You may have seen lots of post from women who say they wash their hair with clay or mud. These products are commonly called, mud wash or clay wash. Clay can be very beneficial for hair in the same way it can be beneficial in the rest of the body- it removes toxins to leave hair super-clean and with a lot of shiny volume. Here are the top ways of cleansing hair using clays:
BENTONITE ALOE MASK
Things you need: you only need bentonite clay, aloe vera gel and ACV (1 cup clay and 3 tablespoons aloe vera gel for shoulder length hair).
Method: Mix the clay and aloe vera gel. Add ACV till it forms a spreadable paste.
How to use: Section your hair into four sections using plastic clamps to separate your hair. Apply the clay to your hair as if it was a relaxer, expect you also apply it to your scalp. Let the clay sit on your hair for 20-25 minutes, but do not let it harden. (If it hardens, it will be harder to remove from your hair.) Rinse out the clay with warm water. Take care to ensure that all of the clay is removed from the hair. You can apply a conditioner after this.
REDMOND/AZTEC TEA MASK
Things you need: You need 1 cup brewed herbal tea (green or chamomile), 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, approximately 3/4 cup Redmond or Aztec clay and 10 drops of rosemary essential oil.
Method: Pour tea and apple cider vinegar in a blender, food processor or non-metal bowl. Start adding clay a tablespoon at a time while blending or whisking to incorporate it. Keep adding clay until mixture is smooth and about the consistency of yogurt. Finally add essential oil. Store in an air-tight container in the shower for up to a week.
How to use: Wet hair. Starting at roots, massage a handful of the clay mixture into hair and work down to the roots. Repeat until all hair is coated. Leave 5 minutes or up to 20 minutes (do not let dry!) and rinse out with warm water.
Caution: Clays are most effective if it doesn’t come in contact with metal before use. Mix with wood, plastic or glass for best results.