If you have product build-up or irritating scalp conditions, you might be wondering how to use bentonite clay for natural hair.
Filmy hair and itchy scalp can be annoying and even embarrassing. It can be VERY frustrating if you’ve tried different shampoos and nothing seems to work.
In this post, you’ll find out about the benefits of bentonite clay and how to use it for natural hair. If you’re interested in a total detox treatment for kinky and curly hair, keep reading.
Bentonite is an absorbent clay that typically forms from aging volcanic ash. It was named after Fort Benton, Wyoming which has the largest source of bentonite clay in the world.
Bentonite can absorb negatively charge toxins from the body when consumed. It can also be used topically on the skin and hair for beauty treatments.
This post is about using the clay for your hair, but make sure you choose a food-grade bentonite clay if you’re wanting to take it internally.
Bentonite clay is also known as Montmorillonite clay.
What are the Benefits of Bentonite Clay for Natural Hair?
Bentonite clay has numerous benefits for the scalp and hair. Here are a few:
The most popular way to use the clay is by doing a mask. The clay can be used plain, but you may want to mix it with aloe vera, apple cider vinegar (ACV) or a mix of therapeutic oils.
The clay is a natural ingredient, but it is by no means weak. It truly clarifies, and that could mean stripping natural oils from your hair too.
So, you’ll want to do a deep conditioning treatment after you use the clay. You won’t need to shampoo when you do your clay treatment because the clay is so cleansing.
However, the great thing about bentonite clay is that it can give you a clean slate to apply your products. You’ll find that your products work a lot better after using the clay because they can effectively reach the shaft.
Always use a wooden spoon when you’re making your clay mixture, as clay reacts to metal.
If you have scalp irritations or itchiness, you may be getting frustrated or annoyed that the regular dandruff shampoos aren’t working.
Or maybe you’re fearful of using the conventional sulfate and clarifying shampoos because they’re too harsh for your natural curls. And rightly so, common shampoos can wreak havoc on your strands.
It's always best to use water-based products on your hair that will give more moisture without product buildup (like our bestselling Mango Moringa Moisture Max system).
Bentonite clay is a natural way of clarifying your skin and hair without using harsh shampoos. It can make scalp conditions disappear quickly as it draws toxins away from the scalp.
Want to try it out?
Here is a great recipe:
Doing a bentonite clay treatment may sound intimidating, but it is super easy to apply. It will probably be well worth your time, especially after you see how well this treatment can define your curls.
Begin your bentonite clay treatment by sectioning your hair and spraying warm water onto your curls to hydrate them. It’s always a good idea to hydrate before working with your hair to prevent tangles and breakage.
Apply the clay mixture onto your hair from root to tip. Massage the clay into your scalp and hair until every strand is coated. Avoid allowing the clay to dry onto your curls. Keep them moist, soft, and hydrated while you do the treatment.
You can prevent the clay from drying by placing a shower cap over your head while you’re waiting for the time to pass. Spraying the water on your hair beforehand will help too.
How long should you leave bentonite clay on natural hair? Bentonite clay works very quickly to draw out toxins and heavy metals from your hair and you’ll only need to apply it for 5-20 minutes before hopping in the shower.
Rinse the clay from your hair thoroughly. Then apply a deep conditioner to moisturize. You’ll probably find that your hair really soaks up the deep conditioner after being thoroughly cleansed of all build-up.
Bentonite clay can make a wonderful addition to your natural hair regimen. Do it once per month, or whenever you need a complete reset on your natural curls.
By the way, if you're interested in bentonite clay for natural hair because you want less product buildup and more moisture, you need to check out my Natural Hair Masterclass.
Inside the class, I show you everything needed to get more moisture and achieve defined curls so you can rock a healthier mane.