- It hydrates, moisturizes, de-frizzes, softens, and banishes dryness, while encouraging curl and shine. Any problems you’re having with your hair, this mask can probably solve
Bentonite Clay – Incredibly powerful, an ideal clay for cleansing and detoxifying, has the ability to remove products that can build up on the hair and scalp. It is also said to have the ability to draw out toxins, heavy metals, chemicals, and impurities. It helps cleanse and lift impurities from the hair, aiding in conditioning, shine, softness, and definition.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – Serves as an antimicrobial agent (fighting off infection), and helps ease the itching and flakiness associated with scalp conditions such as dandruff, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis. ACV is also able to improve the shininess of hair and increase moisture retention by causing cuticles to lay flat via pH balancing the hair. Through this same mechanism, it is also believed that Apple Cider Vinegar can correct hair porosity issues.
- Water – The ultimate hydrator and curly hair problem solver.
- Castor Oil – Has antibacterial and antifungal properties, so it will help with dandruff and other scalp ailments. It is also a great moisture sealant, and promotes hair thickening and growth. Castor oil also acts as a humectant, drawing in moisture to the hair for total hydration.
- Sweet Almond Oil – Locks moisture into the hair while nourishing, smoothing cuticles, controlling shedding, and boosting shine. It is rich in omegas 6 and 9, which help reduce moisture loss and improve elasticity.
Now that you’re familiar with the benefits of each ingredient, let’s get on with the method. Warning: it’s dangerously easy.
Use a wooden, plastic, or ceramic bowl and spoon to mix together the ingredients. Don’t use metal. Metal can activate the clay before it reaches your hair, reducing its ability to detoxify your hair.
- Add the clay first, then the oils, in your mixing bowl. You can begin stirring if you like, or leave it all until the very end
- Next, add your 6 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. And stir before adding in the water. The reaction between the clay and apple cider vinegar is essential to avoiding a lumpy mix.
- Add your 3 tablespoons of water.
- Stir everything together vigorously, until you have a smooth, minimally lumpy mixture that is roughly the consistency of Greek yogurt.
- Apply the mask to clean, damp or wet hair from root to end. To ensure even coverage, work in small sections. If your hair begins to dry while applying the mask, keep a spray bottle nearby to spritz and keep the hair damp, but not dripping wet. After you’ve completely coated your hair with the mask, cover it with a plastic cap, satin bonnet, or plastic bag for 20-30 minutes. And just let the heat from your head do all the work.
After your mask
Rinse with lukewarm to hot water.
Once the clay is 80-90% rinsed out, follow up with a shampoo.
Your end result will be hydrated, ultra-moisturized, soft, frizz-free, defined hair.