I get a lot of questions about my washing and styling routine for my hair from friends, family, and white people who just want to know. Anyone who has a Black woman with natural hair in their life knows that WASH DAY is an event. There are plenty of videos and tutorials on YouTube with and for women with natural hair, but 1) I think bi-racial/ Type 3 hair are taking over YouTube (but that’s another rant for another day) and 2) sometimes it’s good to have words and advice from a friend that you in know IRL.
So, I wanted to share with you a STAPLE that I use in my monthly hair care routine for my Type 4C hair.
Aztec Healing Clay.
I use Aztec Healing Clay when my hair is DIRTYDURTY. So usually after taking out a protective style, weave, or just when I have a lot of product build up in my hair. Best of all, it can also be used on your skin as a mask to clear up skin.
Everyone does their masks differently, but here is what I found works best for my 4C curls:
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay: Indian Clay removes impurities and dirt from your hair and skin. It leaves my hair feeling clean, soft, and makes my curls POP! This clay has the ability to remove toxins and product build up from the hair and scalp. My curls clump together with no frizziness when it is clean. I always can find it at Whole Foods or you can order it from Amazon.Apple Cider Vinegar: ACV is antibacterial and is often used as a cleansing rinse for hair. ACV helps balance the pH of your hair and aids to remove the product buildup from styling agents. It makes the clay bubble up and “activates” it.Aloe Vera Juice: Promotes hair growths and restores the natural pH balance of hair
Directions: I like to split my hair into sections. My hair is too thick for the cutesy YouTube typical four sections, so I usually split my hair into six sections to make the clay easier to apply.
DO NOT USE METAL WITH THIS CLAY It deactivates the healing properties…AKA, it won’t do squat if you mix this in a metal bowl or with a metal spoon. SO DON’T DO IT.
Don’t ask for measurements because I’m Black and you know Black people don’t measure anything. We just eyeball it. Plus, some might need more than others. Personally, I find the clay easier to apply to my hair when it’s a bit runny, rather than when it’s in a clay like state.
And be careful! This clay can get messy!
Apply on the hair. I apply it in the same way I USED to apply perms…don’t apply it to your scalp just for the sole reason that it takes forever to scrub off your scalp.
I usually have some left over in the bowl and I apply it to my face and in this case, my collarbone as well since something was breaking me out there.
I usually let it sit for 15-20 mins before hopping in the shower and washing it out. When washing it off your face, I found the best method is to let a warm, damp, washcloth sit on your face before removing it. I do not suggest scrubbing this mask off.
As for your hair, washing the clay out in the same way you would wash shampoo is ideal. Follow up with your favorite conditioner/deep conditioner and then style as usual.
And VOILA! You have squeaky clean hair and coils that POP! I get my best Wash and Go’s from this method, but that’s another post for another day….I followed this wash day with a simple twist out.
What’s your best kept secret for natural hair?
Peace, love, and hair grease…