Homemade Hair Mask – Clay Masks for Oily Hair
Clay is one of nature’s most precious gifts and it’s no wonder that mankind has been using clay for thousands of years, especially for face and hair. Clay is unbeatable when it comes to being a remedy for health and beauty. It has been successfully used for treating many health conditions, ranging from ulcer to kidney problems to hypertension. It is a panacea or universal remedy that can help people regain health and fight disease.
As for cosmetic use, clay has been used for centuries as a homemade facial mask that helps eliminate acne and make the skin soft and radiant. Ancient Egyptian queens used it all over their body and it is said that this was one of their most guarded beauty secrets. In Africa, it was used to sterilize water due to its very powerful absorbent property.
Clay can also be used as a homemade hair mask to treat oily hair and other hair conditions like hair loss, or just to make hair more healthy and glowing.
What effects does clay have on oily hair?
- Clay absorbs skin toxins and makes your scalp and hair more healthy
- Clay is a wonderful source of minerals that nourish skin and hair
- Clay has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that make your scalp skin healthier
- Clay absorbs the skin oil and regulates its production
- Clay has cicatrizing properties that help with any skin lesions caused by dermatitis or scalp psoriasis
- Clay helps cellular rejuvenation of scalp skin and thus promotes a healthy sebum production
What types of clay are there?
There are many types of clay, depending on their place of origin and on their chemical components.
- White clay, also known as Kaolin or Chinese clay, is formed mainly of silicates and it is used for anemia and to supply the body with much needed minerals. It is also used to combat fatigue and for people that make sustained efforts.
- Green Clay has a lot of iron oxide and it is the best clay for oily hair as it is the best absorbent of all clays. It treats oiliness of skin and hair, combats dandruff and nourishes your hair and stimulates its growth.
- Red Clay contains copper and iron oxides that give it the red colouring. It is not normally used as a face or hair mask because it can give a reddish tint. Red clay is mostly used for people with iron deficiencies.
- Blue Clay gets its colour from chrome and copper oxides. It can be used successfully for oily hair and it has a great effect on the skin. It is used against acne, wrinkles and sometimes for a mild whitening of the skin.
- Pink Clay is a mix of red and white clay. It has a very delicate structure so it is best used as a face mask for sensitive skin and to fight acne.
For an oily homemade hair mask you can use green or blue clay, although all the clays have absorbing properties that will help fight this problem. You can find many types of clay at health stores or online, but be careful to choose a certified brand.
How to use clay for oily hair?
Clay contains a lot of silica which promotes hair-growth and a healthy scalp that is free of grease. There are two homemade hair masks that can be used to treat oily hair.
- Simple homemade clay mask for oily hair. Take about 2-4 tablespoons of clay and mix it with a little bit of water. Rub your scalp and hair with the clay mask until all the areas are covered. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then rinse with lots of water. Wash your hair with an organic or herbal shampoo and do a final rinse using lemon water.
- Homemade egg yolk and clay mask for oily hair. This takes a little extra time to prepare but gives amazing results for oily hair, as well as it prevents and treats hair fall. Take about 2-4 tablespoons of clay and mix it with one egg yolk and a little bit of water. Rub your hair and scalp with the mixture. Leave on for 30 minutes and rinse with lots of water. Wash with an herbal or organic shampoo and rinse with lemon water at the end.
How to properly use and store clay?
Clay must not be touched with metal or plastic spoons/containers due to its absorbing properties. Use a wooden spoon or your fingers to manipulate clay. Use a wooden, ceramic or glass bowl to place the clay and only store it in its original container or in a wooden box.
When you use clay, consistency and perseverance are important. For oily hair, use a homemade clay hair mask 1-2 times a week for at least 3 months. Results will begin to show after the first few weeks. Use for your skin also, it has amazing effects on facial skin.
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