Wash Day With Mud

By Brandi of http://www.hairinsights.wordpress.com

Well….technically it’s clay, Bentonite clay.

For those who do not have a clue what it is:

Bentonite clay is an impure clay that forms as a result of aged/weathering volcanic ash and water.  It’s an ideal clay for cleansing and detoxifying, as it has the ability to remove positively charged (cationic) conditioners and products that can build up on the hair and scalp. It is also said to have the ability to draw out toxins, heavy metals, chemicals, and impurities. It helps cleanse and lift impurities from the hair, aiding in conditioning, shine, softness, and definition.For best results, use Aloe Vera Juice and/or Apple Cider Vinegar to mix instead of water. These will make your mix more acidic, and closer to the pH of your hair. -Via BlackGirlLongHair

So essentially it is an all in one clay: cleanses, clarifies and conditions hair in one glorious step. Can you say miracle clay?! I bought a tub from Link Pharmacy at the Main mall and it only set me back P31. It will probably last more than half a year because I’ll only use 4 tsps once a month. So in addition to being awesome, it’s cheap! Convinced yet? In addition, it is easier to use and less of a chore than henna. You mix it, apply immediately, 30 minutes later you rinse it off. You can choose to condition your hair afterwards or simply continue with your moisturize and seal routine. I LOVE this clay!

???????????????????????????????For my mix I decided to use honey, aloe vera juice, olive oil and castor oil. I used the following recipe:

  • 2 tspns of castor oil
  • 2 tspns of honey
  • 2 tspns of olive oil
  • 4 tspns of bentonite clay
  • enough aloe juice to make the mixture a yogurt consistency

Because the clay reacts with metal, I used a plastic spoon and an old plastic conditioner tub to mix it in.

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I was not able to get my mixture smooth enough but it didn’t matter really, I was still able to apply the clay thoroughly. I covered my head with a plastic bag then followed it up with my foil cap and my shower cap. I had to step out to the mall so I left it on longer than 30 minutes.

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After I rinsed my hair, it felt fabulous!!! It felt absolutely magical, my hair has never been so soft!! I am in love with this clay. I can hardly wait for next month when I apply it again! Unfortunately if overused, it can have a drying effect so the general rule is to use it once a month.

???????????????????????????????I chose to condition my hair and do an apple cider vinegar rinse afterwards because I had time but I could have skipped it.

I don’t have any after pictures however I thought I could share more pictures of my straightened hair in a “twist out”…

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2 responses to “Wash Day With Mud

  1. Hey, love yo hair please asist. Am in the natural hair journey but I don’t know where I can find natural hair products in Lusaka like coconut oil, shea butter, caster oil etc. Please assist me with where u find the products. Thanx.

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