Finding What Works for YouAs we gain more access to hair products, we need to remember to be aware of our hair’s condition to be able to give it the best care possible. A favorite ingredient we are adding to our hair regimen is clay. As funny as it may sound to some, it takes getting a little dirty to get clean. It may be new to others too, but we’ve adapted the methods used by our ancestors from choosing natural, holistic techniques to treat our hair. Many customs throughout North Africa to Southeast Asia have used mud for hair and skin for detoxing and defining properties. For centuries, women have mostly been the ones to mix clay with water for a magical, universal paste. Now, this doesn’t mean to run to your backyard to try to revive some damaged hair, but it does mean to look into various organic approaches to helping your hair thrive. There are many advantages of using deep cleaning and strengthening treatments for luscious, vibrant hair. Many of us are missing out on lasting moisture that helps to strengthen hair cuticles. Bentonite clay, also known as “healing clay,” is full of beneficial nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, and potassium. Rhassoul, also known as Moroccan Red Cay, is another nutrient-rich favorite used by many for its softening and cleansing abilities. Kaolin clay is excellent for the skin and hair, as it cleanses and soothes any irritations or itching. These are the most popular kinds of clay, but the earth’s composition is full of various remedies for everyone.
What Can Mud Do For Me?Besides providing the hair with nutrients needed to make it look as good as it feels, mud can do so much for you. Different types of mud concoctions can be manufactured to help restore dry, damaged, or breaking hair. Depending on your hair’s needs, you can do some research to find out how you can benefit from the glories of mud. Here are five reasons why you should use clay in your hair:
1. Cleansing/Clarifying PropertiesA mud wash is perfect for those with curly to kinky hair types because, unlike shampoo, no natural oils are being stripped from the scalp. If you have highly porous hair, it absorbs moisture quickly, so it dries at a faster rate. You moisturize in the morning before your day begins, but by the end of the day your hair may appear dry and worn out. This could mean your techniques or products are causing the dryness. A mud shampoo can help combat quick moisture loss without added toxins. When you wash your hair, you should be looking to refine it. You want to avoid products or methods that overclean your scalp. A scalp free of any natural oils is a scalp that becomes dry which inevitably causes breakage and tangles. You can use any chemical-free clay wash to gently clear your tresses of excess oils, dirt, and product buildup. It is okay for your hair not to be completely clean, as some dirt is natural. But for your hair to be filthy, now that we want to avoid at all costs. How often you wash is dependent on your hair and lifestyle. You should wash at a rate that keeps your hair generally clean at all times. You can purchase a mud shampoo, which is more pricey than generic shampoos, but worth it for a better wash and shine. You can also save a few dollars by creating your own shampoo. Here's an example recipe of the many you can create for yourself:
- 4 oz of Aloe Vera Juice
- ½ oz of Rhassoul or the clay of your choice
- A few drops of any essential and carrier oil mix of your choice
Step #1Add parts into a bottle and lather into scalp and comb through to detangle.
Step #2Rinse thoroughly. The measurements of the shampoo are to last 1-3 washes.
2. Detoxing/Exfoliating AbilitiesTo keep up with your hair’s health, invest in a detox routine. Just as you detox your body, you can cleanse your hair from the residue that is easily missed by a simple method. Deep cleaning your hair is necessary, especially when you opt for an all-organic routine. Gentle washes get rid of the visible buildup, but there are more dirt and oils left beneath the surface that removes with a hair detox. You can detox with a hair mask. Within hours, you can transform the feel of your hair for an even volumized and cleaner look. A homemade mask is very simple to make and a popular favorite among naturalistas who seek restoration from product damage. To make a mask, you need:
- ½ cup of bentonite clay powder
- ½ cup aloe vera gel
- 1 ¼ cup apple cider vinegar