Bentonite clay is said to have a variety of healing properties for the body, inside and out. Historically, the clay has been used in alternative medicine to get rid of digestive issues, bug bites, dry skin, and more.
When used for the hair, it’s thought that bentonite clay can offer deep moisture. This can be especially helpful if you have:
Aside from its moisturizing effects, bentonite clay may purportedly draw out excess dirt and oil as well.
To date, there are few scientific studies to support the benefits of bentonite clay for the hair. One review published in the Iranian Journal of Public Health found that bentonite clay can help make sheep wool grow quicker and softer.
Bentonite clay needs water to activate and attract toxins for elimination. Plus, the water thins out the clay a bit for easier application on your hair. If the clay is too thick to apply, you can add a bit more water until you achieve the desired consistency. For best results, use warm — not hot — water.
Still, an effective hair mask may require more than water and clay. This is where apple cider vinegar becomes handy. This everyday pantry ingredient may help balance out the acidity in your hair, leading to better shine and overall health.
Like a mask for your face, a bentonite clay hair mask is intended for use only a few times per week for immediate benefits.
Use a clean tint brush and lay a thin coating after parting each section for thin hair.
Allow to harden and rinse thorougly!!!!
Reported side effects from bentonite clay are largely nonexistent. However, more human studies on the effects of bentonite on skin and hair need to be conducted to rule these out.
To be on the safe side, you can test a small amount of the clay on your skin before use. Apply the mixture to a small section of your skin and wait a day to see if any side effects occur. If no itchiness, redness, or rash develops, you’re likely in the clear.
Discontinue using the mask if you develop any side effects. Use extra caution if you have a sensitive scalp.