Bentonite clay is a naturally sourced product that can provide many benefits for hair. It’s a clay that’s directly mined from the earth. It’s formed from volcanic ash that has aged over time, weathering in the presence of water. The bentonite clay that is sold in the stores is a soft white powdery substance. It’s safe and straightforward to make into a clay hair mask, with most ingredients being simple to find.
Benefits of Bentonite Clay for Hair
Bentonite clay works as a magnet, which draws metals and toxins out of the hair. It has these properties because it contains a strong negative electromagnetic charge. It acts to draw out metals and toxins, which are then held within the bentonite clay hair mask. The hair mask is then washed off the scalp, where the toxins and metals flow down the drain.
How to Make a Bentonite Clay Hair Mask
You can make a bentonite clay hair mask for application in your bathroom. Basically, you’re putting mud in your hair. This is a fun and safe way to make your hair more manageable.
You’ll need to purchase the following ingredients to make your bentonite clay hair mask.
- 3/4 cup sodium bentonite clay
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup of brewed herbal tea—or—water
- 10 drops of an essential oil—lavender or rosemary are both excellent choices that can encourage extra hair growth
- plastic bowl to hold the ingredients
- plastic spoon to mix up the ingredients
- a towel
- a plastic storage container with a lid
To make up your bentonite clay hair mask, follow these steps.
- Brew the herbal tea if you’ve chosen to use it.
- Strain out the herbs, just leaving the liquid.
- Pour your tea and apple cider vinegar into a blender, food processor, or plastic bowl.
- Add the bentonite clay to the bowl, one tablespoon at a time.
- Blend or whisk after each addition of clay to the bowl.
- Mix up the clay until it is a smooth consistency, much like yogurt.
- The consistency should be easy to smooth on the scalp, but not be runny.
- If you’re using essential oils, mix them in.
How to Apply Bentonite Clay to Hair
Follow these steps to receive the best benefits of your bentonite clay hair mask.
- In shower, wet hair with warm water.
- Begin at the roots.
- Massage a handful of the clay mixture into your hair.
- Work your way from roots to the hair tips.
- Ensure all the strands are coated.
- Time it for five minutes.
- You can leave the clay on your hair for up to twenty minutes, however, do not allow the clay to dry! It will be too difficult to remove.
- When the time is up, rinse out your hair with warm water.
- Ensure all the clay has been washed from your hair and skin.
- Place a towel on the head.
- Style hair as usual.
Bentonite clay is at its most effective if it doesn’t come into contact with metal before touching your hair. That’s because the metal can activate the clay before it’s even had a chance to brush your hair. This defeats the purpose of it being able to draw out impurities.
To stop this from happening, use plastic, wood, or glass utensils and bowl for mixing up your bentonite clay hair mask recipe. You can purchase these tools from a thrift shop for minimal expense.
It’s also possible that bentonite clay may wreak havoc with your plumbing system if you pour too much of it down the drain at one time. After mixing up your hair mask, ensure you get as much of the mask out of the bowl and into the plastic storage container. Wash all utensils and spoons in hot water. Let the tap run for a minute or so until it is thoroughly flushed down the drain.
Storage of Bentonite Clay Hair Mask
You can mix up your bentonite clay hair mask recipe and store it for one week. Keep it in a plastic container with a lid, and tuck it into the corner of the shower. After one week, it will dry up and be unusable.
Bentonite Clay Side Effects & Concerns
There are some concerns for people who regularly use bentonite clay. Many are concerned that the mud contains aluminum. Many brands include 18.1% of aluminum, as a percentage of the minerals. This percentage may vary depending on the brand that you are purchasing.
Most concerns with aluminum are with consuming it or using it for cooking or storing food. Using bentonite clay as a hair mask, or on your skin is going to be with minimal risk. Our bodies naturally contain aluminum, and they also need a minor amount of this mineral for optimum health.
According to experts, the high negative charge of aluminum makes it impossible for it to leach into the body through hair or skin. So you can be confident that it’s not only safe for hair and skin but that none will leach into your body in these minor doses.