Yes, you read that correctly. You can wash your hair with CLAY!!
I am loving this awesome clay and just how wonderful it makes my hair feel, so I thought I would share a mini focus on it here.
The Cosmetic Properties
Rhassoul Clay is loaded with many mineral components that are known to have extremely beneficial properties for both the hair and skin, and its' natural absorption ability allows deep, yet gentle cleaning of both.
Rhassoul Clay acts only by absorption, and therefore, does not damage the hair or dry the skin.
It is rich in mineral components such as: magnesium, iron, sodium, zinc, phosphorus, potassium and provitamins. Due to this it has exceptional hydrophilic properties that capture and remove impurities and the particles of dust, dirt, dead cells, sebum excess and is also effective against blackheads. These substances are easily washed away simply by rinsing.
Additionally, Rhassoul Clay contains Silica which is a mineral offering many incredible health and beauty benefits. It is most commonly known as a supplement for healthy skin, hair, and nails, helping to increase the strength and shine of both. It also protects the scalp and nails from fungal infections, which can cause dandruff, hair loss, and nail loss.
For hair strength and the restoration of your hairs' natural shine and volume, follow the recipe below.
Rhassoul Shampoo Recipe
50 g of Rhassoul Clay powder (or 1-2 tablespoons)
Warm water (enough to mix to a runny paste)
Wet or dampen your hair.
Apply the Rhassoul Clay mix throughout your hair.
Gently massage your scalp and leave it in your hair for around 15 minutes under a shower cap (the clay shouldn’t dry).
Rinse thoroughly and consider the option of a secondary rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar (about a tablespoon) in the warm rinsing water.
Gently pat your hair to remove any excess moisture and leave it to dry before brushing or combing (see my recent post regarding long hair).
You will be surprised at how wonderful your hair feels and looks (soft and shiny), and the volume increase will astound you.
My recommendation regarding washing your hair would be to hang out as long as you can, particularly if you want your hair to grow longer. Sometimes, I will go for around one month before I wash my hair (follow the information in my previous post on long, beautiful hair). Obviously, using Rhassoul Clay to wash your hair will not dry it out and will only enhance its beauty, so you might consider washing it every two weeks instead.
Face Mask - Perfect!
With the added benefit of Silica, Rhassoul Clay is a most beautiful ingredient in the creation of skin loving face masks.
Evidence suggests that Silica is beneficial for boosting the production of collagen in the skin tissue. Silica also helps to improve the elasticity, tone, and color of skin, which is excellent for naturally preventing ageing. It is known to reduce pigmentation, breakouts and can soothe the symptoms of acne.
Further, due to its exfoliating effect, it tightens pores and brightens the complexion.
Rhassoul Clay Face Mask
I usually add the left over Rhassoul clay mix to my face after I finish massaging it into my hair. However, if you prefer a heavier mask, Rhassoul clay forms a beautiful soft paste when mixed with rose water, or orange blossom water - or you could consider making a light Chamomile tea (reported to lighten the complexion) and using this to mix with the clay. Simply apply this paste on your face while massaging it gently.
Leave it on for around 10 minutes. The exfoliating texture absorbs impurities and dead skin cells. If you suffer very dry skin, you can add a drop or two of my Hair Beauty Oil which is also fabulous for your skin (check out all the wonderful oils that make up the Hair Beauty Oil).
After my hair wash routine, I usually massage a few drops of my Hair Beauty Oil into the ends of my hair (although the ends are now quite shiny and less dry due to the clay). I love the extra boost the oil brings, and I love the added scent of rose (Night Violet scent is now available in the Hair Beauty Oil).
You should give this gorgeous clay a red-hot go and let me know what you think.
Please leave a comment below if you are going to try it, or if you have tried it already and want to share your experience.