Bentonite Clay Detox Guide~ All Natural Shampoo

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I tried the bentonite clay and LOVED it! Easy, a super affordable DIY alternative to shampoo! It is super beneficial to your hair and scalp, try it soon!

Wash day Line up for this result:

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Why use this DIY Mask instead of shampoo?

Sulfates in commercial shampoos dry your hair out, leaving it frizzy and looking dull. Notably, cheap budget-friendly shampoos are loaded with synthetic ingredients. Say no to sulfate-shampoo and avoid harsh chemicals if you want healthy, shiny, juicy curls! If you love easy DIY solutions for face masks also, then bentonite clay mask is the mask for you.

What is Bentonite Clay Hair Wash?

Bentonite clay is ash formed after a volcano and preserved in an environment surrounded by water. It has very special properties, almost like a magnet! Bentonite clay mask attracts toxins and harmful metals from our body and to it and so, it’s important to remove your gold or silver jewelry when you use bentonite clay.

To put it in context, you can compare bentonite clay to “Multani mitti” or “mud of Multan” except it's much smoother in texture. Multani is coarse, and it's harsh when you scrub your face too much. Bentonite clay is really smooth and washes off easily. Also, Multani mitti is just mud while Bentonite is Volcanic ash! Big Difference! 

What are the health benefits of Bentonite Clay?

You won’t believe how bentonite clay is perfect for your hair, face, skin, and even teeth! Here is a quick summary of all the benefits as featured in this informative article by Wellness Mama:

  • Helps teeth get whiter!
  • It provides minerals to heal scalp and hair.
  • It helps skin allergies, infections and healing other skin problems.
  • Detoxes skin and hair by attracting toxins to it.
  • Acts like a clarifying shampoo for your curly hair.
  • Leaves hair clean, feeling light, and bouncy! Curls will pop !!

How to use Bentonite Clay on Natural Hair

Bentonite clay has a pH of 8.3-9.1 and is best mixed with an acidic liquid like apple cider vinegar or aloe vera juice. This easy DIY mask is a great alternative to using harsh sulfates-shampoo. You can use bentonite clay even if you have colored hair, relaxed hair, or natural hair. This method worked for my low/medium porosity 3A curls.

A Word of Caution!!!

Apply and keep it the mask in your hair no more than 10 minutes! Keep a timer so you remember.

You want to wash it within 10 minutes because the ACV ingredient and the shampoo properties of the bentonite clay can be drying.

This is a shampoo mask, not "Deep Conditioning (DC) hair mask". So once you wash it away, remember to condition your hair with a safe conditioner.

If you are doing this treatment, chances are your hair is already filthy :) There is no need to prepoo in this case.


  • Non-metal bowl
  • Non-metal spoon to mix
  • 1 teaspoon activated charcoal
  • 3-4 drops of your favorite essential oil for hair
  • Filtered water/Black tea rinse/Beer to mix mask into a consistency of your choice.
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother (work with more for mid-long hair)
  • ½ - 1 cup Bentonite Clay Powder (more or less depending on your length)
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Making bentonite clay hair mask is easy, follow these steps.

  • Add the bentonite clay to the non-metal bowl a tablespoon at a time.
  • Add the activated charcoal and mix the dry ingredients together.
  • Pour your apple cider vinegar into this mix and blend, it will be thick like yogurt consistency.
  • If you want it more liquid-y or smoother consistency then add water or hair-tea at this point and continue mixing. Don’t make it too runny.
  • If you’re using essential oils, mix them now. I poured some of my Sunny Isle JBCO oil (optional)
  • Apply section-wise and keep it for 10 minutes ONLY.
  • Rinse with warm water thoroughly.
  • Follow with a conditioner to detangle, condition, and to add moisture back in your hair after this "natural shampoo" treatment.
  • If your hair has color/heat damage already, then make sure you DEEP CONDITION for 20min after you wash away the clay.
  • Style as usual or try  #123gel method to fight humidity

How to use Bentonite Clay on Natural Hair- VIDEO!!

I got all my cues from a fantastic video by @Jewejewebee Here it is!

How Often Can I use Bentonite Clay on my Hair?

Once or twice a month is ideal.

Bentonite clay hair mask acts as a clarifying shampoo. It clears your scalp and hair of product buildup, dirt, oily residue, and gunk. The Minerals in the clay and the ACV inside the mask also heal your scalp! So if you have dandruff, psoriasis or other scalp issues, you can use this mask.

Can I store the mixed clay?

You can store your mixed bentonite clay mask in the refrigerator for a week.

How Often Can I use Bentonite Clay on my Face?

Once a week is ideal.

As soon as you apply it, you feel a cooling sensation, as it dries on your face, you can also feel your skin tighten. Keep it for 5-10 minutes but don’t wait until it fully dries or becomes flaky. Wash it with warm water or wipe it away with a soaked cloth. The mask leaves your face clean, soft and feeling velvety. It also removes blackheads, deep cleans pores and treats acne!

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