A Hair Clay Mask I Was Afraid To Try, But Now Love

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. 

Why was I afraid to use a hair clay mask in the first place?

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. 

Why do I love this clay hair mask?

I love the hair clay mask because:

  • It’s simple to make.
  • Contains nourishing oils that keeps the clay moist and adds benefits.
  • Cleanses the build-up on my scalp. 
  • Easy to rinse out better than I imagined.
  • Instantly has my hair super soft and easy to detangle.
  • Hair frizz was eliminated. 
  • Hair looked and felt great after. 

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:

Notes from Naturally Curly
BENTONITE CLAY

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.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

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.

WATER

The ultimate hydrator and curly hair problem solver.

COCONUT OIL

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.

CASTOR OIL

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.

SWEET ALMOND OIL

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. 

Equipment:

  • 1 medium non-metal mixing bowl (glass or plastic)
  • 1 non-metal spoon or spatular. Stainless steel is ok, it doesn’t disturb the effect of the clay like metal does. 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Bentonite clay
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Castor Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
  • 5 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 6 Tbsp Water (adjust as needed if too thick or thin)

 

Directions:

  1. Add clay and oils in the mixing bowl and stir well.
  2. Pour in apple cider vinegar and let sit for 10-15 seconds allowing the fizz to settle.
  3. Add  the water little by little when blending the ingredients to monitor the consistency you want. The texture I used was very smooth but thick. 
  4. Section your hair and apply to damp or dry hair (I spritzed my hair with water before applying) starting with the scalp and working your way down to ends. I massaged the clay into my scalp to ensure it’s evenly distributed and smooth. If the mask dries up too quickly before you’re finished applying, spray your hair with water to soften it.
  5. Cover you head with a plastic cap, plastic wrap, or tie a plastic grocery bag. Wrap a towel on your head over the plastic to keep the heat in and leave on for 20-30 minutes. 
  6. Rinse out the clay in the shower, concentrating on massaging the scalp, until the water runs clear. You can follow up with your favorite conditioner and style as normal, but I did an additional cleanse to my scalp only using Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo to ensure that I removed any excess build-up from the various oils I used during the week.

Question

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.

A hair clay mask I was afraid to try, but now love

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