If you’ve been concerned about the risk that commercial shampoos pose to your health – you’re not alone. I won’t go into details about that as I’ve previously written about this here, so this post is purely instructional on how you can make your own shampoo really easy and fast and just requires one ingredient!

The magic ingredient here is rhassoul (or ghassoul) clay from Morocco. Below I’ll outline its vast variety of benefits, how to use it and where to get it from.

Moroccan rhassoul ghassoul clay powder beauty

So what is rhassoul clay?

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

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 it’s so EASY to get clean hair!

How to make shampoo from rhassoul:

You’ll just need:

  • 2 heaped teaspoons of the powder (enough for long fine hair)
  • Enough water to make it into a watery paste (preferably warm water)

Rhassoul usually comes as a powder and will turn into clay when mixed with water. It can form blobs of clay – I use a teaspoon 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 teaspoons 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.

rhassoul clay hair mask

What are the benefits of using rhassoul clay on your hair or skin?

  • 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)
  • Rhassoul clay has more trace minerals than other types of clay, but is mostly comprised of silica (52%) known to stimulate hair growth (for more info on hair growth, visit Hairguard.com), and magnesium (25%) which strengthens hair follicles and hair
  • 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 the 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 other skin issues
  • Reduces dryness and flakiness

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 clay?

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.

The clay will come in either powder form or in chunks, like the photo above. I HIGHLY recommend getting the powder – I almost broke my food processor trying to powder down the chunks. They are certainly cheaper, but not worth the hassle in my opinion.

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 clay 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.