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Sometimes our hair can take a bit of a turn for the worst. Keeping up with your curls can become somewhat tiring and feel like a job. Maybe you have product buildup, maybe your curls aren’t popping the way the usually do. No worries! Using an Aztec Healing Clay mask can cleanse your hair and reactivate your curl pattern in a snap.

You can purchase this clay at a variety of stores, but the most convenient way for me has been ordering throughAmazon.

How To Use an Aztec Healing Clay Mask to Revamp Your Curls

To prep, you want to take two tablespoons of Aztec Healing Clay and mix it with equal parts apple cider vinegar. Depending on how much hair you have, it’s likely you’ll have to adjust the recipe. If you have a full head of long hair, you may want to double this recipe. In some cases, people also use water as the mixing medium, so it’s all about choice! Personally, I’ve had the best results when using apple cider vinegar.

Next, you want to make sure your hair is completely dry. If your hair is wet or damp, the mask will never dry and most likely lead to a difficult mess when you try to wash it out! It may feel odd at first, adding a thick mask to your dry hair. But this step really allows the Aztec Healing Clay to do its work!

Once you’ve prepped, you want to evenly distribute from root to tip. This is a cleansing mask, so it’s meant to lift any product buildup from your scalp and your ends. It’s vital that you coat every strand of hair! Otherwise, the mask won’t work as well.

When you finally have your hair coated (your arms may be tired by the time you’re finished!), leave the mask in for 15 to 20 minutes. You can leave it in longer if you have the time, or take it out sooner if you’re pressed for time! My roommate will actually leave this mask in for up to 45 minutes if she’s running errands. However, around the 10-minute mark, the mask will start drying out. This is a sign that it’s doing its job and that you don’t have to leave it in much longer.

To wash out the mask, I recommend using warm water. A big rule for many curlies is to always rinse our hair with cool water, never hot. However, in this case, the water should be a tad bit warm to help loosen the mask. There is also no need to rinse with a shampoo! The Aztec healing clay mask does the cleansing for you. Adding another cleanser to the mix could really strip your hair of its natural oils.

As you wash out the mask, gently massage your scalp. Be as thorough as possible! There’s no worse feeling than believing you’ve washed it all out and then going to style your hair later on and discovering bits of the clay still in your hair! It happens to the best of us. The easiest way to prevent that is to take your time while rinsing it out.

Lastly, apply your favorite conditioner the same way you always do! This will really ensure that all of the benefits of the Aztec clay really shine. Giving your curls the extra moisture they need will really help them pop!

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I recommend using this mask once or twice a week to revitalize your beautiful curls. This is a great option for anyone who wants a more natural cleanser, as many shampoos have sulfates and other undesirable chemicals in their ingredients. Follow these few steps and you won’t be disappointed!

For more about the benefits of washing with clay, check out this article.