You may be familiar with Indian Healing Clay as a face mask. It turns out that Indian Healing Clay, or sodium bentonite clay, is extremely effective for hair care too. Using a bentonite clay mask on your hair once a week helps purge your hair of all the toxins that you come in contact with daily. Bentonite clay deeply cleans the scalp, removing dead skin cells and toxins. Not only does it wash the toxins out of your hair, it also strengthens your hair and prevents hair loss by cleaning hair follicles so that they can absorb water, and so you can continue to grow thicker, healthy hair. Plus, it's completely vegan.
In some places such as Iran, bentonite clay has been widely used as a natural hair cleanser since ancient times. Using clay as a natural shampoo and scalp cleanser has taken off more recently as more people realize the importance of using fewer synthetic ingredients on their bodies.
So, what is it?
Indian Healing Clay comes from a soft, light colored rock formed from volcanic ash and found in many parts of the world, including Egypt, Montana, and Wyoming -- where we source ours from! The clay is the consistency of a soft powder; the color ranges from light gray to gray-brown.
Bentonite clay has negatively charged molecules. Most toxins and heavy metals have positively charged molecules. When you mix with the clay with water or apple cider vinegar (or any type of fluid), the clay produces an ionic pull that removes toxins -- such as heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals -- from your skin. Sodium bentonite clay is a strong electrical conductor, which means it can attract a lot of those toxins. How cool is that?
Give your curls some pop and prevent breakage
Anyone with Type 4 Kinky Hair knows that it can be extremely fragile. Tight curls, and thick or coarse hair can be delicate by nature and prone to breakage. To keep these natural locks healthy and shiny, moisturizing is key. A bentonite clay hair mask not only deep cleans your hair and scalp, but more importantly, provides intense conditioning to give those natural curls an extra pop. It’s great to revive heat- or color-damaged hair as well, and to give shine and tone to any curly -- or straight -- hair.
How to revive your hair with Indian Healing Clay
If you’ve bought our Indian Healing Clay, which is from the mountains of Wyoming, you’ll notice it’s a finer powder. Our clay is run through a special grinder to increase the clay’s effectiveness.
1. Do not mix with metal bowls or utensils! Interestingly, using metal removes the clay’s healing powers by stripping out its electric charge, which helps draw out toxins from your skin. We recommend a glass, wood, or plastic bowl.
2. Mix 2 parts clay to 3 parts water (or apple cider vinegar
- Put 4 tablespoons of clay in a glass, wood, or plastic bowl.
- Add 6 tablespoons of water (or apple cider vinegar for a more pH balanced solution).
- Use a wood or plastic fork to mix the clay and liquid. Whisk the clay and liquid as you would eggs or cake batter, breaking up any clumps. Add half a spoonful of clay at a time, and whisk again until you get a smooth, spreadable paste (like peanut butter).
- Add any oils you like into the mix for aromatherapy or a more moisturizing experience. We like to add 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil. Whisk in the oil with the fork so it’s even throughout the mixture.
3. Apply by massaging clay mixture liberally into wet hair and scalp, like shampoo. Enjoy that mini-scalp massage!
4. Leave it in your hair for 5-10 minutes. (Option: cover your hair and scalp with a plastic shower cap, to lock the moisture in and prevent mask from completely drying.) The clay will naturally draw out oil and dirt. Try not to let the clay completely dry on your hair, because it will be very tricky to remove.
5. Rinse clay completely out of your hair using warm water.
6. Condition. Once the clay is rinsed out, finish with a rich conditioner.
7. Embrace it! The results will be healthy, hydrated, soft, frizz-less and defined hair!
Interested in skin care tips? Check out The secret to all-natural skin detox: Indian healing clay
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