Hola Chica’s, hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving. I know I’m super late on the wishes. I’ve just been busy. I’m very determine to work all the way up until this baby is ready to pop. LOL!
Anyhow, I have a new obsession, Moroccan red clay or Rhassoul Clay. I ordered two different brands. The “Now Solutions,” I’m was familiar with from using their Shea Butters, oils, etc. The other, “Zakia’s,” I’ve never heard of, and was curious about.
WHAT IS: Moroccan red clay or Rhassoul Clay?
- soothing clay for external use
- It is sourced from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and is often used in spas for skin and hair
- It is formed by a natural combination of volcanic activity and geothermal changes
This untreated and naturally dried clay has a silk-like feel and can help even out skin tone and reduce blemishes. It has the unique ability to both nourish skin and reduce breakouts and many people use it daily as a natural soap and shampoo.
Like Bentonite Clay, it has the ability to swell when added to water, but Rhassoul has an even higher silica and magnesium content, making it especially good for skin. In fact, this clay can be used daily instead of soap for a gentle way to cleanse that won’t strip skin of beneficial oils.
USES FOR: Moroccan red clay or Rhassoul Clay?
- Face Mask: The simplest use for Rhassoul clay is as a face mask. It can be mixed with water or something like rose water to form a silky paste. This paste can be brushed or rubbed onto the face and left to dry before washing off.
- Face Scrub: Rhassoul can also be combined with other ingredients to make an exfoliating and smoothing scrub. My favorite is mixing 1 Tablespoon Rhassoul clay with 1 Tablespoon ground oatmeal and apple cider vinegar to form a paste. I use about once a week for an exfoliating face scrub. As a bonus, it can be massaged into the face to exfoliate for 1-2 minutes and then left for another 5 minutes to dry before washing off. This will offer the benefits of a mask and an exfoliation in one step.
- Hair Mask: I mixed 1 tablespoon Rhassoul clay into 1/4 cup of water to make a thin mixture that I pour onto my hair and massage in. For hair, it is important not to let the mixture dry as it can contribute to hair breakage if it hardens. I prefer to massage into hair in the shower and leave for about 30 seconds before washing.
MY CLAY ROUTINE:
If you’re not new to my blog, henna has been my go hair treatment for nearly 7 years. It has never let me down. However, it can be a pain to rinse out. Washing afterwards can be tough if you don’t have a moisturizer.
I honestly afraid of shampoo’s. I prefer to homemade cleanser. Bentonite clay was best friend, until I started notice that it doesn’t clean as well as I like. While researching homemade cleanser, Rhassoul clay was a go to for natural hair. And the recipe for Rhassoul Shampoo is simple, quick, and gets the hair squeaky clean.
RHASSOUL CLAY SHAMPOO DIY
You want a empty tube to place each ingredients in.
- 3 teaspoons of Rhassoul Clay (more or less depending on hair type/thickness)
- 1/2 cup of aloe vera juice
- 1/2 cup of ACV
- 3 drops of vitamin E oil
- 2 drops of tea tree oil
- 2 drops of lavender oil
- 2 drops of ylang ylang oil (optional)
- A empty tube
One all of the ingredients are added, give it a shake.
I use the this shampoo after I henna, so my hair is wet. I massage the shampoo into my scalp, and work it throughout my hair.
After this process, I apply my leave in conditioner, my favorite oil, and styling butter. Detangle in small sections. Using the bantu knot method to stretch my hair a bit, I will be twisting my in a protective style. Just to tired to do it now. Meh.
If haven’t given Rhassoul Clay a try, I recommend it. It leaves the hair silky soft, full of body, increases the thickness, adds shine, and moisture.
In my next post, I’ll discuss the difference in the two brands. And which one I prefer better!
Hope you all enjoyed this post!