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How-To: Bentonite Clay Hair Mask

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For some, the DIY hair product life isn’t for them (self-included). You prefer your conditioner, oils, deep conditioners and stylers pre-packaged and ready to go. It’s definitely a timesaver BUT when you keep hearing rave review after rave review of one particular DIY hair concoction it’s hard to keep curiosity at bay. Enter the bentonite clay hair mask. With reports of tresses emerging with marvelous shine, little to no frizz, and a softness akin to Egyptian cotton, it’s no wonder many swear by this transformational detox mask. If you’re ready to put your frizzy, tangled, and dry locks in check, read on.

What’s In It?

  • Bentonite Clay

Possessing magnetic properties, bentonite clay pulls metals, toxins and looming product out of the hair. By being able to naturally lift impurities and build-up, this clay is the ultimate clarifier- great news if you find the clarifying shampoos leave your hair feeling stripped – and preps your strands to receive all the perks of this mask.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

You’ve probably heard the seemingly endless list of benefits derived from this miracle health product. Some of those same benefits come into play when it comes to hair. ACV is an antimicrobial meaning it kills off bacteria and fungus that may be the source of dandruff and hair loss. The ingredient also has a pH level similar to natural hair, which allows it to aid in reducing frizz, increasing moisture retention by lowering hair porosity and keeping both hair and scalp in grade A shape.

  • Add-Ons

While not required, you are more than welcome to add in other nourishing ingredients such as aloe vera gel, coconut oil, castor oil or whatever oils work best for your hair.

What You’ll Need

  • A glass bowl
  • A wooden spoon

*TIP: It is advised you avoid using metal bowls and spoons when making this mask as it can have a negative reaction with the mask.

*TIP: If your scalp tends to be more sensitive, try swapping out a few of the tablespoons with water to dilute the ACV.

The Process

1. Make sure your hair is detangled and sectioned off to make for easy application.

2. In the bowl, add the clay followed by the ACV. If you are using water be sure to add the water LAST. It is crucial to give the clay and ACV a chance to react to one another for about 15 seconds. The reaction features a lot of bubbling and foaming so don’t be alarmed.

3. Mix the ingredients together vigorously until you have a smooth mixture. Be sure there are little to no lumps.

4. If you decide to use additional ingredient, add them in now and mix again until blended.

5. With your spray bottle, wet your first section of hair and work the mixture in from root to end. The key here is to try and coat each curl so it is easiest to work in small sections.

*TIP: For easier application (read: less mess), try pouring your mixture into an applicator bottle 

6. Repeat this process for each section. It’s is recommended to keep your spray bottle handy to keep section moist as you work through your entire head.

7. Once hair is completely covered, grab your plastic of choice and cover head for approximately 30 mins. You have the option here of either letting the natural heat from your head do the work or using a hooded dryer.

8. Time’s up! While you may be a diehard sink hairdresser, hop in the shower and begin working the mask out of your hair. If you’re finding it difficult to remove in certain spots, sprinkle a little ACV on it to loosen it up.

9. Once rinsed out, follow up with your favorite conditioner.

Enjoy your shiny, moisture-filled, cover model-worthy hair!

Have your given clay hair masks a try? Have any holy grail add-ins you swear by? Share below!


Victoria Wilson


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