Rhassoul Clay for Hair: How to Wash & Condition With It
Rhassoul clay is mined from the Atlas mountains of Morocco. It is a reddish-brown inert substance that is rich in minerals such as silica, magnesium, sodium and potassium. It can be purchased as a solid or as a loose powder- both can be mixed with a liquid to make an all-natural cleanser for hair or skin.
How Rhassoul Clay Cleans Your Hair & Skin
Ancient cultures have used Moroccan rhassoul clay for centuries to cleanse their hair, face and body. The root word for rhassoul literally means “washing”! Today, rhassoul is used as a base in spa-quality masks and washes.
When mixed with a liquid such as water that is massaged into the hair or skin, rhassoul gently exfoliates with a fine grit. It binds to dirt, oils and other impurities and washes them away when you rinse.
Benefits of Washing Hair w/ Rhassoul Clay
You’ll benefit from washing your hair with rhassoul clay because of what it does NOT contain as much as what it does. Rhassoul, unlike shampoo, does not contain detergents, surfactants, parabens, sulfates, preservatives or thickeners. Also, shampoo can sometimes clean too well by stripping away sebum, natural protective oils made by the skin.
How to Naturally Wash & Condition Hair With Rhassoul Clay
To use Moroccan rhassoul clay as a natural alternative to shampoo, mix it with liquid to create a thick liquid or paste. Be sure to mix it in a non-metal container using a non-metal utensil so the minerals don’t react with the metal.
The clay will quickly absorb any liquids it’s mixed with including:
Liquids You Can Mix w/ Rhassoul Clay to Make a Natural Shampoo Alternative:
-Aloe vera gel
-Aloe vera juice
Conditioning With Rhassoul Clay
To create a 2-in-1 wash and conditioning mix for hair, combine rhassoul clay with liquid and a natural oil and/or butter.
Oils/Butters to Mix In Rhassoul Clay Wash:
For very dry, chemically treated or damaged hair:
-Natural, unrefined Shea butter
-Raw cocoa butter
-Virgin coconut oil
-Jamaican black castor oil
For light conditioning
-Fractionated coconut oil
-Extra virgin olive oil
-Rice bran oil
How much water should I mix with rhassoul clay to wash my hair?
The amount of water or liquid you should mix with rhassoul clay to make a hair wash depends on what consistency you want to create. For a paste you can apply with your hands, start with about 1 ounce of clay and add one tablespoon of liquid at a time while stirring. Wait until the clay has fully absorbed the liquid before adding more.
For a liquid rhassoul clay wash you can put into an applicator bottle, start with about 1 parts clay to 3-4 parts water. Combine and mix well in a non-metal bowl before you put it into an applicator bottle. Store any leftover clay wash in the refrigerator up to 3-4 days then discard any unused portion.