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I started learning about clay or mud cleansers 2 years ago from Naptural85 videos. I was intrigued by the ingredients and the promise of healthy, soft, and clean hair without harsh chemicals.  So, I decided to give Naptural85’s favorite mud wash a try, “Teressentials Lavender Mudwash”.  I actually really loved the results of this product!  It worked wonderfully well as a cleanser while adding moisture and softness.  I noticed that it also helped to bring out my natural curl pattern, likely from the pH balance from it’s main ingredient (aside from the clay), aloe vera juice.  So, by no surprise, my next DIY trial has been in creating my very own mud wash.

Here is my DIY Rhassoul Clay Mud Wash:

3/4 cup rhassoul clay

1 cup aloe vera juice

2 tbsps safflower oil

5 drops of essential oil

Instructions

Prepare your mud with non-metallic utensils and mixing bowls!  I set out 1 cup of aloe vera juice beforehand so that it was not cold when mixing.  I found that having my liquid portion close to room temperature helped decrease clumping when I mix it with my clay.  I gradually poured in my aloe vera juice while blending until smooth.  You can add in more or less of your liquid portion to desired consistency. I aimed for a cake batter consistency.  I then add in my oils while continuing to blend until smooth.  You can always substitute distilled water instead of aloe vera juice if preferred.  Also, you can substitute your favorite light oil, such as jojoba or sweet almond oil, instead of safflower oil.  In this mixture I used peppermint essential oil since I love the scent, but you can use what ever essential oil you like.  It’s best to store your mud wash in a tightly sealed bottle (rather than jar) to decrease potential contamination with water while in use and to prevent your mud from drying out.  Store left overs in a refrigerator.

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Blend until smooth and add more or less liquid to achieve cake batter consistency.

 

Application

Start with soaking wet hair.  In medium sized sections of hair, apply a nickel-quarter sized amount of mud from root to tip.  Make sure to scrub your scalp with your finger pads to loosen any dirt, then finger detangle the remaining length of each section.  The clay and aloe help to soften and detangle your hair as you work it through!  Once you have completed all sections, go back over your entire scalp using a circular motion with your finger pads to loosen any remaining dirt or product buildup…making sure no section was missed!

Finally, thoroughly rinse your entire head under running water making sure to massage your scalp to remove any remaining mud. It actually rinses out quite easily!

In my trial, I purposely skipped using a post-wash conditioner.  Usually, conditioners are added after  shampooing to restore softness and moisture that shampooing tends to strip way.  Since my mud cleanser didn’t strip away my natural moisture and the aloe helped to hydrate and restore pH, I didn’t feel it was necessary.  Of course, if you want, you can add a conditioner!

Mud Wash Results:

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 FYI about Clays

Bentonite Clay:

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A sedimentary clay composed of volcanic ash, that, once it becomes hydrated, the electrical and molecular components produce and electrical charge…stated another way, it swells open when mixed with water. Good quality Bentonite should be grey or cream colored. It has a fine velvet feel and is odorless and non-staining. Benefits include the cleansing action because it is highly absorbent, clarifying hair by attracting and binding impurities, moisturizing and conditioning, and nourishing hair with minerals such as calcium, potassium and sodium.

Rhassoul Clay:

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Rhassoul clay comes from ancient deposits in the fertile Atlas mountains of Morocco. It’s a cosmetic red/brown clay that has been used for centuries as soap, shampoo, skin conditioner, and body/facial masks. It’s utilized in the highest class spas across the world and has natural toning and skin enriching benefits.  Benefits include its ability to cleanse while being gentle to the scalp and not over-stripping natural oils (sebum), removing impurities, removing dandruff, moisturizing and conditioning properties, and it contains even more nourishing minerals in comparison to other clays.

For my mud wash, I used Rhassoul clay purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs which offered excellent quality ingredients and speedy delivery!  Check out there site:  Mountain Rose Herbs

French Green Clay:

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French Green Clay is often called Sea Clay.  This clay contains a wide variety of healing elements, including montmorillonite (Bentonite), magnesium, calcium, potassium, dolomite, silica, manganese, phosphorous, silicon, copper, and selenium.  The green color comes from decomposed plant matter and iron oxides.  It’s rich in important minerals and phyto-nutrients and is the most commonly used therapeutic clay.  It is often used for facials and body wraps.

 

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Rhassoul Clay Mudwash

 

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