Clay is widely used in cosmetology, almost every woman knows about its beneficial properties. Clay is used to care for problem, oily, aging skin, it is an excellent remedy for cellulite, and clay is actively used for hair. Clay masks are suitable for almost everyone, the main thing is to choose the type of clay and a suitable mass for hair.
What is useful clay for hair?
Clay has a number of useful properties, it is rich minerals, which help to cope with many problems of hair and scalp.
Clay has a positive effect on the bulbs, nourishes and strengthens the hair roots. Hair masks with clay help regulate the work of the sebaceous glands, give hair volume, help reduce hair loss and brittle hair.
Any clay contains several main components:
1. Silicon - is the basis of any clay (approximately 45% of the total composition). This mineral is very useful for human health and beauty, thanks to him, clay can be used in cosmetology. Useful properties of silicon for hair:
- helps to normalize sebum production; - deeply cleanses the skin and hair from various impurities; - helps synthesize collagen in cells; - strengthens hair and stimulates their growth.
2. Aluminum - possesses the drying property.
3. Iron, manganese, potassium, sodium, etc.. (the color of the clay depends on which of these minerals prevails in the clay).
The composition of the clay and its purpose depends on its type, so for a start we will understand what kind of clay is for hair.
Clay for hair - types
Clay for hair varies in color and composition, and its color depends on the minerals it contains. Also, the properties of clay depend on its place of origin. In cosmetology use blue, red, black, gray, pink, white and green clay.
Each type of clay has its own specific properties, so before using clay for hair, you need to know which type of clay will suit you.
White clay for hair (kaolin)
White clay Great for dry, weak and damaged hair. White clay contains zinc, nitrogen, magnesium, potassium, calcium and other minerals.
Useful properties of white clay for hair
White clay has a strong cleansing effect, it is able to deep clean the pores on the skin, thanks to which the skin can get more oxygen and nutrients.
White clay is a kind and building material, which strengthens the hair. That is why it can be used to care for dry hair.
Drying properties white clay allows you to apply it to oily scalp, clay penetrates deep into the pores and cleanses them of sebum, helps to eliminate excess fat. Also white clay gives volume to hair, and they remain clean longer.
White Clay Hair Mask
For the prevention of a mask with white clay is enough to do 2-3 times a month. With visible problems, the mask can be applied 1 time per week.
To prepare a mask with white clay is very simple - 2-3 tbsp. white clay dilute with warm water to the consistency of sour cream. If you have oily scalp, then you can add 1 tsp to the mask. lemon juice or a few drops of essential oil (bergamot, tea tree, orange, etc.).
With dry hair, you can add a bit to the mask. base oil (olive, almond).
We distribute the finished mask through the hair, wrap it in cellophane and a towel and leave it for 30 minutes. Then wash off with water.
Blue clay for hair
Blue clay is universal for any type of hair. The unique properties of blue clay can be used for the following purposes:
- deep cleansing of hair and scalp. Blue clay absorbs fat, cleanses pores, helps regulate the sebaceous glands.
- cessation of hair loss. Thanks to the “rich” composition of blue clay, the hair roots are strengthened, and the necessary trace elements are obtained.
- stimulating hair growth. The content of silicon, magnesium, iron, calcium and titanium in the composition of the clay allows to positively influence not only the strengthening, but also the growth of hair.
- strengthening hair, reducing fragility.
- brilliance and volume.
Recipes for blue clay hair masks are very many. The basis is clay powder, the other components are selected according to the type of hair, or depending on what effect you want to get.Hair mask with blue clay only
Dissolve a small amount of blue clay with warm water until a slurry is formed and apply on the scalp and hair. The scalp should be lightly massaged. Then we cover the head with a plastic cap and a towel and leave for 30-40 minutes. Mask should be thoroughly rinsed off and use balm.
If the hair is dry, then before applying the mask, apply on the ends of any cosmetic oil (olive, almond, burdock).
Nourishing mask with blue clay
- 1 tbsp. blue clay; - 1 tsp honey; - 1 yolk; - 1 tbsp. olive oil.
Components to mix thoroughly to a uniform consistency and apply to hair. Keep the mask from 30 minutes, while not forgetting to wrap a head with a towel. Wash off the mask using shampoo.Blue Clay Mask for greasy hair
Dilute the clay with water and add 2 tsp. natural apple cider vinegar, the mixture is rubbed into the scalp, then leave for 20-30 minutes. Wash off with shampoo.
Clay mask for very dry hair
In the floor of a glass of warm yogurt (kefir), add 1-2 tablespoons. blue clay and 1 tsp honey Mix and apply on hair. This mask contains a large number of nutrients that can strengthen the hair and protect them from brittleness.
