Bentonite Clay for Natural Hair

ATH Investigates: Nourishing Benefits of Bentonite Clay for Natural Hair

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Are you looking for a way to cleanse your textured hair without being too harsh on your scalp and wallet? Perhaps you are looking for a hair treatment to leave your hair feeling pure and nourished. A hair ingredient that is currently on the rise is Bentonite Clay. It is an extra step in your hair care routine used to detoxify hair. It also provides hydration and softening. Using this ingredient is best for curls and coils that are damaged or may need rejuvenation.

What is Bentonite Clay and Its Benefits?

What Is Bentonite Clay?

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Does this clay really work to nourish hair? Photo by Juan Manuel Merino

Used to nourish curls and coils, bentonite is a volcanic ash-type clay that gains a super mud-like consistency when mixed with water. It is made of montmorillonite. This Clay is mostly mixed with water, but a great alternative that can be used is apple cider vinegar. Additionally, bentonite clay is filled with minerals that pull toxins from your hair and skin. Therefore, remineralizing your hair.

Why is This Clay Great for Natural hair?

Watch your mane thrive when you implement this ingredient into your wash day routine. Photo by Adrian Fernández

Bentonite Clay is a great way to exfoliate the scalp and features important nutrients to help stimulate hair growth. As a naturalista, one can attest to how easy it is to get product build-up in between wash days and protective styling. Bentonite clay’s exfoliating properties also make it a great way to relieve of product buildup.

How to Use Bentonite Clay:

First, measure the amount of clay you believe to be appropriate for your hair; the most common ratio is 2:1.Mix the clay in a bowl until the consistency is free of lumps and a manageable texture for you to handle when applying to your hair. However, be sure to ensure that it is not too runny or thick, making it difficult to control.

It is recommended to use this clay before and after protective styling. When incorporating it into your wash day routine, it is advisable to use it before the deep condition part of your wash day to help add to the strength of hair follicles before proceeding with the rest of your routine.

When working with this product on your own, splitting your hair into sections and working through them is the best way to help ensure that the clay reaches your scalp and other hard-to-reach places to help ensure the most efficient cleanse.

How Can I Incorporate Bentonite Clay into My Routine Without Creating My Own Mix?

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When used properly, this ingredient can transform your natural hair routine. Photo by Ismail Hadine

If you love the concept of this ingredient, however, mixing isn’t your forte; there is something for you as well! We love Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Bentonite Clay Shampoo Bar; one of this product’s most active ingredients is Bentonite clay. Get all the nutrients you want from this without the extra work.

Will you be adding bentonite clay to your routine? Share your results with us @AllThingsHair. Also, for the scoop on all the best hair ingredients, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter below!

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