Looking for an easy way to nourish your hair, restore shine and strength? A clay mask may be the solution you are looking for! Clay hair treatments are an easy-to-use method to moisturize and restore balance to your hair. Not only do they provide deep hydration, but they also have the added benefit of giving limp hair body.
In this blog post, we'll show you how to properly apply a clay mask to get the best possible results. Read on to find out how these exceptional treatments can give your hair a boost!
What is clay in cosmetics?
Clay, the one used in cosmetics, is a natural product with many benefits, even for your hair. It is made from clay, a material commonly found in earth deposits. In cosmetology, the most common clays are white clay, green clay, red clay and pink clay. Each of them has different properties and will correspond more to one need than to another.
Indeed, some clays have detoxifying and purifying properties that can help deeply cleanse the skin, eliminating impurities and excess sebum. Some clays also have healing and anti-inflammatory properties that soothe redness, itching, and irritation of the skin and scalp.
- Cosmetic clays are found in masks, exfoliants, scrubs, or as additions to hair care products such as lotions and creams.
How to choose your hair clay?
There are many different clays and it can be difficult to navigate. The color of clay differs according to its composition in mineral matter and more precisely, in silica. Thus, the intrinsic properties of each of them will potentially vary. Each clay responds to a different capillary need. So, if you use the wrong type of clay for your hair type, it may have adverse effects on your hair.
So, first, it is important to identify your hair type: straight, wavy, curly or frizzy. Then, identify the need for your hair.
After that, you will know which clay to choose according to the need of your hair. Identify your hair needs:
Fight oily hair
Green clay contains magnesium, calcium and potassium which are excellent for the hair. When applied to oily hair , it effectively removes dirt, product buildup and dead cells unblocking clogged pores, resulting in healthy hair growth. It is therefore recommended for hair that tends to get greasy very quickly. Purifying and detoxifying, once the green clay has been applied as a mask to your hair, there is no need to supplement with a shampoo, its action is enough for your hair!
Provide suppleness, shine and boost
Ideal for oily hair or to give a boost to tired hair, red clay will provide suppleness and volume to your hair. Richer in iron oxide, red clay is perfectly suited if you want to invigorate your hair.
Fight against dandruff
If you are prone to dandruff, choose white clay. Very similar to green clay, but less absorbent, white clay will gently cleanse and purify your hair.
- Find out how to choose your anti-dandruff shampoo
If your hair or your scalp are fragile and/or sensitive, prefer yellow clay. The latter is the softest and least irritating of all. It will therefore balance and purify your scalp without attacking it.
Rhassoul is ideal for your fragile hair. It can help strengthen your hair. Rich in minerals like potassium, magnesium, and silica, this type of clay can deeply nourish your hair to improve its overall health and promote hair growth.
Rich in trace elements, pink clay will bring the necessary nutrients to your hair and restore shine to your dry hair.
Clay, for what type of hair?
Thus, there are several types of clays, which all meet different hair types and needs. The clay can therefore be used on each type of hair, depending on its composition and needs.
Green clay gently absorbs excess oil while allowing nourishing ingredients to penetrate the scalp and bring balance. Its unique detoxifying, cleansing and absorbing properties make it a great choice for people with excessively oily hair, but who don't want to strip their hair of moisture.
Additionally, users find that green clay can help remove product buildup and environmental pollutants while detoxifying the scalp and strands for a revitalized look and feel.
Particularly suitable for light and fine hair, white clay makes your hair soft and shiny. It repairs damaged hair thanks to its softening and nourishing properties. In addition, it is recommended for irritated scalps and acts against dandruff, scales and stops any itching.
Pink clay is used for brittle and damaged hair. This type of clay nourishes dull and dry hair. It helps repair dull strands in an instant and deeply hydrates dull hair giving it healthy bounce.
Yellow clay can help strengthen and nourish hair by restoring shine to hair lacking vitality and volume. Used as a hair treatment, it can improve overall hair health by adding volume, shine and suppleness. It also helps soothe the scalp, reducing itching and redness.
Is green clay good for hair?
Green clay complements any natural hair routine due to its absorbing, moisturizing, conditioning, clarifying and toxin-eliminating qualities. We have listed some of the most valuable benefits of green clay for hair.
- Clarifies hair: Green clay, thanks to its absorbent form, absorbs excess grease stuck at the roots, eliminates impurities and excess sebum and purifies irritated scalp.
