Easy Bentonite Clay Wash Recipe and Results

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.

bentonite clay wash

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)

fine natural hair after bentonite clay wash

And, in this video I share the results of the bentonite clay wash on fine natural hair:

Bentonite clay is a wonderful gift from God given to us through nature. As you can tell from the video, bentonite clay can be used to put a new spring in your curls as well as smooth out and calm acne prone skin. I recommend bentonite clay washes be done fine natural hair once per month. Doing so will help you to clarify your hair naturally without sulfates. For clay masks, once a week is sufficient.

If you’ve ever tried bentonite clay washes, what was your experience?

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Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area. She shares tips for those with low density or thin fine natural hair. Her writings are mainly centered around herbal hair care and sharing easy hairstyles. It's her joy to inspire others using faith for living while caring for your "crown."

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. I love the curls! When you ingest the clay for how many days can you do it?

    1. thank you!
      It’s my understanding that you can take it daily. you just put a tablespoon in water (or juice with no added sugar – preferably fresh squeezed). It’s a means of detoxing so I wouldn’t do it every day indefinitely. If you were doing say a 7 day detox, you could do it daily and then repeat monthly or quarterly.

      The need to detox with bentonite is really determined by how poor your regular diet is.
      BTW, You can get Bentonite Clay tablets at Whole Foods 🙂

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