It’s been a little over a month since I’ve done a bentonite clay wash. This week on wash day I was going to do my very first tea rinse for the Wash Day Experience (hosted by Saving Our Strands and Just Grow Already) but I decided against it (that and I was not up to trying anything new after spending nearly 2 weeks in the hospital with my son. You can read about it here).
The main reason I didn’t do the tea rinse is I’ve had scalp issues when using teas in my hair in the past. When I first started using henna in my hair, I’d mix my henna with a tea. I tried black tea and green tea. Both irritated my scalp so I stopped using tea and just opted for mixing with water. The scalp irritation ceased.
Benefits of Bentonite Clay for Hair
Bentonite clay washes are so beneficial for natural hair and the body in general. Here are a few of the benefits:
- Encourages curl clumpage (yeah, I know that’s not a word but I like it so!)
- Detoxifies hair (and scalp)
- Clarifies hair by removing product build up.
- Helps to alkalinize the body (even more so if you ingest the clay)
Bentonite Clay for Skin Benefits
- Soothes itchy scalp
- Calms inflamed skin
- Detoxes the skin so that acne outbreaks are reduced
In this video I share my bentonite clay wash recipe with you:
Bentonite Clay Hair Wash and Face Mask Recipe:
3 ounces of Bentonite Clay
3 ounces of lily of the desert Aloe Vera Gel
3 ounces of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 dropper of tea tree oil
10 drops of lavender essential oil
NOTE: Never mix bentonite (or any other clay) with metal utensils. The metal makes the clay much less effective. It’s best to use plastic or wooden utensils (and yes, that includes the bowl you mix in)
And, in this video I share the results of the bentonite clay wash on fine natural hair:
If you’ve ever tried bentonite clay washes, what was your experience?