Washing with clay
Rhassoul is a clay that is dug in the Atlas mountains in Morocco. It has many other names, including Ghassoul clay, red Moroccan clay or African clay. Rhassoul is, like other cosmetic clays, rich in minerals like silica, potassium and magnesium. But Rhassoul differs from other cosmetic clays in the sense that it has an amazing power of absorption and can thus also be used as for cleansing and detoxing. As part of my hair washing test, I have tried rhassoul as shampoo.
WHERE TO BUY
You can find the clay from a organic shop or from the Internet. I use Urtekram’s rhassoul, because when I was staying in Denmark I could get it quite cheap from there (Urtekram is a Danish brand.). You can buy it either in powder or in small pieces. I have actually never tried the powder, but I don’t think the difference is huge.
HOW TO DO IT
Simple. Let the clay soak in some water, apply to hair, rinse.
I mix the clay and water in an old shampoo bottle, and squirt it out over my head. But if the mixture isn’t runny enough, the hole might clog up so beware. Don’t leave the clay in, if it dries up it’s going to be impossible to get out of your hair. Also in general it’s good to wash thoroughly other wise there’s a risk that you will find clay pieces in your hair.
Cost: Depends on where you live and where you buy from, but it’s a bit more expensive. You will use quite a lot each time. Approx 5€/month.
Difficulty: Takes a little bit of preparation. Can be a bit messy as well.
Cleanness: Looks really clean and nice and stays clean for quite a while. Only needed to wash my hair about two times in a week.
Manageability: Fantastic! Really soft, but still has a texture.
Overall: I love this! The rhassoul clay makes my hair soft, shiny and great. And it stays clean for a good while. The downside is that it can be a bit messy. Also I read somewhere that because some of the clay pieces can have sharp edges, it might damage the hair. I still haven’t noticed anything, and with results like this I have a hard time believing it could be bad. 4+!