Betonite Clay has been a popular product in the natural hair community, many using it in place of shampoo to cleans their hair. Bentonite Clay is a multifaceted product that can be used as a facial and to fade scars on the body. Many people rave about its healing properties and its detoxifying and defining benefits for hair. Going with the trend, I purchased a tub of the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay from my local Vitamin Shoppe about a year ago. I have since used it to cleanse my hair and as a facial, but I’ve never really gotten into the hype. Most people mix Aztec clay with water, apple cider vinegar, or aloe vera juice, all of which I have tried. I’ve always found it to be a little too messy to apply and difficult to fully wash out. Recently I got the urge to make my own mudwash because after almost two years of being natural I still haven’t gotten up the audacity to purchase Terresentials Mud Wash. A few of my friends love Terresentials, but it’s a little too expensive for me to invest in as a broke post grad. Through Youtube and Pinterest I’ve seen people making their own mud wash using Aztec clay and I decided to give mines another chance in this recipe.
I initially viewed Naptural85’s recipe for DIY mud wash for some guidance, but ultimately I decided to wing it and come up with my own mixture. I never measure things and I’m too ADD/impatient to follow directions so I brainstormed ingredients I had in my cupboards and started mixing. I decided to use Aztec clay, honey, apple cider vinegar, glycerin, castor oil, water, and a little conditioner. Before I started mixing I thought back to how I disliked how messy applying the clay had been in the past, so I wanted to fine a way to make the application process less messy. Naptural85 used an applicator tube, but since I didn’t have any empty ones on hand I decided that mixing it in a Ziploc bag might be a good idea. And it was! I threw all my ingredients in a Ziploc, held he bag tightly and shook it to mix everything together, then cut a tiny whole on one end and applied it to my hair like I was icing a cake.
The addition of honey, glycerin, and conditioner made the mixture a lot smoother than I was used to. This time around refrained from mixing with a metal spoon, which makes the clay clump together. The mud wash went on really smoothly and was easy to distribute. I was able to detangle my hair pretty well as I used the Ziploc to apply some of the mixture to each section. I sprayed my hair down with water before apply ing to make things a little easier. When it was time to wash it out i didn’t see any chalky white residue like i usually did. There were a few areas that felt like they retained a little residue, but overall because the mixture was smoother and had a lot of emollient ingredients, it was easier to wash out. The mud wash made my hair feel soft and moisturized after a few days of being really dry. I would definitely make it again, next time adding in essential oils for a nice scent. I encourage you to make your own mud wash because its a really great alternative to shampoo. I co-wash most of the time, so I’m always looking for other good ways to detoxify and clean my hair. The ingredients and supplies I used for this DIY are below.
I used: About 6 Tablespoons of Aztec clay, apple cider vinegar, honey, water, castor oil, Trader Joes Tea Tree Conditioner, a Ziploc bag, and a hair band to secure the bag