So, what’s been up with my natural hair?! It’s been awhile, huh. Y’all should know by now these posts don’t come too often, but I had some high hopes for a change. Nonetheless, we’re here with a review of a long awaited clay mask!
This mask has been making its rounds on the internet for a while now. At first, I couldn’t find it in a couple stores but I finally got it while “Christmas shopping” back in December. Heads up: I tried it once before doing this review but my mixture wasn’t quite right. Also, unlike the reviews I watched from other bloggers on Youtube, I couldn’t really tell the difference in my hair. Fast forward to last week and let’s see how it went.
Before we get into the details of the review, why a clay mask? Isn’t shampooing and conditioning enough? Welllll, the Aztec Indian Healing Clay has many benefits, they include:
- Drawing out toxins, impurities and build up out of the hair and scalp
- Opening the hair cuticle to better absorb products, which helps in retaining moisture
- Helping to define curls and promote hair growth due to the minerals found in the clay
Guess what?! There are only 3 ingredients. So simple, but of course you can add your essential oils or whatever else your favourite YouTuber says. Otherwise, you’ll need Aztec Indian Healing Clay, Apple Cider Vinegar and good old WATER. I didn’t use exact measurements, I simply estimated what I thought would be enough and also once it was a good mixture. You’re looking for a consistency like yogurt. It’s best to add the ACV to the clay first for the reaction to happen then loosen with water.
Disclaimer: I didn’t watch any in depth videos prior to doing this. I just saw it was “the wave” and hoped it will help moisturize my thick (4C) hair.
- First off, you need to work on damp hair (the mistake I made on the first try). It’s best to have a spray bottle nearby to refresh when needed.
- I simply scooped product into my hands and spread it onto my hair in sections. Ensure to work the mask into your hair from roots to ends, trying hard to get all the strands.
- After completing my entire head, I covered my hair with a plastic cap and left it on for about 20 minutes. P.S. You shouldn’t let the mask dry in your hair, it’ll make it difficult to come out (another first try mistake).
- Rinse with warm water and condition after. I used my Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner.
Sooooo moment of truth. As you can see from the pictures and videos above my curl definition really came out while the mask was on my hair. As I was rinsing it out of my hair it was very soft and shiny at the end. However, I didn’t feel like the results really stuck after. I don’t blame this on the mask, but probably my moisturizing method after (I’m still figuring this out).
I decided to do a wash n’ go but I think I’m going to retire that style. It never works out to my advantage and I end up getting single strand knots. I usually do the raking method since it’s not as time consuming but when I do take the time and shingle it’s a good style.
If you don’t have natural hair, you can use the mask on your face – same mixture applies. The benefits include:
- Treating acne
- Reduce oily skin
- Detoxify skin
- Deep cleanse pores
- Reduce acne inflammation
- Plus IT’S A NATURAL TREATMENT
Last thing to note, you should probably only do this mask once a week. This applies for both the face and hair (just from what I’ve read). You’re always encourage to do your own research as I’m not a dermatologist, lol.
Have you ever tried a Bentonite Clay Mask before? Let me know!