The winter and summer months crucially affect how good or bad our ringlets will curl and so does the way we manipulate our hair and how often we style it. One of the hardest things to battle is frizz, especially if you have high porosity hair like me. Since high porosity hair doesn’t retain moisture for long you may have to do more than product application to help your curls stay alive. A great alternative is a clay mask which works as a detox for your hair.
Through the years I was used to doing the bentonite clay masks on my face, but I had no idea that I could apply that same clay mask to my hair to eliminate my frizz and retain my curls. When you apply this clay mask and rinse it your curls will immediately clump up together. There are several videos and tutorials on how to apply this to your hair. I have only done it twice and both times I wish I’d been doing it more often.
I stumbled upon this treatment when I was looking to enhance the way I use the Bentonite Clay by adding charcoal. Through this search I also found videos on how bentonite clay benefits your hair. This can be a very messy process and I advise that before you try it you watch YouTube videos on how it should be applied. The process is almost the same as making the mask for your face, you mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar with Bentonite Clay on a plastic or glass bowl (using metal bowls causes the clay to absorb it making it hard for it to mix properly).
If you’re not an online shopper like me, you can buy the Bentonite Clay in Whole Foods if you’re in New York otherwise you can go to your local Walmart and find it for about $15. Usually, local supermarkets have Apple Cider Vinegar. In addition to the two main ingredients, you should also be adding your favorite oils which you can buy at the same places I just mentioned.
Here’s what you will need
-A glass, wooden or plastic bowl
-A wooden or plastic spoon
– ½ cup of Bentonite clay
– 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil
– 1 tablespoon of Castor oil (OR any oils of your choice)
– 6 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
– 3 tablespoons of water
(You can change these measurements to your liking for your hair’s needs, I like these measurements because the paste is runny enough to be easily applied).
For the Hair mask:
- Mix together the oils with the bentonite clay.
- Pour in the apple cider vinegar and mix well until foamy.
- Add the water slowly making sure you’re the consistency is not too runny.
Apply mixture to your hair: it is often recommended that your hair is damp when you apply this. I applied it with my hair dry and didn’t have any problem, since it already has water in it I didn’t see the necessity.
- Section your hair in different parts
- Apply evenly keeping your hair in each section.
- Leave mask in your hair for about 30 minutes, you can sit under a hooded dryer or a steamer so the mask can penetrate deeper into the hair shaft.
- Massage your hair as you rinse mask completely
- Apply your favorite deep conditioner or regular conditioner to add some moisture into your hair.
- Rinse and style as usual. (Do not add too many products)
I recommend you do this mask whenever your ringlets are losing their shape. If your experiencing a lot of frizz or your hair is having a hard time retaining moisture. I don’t think it is necessary to do this treatment every week but at the same time you shouldn’t wait for your hair to be doing horribly to do this treatment. This may also be beneficial if you have treated your hair with color and it is extremely dry.
For the Face Mask I purchased my charcoal from ebay in powdered form but you can also buy the charcoal capsules.
To prepare it;
- Mix together equal parts of the Bentonite clay and the apple cider vinegar. I usually mix about one and a half table spoon of each and then add a table spoon of charcoal.
- Apply to face evenly but do not apply too much.
- Allow 30 minutes for the mask to harden
- Wash off with warm water or using a wet wash cloth.
This mask is great if you want to remove your blackheads and get deep into your pores. It will leave you with some redness but you should proceed with applying your toner afterwards and a light moisturizer. Do not apply too much of the mask itself otherwise it will take longer to dry.
Have you tried these masks before? Share in the comments below!