How to Use Bentonite Clay for Curly Hair
As clean beauty continues to rise around the globe, consumers who once sought prepackaged items are now looking to take control of what they put on their hair. Have you tried bentonite clay?
Bentonite clay is said to have a variety of healing properties for the body, inside and out. Historically, the clay has been used in alternative medicine to get rid of digestive issues, bug bites, dry skin, and more. But did you know it can help grow your hair as well?
Filmy hair and itchy scalp can be annoying and even embarrassing. It can be VERY frustrating if you’ve tried different shampoos and nothing seems to work. If you have product build-up or irritating scalp conditions, you might be wondering how to use bentonite clay for natural hair.
Here’s what it can do…
1. Draws out impurities from hair and scalp. Bentonite is a negatively charged clay that attracts positively charged product build-up and heavy metal toxins. Using it on your curls results in 100% cleansed hair.
2. Has Antimicrobial Properties. Bentonite clay is also antimicrobial and helps with irritated or flaking scalps, in addition to psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis.
3. Defines Curls and Enhances Shine. Naturals swear by the clay’s ability to clump curls together and define them. If you have product build-up, you’ve probably noticed that your hair has taken on a slightly white or gray tone. This film can hinder your hair’s natural ability to shine.
4. Softens and Conditions Hair. A bentonite clay mask can help with manageability by softening and conditioning the hair. You’ll enjoy having fewer tangles to deal with on wash days.
5. Promotes Healthy Hair Growth. Bentonite clay doesn’t exactly stimulate the scalp, but it does unclog hair follicles. Cleansing the scalp thoroughly can enhance healthy hair growth by creating the perfect environment for growing hair.
Create your own mask...
Create your own mask at home with equal parts clay and water, as well as a half part of apple cider vinegar. For a single use, you may find the following recipe is sufficient:
- 1 cup of clay
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar