Kaolin Clay Clarifying Deep Cleanse Recipe

 Mullein herb and kaolin clay

The idea of a spa-treatment for your hair really appeals to me. When I think of a clay cleanse, I think of the purifying and detoxifying elements of clays, ashes and muds. For my hair, this clay cleanse was the right treatment at the right time. I haven’t clarified my hair at all in the 3 years that I have been natural for fear of stripping the natural oils from my hair and leaving it feeling like straw. I also needed this cleanse because my scalp was inflamed and itching from sweating in the California heat. The kaolin clay and mullein herb did not disappoint. When I applied the mix to my hair, my scalp immediately stopped itching. After rinsing, conditioning and styling, I feel like my hair has a new lease on this natural hair journey!

I found that I did not need to have the mix in the consistency of a paste to get the benefit of the clay. 2 tablespoons were enough to give the clarifying effect and not be gummy as some naturals have reported. Also, I recommend using this mix every 2-3 months as needed to remove buildup from the hair.


2 tablespoons kaolin clay (trial-size available)

1 cup Mullein Herb Mix (see below for recipe)



Mullein Herb Mix

2 tablespoons mullein leaf (trial-size available)

1-1/4 cup water


To Make

Use a ratio of 1-1/4 cup of water to 2 tablespoons of the dried herb. Pour boiling water over herbs and allow to steep 2 hours in a closed container. Strain herbs and discard. Use remaining liquid.


Kaolin Clay Clarifying Deep Cleanse Recipe

To Make

Combine kaolin clay and mullein herb mix in an applicator bottle. Shake contents to thoroughly mix. Mix will be runny. Use immediately.

To Use

Hair must be detangled and shampooed or cowashed before applying the kaolin clay mix. Use applicator bottle to slowly saturate scalp and strands. Do not attempt to comb. Smooth hair with hands to make sure all the hair is covered. Gather hair into a ponytail (front or back depending on how you wash your hair) and loosely tie a no-snag elastic to hold the hair. Cover with a plastic cap and allow to sit 20 minutes. Rinse scalp and hair thoroughly until water runs clear. Expect hair to be stiff from clarifying effect. Condition, apply detangler/leave-in conditioner, and styling product to hair as normal. Hair should respond by feeling cleansed, strengthened and not stripped.


Next day hair

I would love your feedback on this recipe! ❤ Ally