Learning about Bentonite Clay!

So I am currently trying a new product. It’s a grey powder that doesn’t have a smell and wasn’t too expensive at my local Sally’s beauty store. It’s bentonite clay.

Here is what bentonite clay is according to Wiki:

Bentonite is an absorbent aluminium phyllosilicate clay consisting mostly of montmorillonite. It was named by Wilbur C. Knight in 1898 after the Cretaceous Benton Shale nearRock River, Wyoming.[1][2]

The different types of bentonite are each named after the respective dominant element, such as potassium (K), sodium (Na), calcium (Ca), and aluminium (Al). Experts debate a number of nomenclatorial problems with the classification of bentonite clays. Bentonite usually forms from weathering of volcanic ash, most often in the presence of water.

Bentonite clay is used for both hair and face to detox and cleanse. It also has the ability to define curls for those who have curly/kinky hair. So it’s a natural shampoo, detox, and curl enhancer all in one! Plus it’s a more natural way of caring for your self so what’s there not to love?

Attempt 1: For my first attempt I mixed a fair, which turned out to be too much, amount of clay with my apple cider vinegar and water. A small amount of fizzing happened but not much, which led me to think that I’ve had that cider open for a little bit too long. It was a conditioner consistency but I did spread it out on my hair. I went about my hour or so with no cap, letting the clay harden before washing out. I did have some hair chalk residue in my hair. The color was lifted completely….but a day or two later I had small chunks of clay stuck in the top part of my head!!!! These chunks were tiny and dark fitting in with small bits of hair chalk instead of clay. Ooops lol! My hair didn’t feel too special and had a small whiff of vinegar that I expected to wear off. The smell lingered longer that normal from an apple cider vinegar rinse which wasn’t pleasant.

Attempt 2: Determined I decided to try the next day. My hair wasn’t really soft or hard, just wet the first time. I used warmed Aussie Moist conditioner and coconut oil, then added the clay and water. The mix was pretty thick and clumpy, even after mixing the warm water. I mixed more water than the first time but the clumps still didn’t go away. I took the warm mixture in my hand, spread evenly in my palms, and rubbed it through my damp locks. I used a plastic cap to keep the clay from drying this time and let it set for an hour before rinsing with warm water. My curls were hanging more than the first time, especially the ones in the back. My hair is fairly short but it felt softer than the first time although the mixture was lumpy and thick. I think the conditioner and oil helped with the softness and moisture.

I haven’t had a third attempt yet, but will be soon. My hair felt clean both times yet the second time was more moisturized than the first. I will probably leave out the apple cider vinegar since I do not have anymore, but if I do get more apple cider I will make sure to get the one with the mother still intact. A more natural, organic vinegar will have a more positive effect than the diluted store version. 😀

 

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