How To - Instant Rhassoul Hair Wash


DIY skin and hair care can sometimes be laborious, fiddly, and/or time consuming – but not in this case!

Today we're going to make an instant hair wash that is suitable for all hair types (yes, really).

If you've never tried a hair mask with rhassoul (also known as Moroccan Soap Clay or Ghassoul), then you're in for a pleasant surprise. Not only will rhassoul cleanse your hair and scalp effectively, it's also recommended to help prevent dandruff and soothe itchy scalp.

Extra bonus: rhassoul is equally beneficial for skin.

Extra extra bonus: it's quite pocketbook friendly.

Let's get started!


Tools and ingredients

  • Rhassoul (powder form - not chunks)
  • scale
  • small bottle (50-60 ml) with tight lid for short to medium long hair
  • large bottle (75-100 ml) with tight lid for long, thick hair
  • demineralised water (optional, but recommended)


Extra things you might want

  • your own label (cuz you're awesome at making instant hair wash and want to show it off)



Method

Place a piece of paper (baking paper, etc) on the scale. Weigh up the necessary portion of rhassoul for a single application. Depending on your hair type, this amount will vary from approximately a teaspoon (about 5-6 grams) to 2 tablespoons (about 20 grams).

For my short, fine hair, about a teaspoon of rhassoul does the job. As you can see on the scale, that's about 6 grams.

If your hair is thick, super-curly and long, you'll be needing the max amount - about 2 tablespoons of rhassoul (and with a bottle that holds 100 ml).

Transfer the rhassoul to your empty bottle -- like this.




You now have a ready-to-use handy dandy hair wash that looks like this.




Prepare For Use

When using rhassoul as a mask, it is sprinkled into water and allowed to absorb for a few minutes before use. Rhassoul can absorb over 150% of its weight, so it also 'grows' as it absorbs.

As we're doing instant hair wash and using a smaller portion than one would for a mask, we're going to do things a bit differently.

Add water to the bottle (here's where the demineralised water comes in handy) until it is 4/5 full.

Shake vigorously to disperse the rhassoul.

Your hair wash is ready to use.


To Use


Wet hair. Apply the rhassoul wash directly to the scalp and work around the scalp and to the tips of the hair.

Let sit for 2-5 minutes.






Rinse thoroughly (until the water is clear) and finish with a final rinse of your choice.

Dry and set hair as usual.

Depending on your hair type (normal to oily), you may well discover your hair has no need of conditioner.

About Final Rinse

A lot of people put final rinse in the same 'category' as skin tonic – "it's not really required, 'just' a luxurious little extra".

Personally, final rinse and skin tonic both offer a tangible difference to my skin and hair, so I place them in the 'absolute necessity' category.

If you have never tried using a final rinse, here are a few suggestions.
  • herbal infusion (brahmi, amla, horse chestnut, or mallow)
  • distilled water with a 'spritz' of apple cider vinegar (for added shine)
  • Floral water (distilled water with added essential oil)
  • hydrosol (rosemary, chamomile, etc)

Get Fancy

If you want to fancy this instant hair wash up, try using any of the final rinse suggestions as the liquid when mixing up the rhassoul.




Reset

When you're finished, Let the bottle and lid dry completely before next use.

Enjoy!

Do Tell

Please share your experiences with rhassoul hair wash by dropping a comment below.


More about Rhassoul on this Blog

About Rhassoul
How to Hair Mask
Scalp Soothing Mask with Rhassoul
How to Face Mask
Rhassoul Cleansing Bar How To

Comments

María Zamora said…
If you allow me, I'd like to add a little tip. When using vinegar as a hair rinse (it's wonderful for hair when diluted with rosemary hydrosol or infusion), give a little massage to spread it on all the hair, and then rinse it as well. Yes, rinse it. You will be able to feel on your hands how the hair is getting smooooooooth as the water flows taking away the vinegar.
Also, it smells better ;)
María Zamora said…
If you allow me, I'd like to add a little tip. When using vinegar as a hair rinse (it's wonderful for hair when diluted with rosemary hydrosol or infusion), give a little massage to spread it on all the hair, and then rinse it as well. Yes, rinse it. You will be able to feel on your hands how the hair is getting smooooooooth as the water flows taking away the vinegar.
Also, it smells better ;)
Lise M Andersen said…
You always have the best tips and input! Thank you for sharing :)
Alicyn said…
hi lise! will this type of hair wash work with other clays too? or is it better to stick with rhassoul because it's sebaceus gland friendly? i think what i have on hand now is bentonite clay.
Lise M Andersen said…
Hi Alicyn! Great to hear from you! In theory, you can use other clays as the difference between montmorillonite and bentonite clays is - as I understand from a quick search - a question of purity. I have personally never tried using other clays on my hair, so you have actually gotten me all curious again… Expect a separate blog post on this interesting question! :)
Alicyn said…
thanks! i think i'll take a page out of your book and just try it. :) i went on a little hike today, and since our so. cal. "winter" is still ~70 deg F, i'll let you know if bentonite can handle a sweaty scalp!
Lise M Andersen said…
Hi Alicyn - do let me know how it works out for you! :)
Abby said…
I've tried a few clays other than rhassoul and had excellent results... but each clay definitely performs differently! My favorite is a mixture of bentonite and rhassoul... because bentonite holds water differently than other clays, I was able to get a consistency that was easier to use (more like a thick gel kind of). It's also great to use vinegar as the liquid!
Lise M Andersen said…
Hey there Abby - thanks for your input! I think your vinegar idea is very interesting. If you don't mind sharing your recipe, I'd love to hear more about it. Feel free to email me directly (my email is on the sidebar) or comment here. :)