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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bentonite Clay and Natural Hair

Lately my hair has been in a natural hair slump. Limp, dry and not falling the way I want. That's usually an indication that it's time for a trim and deep cleanse so I picked up a jar of Bentonite clay from my local Whole Foods market and whipped it up for a hair treatment. 

If you haven't tried this stuff on your natural hair, you are missing out! Not only does it remove product buildup and give your hair a super good cleaning, it also helps define your curls. I haven't seen a head of natural hair that doesn't look fantastic after doing this treatment. Additionally, Bentonite clay can be used as a face mask as well. Two for one!
For my treatment, I mixed 2 tablespoons of clay, 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and some water. The consistency should be paste like so add more clay or water as needed. If you want to make it a little more hydrating, add a few drops of your favorite oil. DO NOT MIX THIS IN A METAL BOWL. Bentonite clay mixed with vinegar will cause a chemical reaction and will lessen the effectiveness of the mixture. Use a glass bowl and plastic or wood utensils when mixing.  

Apply to your face and hair and allow it to sit for 15-30 minutes. You will feel a tugging at your skin if applied to your face. No worries; this is just the clay working it's magic. To remove from your face, use a wet warm washcloth and gently wipe away. To remove from your hair, wash your hair as you normally do. To ensure that I removed all of the product, I apply a little watered down shampoo, scrub and rinse. Make sure you deep condition after this treatment and watch your curls pop and shine.


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