You may or may not have heard of using Rhassoul (or Ghassoul) clay for hair loss – I know I hadn’t until earlier this year! I discovered it on my quest for an all-natural shampoo which was truly beneficial for my hair and fairly easy to source and use – and although it sounds mental to put mud on your hair, I really love it and wanted to share it with you here on the blog.
What is Rhassoul clay and why is it good for hair?
Rhassoul clay is mined from beneath the Atlas Mountains in Morrocco – and has been used by Morroccan women for centuries – it was even used by Egyptians and the Romans before them!
It is incredibly rich in minerals which are vital for healthy hair growth – including Silica, Magnesium and Calcium. Vitally, it has the same PH as the hair and scalp, as opposed to mainstream shampoos which usually are highly acidic in order for them to effectively strip the scalp and ‘clean the hair’. There’s also no chemicals whatsoever as of course the clay is 100% natural. Instead of stripping the hair and causing the scalp to then produce more oil whilst the ends of the hair dry out, Rhassoul clay cleans the hair whilst allowing it to maintain its natural levels of oil. It also clarifies and detoxifies the scalp, helps to unblock pores and keeps hair soft and strong.
How do I use it?
What looks like a pot of dry cement looks difficult to use on your hair but in actual fact, it’s easy. There’s lots of different recipes for Rhassoul clay shampoo – that’s because it can be mixed with a variety of different liquids such as distilled water or mineral water, oil, coconut milk, goat’s milk and Aloe Vera gel or juice.
My basic starter ‘how to’ recipe for Rhassoul clay shampoo is below – but you can also try my Shikakai Rhassoul clay shampoo too if you find this isn’t quite your bag.
- Mix 1-2 tbsp Rhassoul clay with ½ cup boiling water. Make sure you use a plastic container and plastic implement to mix with – as metal reacts with the minerals in the clay.
- Add a few drops of essential oil (I use Rosemary, Rose or Peppermint) and 1-2 tsp Argan Oil or any other oil of choice (I use Argan Liquid Gold). Mix it all up. It will be runny, but that’s okay; some people say they use a paste but for me this is way too thick and as you will discover, when you’re used to conventional shampoo the clay can prove a little time consuming to wash out as it is!
- The best way to apply Rhassoul shampoo is just before you get into the shower or bath. It is a little messy to apply – I pour a little on my head at a time and massage into the hair to make sure it’s all covered. It’s weird at first because it does feel like rubbing mud and grit into your scalp but it’s a good feeling – similar to an expensive spa treatment!
- Make sure you rinse well to wash it out properly. I learnt this lesson the hard way. I thought I’d washed it out well and I was sitting pretty with my towel on my head waiting for my hair to dry – and then on checking it I could still feel a substantial amount of grit and mud in my hair so I went back and rinsed it again. The next day, my hair did feel clean but certain spots I’d somehow managed to miss were very dusty-feeling and when I brushed it all through my Tangle Teezer was full of Rhassoul powder! So – make sure you rinse thoroughly, preferably with the shower head right over the top of your scalp, rubbing your hair gently as you rinse, to get it all out the first time. I’m becoming a dab hand at this now – so don’t worry if you get it wrong first time too. Not many of us are used to having to rinse our hair for more than 30 seconds!
- You won’t get that soft, ‘squeaky clean’ feeling you usually do after washing your hair – but that’s a good thing! That feeling you get from conventional shampoo is caused by harsh chemicals having stripped your scalp, and commercial conditioners having coated your hair with silicones. Once dry the hair really is soft and feels so clean, but if you have fine or dry hair it can be very knotty and tangled (mine was!)
- Make sure your hair is dry as always before you brush or comb it – as doing so when it’s wet causes breakage! Pop a warm towel round your head (if you read any of my previous hair loss posts, (link) avoid the hairdryer at all costs if you’re trying to regrow your hair) and try to avoid the temptation of blasting it to see how your hair comes out. Once completely dry, I have to detangle my hair with my fingers (I always had to do this with conventional shampoo, too) then brush it through with a low-breakage brush (I use a Tangle Teezer). Hair is really soft and feels very clean – but not stripped. Perfect!
- See results!
If you’re not liking Rhassoul or you feel it’s a little drying, then try my shampoo recipe here. I use Rhassoul as an ingredient in this shampoo which is my main shampoo I now use every week – so you still get the benefit of it plus a load of other hair-loving ingredients.
Want to read more on hair loss? See here!
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