Bentonite can be found in several areas around the world but the greatest concentration of bentonite is found in the Great Plains area of North America.
The different types of bentonite are each named after the dominant element: sodium bentonite, calcium bentonite, potassium bentonite, aluminum bentonite and so on.
A high quality bentonite clay should be gray or cream. A white powder would suggest it’s been bleached or over-processed in some other way.
Bentonite is useful for
- Clarifying and cleansing hair because it binds to and attracts dirt and other impurities.
- Conditioning and moisturizing hair
- Calming skin/scalp conditions such as eczema
- Nourishing hair. Bentonite is not as rich in minerals and nutrients as rhassoul is but it does contain some and these would be imparted to hair.
Don’t store or mix bentonite in a metal dish as its effectiveness may be reduced. Use glass or plastic. Importantly, note that clays can dry hair out so don’t use clays too frequently; once every four to six weeks should be enough to enjoy the benefits.
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