Have you ever wondered why mud masks and baths are so popular at spas? I mean, what’s really so special about putting mud anywhere on your body? Well first, let’s get one thing straight: they’re not using random mud from outside.
Often times, the mud used for skincare purposes is made from a mix of volcanic ash (like bentonite clay), mineral water, and other natural ingredients like charcoal powder and essential oils. And honestly, the mud formulated for hair masks is not too much different!
They also draw out impurities from your hair, improve scalp skin conditions caused by inflammation, effectively moisturize, and exfoliates any dead skin on the scalp. So in short, mud masks for hair and scalp are like a shampoo, conditioner, exfoliant, and moisturizer all in one! And you really can’t beat that.
Give your hair and scalp the ultra deep cleanse they deserve—here are 3 mud masks that are must trys.
Bread Beauty Supply Mud Mask, $34
Think back to the first time you decided to mix Indian Healing Clay and apple cider vinegar together and apply it to your natural hair. It was messy, smelled a little strange, and you probably had way too much on your forehead, right? Ideally, it got better with time, but one thing is certain: the process will forever be messy and time-consuming.
Well, Bread Beauty Supply knows this and decided to make their very own mud mask to cut out the middle man. No multi-ingredient concoctions, no mixing, no mess—just nourished hair and vibes.
You literally only have one job, and that’s to apply this super detoxing mix of kaolin, bentonite, rhassoul clay, quartz, green tea and broccoli sprout extract. hemp seed oil, and pineapple extract to your dirty hair; and then let it sit for 20 minutes before shampooing it out. See what we mean? No fuss.
-417 Rejuvenation Hair Mud Mask, $22
Most mud masks use some type of bentonite or red clay, but the -417 Rejuvenation Mud Hair Mask uses literal dead sea mud. If you don’t know what that is, know that over thousands of years, layers of silt deposits have washed down from surrounding mountains onto the shores of the Dead Sea and eventually formed a rich, black mud.
And now you’re putting that same mud in your hair. Cool, right? Well, it would be disingenuous to say that it’s just mud. This mask is also formulated with tons of other nourishing and cleansing ingredients like rosemary, jojoba, avocado, and sweet almond oils.
Unlike other mud masks, this should not be used a pre-poo. The reason being is that this mask doesn’t work well on oily or dirty hair, so make sure you shampoo your hair and scalp before applying it, and then follow up with a conditioner if you’d like.
Rawkyn Clay Hair Mask, $26
Do you know one advantage red clays has over other clays like, I don’t know, bentonite? It works better to balance out oily hair and scalp while also keeping them hydrated and moisturized! And this intensely moisturizing and detoxifying deep treatment Clay Hair Mask by Rawkyn is the proof.
It’s made with a unique and flexible mix of chamomile, murumuru butter, aloe gel, and sage that deeply moisturizes hair without weighing it down. The best aspect of this clay treatment is that it works as a pre-poo, meaning you can apply it to your hair before you wash it and you won’t have to worry about your shampoo stripping away moisture.
Even better, this isn’t one of those high maintenance, long-wait mud masks. You can apply this to your hair just 10-15 minutes before you hop in the shower and you’re more than good to go.