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I Tried Rhassoul Clay on My Natural Hair

(Last Updated On: November 3, 2019)

Although I’ve been meaning to try the top two (bentonite & rhassoul) hair clays which have been recommended by many Naturalistas in the past few years, the difficulty in accessing these clays, as well as many other great products have kept me from trying them. I was finally able to try rhassoul clay in my natural hair and here is my result. 

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What is Rhassoul Clay?

Rhassoul clay is a natural mineral clay mined in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco since the 8th century. It is combined with water to clean the body and has been used by Moroccan women for centuries to care for their skin and hair. Rhassoul contains silicon, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, lithium, and trace elements (wikipedia).

Hair Benefits

Cleanse, softens, smoothes, detangles, conditions and deep conditions the hair.

                                    5 key ingredients.

Unlike the reddish/brownish refined powder you might have seen online or elsewhere, this soap-like clay comes out chunky when first mined. It is then further refined and grounded into a powder. I suppose the benefits I got from this mud was due to the quality and richness of the product as it was packaged and sold in it’s purest form.

Clay Recipe 

This is my personal recipe, so feel free to experiment and create yours. Your base should be Aloevera juice (AVJ) and oil for their anti-dandruff, conditioning and hair growth properties.

  • 2tbsp rhassoul clay (it swells when you add water to it, so a little goes a long way)
  • 2tbsp Aloe Vera gel
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2tbsp castor oil
  • 1/4 cup aloevera juice

I kept adding more aloe vera juice to keep the pudding like consistency of the mixture because I found that it started to become more paste like the more I mixed and crushed the rocks. This makes sense because the clay had to absorb a lot of liquid in order to fully dissolve. The amount of aloe vera juice you add is up to you as some like it paste-like, others pudding-like and others more liquidy.

I also applied it to my face to reap its skin benefits

Application

1. Apply clay directly to small sections of hydrated (not damp) hair, starting with your ends and working it down your roots. You could also spritz your hair with water during application to prevent it from drying out.

2. Cover your hair with a plastic bag or cap and let it sit for about 30 minutes. I left mine in longer because I had to finish up what I was doing.

3. Rinse hair by letting the shower wash out the mud and then massage your scalp to exfoliate and cleanse. Do a final rinse in sections to ensure that you get the clay off your hair as much as you can. After rinsing in sections, I immediately twisted my hair into 8 chunky twists to prevent it from tangling when it dries and to also make moisturizing easier.

4. Moisturize and style as usual.
This is a one step, time saving process which doesn’t require the multi-step and multi-product processes we are all used to. No need to prepoo, shampoo, deep condition and condition. Just apply one “product” and it does all the jobs of those 4 products and more!

NOTE:
There’s no need to detangle, prepoo or wash the hair prior as this clay does everything in one go. I applied it on dry, dirty twist out and my hair detangled during wash.

DO NOT twist up your hair like you would when you wash in sections because you want to make sure the clay washes off completely from your hair. Also, the detangling properties of this clay prevents the hair from matting up during wash.

                                        

Results

Clay felt like melted chocolate on the hair and even smelt like it. My hair felt melted, light, smooth and soft it was very surprising!  My twist out was more defined, fluffy and softer than usual. I’ve never experienced such results with a product and I was wowed for days, even up until now! I mean, you gotta try this product to really understand what I mean.

I heard some people experienced a drying effect with this clay, and I think it must have been due to the fact that they only used water or may be they used a refined clay. So for best result, I suggest using my recipe and ordering this unrefined clay.

                                             Hair looks visibly smooth and shiny. plus twists stayed put

Verdict 

I had such a great experience with this product that I will certainly make it a staple product. I’m thinking of using it about every two weeks. Even though the product is a bit expensive, I think it’s worth it as I saved so much time not having to detangle prior and deep conditioning after. I also saved using the products I normally would on wash days and after.

Shiny hair!


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Lene

Sunday 30th of May 2021

I loved the recipe. Thanks so much. I’ve had an ongoing problem keeping my hair moisturized and minimizing breakage. I just tried it yesterday, and as my mother would say “the proof is in the pudding “, so I’ll have to wait a few days and see if it retains the moisture. But at this moment it looks and feels great. I’m hopeful this my be my answer!!

Daisy Chepkoech

Thursday 3rd of June 2021

Hi Lene That's great news. I am hoping that this is indeed the end of your dry hair struggles. Let me know how it goes. Meanwhile, follow us on IG for more natural tips.

Lynne R

Sunday 30th of August 2020

Rhassoul clay works! I didn't use your recipe, but I might in the future. I used rosewater, lavender and peppermint essential oils, argan and jojoba. My hair came out with perfectly shaped coils and totally detangled like never before, and I didn't detangle before applying. I did use a quick ACV rinse before applying to clay to get out product build up. It's the best my natural hair has ever behaved.

Adeola

Thursday 3rd of September 2020

That;s awesome! please be sure to let me know how it goes. thanks.

Kudo

Thursday 4th of May 2017

Where can I buy rhassoul clay?

Tunrayo A.

Saturday 12th of October 2013

Is it possible to wash my hair in extensions- my hair is in braids with clay? My scalp is itchy and I don't think I'm ready to take out the braids

Adeola (The Mane Captain)

Sunday 13th of October 2013

HI Tunrayo. you mean your hair is in braids without clay? unless you happen to be from the Himba tribe of Namimbia. You could be allergic to the chemicals used to treat the synthetic hair. I read somewhere that it helps to soak the extensions in apple cider vinegar to combat the chemicals. You could also take a look at these links belowhttp://themanecaptain.blogspot.ca/2013/07/its-time-to-wash-your-hair-weave-braids.html

http://themanecaptain.blogspot.ca/2013/07/how-to-shampoo-condition-and-moisturize.html

http://themanecaptain.blogspot.ca/2013/09/all-natural-remedies-for-itchy-scalp.html

DiscoveringNatural

Friday 30th of August 2013

I have to try your recipe next time I use Rhassoul clay. I used conditioner in my mix,...which was a total disaster.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctamE7gkArs

The Mane Captain

Saturday 31st of August 2013

lol, thanks for sharing your mistakes with everyone. It was from the comments made on your video that made me use aloevera in my mix. so thanks to you and your readers!

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