I’d been planning on experimenting with my latest conditioning find, Bentonite Clay for about two weeks, but had to put it off until yesterday. My excitement had built to a point where I honestly felt what was in store for my hair was a world of wonders….
…alas I fudged it up. I failed to follow directions the way they were meant to be followed and ended up with something so cakey…something so….crumbly and messey that I immediately had to rinse it out of hair. The mixture, pulled from anita grant’s website called for:
Mix 1 to 2 parts Bentonite clay
Slowly add *water to the clay until you achieve a pancake mix texture.
Apply to your hair (dry or wet)
Allow to set for between 15 – 20 minutes
Rinse thoroughly until it’s all out of your curls, kinks and coils.
My mistake was substituting coconut milk for coconut oil, a pretty dramatic substitution if you’re overcompensating. I added water to the mix but definitely allowed myself to be too heavy handed with the coco oil! The mix was able to achieve a pancake like consistency but I’m almost certain the oil added something else altogether to the formula. My thought process going forward is to use a much lighter oil that has less fatty substance to it, but to be certain to use water as my natural base, at least to start off.
here’s the brand curlyniki used and that’s commonly found at health food stores, I picked my supply up at the Vitamin Shop:
After thoroughly rinsing the clay out of my hair, I ended up co-washing and immediately detangled with my KCKT. For my next hair processing session I plan to try the bentonite mixture again, hoping to achieve better results.
This curly-head is not a quitter!!