  • Prettynpinknaturalchic says:

    Perfect timing!! Have been debating using bentonite clay fora couple of weeks, stumbled across a jar on sale at my local HEB and made up my mind to use it today:). Had already watched this particular YouTube vid as a "prepper" and I must say I truly LOVED the results! Definitely adding it to my hair regimen! The results did not disappoint at ALL!!

  • quital84 says:

    I love this video I will give this a try and see how my hair likes it : )

  • Gwenn4ya says:

    Love this information! I do use bentonite clay for washing but it never occurred to me that I could make it into a mudwash! Yes, I love the way my hair feels after I use it also. I use everything you did except for the honey, but I am going to add it as well as warm my aloe vera juice some. It does add shine to my hair as well and my hair feels clean when I'm done. I learned this from "All things O Natural". Great post!!

  • Mars Bar says:

    I used to do bentonite clay washes but I fell off, I am going to try her way. She has some PRETTY hair!!

  • Dawn Brame says:

    This post couldn't have better timing. I've been thinking about the Terressentials mudwash since Naptural85 started using it, but my college wallet won't allow me to afford it just yet. I've also thought about using bentonite clay as a substitute in the past, and right now I actually have a jar sitting in my cart on Amazon, waiting to use my gift card from selling them my textbooks!! I've been debating for the last few day if I should go ahead and get it, or switch it for something else. I used bentonite clay a couple years ago for my face, but since most of my face problems are in the past, I wasn't yet sold on purchasing it again. Well now I'm sold! I though about youtubing a video like this too but didn't think I would find anything useful, I was wrong!

  • Erika A. says:

    Oooh, I want to try.

  • Davina says:

    I'm thinking about using the Aztec Healing Clay. I use it on my face, and I really like the results.

  • Hilary B. says:

    I've never used Terresentials but I have tried Aztec Bentonite clay mixed with apple cider vinegar. After rinsing, my hair was really clean and defined but a little dry, I think it's 'cause I might've used too much AVC. I'd love to try rhassoul clay (Anita Grant) in the future to see if it's more moisturizing.

  • DiscoveringNatural says:

    Is this Curly girl friendly?

  • CurvyCurly says:

    I've been using Terressentials Lavender Mudwash for almost a year now. After trial an error with the different scents and washing techniques I've finally found what works for me and LOVE it! I only use it once a month to "detox" or clarify after I've been using products with 'cones or beeswax.
    I really liked Tina's recipe and will consider mixing a batch to see if it works as well as my Terressentials. Gotta find my some clay!
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Megan Montgomery says:

    I need to try this because some shampoos that are sls free and suppose to be clarifying strips my hair after. I need all the moisture I can get. Thanks for this information it good to know that there is something that can clarify, condition, and moisturize at the sametime great!

  • Brooke B. says:

    I've never tried bentonite clay, but I've heard wonderful things about it & seeing this video just makes me want to try it even more.

  • Caramelcurls says:

    I am 9 months natural and have been trying different products to see what works best for my hair. I was washing with a rhassoul clay mix, but I felt like it never got my scalp clean enough, plus it was very messy.

    I now use it to make a facial mask and leaves my skin clean, detoxed, and glowing. I'm a big fan!

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