Bentonite clay is made of aged volcanic ash and has been used for centuries, both internally and externally to detoxify the body and hair. Containing high concentration of minerals including silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and potassium, bentonite clay is more popularly used a face mask, but can also be used to detoxify, cleanse, and condition our tresses. 

Benefits of Bentonite Clay

[+] Binds to metals, toxins, and product build up

Bentonite clay has a negative charge, that when activated by water or apple cider vinegar. When mixed with liquid, the clay swells and becomes porous, acting like a magnet to attract positive charged metals, toxins, and products that build up in our bodies and on hair and scalp.

[+] Softens hair and reduces frizz

[+] Relieves scalp irritation and dandruff

Due to its microbial properties, bentonite clay helps relieve itchy scalp, irritation, dandruff, and seborrheic dermatitis. When your scalp revolts and turns against you, it’s due to fungi, like malassezia, that grow on the scalp in excess and feed off sebum, the oil our scalp naturally produces. Bentonite clay helps treat the scalp by absorbing the extra sebum and dandruff.

[+] Encourages curl definition and shine

[+] Helps smooth the hair cuticle

What’s in My Mask & My Reactions

I did my second bentonite clay this week and I must not have done the first one correctly because I can’t remember results at all. But THIS mask?!?! I shan’t forget it! SHAN’T! When I tell you I danced in the shower as I rinsed out my hair, I was boogieing in joy! My hair felt amazing. So soft, so smooth. My hair felt so clean yet soft that I didn’t bother shampooing after I rinsed the mask out but I did follow up with a moisturizing deep conditioner for 30 minutes before wrapping up my wash day.

My mask was made of:
  • Bentonite clay
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Water
  • Haitian black castor oil (peppermint oil formula)
  • Aloe vera powder – for added moisture
My bentonite clay mask applied to damp hair

How to Make a Bentonite Clay Hair Mask

Making your own bentonite clay is super easy and you mostly have everything you need right at home (except for maybe the bentonite clay if you’re not into home facials).

What You’ll Need:

  1. Bentonite clay
  2. Apple cider vinegar
  3. Water
  4. Oil of your choice (coconut, black castor oil, almond, and avocado are pretty great ones to try)
  5. Moisture additive of your choice (like glycerin, aloe vera gel/powder
  6. Glass plastic bowl + wooden or plastic spoon

Steps:

[1] In a glass or plastic bowl and with a plastic or wooden spoon, combine the bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar, adding enough apple cider vinegar to achieve a thick pudding-like consistency.

[2] Once the fizzies have stopped any oil, and moisturizing additives you’d like.

[3] Add water and mix until you achieve a creamy yogurt-like consistency.

And voila! You have your bentonite clay mask. Apply to damp/wet hair and cover with a plastic cap for 15-20 minutes. After rinsing out the mask, shampoo if you’d like, but do wrap up with a deep conditioner.

Have you done a bentonite clay mask?

4 Comments

  1. Okay, definitely time to try one of these! Thanks for outlining the benefits of this mask. It’s become a bit of a buzz word in the natural hair community, but you provided some well-needed clarification on its benefits!

  2. I haven’t done one yet, but I bought bentonite, kaolin and rhassoul clay months ago. One day I’ll sit down to do a clay wash. I have yet to see someone NOT like it. So, I’m looking forward to the day I get to try it on my hair.

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      I’m really excited to try rhassoul clay. It’s said to be more moisturizing than bentonite clay; can’t wait to try it.

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