The Secret Ingredient That Will Transform Your Greasy Hair
Clay has been a staple ingredient in skin-care formulations for years, thanks to its unparalleled ability to clarify, unclog congested pores, and stop excess oil production in its tracks. Fast forward to 2018, and the multitasking material is now slowly but surely making its way into the hair-care aisle, showing up in shampoos, hair masks, and styling products galore. So why did it take so long — and where should we start with adding it to our own hair routines?
"Similar to skin care, clay clarifies the scalp," explains Rose Ovenshei, hair expert and founder of Flora & Curl, whose Moroccan Lava Curl Refresh Clay Wash is incredible for dry hair in need of a detox. "It helps get rid of excess product build-up, removes impurities, and keeps dandruff at bay. Micro-minerals are also found in clay, and when applied topically, they work to stimulate circulation and blood flow to the scalp."
A healthy scalp equals healthy hair, so it's kind of a no-brainer. But how do you determine which clay is best for your hair type? According to Ovenshei, this is not a one-clay-suits-all situation. "Clay washing in particular is good for all hair types because clay has fantastic cleansing and conditioning properties, but different products target different hair concerns," she says. French pink clay and kaolin clay have gentle but effective dirt-busting properties; rhassoul (also known as ghassoul) is more moisturizing and softening for thicker, drier hair types; and bentonite is highly absorbent, making it ideal for grease-prone scalps.
From dry shampoo to leave-in treatments, click through for the best clay-infused haircare out there.
Think of this shampoo-mask hybrid like a mattifying mask for your hair: Made from an 85% natural base, including pure rhassoul mineral clay, it transforms from a paste into a lightweight foam that absorbs impurities and thickens from the root while adding healthy — not greasy — shine.
Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste, $53.00, available at Space NK.
No time to shower? No problem: This is as close as you'll get to clean hair in a can, thanks to the addition of French pink clay, which mops up oil and sweat without leaving white residue. It has a subtle floral scent and the added benefit of UV protection; spritz it through third-day hair for an instant turnaround.
Bumble and bumble Prêt-a-Powder Très Invisible Dry Shampoo, $29.00, available at Ulta Beauty.
This unassuming packet contains a combination of detoxifying red clay and hyaluronic acid, which work together to cleanse away dirt and hydrate over-styled hair. Rake it through wet hair after shampooing and leave on for five minutes — it'll help untangle knots and make split ends much less noticeable.
Davines The Quick Fix Circle, $9.50, available at Davines.
Be careful not to overwash if you have greasy hair: Stripping the scalp of moisture will actually increase the oil production and dry out the lengths and ends, which is the opposite of what you want. This kaolin clay-infused shampoo covers all the bases, balancing oily roots as it adds moisture to parched strands. Two birds, one stone.
L'Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Rebalancing Shampoo, $3.99, available at Target.