Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Boost Your Wash and Go With a Clay Rinse

By now you will have seen my FAQ video in which I answer if I still follow the Maximum Hydration Method. If you haven't seen it, you need to get on it! Watch it now: In this video I mention that though I do not do the maximum hydration method, I still incorporate a weekly clay rinse into my regimen. In this blog post, I wanted to expand on that.

Boost Your Wash and Go With a Clay Rinse
Check out this clay boosted wash and go

What Is A Clay Rinse?

A clay rinse is a watered down mixture of liquid and clay. In my case, I am specifically referencing Bentonite Clay but there are so many that you can choose from Rhassoul, Green, European, Moroccan, etc. The recipe that I use for my rinse is not my own. I got it from I like to think of the recipe like a countdown: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

5 - Scoops of clay
4 - Spoons of oil
3 - Spoons of apple cider vinegar
2 - Spoons of aloe vera juice
1- Water and clay filled applicator bottle

Note: DO NOT use anything metal when mixing these clays. The properties will be lost.

When Do You Do a Clay Rinse?

Now, Christina gives several options for when to apply her recipe. I have found that the best time for me to apply the clay is in between my shampoo and deep conditioner. It's early in my regimen but if I apply it much later, the clay may not want to rinse out and get stuck in my leave-in and gel. 

Trust me...I know this from experience. 

I specifically apply this clay before I rinse out my shampoo. I focus it on my strands and not so much my scalp. I then rinse the shampoo and clay out together. If any clay is left, it will come out when I eventually rinse out my deep conditioner.

What Are The Benefits of Clay Rinsing?

  • Clay rinses are easier to apply and eventually rinse than traditional clay masques. Having thick hair, this matters a lot to me!
  • I have increased curl definition and simultaneously less frizz.
  • The rinse makes detangling--the step I do right after--a smidge easier.

I feel comfortable saying that I will continue doing clay rinses for quite some time. I'm curious to see if the rinse may need to be dropped or modified depending on the season.

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