I recently did the last chop to finally be completely natural, after having transitioned for the past two years. I can finally do wash and go’s!
But… now that my hair is all natural, I noticed that my curls, especially in certain parts, were lifeless and undefined. I searched high and low for solutions to the problem and ran across Bentonite Clay Masks. I decided to give it a try and I was impressed with the results! Although it wasn’t as amazing as I’d hoped, (doesn’t that always happen when you try stuff you see on a YouTube tutorial?) I can definitely notice a difference after doing it just one time. I’ll definitely be incorporating this into my routine! Check out what I did here:
What you’ll need for this is:
- Bentonite Me Baby – 100% Bentonite Clay (1/2 cup)
- Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (6 tablespoons)
- Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice (4-6 tablespoons)
- Avocado Oil (3-6 tablespoons)
- A plastic bowl
- An anything but metal spoon (plastic, rubber, wood)
Apparently, the bentonite clay aids in cleansing and detoxifying, while the ACV helps in moisture retention and porosity issues as well as alleviating itchiness. The other ingredients are used for the usual moisture retention. Be careful with this mask because the bentonite clay acts as a magnet, drawing out metals and toxins, which is why you should avoid using a metal spoon.. or bowl… or anything else metal when applying this mask!
BEWARE: this process can get messy!
- Mix the clay and oil in the bowl first
- Add the ACV. If it begins to bubble up, don’t worry, that’s normal!
- After letting the mixture sit for about a minute or so, add the aloe vera juice and mix. The end result should be a semi lumpy, but moreso yogurt consistency mix.
- Part hair into four sections. I personally started with dry and dirty hair, but I’ve seen others start on wet or clean hair.
- Spray hair with spray bottle to make it damp. I part each section into smaller sections and then apply liberally to each section until all of hair is covered in the mask.
- Comb product through hair
- Put hair in a plastic cap and let it sit for 30 minutes. I put my hair in a shower cap and then wrapped a towel over it to lock in the heat, but you can also sit under the dryer. I put I accidentally fell asleep and let the mask sit on my hair for two hours… oops.
- After you’ve let it sit for at least 30 minutes, Rinse. I personally preferred to rinse while in the shower to make sure I got it all out.
- Condition, rinse and detangle your hair as you normally would.
- Style as usual.
Here’s how my curls looked after rinsing the mask, conditioning and detangling, before I did a twist out.
And here’s how they looked the next morning when I took my twists out!
Try it out and let me know how it works for you!