- FIGHTS DANDRUFF: Green clay absorbs excess oil and makes your scalp uninhabitable for this fungus, stopping the growth of dandruff and scales.
- PREVENTS INFECTIONS AND ITCHING: The negatively charged green clay mask removes toxins from your positively charged hair. Plus, it removes deposits and oil from your scalp. You find a purified scalp.
- Stimulates Hair Growth: Minerals necessary for healthy hair growth are present in green clay. Natural hair benefits from these elements, promoting healthy hair growth.
What are the benefits of clay for hair?
Clay has the unique ability to remove toxins from your hair and scalp. Heavy metals and toxins are adsorbed onto the clay particles and washed away during the cleansing process.
Clay is filled with minerals such as silica, magnesium, potassium, and sodium. All of these deeply nourish hair by providing essential nutrients needed for healthy hair growth.
Additionally, the clay can also soothe and relieve your scalp of dandruff. A healthy scalp equals healthy hair growth.
Clay has the ability to establish a pH balance between hair strands and the scalp for healthy, silky hair
With the benefits mentioned above (moisturizing, detoxifying, clarifying, improving blood circulation and soothing the scalp), the clay has an overall effect on the entire hair. That of promoting healthy and lasting growth of the hair fiber for silky hair.
How to make a homemade clay mask?
In order to use clay on your hair, you can opt for a clay hair treatment or a homemade clay mask. Some people like to use apple cider vinegar because it creates a more even, lump-free paste rather than just using water.
Here's how to make a bentonite clay hair mask :
- 2 tablespoons of clay (rhassoul or yellow clay)
- 1/4 cup water or herbal tea (such as chamomile or rosemary)
- Optional: 2-3 drops of essential oils (like lavender or rosemary)
- Optional: 3 tablespoons coconut oil, castor oil, olive oil or sweet almond oil
- Plastic, glass or ceramic bowl
- Wooden spoon
Step 1. In a small bowl, add clay and water or herbal tea. Mix the ingredients until they form a smooth paste.
Step 2. If you wish, you can add a few drops of essential oils to the mixture. It can provide additional benefits to your hair, such as extra fragrance, shine, or giving your hair strength.
Step 3. Slowly add water, mixing slowly to get the right consistency. The mixture should be thick enough not to run down your shoulders, but liquid enough to be easily applied all over your hair.
Step 4: Use a dye brush or your fingers to apply the paste to your hair, starting at the roots and working towards the ends. Be sure to evenly cover all parts of your hair.
Once all hair is covered, put on a shower cap and leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes.
After the time has elapsed, rinse off the mask thoroughly with lukewarm water.
You can continue with your usual hair washing routine, or simply rinse your hair with water for a more gentle cleanse.
A clay mask, how to apply it?
- Wash your hair and wring it out
Wash your hair with lukewarm water and a shampoo suitable for your hair type. This gives the mask a clean start, allowing better penetration into the hair fiber. Wring out your hair with a microfiber towel that will absorb excess water, especially at the roots, without damaging your hair. Do not use heat which could damage your hair and not favor the good penetration of the purifying clay mask.
- Choose your clay mask
You can opt for a homemade clay mask or a professional hair treatment. Then choose a mask with natural ingredients enriched with clay and essential oils to purify your scalp, but without drying out the rest of your hair.
- Apply mask
Apply the mask with your fingertips to all of your hair or just to your scalp, depending on the desired effect and your hair needs. Start from the roots then apply to your lengths and ends. Detangle with a comb or your fingers to even out the application of the mask.
Gently massage your scalp with your fingertips. This stimulates blood circulation and purifies your scalp.
- let stand
Leave the clay mask on for 5 to 20 minutes.
Rinse the clay mask with lukewarm water and carefully so as not to attack your hair. Be sure to remove the entire mask, especially if it gets stuck at the roots. Then, dry your hair as usual and detangle your hair using a wide-toothed comb.
How often to do a clay mask?
Clay hair masks are an effective way to achieve a healthy scalp and smooth, voluminous locks. Depending on your hair type and needs, clay masks should ideally be used 1-2 times per month. If your scalp is particularly oily or affected by dandruff, using a clay mask more often may be beneficial. However, just like face masks , and as powerful as clay masks can be, it is important to use them in moderation; it is recommended not to use a clay mask more than once or twice a week.
Choose a clay mask to benefit from all these benefits.