This past Sunday I mixed up a Bentonite Clay Mask with the perfect complement for Type 4 hair. This ingredient complimented the clay like peanut butter and jelly. Easily allowing me to detangle my hair which would otherwise be a separate task. The duo allowed me to cut several steps from my regime.
For the last several weeks I have been mixing Blackstrap Molasses with my conditioners as a pre-poo treatment. The pre-poo also served to detangle my tightly coiled hair. While the previous mixtures were nothing to frown upon; the combination of the molasses and Bentonite clay left me with unbelievable shine and elongation. As I continue to explore molasses I had share this pivotal moment with you.
In order to understand the two (2) core ingredients we must first break them down. To this end, we will use this blog to educate you to the various benefits of bentonite clay. I first used bentonite in 2012 following in the footsteps of one of my favorite natural vlogger to this day Naptural85. She first introduced me to the concept of a clay washing which is used in lieu of shampoo. How can one clean their hair with clay, it is in essence dirty? (You may be asking yourself this very question.)
One hundred percent (100%) bentonite clay can be internally ingested or externally used. It is also known as “healing clay”. There are two types of Bentonite clay: sodium bentonite and calcium bentonite. Bentonite is easily found in your local health food store.
For the purpose of this blog we will be discussing the external use of bentonite clay. We do not encourage the digestion of this compound without first consulting a medical professional.
Bentonite clay is not only a natural shampoo it is a detoxifying compound for hair. It draws out the impurities. In short, this clay acts to clarify the hair and scalp as well as cleanse. When using BC specifically as a cleanser you will find that your hair is left with luxuriously shine and soft. The fact that BC can also be used as a moisturizer and conditioner makes it a powerful staple. One can say BC is a one stop natural ingredient for your natural hair. Moreover, if your tresses are on the kinky side you will are bound to benefit from one or more of the benefits.
To activate the bentonite clay my first ingredient is always apple cider vinegar http://trulynaturalboutique.com/2015/03/the-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar-on-natural-hair/. Bentonite clay is made of volcanic ash. It is charged when you add liquid like water or apple cider vinegar. While I do add water apple cider vinegar provides an extra boost cleaning my scalp and hair among many other attributes. To make a simple bentonite clay wash you simple need bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar and water. You can also use aloe vera juice as it also activates the clay. Work clay through hair and scalp then finger detangle. Leave the clay on your hair for no less than 10 minutes. Wash clay off hair in the shower or in the kitchen sink. Rinse with apple cider vinegar and rinse with water. (I recommend beginning with warm and ending with cool to promote moisture.)
Bentonite clay mask can be an effective hair growth tool. The clay acts to draw out impurities hence we want to envelop our tresses in this wonderful mud. While the clay cleans the hair it also acts to open the cuticle to provide an exceptional base for your styling products resulting in elongated tresses. Bentonite clay is ideal for kinky hair as it promotes curl clumping which allows for definition.
Below are several carrier oils that top my list of additives to the above bentonite clay chargers: apple cider vinegar and aloe vera juice. For a deeper conditioner feel free to add your favorite Deep Conditioner. Apply from tip to scalp. Leave-in hair for no less than 20 minutes cover with plastic wrap.
- Thirsty Root Castor http://trulynaturalboutique.com/product/thirsty-roots-apricot-castor-oil/
- Castor Oil
- Hemp Seed Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Olive Oil
Use plastic in lieu of aluminum or metal when working with bentonite clay. The clay works to attract such compounds which works against the process.
Clay is messy you will want to have paper towel near by and towels. Do not apply in areas that are not easy to clean such as carpet. The most common application location is the bathroom.
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Next up, we’ll be discussing the benefits of molasses.