Green clay for hair
Green clay is widely used in the care of problematic oily scalp prone to dandruff. The minerals contained in the composition of green clay (iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium and silver) have a positive effect on metabolic processes in the scalp and help regulate the functioning of the sebaceous glands. She is rightly considered the most useful clay in hair care.
Properties of green clay for hair and scalp:
- regulates the sebaceous glands, tightens pores;
- strengthens hair roots, makes hair stronger;
- has a beneficial effect on hair growth;
- helps to solve the problem of dandruff, itching and irritation;
- deeply cleanses the pores, has a slight peeling effect.
Green clay, like other types of clay, can be used in its pure form, as we wrote above, consider the variations of masks with green clay.
Hair mask with green clay and a decoction of herbs
A small amount of clay diluted with a decoction of herbs (it can be nettle, string, burdock root, etc.) to a mushy state. Apply to the scalp with fingertips, followed by a head massage. Wrap your head with plastic and a towel, leave for 15-20 minutes. You can rinse without using shampoo, as the clay perfectly cleans the hair. Rinse hair with apple bite or lemon juice.
Mask with green clay and vinegar for oily hair
Dilute the clay with water in a 1: 1 ratio and add a small amount of natural apple cider vinegar. Apply the mask to the scalp and leave for 20 minutes, then rinse the hair thoroughly with water.
You can add other nutrients to green clay to enhance the effect.
Red clay for hair
Red clay is suitable for damaged hair and able to restore balance to the scalp. It is hypoallergenic, therefore it is suitable for almost everyone. Red clay is rich in iron and copper, thanks to these components, it improves blood circulation in the scalp, strengthens hair roots and accelerates growth.
Red clay can be used in its pure form, but usually girls use pink clay, which includes red clay.
Pink clay for hair
Pink clay is obtained by mixing white and red clay, so it has the properties of these two types of clay. Pink clay is used for:
- strengthens the bulbs, thereby reducing hair loss; - gently cleanses and soothes the scalp; - great for dry, thin hair, helps prevent brittleness and cross-section of hair; - ideal for unruly hair, makes them more pliable; - carefully eliminates dandruff; - possesses healing properties.
Pink clay is considered the softest, so for owners of problematic hair and scalp is a godsend. Pink clay masks are recommended 1-2 times a week. Pink clay can be used in its pure form, but adding other components will only enhance the effect of the mask.
Pink clay can be diluted with a decoction of herbs, add nutritious oils, honey, yolk and other nutrients to the mask.
How to apply a hair mask with clay
one. For the mask you can use only freshly prepared clay solution.
2 It is impossible to mix clay in iron ware, for this purpose use glass or ceramic capacity.
3 The consistency of the mask with clay should resemble sour cream, so it will be easier to apply to your hair.
four. If the mask is designed for the scalp, then you should massage it well with clay. If the mask is distributed over the length of the hair, the hair should be well soaked.
five. After you put the mask on your hair, you should wrap your head in plastic or put on a shower cap and warm it with a towel on top.
6 Keep the mask with clay should be from 15 minutes to 1 hour.
7 A mask with clay can be washed off without shampoo, as the clay perfectly cleans the hair, but if there are other components in the mask, then it is better to use shampoo.
eight. Hair should be washed until the water is completely transparent.
9. After clay, the hair can be hard, so apply a hair balm on the tips or the entire length.
Recipes hair masks with clay
Blue Clay Mask for Hair Loss
- 2 tbsp. blue clay; - yolk; - 1 tsp. honey; - 1 tbsp. olive oil.
Dissolve the clay with water and mix with the other components, apply a mask on the scalp and distribute along the length. Hold 30-40 minutes.
Mask with green clay for oily hair
2 tbsp. green clay dilute with water, add 1 tbsp. lemon juice. Rub into the scalp and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and apply a balm on the tips.
Mask for damaged hair
1 tbsp. white clay mixed with 1 tbsp. blue clay and add: yolk, 1 tbsp. castor oil, 1 tbsp almond oil. Apply to hair for half an hour.
Mask with clay to strengthen hair
2 tbsp. dilute the blue clay with water and add 1 tbsp. onion juice. Carefully rub into the scalp, wrap hair and leave for 20 minutes. After the mask is recommended to rinse your hair with water and lemon juice.
Mask for weak and thin hair
Soak a few pieces of black bread with water or a decoction of herbs, then mix well to get a homogeneous mass. Add to the mixture 2 tbsp. l blue or pink clay, 2 tbsp. olive oil. Mask should be kept from 30 minutes.
Also, clay can be an alternative to shampoo for hair, how to wash your hair with clay, read here.