I have expressed my love for rhassoul clay over and over again. It is a major component of my skin care regimen, yet today I reintroduced it to my hair care again. Rhassoul clay is the perfect shampoo substitute as it gently cleanses hair without the strong alkalinity of no ‘poo options like baking soda. I can’t believe I wasn’t doing this all along. It is such an amazing clay and it is actually nourishing because of the higher ratio of silica, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and other trace minerals compared to other clays.
I mixed 2 tbs of rhassoul clay to about 3 cups of distilled water (you can also try aloe vera instead of water with great results) into an applicator bottle which can be purchased at most beauty supply stores. Using an applicator bottle and diluting the rhassoul clay made it much easier to apply to my hair, and concentrate on my scalp for thorough cleansing. I washed my hair in about eight loose braids to avoid tangles during the cleansing process. I gently massaged the rhassoul clay and water into my scalp then lightly squeezed the rhassoul mixture through my hair and rinsed well. I followed up with my favorite DIY Herbal Hair Rinse which always feels like a luxurious spa treatment.
Using rhassoul clay as a no ‘poo hair wash gives my hair the extra bounce I love as well as a throrough cleansing without the dry queaky clean feeling that traditional shampoos give. Even for curlies that love to only use conditioners, mixing a bit of rhassoul clay with your conditioner would add that extra cleansing for the scalp that is necessary for healthy hair.
I am learning a lot about my hair using the no ‘poo hair method. I am no longer using any heavy leave-in conditioners, butters, or natural gels and prefer to use only natural oils. I don’t mind my curls not clumping which I was obsessed with when I was doing the Tightly Curly Method. Fluffy braid-outs or even blow dried hair is becoming my favorite styling methods. Mainly I’ve been wearing my hair in a high or low bun. I am finally letting my hair just be, versus coating it with many products or a lot of conditioner to shape it. So far I’m enjoying not using store bought products, and I expect this method to get easier and easier. I haven’t had too much of a transition using this hair care method, but it did take time to figure out what to use as a leave-in. I never thought only using a natural oil would be enough, but for me it is. Like I’ve said before, finding a more relaxed minimal way to create beauty is peace of mind and freedom. Plus it saves a ton of money!
Rhassoul clay can be found on Mountain Rose Herbs for an amazing price.
***Always use a plastic spoon to work with clays.
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