Traditional shampoos are usually composed of ingredients such as sulphates, which allows the shampoo to lather up, isopropyl alcohol and propylene glycol among other things. Ordinarily, these ingredients tend to dehydrate the hair but in a dry environment like Dubai, the problem can be made much worse leading to other issues like breakage and split ends.
In an earlier article, How to Go About Getting & Maintaining Clear & Healthy Skin Naturally, I discussed the harmful effects of chemical laden products and made several recommendations for organic products in Dubai.
Organic shampoos are great for the hair but there’s something else that’s even better. This awesome product has been around for a long time and you may have already heard or read about it – Moroccan clay. It is aka ghassoul, rhassoul, bentonite clay, montmorillonite clay and French clay.
Bentonite clay is derived from volcanic ash and was used as a healing method thousands of years ago. It has a high concentration of excellent minerals for hair such as calcium, magnesium, silica, iron, potassium and sodium. Quality bentonite clay is grey/cream/deep brown in clay. It should be odourless as well. It is a natural product and has no side effects.
What are the Benefits of Bentonite Clay and How Does it Work on Hair?
The clay swells when hot water is added to it. It then opens up and becomes absorbent. When you apply it to your hair, it draws out all the dirt and toxins in your hair and scalp without drying out your hair. Additionally, it provides a relaxing effect when left on for a few hours. It doesn’t need to be washed out either. Just rinse it with lukewarm water once or twice and you can go on to style as usual. From the first treatment, expect stronger, shinier, easier to handle locks.
Simple & Effective Bentonite Clay Recipe
This recipe is especially good for keeping hair moisturised.
- Mix ½ cup of bentonite clay with hot water in a plastic bowl until dissolved. This could take a while depending on the type of clay. Use a whisk to get it done faster.
- Add in 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil & 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil. Mix well.
- Add in ½ teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar. The pH of clay is quite high so the vinegar will help to bring it down a bit. Below is my mix half way through.
Wait for the mixture to cool down, then apply all over your hair and scalp generously. Get it in everywhere like you’re applying henna. Once your head is covered, wrap cling film around your head then leave in for up to 4 hours. Rinse out and apply your leave in conditioner before you style. Ensure the pH level of your leave in is between 4 – 5.5 so it brings down the pH level of your hair and scalp and closes your cuticles. Learn more about pH level and why it’s important for healthy hair HERE.
You can also slather the leftover clay over your clean dry face and leave it on for 30 minutes then rinse off. It will draw out the toxins in your skin. Excellent for treatment of acne, eczema and the occasional break out.
Where Can You Find Bentonite Clay in Dubai?
It’s available in large beauty shops in 500 gm tubs. You can find these shops near the gold souq in Deira. If you are unable to locate any in Dubai, you can also purchase it from iHerb. You can get 10% off your first order HERE. If your order is above $40, you also get cheap shipping to Dubai for only $8 no matter the weight of your shipment.