Sooooooo, I have been very late to the game as far as washing my hair with clay. No it is not because I was skeptical, but because through my research I found that clay can be carcinogenic. I had to be truly sure that the clay I was going to use was less toxic to my system. I now have found that clay and with that being said I have finally found an additional natural product that can replace shampoos for me (yeah even the non-sulfates).
I don't think I mentioned that I am allergic to shampoo. I have tremendous sneezing fits the next day and some shampoos the day of. Despite taking a Claritin or even Benadryl the sneezing continues for days! It all started a few years after going natural and just keeps getting worse. It lead me to a more natural alternative.
In the last three years, I have been watching vlogs like Naptural85 and reading blogs like CurlyNikki.com and I have gained tremendous amounts of information. I found that there were cites that I could go to and order natural products and I didn't have to spend time hunting around town for more natural products. Well one thing I kept seeing was this women washing their hair with bentonite clay.
I have known about bentonite clay, but I avoid it because it is carcinogenic (I learned this from my pharmacist), although it gives great results. Still there had to be another clay that had cleaner properties and that is where rhassoul clay comes into play. Unlike bentonite clay, rhassoul clay is more directly from the ground. It comes from only a few places, one of which is Morocco. Bentonite is not a mineral like rhassoul, but is often an ash, a volcanic ash (Williams). I prefer to have minerals and I have found my body thanked me for it.
So for now I tried it to wash my hair and it got my hair squeaky clean, but heavily moisturized. It also did not tangle my hair in washing it. Although it was a horrible mess to put on the rinsing was extremely easy. It also made any tangles I had come out and stretched my hair. Oh and the greatest thing of all is that I did not sneeze my head off. Let me just say that I am a fan. I am adding this to my regime!
Williams, Lynda B. and Shelley E. Haydel. “Evaluation of the Medicinal Use of Clay Minerals as Antibacterial Agents.” International geology review 52.7/8 (2010): 745–770. PMC. Web. 8 Mar. 2016.