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Kaolin Clay, also called China Clay, is widely used in the cosmetic industry. Kaolin Clay has the lowest pH and has the gentlest cleansing action among all clays. It is not irritating to the skin, so it is suitable for use on sensitive skin.
It gently removes impurities from both skin and hair, without stripping natural oils, and is ideal for people with dry skin. Its absorptive capacity is not significant. However, if you have dry hair, this clay won’t rob your hair of much needed moisture. Kaolin clay is available in several colors, based on the mineral constituents.
Benefits for Hair
- This clay gently cleanses hair and scalp, without excessive drying.
- It stimulates blood circulation and gently exfoliates the scalp while cleansing.
- Kaolin clay strengthens hair, improves elasticity, and helps repair damaged hair.
- It soothes the scalp, helps treat dandruff, and encourages hair growth.
Why Wash your Hair with Clay?
The strong ionic negative charge gives the clay its ability to draw out impurities from the hair. Many cleansing and conditioning properties make it a great alternative to commercial hair care products. Clay is rich in minerals and nutrients and can offer benefits that regular shampoos can’t provide. Most clays can be used, regardless of hair type.
If you are fed up with chemical laden shampoos, incorporate clay in your hair care regimen. Clay washes are natural and free of harsh cleansing agents, preservatives, fragrances, mineral oils, and other chemicals.
If you are going no-po, you need a deep cleaning, occasionally. A clay mask will clarify and detox your hair and scalp, without the excessive drying associated with clarifying shampoos.
Some clays will clarify and condition your hair at the same time. Clay provides a nutrient-boost to your hair and leaves it feeling soft and easier to detangle.
Washing with some clays makes the scalp healthier, offering relief to people who suffer from itchiness, dandruff, and psoriasis.
Clay is naturally biodegradable and will not pollute water systems and rivers.
Is there any downside?
Nothing is ideal. Washing your hair with clay is messier and less convenient than washing with regular shampoos.
How to Wash Your Hair with Clay
Mix 1-2 tablespoons of clay powder with water in a non-metallic container. For long or very curly hair, you need to add more clay and make the mixture thinner, but not runny.
Wet your hair as usual, then massage the mixture into the scalp for a few minutes. Saturate hair thoroughly and make sure to reach your scalp. Rinse hair thoroughly, using plenty of running water; otherwise, the tiny clay particles can remain in your hair.
Use only non-metallic utensils and bowls when mixing, as the metal will interact with clay and lessen its effectiveness.
Make sure the clay doesn’t dry on your hair; otherwise, it’s difficult to get it out of your hair.
Add a few drops of argan oil to the mixture to help impart shine or add some other oils of your preference for additional conditioning benefits.
Most clays have much higher alkalinity than your hair. An apple cider vinegar rinse helps to restore your hair’s natural pH balance after washing it with clay.
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