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My 1st Bentonite Clay Hair and Face Mask: Amazeballs!!!

I wasn’t planning on blogging about this, but yesterday I made my first ever bentonite clay mask and applied it to both my hair and my face.

You guys! HOW have I been sleeping on bentonite clay masks?!?? That thing was all-around AMAZEBALLS! 

I know what you’re thinking: “Was it, Yvette, was it really ‘amazeballs?’ Is that even a word, Yvette?” Yes! And yes!!! LOL! As you can see, “amazeballs” means extremely good or impressive; amazing. So I repeat: That bentonite clay mask  was amazeballs. On both my hair and face.

Yes, “amazeballs” is a word, and yes, that bentonite clay mask fits the definition!

The Bentonite Clay Mask Recipe I Used

Below is the recipe I used. I got it from the NaturallyCurly website at this link: https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/kinky-hair-type-4a/the-clay-mask-recipe-that-will-give-your-hair-life.

Recipe

  1. half a cup (4 oz.) of bentonite clay (I used Aztec Healing Clay brand, which I purchased from Trader Joe’s)
  2. 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil
  3. 1 tablespoon of castor oil
  4. 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  5. 6 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (unfiltered, with the mother)
  6. 3 tablespoons of water (I used distilled water)

I mixed the first 4 ingredients. Then I added the apple cider vinegar and let it sit (and fizz) for 10-15 seconds before adding the water, per the instructions.

Being Careful To Use Plastic Bowls and Utensils (NO METAL!)

Plastic bowls and utensils are a must with bentonite clay. I didn’t end up needing to use my boosted Shea Moisture Manuka Honey Masque (on the right) after using the bentonite clay mask. The clay mask was very moisturizing.

It’s a big NO-NO to use a metal bowl and/or spoon or fork to make this mask. Part of the power of a bentonite clay mask is that it’s negatively charged such that it draws out positively charged impurities. If metal touches the clay, it affects the charge and reduces the power of the mask.

Being Careful To Clear My Shower Drain after Rinsing the Bentonite Clay Mask

Bentonite clay can clog your drain. After I rinsed it out of my hair and off of my face in the shower, I asked my husband to pour hot, boiling water down the shower drain to ensure that no clay remained in the drain, dried up, and clogged the drain.

The Results of the Bentonite Clay Mask on My Hair and Face

Before applying the mask to my hair, I shampooed with Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo. I was planning on following up the bentonite clay mask treatment with a moisturizing deep conditioner. Absolutely no need! My hair was VERY hydrated and moisturized after rinse-out. And the moisture has lingered for the past 24 hours and is still going. I can’t think of a treatment that has ever been more moisturizing to my hair. Very impressive. I can’t say how much of that was due to the clay alone versus due to the shampoo-clay combo, but my hair was in tip-top shape post clay treatment. 😀

This was the amount of clay that remained for me to use on my face after I had applied the rest to my bra strap -length hair.

I already told you how the bentonite mask did my face. Oh, my! Hubby said I was glowing. He literally said, “What is happening right now?!!” 😛 I so wasn’t expecting those results. Awesome! 😀

Do You Have a Favorite Clay Mask Recipe — Bentonite or Other?

I definitely plan to use the mask again — on both my hair and my face. Based on the GreenBeauty YouTube video below, I will probably add rhassoul clay and kaolin clay (and thus more water), and see how the results compare to yesterday’s results. Or I might just use the recipe outlined in the video.

Do you have a favorite clay mask recipe — bentonite or other? What has been your experience using clay masks? Please share in the comments!

Until next time!!! 😀

Many blessings to you and yours, 

Yvette ❤

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