How to make natural shampoo using rhassoul clay

This is a post on how to make your own shampoo super easy and super fast. I will not go into details about why “normal” shampoo’s are bad for you, but if you haven’t yet, I would highly recommend reading about it here.

So what is rhassoul clay?

✽ Moroccan volcanic clay, also known as: RHASSOUL or GHASSOUL

It’s official name is hectorite, “rhassoul” comes from the Arabic word “rassala”, which means “washing”. It’s a natural mineral clay that has been used for centuries by the native population and is still used widely around the world in Turkish baths and by individuals who want an easy, clean and efficient way of cleaning their body. When my friend introduced me to this I was amazed, I couldn’t believe that its so EASY to get clean hair!

How to make shampoo from rhassoul:

✽ 2 heaped tea spoons of the powder (enough for long fine hair)
✽ enough water to make it into a watery paste (preferably warm water)

Rhassoul comes as a powder and will turn into clay when mixed with water. It can form blobs of clay – I use a tea spoon or my fingers to even it out. Generally its super easy to make, no hassle at all. It’s best to use a plastic bowl for this, metal is not recommended and others may break in the shower.

I’m glad I wrote this after having my best friend try it on herself or I wouldn’t know that people can get it wrong 😛 So this is important: you need a LOT more clay than your normal shampoo, it needs to cover your hair almost completely or it won’t do anything at all. Two tea spoons is plenty for my hair (reaches down to about the middle of my back), plus it’s also fine and light, so thick-haired people may need more and should wash it out thoroughly. I’ve read that for thick hair you could add some argan oil into the mixture.

You rub it in your hair (try to get it everywhere) for a few minutes and it works best if you can leave it in for at least 5 minutes (just don’t let it dry anywhere on your body). Please note: it will not foam or feel anything like your regular shampoo.

What are the benefits of using rhassoul?

✽ It’s good for all skin types and has many other uses, such as: clay masks, exfoliation, general body washing etc (you can have a look online for more)
✽ It has higher percentages of magnesium, potassium, silica (58%), calcium and other trace minerals than other clays.
✽ It helps with detoxification as the minerals can swap themselves for toxic chemicals in our bodies, so it doesn’t just clean us, it gives us wonderful compounds that are great for our skin!
✽ After some time of using it, you will no longer need to wash your hair as frequently (I do it every 3 days now, whereas before I HAD to do it every single day)
✽ It reduces the need to moisturise daily if used on skin (even if at the beginning it will feel a little dry after use)
✽ It has been said to help with the following: acne, eczema, psoriasis, dandruff and others
✽ Reduces dryness and flakyness

What about hair conditioner?

Ah conditioner, the one thing I said I could NEVER live without…until I discovered this wonder-clay! More often than not I don’t use anything, but once in a while it’s good to give your hair a little moisturising. I usually just take a few drops of an essential oil, rub it between my hands (not too much!) and gently go over the hair ends. Takes 2 seconds and you smell great after too!

Sometimes I will use a bought natural conditioner. I will soon start making my own conditioned using everyday ingredients, then I will let you know which ones work best!

Where do I get rhassoul?

The easiest way would be to buy it online, you can even get it on Amazon (here’s an example of the cheapest one I found).

How easy it is to find will depend on where you live. I’m currently in London and could not find it in the obvious places like Whole Foods and Planet Organic, I got mine at the Festival of Life and I assume they would sell it at other shows like the Mind Body Spirit festival.

There’s just no way I can get the clay, what do I do?

There are plenty of ways of making home-made shampoo so don’t get upset! I actually switch between using rhassoul and one made of easy-to-find herbs that I mix myself, just to vary a little.

Update: now I use bicarbonate soda – a much simpler method and one that is easily available in every country. Read about it here.

About the Author:

Anya is a raw food chef, writer and an artisan chocolatier. Get her book with healthy vegan recipes here. Anya is also a relationship and tantric coach, helping individuals and couples worldwide (in-person or through video chat). She writes articles covering a broad range of themes, such as: love and tantra, natural health and spirituality and nutrition, as well as raw food recipes recipes! Anya is also passionate about travel and you can find her travel articles here.

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