I’ve been using Aztec Secret’s Indian Healing Clay Mask on my skin for months. The mask is made up of calcium bentonite clay. I’ve been hearing some great feedback on its uses for hair so I figured I’d give it a shot.
A few things I’d like to point out:
1) This cleansing method WILL GET MESSY. Be sure to lay some old sheets or towels around your floor before applying the clay to your hair.
2) The prep time for this cleansing method is a little longer than the Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse method but the application and washing process was shorter (for me).
3) You DO NOT need to shampoo the clay out of your hair. Just use a very good moisturizing conditioner and leave in afterwards for even more moist hair.
4) You CAN use this cleansing method on relaxed hair as well.
A little history behind Calcium Bentonite Clay for hair:
Calcium Bentonite Clay is birthed from volcanic ash and has an extremely high negative ionic charge due to the thermodynamic heat from the volcano in which it originates from. This high negative ionic charge allows for toxins and impurities to be pulled from both skin and hair upon contact with water.
Most women mix their Bentonite clay with water or Apple Cider Vinegar to create a paste to apply to the hair and scalp. Some mix the clay with an ACV/aloe vera juice/essential oil combo to lower its pH down to match hair’s naturally acidic pH while increasing the moisturizing effects of the rinse. There are several types of Bentonite clay, each named after its respective dominant element, like magnesium, potassium, aluminum, etc. It has also been said NOT to mix the clay with a metal spoon or tool supposedly because the minerals will interact with the metal and decrease its effectiveness. I’m not sure how valid this claim is but to be on the safe side, I used a plastic spatula.
The most popular Bentonite clay for both hair and skin seems to be Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. Most people use this mask on their skin (includung myself) because of it’s deep pore cleansing capabilities. You can actually feel it pulsating deep in your pores after applying. So why not give it a shot on my hair?
Here’s my tutorial: