Most Naturalistas are up on the magic of bentonite clay, and how thoroughly it can cleanse the strands and scalp without stripping. But as you can tell by the other ingredients in this mud wash recipe, it’s all about the scalp and delivering the goods to maintain healthy follicles. After using this mud wash several times, I don’t know what impresses me more—the state of my scalp and tresses, or how little this recipe costs.
How to Make Mud Wash for Hair
Ingredients (click the links to shop ‘em)
- 5 tsps bentonite clay powder; draws out toxins, dirt, product build-up, and improves combability, defines curls.
- 1-1/2 cups aloe vera juice; moisturizing, humectant, ideally pH balanced for hair.
- 1 tsp comfrey leaf; astringent that soothes irritated scalp and strengthens strands.
- 2 tsp irish moss powder; algae found along the shores of the North American and Western Europe; provides moisture and slip, nourishes with vitamin A, B, C, D, potassium, and sulfur which the follicles absolutely love.
- 1 tsp norwegian sea kelp; found in the shores of Iceland, and nourishes the follicles with vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium; contains selenium and zinc that has been found to prevent hair loss.
- 2 tsp grapeseed oil; contains antioxidants, vitamin E, essential fatty acids.
Add the aloe vera juice to a small saucepan and bring to a low boil. Add the comfrey leaf and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid from the herbs into a mixing bowl.
Wet hair and apply the mud wash to the scalp and massage. Leave on for five minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
The bentonite and irish moss provide enough slip to detangle (while rinsing under running water) without a lot of fuss. Afterwards my hair feels soft and moisturized—so much that I have been skipping the conditioner.
When I look at how much I paid for the ingredients, and how little of each I needed for the mud wash, I’d say that it cost me approximately $1.15 for this cleanser with high quality, organic ingredients. Pow!
Enjoy and clean with confidence (you can thank me later)! Have you ever used a mud wash?
UPDATE: Check out my DIY Mud Wash, the Remix!