Alright, everybody, get your non-metal mixing bowl out because today we are going to go No ‘Poo with bentonite clay! Whaaat whaaaaaat?!
In my last post I discussed why the No ‘Poo method is a completely different philosophy than shampooing, as well as several reasons why you should try it. I also talked about why I avoid baking soda and use a clay-based recipe instead.
Well, friends, today is the fun part! I will share my recipe with you, talk about the detox stage, give some handy tips on how to make your natural hair switch a successful one, and I even created a printable checklist explaining how to use your no ‘poo ingredients to beautify the rest of you, too!
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No ‘Poo Cleansing Clay
(Measurements are enough for a single use on my medium length/medium thickness hair.)
- 3 Tbsp Bentonite Clay (I use this one from Amazon)
- 6-9 Tbsp Water (optimally distilled/filtered and you’d use a chlorine filter attachment on your shower head, but I’m not that cool yet)
- 3 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar with mother (I use this one)
- 2- 3 Tbsp Raw Honey (I buy locally, or use this one)
Using a non-metal spoon or utensil, mix the bentonite clay & 4-6 Tbsp of the water. This will form a dry/clumpy paste. Slowly add more of your water, mixing well, until a thick but stirable paste is achieved.
Add in the Apple Cider Vinegar and mix well. This should bring you to a yogurt-like consistency.
Stir in the honey.
Apply to damp hair, generously covering and massaging into roots. Once they are well saturated, finger-comb a small amount of clay into length of hair. Let sit 1-3 minutes and rinse well. Follow up with the vinegar rinse below.
Conditioning Vinegar Rinse
- 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar with mother (I use this one)
- 3/4 cup Water
I like to measure the vinegar into a cup-sized container and take it into shower with me. Just before I use it, I fill the remainder of cup up with warm shower water.
After rinsing the cleansing clay well and ringing out my hair, I apply the vinegar rinse by first dipping the length of my hair into the cup to saturate it. Then, I pour the remaining mixture over my roots, allowing it to drip down to ends of hair. I leave it sit for about a minute and rinse.
Tips for Going No ‘Poo & Switching to Natural Hair Care
- Invest in these two hairbrushes
- This boar + nylon porcupine bristled brush is my MVP, truly! The porcupine detangles well (which is important since I am not using conditioners that coat and make my hair slippery), while the boar bristles brush natural scalp oils down into the length of my hair, making it appear cleaner and shinier.
- This second boar bristle brush is what I used throughout the detox period and still favor on my bangs and throughout my hair on days 5 and beyond when the grease starts to get a little more obnoxious. It isn’t quite as wonderful at detangling as the first one, but it really helps utilize the natural oils to style “dirty” hair and refresh it.
- Only wash your hair every three+ days. Remember, this recipe replaces shampoo, but is used in a very different way (as I talked about here). Our goal is to regulate scalp oil production and the best way to do that is by allowing oils to stick around for a few days before removing them so that your scalp doesn’t continue over producing oils to compensate.
- Brush through your hair to detangle before getting into the shower. This helps to taussle the roots and ensure that the cleansing clay will be distributed more evenly. It is also much harder to try and brush it out while it is wet since it won’t be coated with conditioner.
- If you plan to wet your hair in between no ‘poo days, wash with plain water or do the vinegar and water rinse to clarify without stripping the oils.
- For color treated hair, I have found clay to be the most gentle and conditioning treatment of all the no ‘poo methods I’ve tried. HOWEVER, clay draws out toxins & impurities, meaning it might possibly grab chemical color and cause it to fade some. I did not notice any notable fading on my own hair, but just something to be aware of. From what I have read, henna or herb-based dyes will not fade.
The No ‘Poo Detox Period
- Brace yourself for a “greasy” stage. If you are currently using commercial shampoos or washing your hair very frequently, your scalp has been trained to produce extra oils to compensate. This means that you will likely experience a “detox” period for the first 2-4 weeks while your scalp readjusts and learns to produce less oils. When I first started no ‘pooing, I washed my hair every 5 days. It was a hot mess for about 4 weeks. (You’re welcome, Husband.)
- Get ready to see your real hair. Commercial hair products leave a film behind that helps to tame and weigh the hair down. No ‘poo just cleanses without coating, so your hair will probably seem rougher and less shiny or healthy than you are used to. This does not mean you are damaging it. It means it is clear for your natural scalp oils to travel down and work their magic.
- Brushing your hair with this brush for several minutes every night will seriously keep you sane and increase your hair health and condition. Trust me. During the detox, ordinary hair brushes left my oily roots looking SO stringy and clumpy. This one helped to redistribute the oils, blend everything, and disguise the oiliness as shine.
Ok, any questions? Let me know in the comments below! And don’t forget to grab our free printable!
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