Clay hair treatments are quite a mainstay in most women’s hair recipes for long and shiny hair. The clay has many benefits that can be applied for natural hair, damaged, dry and many other hair conditions.
Homemade clay masks are very effective in solving many of hair problems. Clay is famous for its nutritional properties, gives shine and volume to hair, strengthens them, helps to remove dandruff and prevents hair loss. It has great adsorbent properties, and is able to gently exfoliate while stimulating circulation and cleansing – making it ideal for use on the scalp. Clay is perfect thing for cleansing and detoxifying, as it has the ability to remove positively charged (cationic) conditioners and 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.
There are different types of clay and each of it has different purposes. Clay may be blue, gray, green, pink, red, white, and yellow. You can choose any depending on your hair problem.
Clay Mask Benefits
Green clay is the most effective among other types. Firstly, it is suitable for those who suffer from dandruff. Also such clay is best solution for oily hair. This clay is able to clean the scalp, soothe skin irritation and reduce sebum secretion. Green clay is rich with minerals, it balances metabolism and strengthens hair roots.
Blue clay is primarily intended for those who wish to grow long hair. It prevents hair loss, reduces hair breakage and accelerates its growth. As well as the green clay, it helps get rid off dandruff.
Gray clay is ideal for weak, split hair ends treatment. It will give your hair shine and strength, revive and moisturize it. Gray clay is also well suited to accelerate hair growth.
Pink clay is perfect for thin and fragile hair. It is great for reducing dryness in hair, improving elasticity, removing toxins
Red clay is very suitable for sensitive scalp. It soothes the scalp, increase blood circulation and fights with dandruff.
White clay also has a positive impact on the weak, thin and damaged hair. it can also be used to help soothe scalp issues such as dandruff and psoriasis.
Which Clay is Better for Hair?
Blue clay hair is the most healing one of all possible kinds. It is best natural remedy to strengthen the hair follicle, thus it’s becoming effective against hair loss and prevents hair breakage. Due to the high content of silicon, aluminum, iron, calcium, magnesium, titanium dioxide blue clay is popular treatment for hair growth. If you suffer from dandruff, the mask with blue clay will help you to solve problem. Also, it will help to successfully combat dandruff and excessive hair loss: reviews after its use demonstrate a strong therapeutic effect of blue clay on hair. Moreover, it deeply cleanses the hair.
How to make Clay Mask for Hair?
In order to prepare the masks it is better to take into account the amount of clay that will enough to spread over the scalp and entire length of hair. Powdery clay can be mixed with herbal decoction, so the hair mask will be more effective and useful. I’d rather recommend dilute clay powder with nettle or oak bark hair rinse.
Don’t add too much water to powdery clay, otherwise the mixture will flow down on your face. You can also use egg yolk, lemon juice and vitamins A and E (available at drugstores) in the mixture. Then, gently rub clay mixture into scalp and leave for 20-30 minutes. Don’t spread it over the whole hair length – clay has drying effect, so it won’t do any good to hair length. Rinse well with warm water (you can avoid using shampoo as clay mask perfectly cleanse hair), then be sure to apply any hair balm or conditioner, otherwise they will be stiff or very dry. Remember that rinse hair with tap water should be done gradually. Clay may leave gray residue on the hair, so you need to wash it very carefully.
Clay masks can be used once a week to 2 times a month depending on hair problems you might have. Anyway, I don’t advice to apply for them very often.
Never mix, store, or otherwise let clays come into contact with anything metal. There is potential for reactivity, and so can reduce effectiveness.
Clay Mask Recipes for Healthy Hair
- For oily hair: mix 2 tablespoons of powdery clay with 2 tablespoons of hot water or herbal decoction and add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
- For hair loss prevention: mix powdery clay with hot water, add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of honey and egg yolk.
- For hair growth: mix 2 tablespoon of powdery clay with sea buckthorn oil (1 tablespoon), add 1 tablespoon of honey and egg yolk.
- For dandruff prevention: mix 2 tablespoon of powdery green clay with hot water, add 1 egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
Rinse hair with water and clay: mix 1 tablespoon of powdery clay with 2 cups of water. Rinse your hair with this mixture and leave it on hair for 20 minutes.
Wash Hair with Clay
Alongside with clay hair masks there are recipes of no shampoo hair wash in which clay powder is also widely used.
Washing the hair with clay: clay perfectly cleanses the scalp off grease. You can use it if you have not much time to prepare clay mask or in case your hair needs nourishment to regain its strength and shine.
Simple recipe won’t take too much time but make you admire beauty of your hair: Mix 3 tablespoons of clay powder with 4 tablespoons of warm water or herbal decoction, add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Gently rub this mixture into your scalp and spread over the entire length of hair. Leave it for 5-10 minutes. Wash off with warm water with lemon juice. Or you can try to use another recipe with clay as a natural shampoo. You can learn more about the secret ingredients for organic shampoo in another article specially devoted to this topic.
Homemade clay masks give amazing results – try it yourself!