Why not just stick to the basics? I know that there are tons of products that are now being produced for Afro textured hair, and it seems like there is a new one being added every day! This excitement can make you eager to just try them all! Some of you might have even gone ahead and made several purchases already; all in search of “the one”. Whether it be, the one product, the one product line or that one brand that will work for your coir.
But wait! Just before you go out buying and sampling any more products, I think you should try working with the basic first. I can’t stress it enough. Sticking to the basics may not just be affordable most times, but also very simple and produces great results!
Just like I mentioned in the Stick to the Basics – Moisturizing (Part I) blog post, there are three main components of healthy natural hair care: moisture, cleansing, and styling. I shared my recommended basics for moisture in Part 1, and now I will share with the basics for cleansing.
The ultimate basic product for cleansing natural hair is mud! Yes, I said, mud; the combination of a soil type and a liquid or simply put its wet dirt! It consists significant amount of minerals and nutrients that are quite beneficial for your body, hair, and skin. But the mud that I am particularly referring to, is Bentonite Clay and Apple Cider Vinegar/ Water.
Bentonite Clay is a powdery substance, extracted directly from the earth. It is equipped with nutrients to rid the body of harmful toxins and it does the exact same thing to the hair and scalp. It is usually a cream or grayish colour.
Apple Cider Vinegar (Organic/Unfiltered), like the clay, is very detoxifying and has a variety of skin and health care benefits. ACV has a high acidity and hosts powerful enzymes responsible for various scalp and hair conditions caused by germs like bottle bacillus. If the unfiltered one is not available to you then Distilled/filtered water is perfect! Distinguishing the unfiltered/organic one from the filtered one may difficult, as they may not always be labeled as such, so one rule of thumb is to look for the one that has some residue in it.
What You Need
- ¾ cup Bentonite Clay
- 1 cup ACV / Water
- Few drops of your favourite essential oil (optional)
- Aloe Vera Juice (also known to Jamaican as Sinkle Bible) OPTIONAL
- Scoop the Bentonite Clay in a container
- Then add the Apple Cider Vinegar to the powder
- Mix together until it forms a paste, the consistency of pancake batter.
- Then apply the mixture on DAMP hair.
- Let sit in the hair for about 5 Mins
- Then rinse hair thoroughly
Tempted to try it? Please do and let me know how you like it. Post pictures with the #sticktothebasics on Instagram so that I can see and re-post them.