This is the product that catalysed the decision to throw shampoo out of my life. Now, I don’t think I need to tell my sad dry hair story again so I’ll skip to the part where I found a solution; a way to cleanse my hair without stripping it of its natural oils. Yup! That’s what Bentonite Clay does.
I was up early one morning, unable to sleep. I was quite stressed about the state of my hair and I had no idea what I was going to do to get its glow back. I decided to make good use of my midnight data and take my problem to YouTube. After watching countless tutorials for methods I had already tried, finally, came a solution which held great promise. Excitedly, I opened another tab in my browser and looked for the nearest place to find the product that would save me from my dull hair woes: pure bentonite clay. I was relieved to find that it was really affordable and available at Dischem. I got it and used it that very same day.
My urgency with this find should tell you what a desperate situation I was in. Luckily, my efforts weren’t in vain as I observed serious results immediately after I had used it. I mixed the bentonite clay powder with some lukewarm water (previously boiled) to get it into the clay consistency and I applied it to the hair just like that. I separated my hair into four sections and applied the clay to each section, line by line. It seems that the many other coil sisters on the blogosphere use apple cider vinegar, aloe vera juice and other essential or carrier oils to mix with their clay powder; but I just didn’t. Initially I was going to mix it in with apple cider vinegar but I absolutely hate the smell of vinegar and I knew I wouldn’t be able to sit through washing my hair without throwing up. The application process was very, very messy but to be honest I had some fun with it. The clay is also a really good detangler which was surprising to me since it is clay. When I rinsed it out, my hair didn’t feel dry or strained or anything like the way it feels after a usual shampoo, instead the hair felt soft and my curls were popping! I knew from that moment in the shower that this is about to become a staple in my regimen.
Apparently conditioning after a bentonite clay wash is optional, however, conditioning is never an optional step for me. I always follow this wash up with a deep conditioner, specifically a store-bought hair mayonnaise.
You can read up on bentonite clay, in terms of its cleansing and conditioning abilities as well its mineral make up, here.