In an effort to get back to the root of natural living, I decided to try my hand at clay washes.
After doing some research, it appears that bentonite clay is commonly used for herbal hair washes and it’s quite inexpensive.
Well, inexpensive is good because if I mucked it up, I didn’t want to be out of a great deal of money! And it’s a good thing because I had quite an experience!
I don’t even understand how I made such a mess! I mean… I’m a henna pro! I apply henna with little to no drippage and I never have to clean up a mess. At least, now I don’t 🙂 When I first started applying henna to my head, my tub looked like I killed a small animal.
Part of the mess I made was using a bogus recipe I found online. I should have looked for what the masses recommended instead of what 1 lone ranger website had to offer. My bad.
I followed a recipe (not going to rat out the website!) that yielded the worst bentonite clay mix ever. The recipe called for 1 cup of bentonite clay mixed with 1/4 cup of water.
First off, a full cup of bentonite clay needs a lot more than a 1/4 cup of water to mix it to a smooth consistency that’s also not runny. I had to keep adding what appeared to amount to maybe 2 cups of water. I just kept adding water until I could get the mixture smooth. Eventually, I settled for this lumpy mess and decided to make it a full body wash!
Second off, to do a simple hair wash with bentonite clay all I really needed was maybe a few tablespoons of the bentonite clay – not a whole darn cup full! Next time…
In spite of the crazy mess I made, the experience of a full body clay wash was wonderful! My skin was so smooth – I mean smooth in places that are not copasetic to share!
My hair also felt wonderful afterward. I mean hair AND scalp felt so clean and even detoxed.
While, I didn’t leave the clay wash on for long, my curls immediate became their perkiest:
I have tons of bentonite clay left so I will be trying this again. Oh, and since my skin felt amazing the body washes will continue as well 🙂
Lesson learned: Take online recipes with a grain of salt and use a little common sense!