Clay is a rich mineral that has long been used as a beauty secret for both skin and hair by many people around the world.
This is no accident: its benefits are many, its high tolerance and cheap price make it a popular ingredient.
White clay: what is it?
Used since the beginning of time, white clay comes from a natural mineral, is dried and then crushed to be used as a very fine powder, especially in cosmetics.
It is also called kaolin because it was discovered in Kaoling, China.
It is the softest clay and is distinguished by a high content of silica (an essential trace element for skin and hair health) and mineral salts.
Absorption abilities are good, even if slightly lower than green clay.
It also has remineralizing, softening and purifying properties. In addition, white clay is very well tolerated thanks to its neutral pH.
What are the benefits of white clay for hair?
1. Lightens agile white hair
Among its thousands of virtues, white clay can be used to lighten hair naturally.
In combination with other natural ingredients such as organic and herbal pigments to which a little oxidizing agent is added, up to 6 shades of lightening can be achieved.
In the vein of greener treatments, clay coating is very popular, whether for wearing blonde hair or camouflaging gray hair.
It is also noted that white clay falls at the right time to release a colorant, whether herbal or chemical.
So, if the shade suits us, we avoid using it too often on dyed hair.
2. White clay cleanses the scalp
As we know, one of the most important properties of white clay is its large absorbent capacity: it acts like a sponge and “drinks” excess sebum.
It is very important when you want to treat oily hair, especially since it has a regulating effect on sebum production.
It undoubtedly has a purifying and degreasing effect by “catching” all the dirt (hair residue, sweat, dust, etc.). In addition, those who do not poop love to use it in dry shampoo.
Finally, the clay, which should not be overlooked, also helps you get rid of dandruff and is applied to psoriasis plaques, creating miracles by removing toxins and all dead cells.
3. White clay soothes the scalp
These are two other properties that white clay contains, it is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, instantly calming irritated scalp and reducing itching.
Healing and emollient, it is the preferred hair treatment for irritated scalp.
4. White Clay Pampers Curly Hair
White clay is a good idea when you want to avoid harsh, dry shampoos for a while and give your afro hair something gentler to clean.
It actually absorbs all the dirt like a stain and cleans it perfectly, but the added advantage is that it doesn’t dry out the hair any more.
It makes the hair more silky and especially easier to style, away from stripping.
This trick also applies to curly hair that will be happy to see it ruffled.
Before starting the white clay recipe, you should know that you should use wooden or plastic materials, not metal containers, so as not to risk spoiling the properties of the clay.
Gentle homemade shampoo with white clay
A gentle shampoo for all hair types that you can personalize by adding the essential oil of your choice (tea tree to purify, lavender to soothe hair, ylang ylang for shine, etc.).
- 2 tablespoons of white clay ;
- 25 ml of mineral water;
- 3 drops of essential oil.
Steps to follow:
- Mix the clay powder and essential oil in a bowl;
- heat the water;
- Pour warm water over the powder and mix well.
Instructions for use:
- Spread the shampoo all over the hair, massaging the scalp like a mop. ;
- Respect the two-minute exposure time;
- Rinse well.
white clay hair detox mask
It is a purifying mask to be applied to smooth hair, a little oily, tired, in short, sad looking hair.
But be careful: its application can discolor the hair or destroy a color.
If that’s what you want, much better; Otherwise this mask is not recommended for you!
- 4 tablespoons of white clay.
- 350 milliliters of coconut milk.
Steps to follow:
- Pour the powder into a bowl;
- Add coconut milk as you go, rinsing thoroughly to avoid lumps.
Instructions for use:
- Distribute the material well over the entire hair from the roots to the ends;
- Wrap your hair in a charlotte or towel;
- leave for 1 hour;
- Rinse well;
- Get a mild shampoo to get rid of it all.