Bentonite Clay Hair Mask

This hair mask hydrates, moisturizes, de-frizzes, softens, and banishes dryness, while encouraging curl definition and shine. Any problems you’re having with your hair, this mask can probably solve.  Works best when done once a week or as needed, your hair has never looked better! Get rid of

Frizz

Unruly patches

Rough, dry, tangly ends

Enhances Shine

Defines your curls

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The Ingredients

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.

 

You can then switch out any of these oils or use none at all

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.

Now that you’re familiar with the benefits of each ingredient, let’s get on with the recipe.

What You’ll Need:

  • a plastic or glass bowl

  • a plastic, wooden, or rubber stirring utensil

  • 1/2 cup (or 4oz) of bentonite clay

  • 6 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons of water

Optional

  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

  • 1 tablespoon of castor oil

  • 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil

Directions

  1. ADD the clay first, then the oils, in your mixing bowl. You can begin stirring if you like, or leave it all until the very end. Next, add your 6 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Allow it to aerate and foam for 10-15 seconds before adding in the water. The reaction between the clay and apple cider vinegar is essential to avoiding a lumpy mix. After the mixture has foamed for a few seconds, add your 3 tablespoons of water.
  2. STIR everything together vigorously, until you have a smooth, minimally lumpy mixture that is roughly the consistency of yogurt.
  3. APPLY the mask to clean, damp or wet hair from root to end. To ensure even coverage, work in small sections. If your hair begins to dry while applying the mask, keep a spray bottle nearby to spritz and keep the hair damp, but not dripping wet. After you’ve completely coated your hair with the mask, cover it with a plastic cap, saran wrap, or plastic bag for 20-30 minutes. You can use a hooded dryer or steamer for extra penetration, or just let the heat from your head do all the work.

After your mask

When you’re ready to rinse, use lots of water (preferably running water) to rinse out the clay from your hair. Failure to properly rinse will leave flour like particles in your hair once it dries.

Once the clay is all rinsed out, follow up with a conditioner of choice. It doesn’t have to be a deep conditioner, your favorite, regular, cheapie conditioner will do. My personal pick is Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner. Rake it through your hair from ends to root, and let it sit for about 5 minutes then rinse.

Your end result will be hydrated, ultra-moisturized, soft, frizz-free, uber-defined hair.

Follow up with a leave in conditioner and proceed to style hair as desired.

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