TikTok is nothing if not informative. We’ve learned so much from the clock app, especially when it comes to haircare. It seems as if every day we discover a better way to take care of our strands, what products we should use, which ones we should avoid, and so much more. The latest craze that’s caught our eye is using the Aztec Clay Mask for our curls.
Everyone has been obsessing over how well the clay mask works to revitalize coils and get rid of buildup. We can’t even count the number of TikToks we’ve seen of people raving about how incredible their curls look after using the clay mask. Just see for yourself!
It’s a fairly inexpensive treatment, too. A tub of Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay will only set you back $8 and can last quite a while. But what is it about using Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay? The secret’s in the bentonite clay. Derived from volcanic ash, bentonite has been known to add moisture and definition back into natural curls by drawing out any toxins and impurities in the strands. Think of it as a clarifying treatment that’ll essentially unclog your hair cuticles to let all the good stuff in.
So, what exactly do you need to create this hair clay mask? Luckily, the ingredient list is pretty small.
DIY Aztec Clay Hair Mask Recipe Ingredients
- Non-metal bowl and mixing utensils
- 6 tablespoons Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay
- 6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (you may need more clay and ACV depending on your hair length, though the key is to use equal parts of each)
- 3 tablespoons coconut, castor, olive, or almond oil (optional)
How to Use the Aztec Clay Hair Mask for Your Curls
Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, you’ll mix the clay, ACV, and optional oil together in your non-mental bowl with a non-metal mixing utensil. Let that set for a few seconds while you section your hair. Your strands should be dry to allow the mixture to do its work. They can be a little bit damp, though they shouldn’t be sopping wet.
Next, you’ll evenly coat the clay hair mask on your locks from root to tip. You may want to avoid getting it close to the scalp, especially if you have sensitive skin. When the mixture is spread throughout your hair, you can leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. You can leave it on for even longer, depending on how tired your strands are.
When your time is up, you’ll wash the mask out with warm water to loosen up the clay and help it rinse out easily. You won’t need to use a shampoo, because cleansing too much could damage your strands. Be sure to massage your strands as the mixture washes out. Finish with a conditioner of your choice to lock in all the benefits of the clay hair mask.
This clay mask can be used as often as once a week or as little as once every few months. That all depends on your hair and its needs.