How To Use Bentonite Clay For Your Hair

bentonite clay for hair

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Bentonite clay is a natural substance which is derived from volcanic ash and made up of its weathered deposits. This clay is rich in natural antioxidants and has been utilised by native people from all over the world because of its internal detoxifying properties and healing agents. Bentonite clay contains over 70 forms of natural trace minerals including beneficial elements such as Magnesium, Calcium, Iron, Silica, Potassium, and Sodium. By combining water with Bentonite it quickly expands in a similar way as a highly absorbent sponge.

Clay features a negative electrical charge and therefore attracts particles which contain positive charges, which is often the case with the majority of poisonous substances and chemicals. As a result any toxic particles present will be automatically attracted to this clay and therefore will be bound permanently. Once the clay is removed from the body all toxic poisons will be removed along with it.

Bentonite clay is 100% natural and is therefore suitable for all skin types including combination, oily, and sensitive skin. This odourless clay has a fine and velvety consistency and is a light creamy greyish colour which does not stain. And for these very reasons Bentonite is commonly used in natural shampoo and hair conditioning treatments.

Because of its magnet like properties it helps to remove impurities and build up of dirt present on the scalp and on the hair. It has the ability to do this while still maintaining the moisture in the hair giving it extra shine and feeling silky smooth, you will be left with healthy clean hair that’s easier to manage. Try out these hair treatment recipes to judge the results for yourself, feel free to play around by adding or replacing certain items with your favourite natural ingredients.

Conditioning Treatment #1

• 6 tablespoons Bentonite clay
• 1 cup + 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Mix Bentonite and 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar together until you reach a smooth creamy consistency, similar to yoghurt. Add more vinegar if needed to achieve required consistency.

Apply to scalp and hair ensuring to coat thoroughly. Leave treatment in for around 30 minutes however do not allow the clay to set.

Rinse out thoroughly using cold water. Rinse hair again using 1 cup of apple cider vinegar. Apply leave-in conditioner and style.

*You can replace apple cider vinegar with alternative liquid ingredients such as coconut milk or any herbal concoction of your choice

Conditioning Treatment #2

• 1 part Bentonite clay
• 2 parts water
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 2 tablespoons yoghurt

Firstly mix together Bentonite and water until you achieve a creamy consistency. Apply thoroughly to either wet or dry hair, whatever your preference.

Cover with plastic wrap or a shower cap and leave in for around 20 minutes.

Shower as per normal with the cap left on, remove cap towards the end and rinse thoroughly.

Apply conditioner as per normal, 2 applications is recommended.

Once completed detangle hair with wide tooth comb and apply leave-in conditioner.

Bentonite clay can be fantastic for your hair health. Try one of these recipes, or make up one yourself and let us know how it works for you by leaving a comment below.

If you want to buy a tub of bentonite clay, I personally recommend this one.

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  1. I used bentonite clay after getting burned with hot water on my finger. It was burning so much I began to use ice to ease the pain. When that didn’t work, I mixed the clay with water and applied to my finger. The burning stopped immediately. I left if on for about 30 minutes than washed it off. The next morning there was no trace of a burn. I could not believe it, is this a magic powder or what.

  2. solanasgrammy says:

    Ive replaced my shampoo with a combo of bentonite clay, irish moss and kelp powder, mixinging it with aloe juice and grapeseed oil…wouldn’t trade it for the world.

  3. Sounds interesting and this may be a dumb question, but do those thick ingredients have trouble going down the drain? It kind of seems like they would. Love learning new DIYs though so if there’s more to share would love to see them on!

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