Clay is a rich mineral that has long been used as a beauty secret by many people around the world for both skin and hair.
It is no coincidence: its benefits are numerous, its high tolerance and low price make it a popular ingredient.
White clay – what is it?
Used since the beginning of time, white clay derives from a natural mineral, is dried and then crushed to be used in a very fine powder, especially in cosmetics.
It is also called kaolin because it was discovered in the city of Kaoling, China.
It is the softest clay and is distinguished by a high content of silica (a trace element essential for the health of the skin and hair) and mineral salts.
Its absorbency is good even if it is slightly inferior to green clay.
It also has remineralizing, emollient and purifying properties. In addition, white clay is very well tolerated due to its neutral pH.
What are the benefits of white clay for hair?
1. Agile white lightens hair
Among its many virtues, white clay can be used to naturally lighten hair.
Together with other natural ingredients such as organic and vegetable pigments to which a small oxidizing agent is added, up to 6 lightening shades can be obtained.
In the wake of greener treatments, clay coverage is very popular, both for wearing blonde hair and for camouflaging gray hair.
It should also be noted that the white clay falls at the right time to release a dye, be it vegetable or chemical.
So let’s avoid using it too often on colored hair if the shade suits us.
2. White clay cleanses the scalp
As we know, one of the most important properties of white clay is its great absorption capacity: it acts like a sponge and “drinks” excess sebum.
When you want to treat oily hair, it is very relevant, especially since it also has a regulatory effect on the production of sebum.
By “capturing” all the dirt (hair residue, sweat, dust, etc.), it undoubtedly has a purifying and degreasing effect. Also, followers of no poop gladly use it in dry shampoo.
Finally, not to be overlooked, clay also allows you to eliminate dandruff and applied to psoriatic plaques, it works wonders by eliminating toxins and all dead cells.
3. White clay soothes the scalp
These are two other assets that white clay contains, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, it will instantly soothe irritated scalp and reduce itching.
Cicatrizing and softening, it is a hair care choice for irritated scalp.
4. White clay pampers frizzy hair
When you want to avoid harsh, dry shampoos for a while and offer your afro hair something softer for cleaning, white clay is a good idea.
In fact, absorbing all the impurities like a stain, it cleans perfectly, but its added advantage is that it does not dehydrate the hair even more.
Far from stripping your hair, making it more silky and above all easier to style.
The trick also applies to curly hair that will be happy to see the frizz tame.
Before embarking on a white clay recipe, you should know that you should not use metal utensils, but wood or plastic material so as not to risk distorting the clay’s properties.
Gentle homemade shampoo with white clay
A gentle shampoo for all hair types that you customize by adding the essential oil of your choice (tea tree to purify, lavender to soothe the hair, ylang ylang to 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 broom. ;
- Respect an exposure time of two minutes;
- Rinse well.
Detox hair mask with white clay
It is the lightening mask to do when your hair is straight, a little greasy, tired, in short, that looks sad.
But be careful: its application can discolor the hair or eliminate a color.
If that’s what you want, so much the 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 the coconut milk as you go, cleaning well to avoid lumps.
Instructions for Use:
- Distribute the material well throughout the hair, from roots to ends;
- Wrap your hair in a charlotte or towel;
- Leave for 1 hour;
- Rinse well;
- Choose a mild shampoo to get rid of everything well.