Can you really wash your hair with bentonite or rhassoul clay: A science experiment

Update: 26/05/2020

Apologies! I have accidentally deleted this bentonite clay and rhassoul clay washing experiment. To maximise my efficiency, I have allocated just one hour every other day to reformating the blog so I will come back and repost it in a few days, I hope I have the post saved in my back up, if not, I will see what I can do about getting images perhaps from BGLH where I may have sent them.

If you have not previously seen this post, they both work, bentonite clay better than rhassoul for cleansing.

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  1. What's your hair type? I am 4 a/b fine coily low/pro hair. I am in the process of finding products that will penetrate my follicle and soften my hair. Looking forward to trying the clay.

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  2. Thank you so much for doing this. I really love rhassoul clay cleansing and now I can feel more confident that it actually does the job but now I'll alternate between poo and mud.

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  3. Interesting sis. Have you done it with ACV? Hope I didn't miss that one. I have bentonite clay but just feared build up. Maybe I mixed it up wrong. The thickness and 'gloopiness' made me never try it again.

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  4. Great experiment! That helps me to decide which product to use to clarify monthly since its similar to a co-wash. Thanks. :)

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  5. I love reading these just because I love seeing things under the microscope. Thanks for sharing :) this is very informative and I'm glad it's all nicely controlled and a neat little experiment

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  6. I love your experiments.... you remind me of gabrielle duchess on youtube with your lovely experiments. I am officially sold and can now incorporate bentonite/rhassoul clay in my regimen

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  7. Just thinking about this again, this may be a bit harder but I'd be interested to see if heat protectants actually help against the damage of flat irons?

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  8. Thanks for doing this, I love using clays to clean my hair and now it's good to see that they do. One thing though is I don't use silicone products, heavy waxes or heavy oils like petrolatum, mineral oil not that these are necessarily bad but I don't think the clays could handle cleaning these from my hair.

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    1. Oh trust me bentonite can. I had just came off a week of heavy silicone usage while flat ironing my hair. Once done I went straight Iinto slathering on coconut oil as a pre poo(don't know if that was affective with silicone on my hair). then I coated my hair with the clay, left it on for 20 minutes and rinsed it out. BAM! coils popped back into form and my hair/scalp was feeling extra conditioned and cleansed.

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  9. i've never used bentonite clay, but i've been impressed with the few times I used rhassoul clay. I still use shampoos though. great experiment!
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    1. what about the water only regimen that was recently posted on BGLH? What do you have to say about that?

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  10. Thanks for doing this experiment! Now I can feel more confident in using the clay.

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  11. Thanks for doing this experiment. I have used both bentonite and rhassoul to cleanse my hair and found them to be similar in terms of cleansing power. I do think that they cleanse a bit better when used with aloe vera juice as opposed to water (maybe you could experiment with this as well. One of the things that I love about using clay to cleanse is less shrinkage!

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  12. Thank you for this series. Can you please do this with ACV ? Thanks again

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  13. This was an excellent article as usual! I wonder if all of the oil would have been removed if it were left on longer than 2 minutes. I've found my hair to be really clean after using, but I also mix mine with acv and aloe Vera. Then again...I add oil to the mix (mustard/olive) so remnants of oil would probably still show up.

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  14. Thank you so much for these articles! I've used both clays, co-washes, and shampoos. It's good to know they are actually getting them clean.

    Would you be willing to do one with diluted shampoo?

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  15. The clays seem better than co-washing because it seems that there would not be build up over time (can anyone attest to this?). I also know that in the past after co-washing my scalp would itch. I have heard the clays aren't as likely to irritate the scalp.

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  16. Have you compared African Black Soap to shampoo? I would assume that it would have similar results, but I am curious.

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  17. Could you use the same experiment to see if it would remove petroleum products? I use them and wonder if I am getting it out when I wash with sulfate free shampoo and clay.

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  18. Two minutes is not a long time for bentonite clay to effectively clean your hair. Most recipes require you to leave it own for a least 15 minutes or longer. The maximum hydration method includes clarifying with acv or baking soda, co washing and a clay rinse to thoroughly clean the hair. Sounds good in theory for low porosity hair.

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    1. Two minutes was long enough for both bentonite and rhassoul clay in this experiment. Not entirely I understand your comment.........the clays worked pretty well within 2 minutes.

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    2. I would also agree that 2 mins did a great job. I think Carolyn was probably trying to say that if left on longer, the results may have been similar to a shampoo.

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