Usually I test out new DIY treatments for a while before I share them, but the surprising immediate results for this hair clay mask, that I was afraid to try but now love, was something I couldn’t wait on. I didn’t take any pretty pictures because I didn’t plan on posting about it, which is why my photo looks the way it does–half used and messy lol.
I got this recipe from Naturally Curly blog post called, The Clay Mask Recipe That Will Give You(r) Hair Life and she was right about that. She liked how beautiful her curls clumped together and I loved how instantly soft my hair was when rinsing the clay off in the shower. I mean, I never felt my hair so soft outside of using synthetic hair conditioners from the store.
Ok, I wasn’t quite afraid. I know that clay has been used to cleanse hair for centuries but when I think of clays, which I use on my face quite often, I think of crackly dryness absorbing excess oil and I know my hair needs all the oil it can get. It also sounds messy and hard to get out of your hair but it was a cinch. It rinsed away really easily and my hair didn’t crack up.
I love the hair clay mask because:
Already having all of the ingredients listed in the blog post recipe gave encouraged to try it. Plus my scalp needed a good cleansing from all of the oils I massaged in during the week. The ingredients are as follows:
Incredibly powerful, possessing a negative charge (anionic). This makes it an ideal clay for cleansing and detoxifying, as it has the ability to remove positively charged (cationic) conditioners and products that can build up on the hair and scalp. It is also said to have the ability to draw out toxins, heavy metals, chemicals, and impurities. It helps cleanse and lift impurities from the hair, aiding in conditioning, shine, softness, and definition.
Serves as an antimicrobial agent (warding off infection), and helps ease the itching and flakiness associated with scalp conditions such as dandruff, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis. ACV is also able to improve the shininess of hair and increase moisture retention by causing cuticles to lay flat via pH balancing the hair. Through this same mechanism, it is also believe that Apple Cider Vinegar can correct hair porosity issues.
The ultimate hydrator and curly hair problem solver.
Oil with a high saturated fat content, rich in vitamins and nutrients beneficial to the hair. Due to its low molecular weight, coconut is one of the few oils proven to actually penetrate the hair shaft. It protects and coats the hair, and prevents protein loss.
Has antibacterial and antifungal properties, so it will help with dandruff and other scalp ailments. It is also a great moisture sealant, and promotes hair thickening and growth.Castor oil also acts as a humectant, drawing in moisture to the hair for total hydration.
Oil that locks moisture into the hair while nourishing, smoothing cuticles, controlling shedding, and boosting shine. It is rich in omegas 6 and 9, which help ciment the cuticle, reduce moisture loss, and improve elasticity.
I distributed my recipe slightly from hers, adjusting it to the texture I desired as I mixed the ingredients together.
Is a clay mask on your hair something you have tried or planning on doing? Share your thoughts on your experience or if you want to experience it.