Before I move on, let me just explain what bentonite clay does to natural hair. Bentonite clay is known to draw dirt and impurities from the hair, without drying the hair of its natural oils. It attracts impurities like toxins, bacteria, and viruses, and draws them out of hair. Bentonite possesses a negative charge. This makes it an ideal clay for cleansing and detoxifying, as it has the ability to remove positively charged conditioners and products that can build up on the hair and scalp.
N.B: Don’t prepare bentonite clay or any other clay with a metal cutlery, or in a metal container, as it has the ability to draw out substances from metal, causing all sorts of reaction, and leading to reduced effectiveness. Stick to plastic containers and cutleries.
So I mixed the powder with ACV to form a clay paste. After getting a creamy consistency, I started applying it to my hair.
It immediately became hard, so I added more ACV to make it less-creamy.
|Less creamy than the first|
My hair had been sectioned into four different parts before the application. Once I’m done with one part, I twist it up, and proceed to the next.
I applied it all over my hair, and covered with a plastic bag for 25 minutes. It immediately sticks to your hair. Make sure not to leave the mask in for too long so it doesn’t harden too strong. Remember it is clay, and you are not trying to mould your hair into a sculpture. The good news is that it is not messy at all, like henna. It doesn't fall all over the ground.
I proceeded to wash. Yes, I agree that it washed my hair well, and it did not feel stripped. I agree with people who say you don’t have to condition your hair after using this clay, because it leaves your hair conditioned, though I conditioned mine, cos I already had the conditioning mix sitting by.
What I enjoyed most about the whole process was that it cut my washing time by about 90%.
For now, I normally do a two hour coconut oil prepoo, shampoo, deep condition, do an ACV rinse, do a tea rinse (every other wash).
This time, all I did was a 25 minute mask treatment and 30 minute deep condition. I didn’t have to do an ACV rinse, cos there was already ACV in the mask.
Will I be doing this again? Once in a while, not all the time. I will definitely continue with hair care regimen, but if I feel my hair needs a detox, I will do the bentonite clay treatment again. My shampoo cleans my scalp better than the bentonite clay, although the bentonite clay detoxifies the hair.
So that is my experience. Have you ever used bentonite clay or any other clay on your hair? How did it go? Will you completely switch it for regular sulphate-free shampoos?
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