What’s better than a little alliteration to make a point. As a new natural I have to confess, my product “junkyism” has reached epic proportions. It doesn’t help that it’s my job to review, research and resource products on a daily basis. All these trials have left me with clogged and blocked hair follicles.
Co-washing was my go to process for the month of April. I have seen so many tutorials on You Tube, so many blog posts and updates on Facebook. The one thing I have learned on this natural journey is this; just because something works for thousands of people does not guarantee that it will work for you. And co-washing definitely does not work for me; at least not exclusively for any length of time.
My hair is extremely dry but my scalp is very oily. My hair has very, very low porosity. For a great tutorial on determining your hair’s porosity check out this video from Green Beauty Channel.
Once armed with this knowledge so many issues became clear for me.
- My hair hates oil
- My hair looks saturated with product hours after applying
- My hair will still be wet after an entire day
- My scalp suffers without being cleansed at least twice a week.
Mud wash has offered me the best of both worlds. My hair is protected from the harshness of shampoos yet my scalp positively tingles on wash day. Using the products in my arsenal (my bathroom cupboard rivals a chemist lab) I whipped up a batch of scalp tingling, ph balancing, hair cleansing, Bentonite clay mud wash. You will need the following:
- Bentonite Clay – 3 Tbs
- Coconut Oil – 2 Tbs
- Tea Tree Oil – few drops
- Lavender Oil – few drops
- Honey – 1 Tbs
- Aloe Juice – 2/3 cup (warm to mix everything into a creamy consistency)
- Mixing bowl and spoon
- Applicator bottle (I just applied from bowl on my TWA)
Check out this YT tutorial from MissT1806, my inspiration for this mud wash
I also cleanse my scalp with a mixture of baking soda and water for an even deeper clean every other wash.
My mud wash resulted in a scalp that was so clean it tingled, hair that was super soft and curls that were individually defined.