Shampoo is awesome and everything, but it isn’t the end all and be all when it comes to getting your hair and scalp clean. Many women with curly hair, natural, Afro-textured hair or who have scalp issues have been looking past the suds for quite some time now, and the results can be surprising. You can wash your hair with SO many other things, from apple cider vinegar to honey to beer. My latest favorite discovery? CLAY. Yes, you can wash your hair with clay and it makes my tresses so incredibly soft!
Most naturalistas in the know use either rhassoul clay or bentonite clay, mixing their own clay concoctions up as cleansing treatments. There are many great brands also offering clay based hair cleansers. My latest favorite is Wonder Curl’s Detoxifying Clay Cleanser which is made with kaolin clay, green tea, rooibos and charcoal. It makes my scalp feel clean and my hair super soft.
What is it like, washing your hair with clay? It’s thicker and chunkier in application than any other hair cleansing substance. If you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror while shampooing, you may have big clumps o’clay in your hairline. It feels silky and soft to the touch as you massage it in, and it requires a LOT of rinsing out. After washing it out, my hair is soft and shiny and ready for conditioner and detangling. I’m a fan. I plan to try more clay cleansers out soon!
Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.