Clay at first glance seems to be an unlikely way to remove buildup from your hair, but cleansing clays do in fact work. If you find yourself dreading wash day, a cleansing clay for hair is the perfect solution to get a fresh start without dryness.
Different clay types you should know about:
Bentonite clay is an aluminum phyllosilicate mined from underground. Its other name is Aztec Indian Healing clay or just Indian Healing Clay. Bentonite clay forms from volcanic ash that weathers down as it is exposed to water.
Bentonite clay is a popular skincare and hair care product. Bentonite clay has a negative charge. This means that it can attract positively charged particles, residue from hair products that build up in your hair. Bentonite Clay also draws out toxins and impurities from your scalp. It cleanses impurities way from your hair, improving the curl definition, conditioning, softness, and shine of your hair.
Tip: Add ACV or Aloe Vera juice to lower the pH of bentonite clay. This will make it closer to your hair’s natural ph.
This natural clay from Morocco’s Atlas Mountains is rich in minerals. Rhassoul or Moroccan red clay is more of a premium product than Bentonite clay, it has richer mineral content. This means that it is more beneficial to your hair and skin. Rhassoul has iron, sodium, magnesium, and potassium.
This means that if your scalp and/or hair are dry, you are better off using Rhassoul clay. Clay is helpful for people who need to balance the scalps oil secretion to fight dandruff.
Kaolin clay or China Clay is the best clay for dry hair because it is the gentlest. This clay is also ideal for the scalp because it gently exfoliates. Kaolin clay does not work well when you have a lot of product build-up, but it is excellent for severely dry hair.
The benefits of using cleansing clays:
Cleansing Clay for Hair Kills Dandruff
Bentonite clay is an antimicrobial agent. It helps to heal irritated scalps, dandruff, and psoriasis. (source)
Cleansing Clays make Detangling Easier
Black women who have used cosmetic clay to wash their hair can testify that it is much easier to detangle hair after a clay wash than after a shampoo wash. This saves you time and frustration.
Cleansing Clays Cause Less Irritation
Natural products like clay are also less likely to irritate the skin because they do not contain chemicals.
Cleansing Clays Improve Moisture
If you really want to preserve moisture in your hair, a clay wash is much better than a shampoo wash. Rhassoul clay, in particular, is popular as a product that cleans hair and restores moisture at the same time.
Cosmetic clay adds moisture, softens, and conditions hair. It also nourishes hair with micronutrients. Cosmetic clays are excellent for cleansing dry hair because it does not strip moisture out of it.
Cleansing Clays Reduce Build up
Bentonite Clay has an anionic or negative charge. This means that bentonite clay will attract the cationic or positively charged products that have built up on your hair and on your scalp.
Over time, residues from the products you use on your hair – shampoo, deep conditioner, leave-in conditioner – build up. This is the residue that bentonite clay will pull out of your hair. Bentonite clay also draws out toxins and impurities because of its anionic charge.