The Benefits of Using Bentonite Clay on Your Hair


            You've probably heard about a clay mask for your face before. But have you heard about the benefits for using clay on your hair? Is clay the new all natural shampoo? Simply put, Clay is aged volcanic ash or powder. Although Bentonite clay is widely used, it is not the only known clay on the market.  Montmorillonite clay is another clay powder that can be used on the hair. It is named after a region of France called Mont Morillon, where the clay was first discovered. Bentoinite clay, on the other hand, was found in Benton, Wyoming. Bentonite, therefore, became its trade name. Clay contains Silica, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron,  Sodium, and Copper. Clay can be ingested or applied topically. It absorbs impurities and removes toxins from the hair.

            Bentonite clay produces an electric charge when added to water. Therefore, when applied to wet hair, it binds together and stays united with the hair while the positively charged products from the hair get absorbed by the clay mixture. Let me see if I can explain this a little better. The clay absorbs the liquid, then it expands to attract toxins. Then it binds to the bacteria and toxins on the surface of the hair and removes them. 



How to use Bentonite Clay on your hair

              Before you start using clay on your hair, keep in mind that clay alkalizes the hair. It needs to be mixed with an acidic liquid to balance  out the pH level of the hair. Also, the clay powder should be mixed in a plastic or glass bowl using a wooden or plastic spoon because clay absorbs metal and becomes less attractive as a result. And the most important thing is to make sure that you buy a clay powder that does not contain any lead. Some companies try to get smart and add lead to their clay powder. 


Bentonite Clay Mask Recipe/Ingredients

  • 1 cup pure clay powder
  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1-2 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
            I  use Apple Cider Vinegar when making my clay mask, but I rarely measure anything. I add water as needed to reach the desired consistency. I usually add vinegar in small portion until I get a yogurt consistency or a thick paste, then I add the water.  The reason is because the neutralization process and the chemical reaction is more noticeable when vinegar is used. How much clay powder you use is up to you, and depends on how dense your hair is. 

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18 comments:

  1. I love clay rinses! They are super moisturizing and make my curls pop! I also like to add a little glyercin and aloe vera to my mix.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Love it. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Nerline, that is why I love visiting your blog because I always learn something new! I've never heard of clay for the hair, but I'm the loving the benefits you mentioned. Thanks for sharing this!
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  4. There I am using bentonite clay all my life and never knew I could also use it for my hair. You live and learn. Thx for a great and informative post, Nerline.
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  7. I have used it on my face yet to try it on my hair.

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  8. Girl you are the queen of natural hair product information. No wonder your hair looks so healthy and beautiful. Thanks for sharing. xoxo

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  9. I keep hearing great review on clay mask for hair. I need to give it a try Have a great weekend.

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  10. This is very great information Nerline; thanks so much for sharing.

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  11. I'm fascinated by every kind of natural masks! I didn't know about clay masks for hair. Although I do drink a kind of clay called Zeolite. Check it out ;-) Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose NEW POST

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  12. Produtos ótimos amei
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  13. I've never tried clay in my hair, but I would love to give it a try one day.

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  14. I reluctantly began using a betonite clay recipe about two months. Now I am hooked. It is wonderful and does great things for the hair

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  15. how often can or should I do a clay mask. I am currently doing once per week. Is that too much

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    1. Clay can only damage your hair if you don't mix it right. I am addicted to it too. As long as you mix it right, you will be okay. Remember to keep your moisture and protein balanced.

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  16. Nerline you always schooling us, love it. Never heard of this but it sounds beneficial to healthy hair.
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