The previous article covered bentonite clay and it’s benefits for hair. However, apart from bentonite/montmorillionite healing clay, there are several other types of healing clay out there and choosing the right one for your hair & beauty purposes can get a bit confusing.
Read on for a breakdown of each type of clay, composition, other names they are known by and which one is best for hair and skin.
The Different Types of Clay
This brand of clay is aka Moroccan clay. It is derived from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. It is dried then packed for sale. This clay is light/medium brownish in colour. It looks like rocks but easily dissolves in hot water. It contains more silica & magnesium than other types of clay. It is sometimes also labeled as ghassoul clay or red clay. Rhassoul clay is suitable for both hair and skin.
This clay is a naturally occurring substance found in the mineral kaolinite. It’s soft and usually almost white although the colour varies depending on where it’s found. It could be pink-orange, yellow or light orange. It’s the mildest type of clay, appropriate for people with sensitive skin and the most used in cosmetic products. It is aka china clay and white clay. Kaolin clay is best for skin care uses.
Multani mitti or fuller’s earth clay is a natural occurring clay which is produced in US, Japan, Mexico & UK. The name multani mitti originates from a place in Pakistan named Multan while mitti means clay. It is believed this clay was first discovered in Multan hence the name. The name fuller’s earth is derived from the clay’s historic use for cleaning wool by textile workers known as fullers. In modern times, it has been used for industrial purposes as an absorbent for oil.
In cosmetics, it’s used as a skin whitening agent due to it’s bleaching properties and is considered the best kind of clay for oily skin.
The recommended brands of multani mitti clay includes Best Nature’s Cosmetic Multani Mitti Fullers Earth Clay & Metiista Fuller’s Earth Clay.
Which Type of Clay is the Best?
All the healing clays above are good. However, the clay you choose depends on which purpose it’s required for:
- Oily/Acne Prone Skin: The best clay for this type of skin is fuller’s earth clay. However, you can mix it with a little bit of kaolin if you have sensitive skin or want to test out a blend to see which one your skin likes.
- General Skin Care: You can use either kaolin clay or fuller’s earth clay for general skin care. If using clay for skin, mix it with distilled water or rose water only.
- Hair Treatments: The best clay for hair is bentonite/montmorillionite clay followed by rhassoul clay. You can also mix bentonite and rhassoul clay together. This is what I do and I get excellent results.
At the end of the day, everyone’s skin is different so don’t be scared to mix and match the clays. If you do this though, conduct a patch test on a small area before you apply the entire mix to your hair and/or skin.
The next article will discuss how to use healing clay for skin, healing clay recipes for the skin, and the best way to consume it. Sign up below to get it in your inbox directly.