Bentonite Clay Hair Mask (Indian Healing Clay) – How to Guide

How would you love to put mud all over your hair? It may sound a little crazy especially considering that you have to take long hours cleaning your hair thereafter.

But that’s perhaps a small price to pay when you’re facing hair loss and you’ve got to do something about it.

And that’s why today we’d like to talk about the process of preparing bentonite clay hair mask. Besides hair growth, this clay can help in:

  • Hair maintenance
  • Dandruff removal
  • Moisturizing the hair
  • Softening and reducing frizz

Bentonite Clay Hair Mask how to guide

Bentonite clay is simply a mud-like substance that comes from volcanic ash. It is a naturally occurring product so we can confidently tell you that it is safe to use.

Let us dig deeper into this substance to find out if it is worth the hype or not.

How to Make a Bentonite Clay Hair Mask

Of course, you cannot just get bentonite clay and apply it directly to your hair. You need to make a hair mask for easier application and while there are several hair masks you can make using the clay, the most common one is the one that includes water and the clay.

What you need

  • Half a cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup bentonite clay
  • A bowl
  • A spray bottle
  • A shower cap

This recipe is enough for a single use but you can make more so that you have more of the mask ready for whenever you want to use it.


Did you know that bentonite clay requires water to activate as well as attract toxins for elimination? Here is how to make the hair mask.

Step 1

In your bowl pour the water and add clay to it. Note that metals react with clay and may reduce its effectiveness so do not use a metallic bowl.

If the clay is too thick, you can continue adding water until you get the desired consistency. For your information, the right consistency looks a lot like the yogurt consistency.

Use warm water for best results.

Step 2

An effective hair mask should contain more than clay and water and this is where the apple cider vinegar comes in.
This ingredient will help balance the acidity in your hair and lead to lustrous hair and better overall health.

How to Apply

Indian Healing Clay Paste

After mixing all the ingredients, your mask is now ready for application and here is how to do it.

Step 1

Part your hair and wet each section with water. This makes it easier for you to apply the mask and for your hair to hold on to it.

Step 2

Take a handful of the mask and massage it into your hair starting from the roots until you completely cover your hair.

Remember that clay will harden as it dries. Therefore, if you apply the mask to dry hair, it will be difficult to wash out.

You want to start with your hair roots. Be sure to massage a bit of the mixture to the base of your hair. Be sure to cover your entire scalp.

Step 3

The mask will become stiff and dry as you apply on each section of your parted hair. Do not panic! Just pour some water into a spray bottle and use it to rehydrate your hair as your continue applying the mask.

Step 4

Once you finish applying the mask, use a shower cap to cover your hair. This prevents your hair from drying out.
Let the mask sit for about 20 minutes for the clay to work on your hair.

Step 5

After 20 minutes, you are now ready to rinse out the mask. Use mild shampoo and warm water and wash until you get rid of all the clay from your hair.

Since this mask is quite messy, you might find it stressful to apply every day. Instead, you want to use it at least once every week for best results.


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Bentonite Clay Mask Tips and Tricks

Molded clay on hands

Here are a few tips you may find useful when using a bentonite clay hair mask.

Disregard the Mess

Bentonite clay masks come with a host of benefits for your hair. However, things are bound to get messy during preparation and application of the mask.

If you are afraid of the mess, you will not reap those benefits. Use old clothes and towels to keep your space clean and avoid using the sink when rinsing out your hair.

A shower works better when it comes to rinsing out bentonite clay.

Reuse and Recycle

It is normal to have some leftovers after applying your mask but that should not be a problem. You can use the remaining mask on your face because the clay also works wonders for the skin.

Another thing you can do is to store your leftover mask in a closed lid container for future use. Never shy away from being creative!

Benefits of Indian Healing Clay for your Hair

Bentonite clay is a natural substance that is directly derived from the earth and comes with a host of benefits for your hair. Here are some of those benefits.

  • The clay has negative charge and therefore attracts positively charges substances that accumulate on the scalp and hair hence working as a detoxifier.
  • Since the clay assembles product on your hair and scalp, it also works to draw out impurities, chemicals, and toxins out of your system.
  • Moisturizing the hair
  • Bentonite clay also comes with antimicrobial properties that help reduce scalp irritation and formation of dandruff.
  • The clay contains a blend of natural minerals that promote hair growth.
  • Bentonite clay works to reduce frizz as well as soften, condition, and moisturize hair.


From our point of view, bentonite clay looks like a safe ingredient to use for hair masks. The fact that it is a natural substance that is obtained from the earth makes it even better because it means no side effects.

The only thing you should worry about when it comes to bentonite clay is the mess it will make during the preparation and application process.

Nevertheless, we have given you a few pointers on how to combat that. We think that a bentonite clay hair mask is definitely worth trying.

James Kerry

Hi, my name is James Kerry. My friends call me Hairy Jimbo. I'm a research assistant with an interest in hair-related topics. Facebook