Sunday, 22 May 2011

Treatment: Rhassoul Clay

Origin- Morocco

Extraction- 100% naturally occurring and naturally quarry mined
Shelf life- Indefinite (4-5 years recommended)

Other Common Names- Red Clay, Red Moroccan Clay, Ghassoul Clay, Oxide Clay.

Color- Light Gray with a hue of oxidized pink
Odor- Flat
Mesh Size- US #70-80 Mesh
Mineral Content
Silica- 58%
Aluminum- 2.47%
Iron- 0.64%
Sodium- 2.3%
Magnesium- 25.2%
Calcium- 2.34%

What is Rhassoul and where does it come from?
From Morocco, comes this remarkable natural source, reddish brown cosmetic clay known as Rhassoul.
It has been used for over 1400 years as a soap, shampoo, and skin conditioner, and the finest spas across the globe currently utilize it for therapeutic benefits.
Mined deep beneath the Atlas Mountains in Eastern Morocco it must be extracted under extremely special conditions.

Through meticulous selection, and extensive contact with the raw material we are proud to offer this rich Rhassoul that is truly unique in quality and purity.
When first mined, Rhassoul clay appears as a polished brown, soap-like clay, which is chunky in appearance and resembling rocks. After further refinement and micronization, the end product is a smooth almost silken earth.

How does it work?
Rhassoul is a natural, mild cleanser. Unlike soaps and shampoos Rhassoul contains no surfactants and cleanses gently by absorbing impurities and excess oil. With a pH of 6.9 – 7.5, Rhassoul is THE choice for natural and chemical-free hair and skin cleansing.
Rhassoul is an absorbent clay that dissolves in water and plus-ionizes its mineral content when dissolved. The ionized minerals help to fill up the NMF (Natural Moisture Factor - natural cellulite between cells) that is lost by our skin through stress and aging. Its use has a positive effect on keratin carries out recovery promotion of the damaged of horny layer.  When added to water, the Rhassoul-paste is used to adsorb the oils, dead
skin cells, and dirt from the surface of the skin, scalp, and hair.

Rhassoul use for skin conditions. The results of this single use Rhassoul study produced these findings….

  • Reduces dryness (79%)
  • Reduces flakiness (41%)
  • Improves skin clarity (68%)
  • Improves skin elasticity / firmness (24%)
  • Improves skin texture (106%)
  • Removes surface oil and oil from inside and around comedons
  • Removes dead skin layers, resulting in a general smoothing of the surface skin
  • In addition to the oil removal characteristics


My First Rhassoul Clay Hair Treatment


This is how mix my ‘Rhassoul Clay Treatment’ I use about 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of warm water and 150g of rhassoul clay. I was not planning to use the whole 150g, but I added to much water and so I have no choice; it was bummer I tend to be good at getting these power mixes right on, awww well there is always a first.


I mix it up and let it sit for a while it was a bit runny and I wanted a thicker consistency so I added a squirt of Mizani Moistufuse conditioner which did the trick of getting to the perfect consistency.

I then co-washed my hair with Aussie Cleanse and Mend conditioner (US version), loves this conditioner. I blotted dry my hair a bit then I apply the rhassoul clay mix in sections and then cover with two shower caps. I was hoping to do it for an hour, but I got busy doing bits around the house and it left in for about 5 hours.



I then rinsed it out and I really like the results, it made my hair feel so soft, clean and conditioned. It made the natural parts of my hair the curls seemed more defined and was big and felt heavy. I really liked the results and the feel of my hair afterwards. I am going to order some more and do another treatment, so far really nice results.

Rating: 5/5

Price: varies, purchase from newdirectionsuk, thesoapkitchen, akuawood


  1. i have always wanted to try this clay. Have you tried bentonite clay? or henna? which do u prefer?

  2. Thanks for sharing! how long is your hair and How much clay would you have used if you had originally added the correct amount of water? I have never heard of conditioning first, but afterwards yes- I must try this!

  3. @BreukelensFinest, I think you will like it when and if you do get a chance to try it. It is a nice treatment for the hair.
    Ok the three powders you mentioned are in fact different in respect to their purpose and what they have to offer.
    (a). Henna does not cleanse the hair is adds red tone and strengthens the hair. So in terms of me liking it a like for the fact that I can use it as often as I like in place of a protein conditioner and I also get the benefit of a natural red hue on my hair.
    (b). I have tried bentonite clay, I did a review on it, it saved under my tab 'Alternative treatment', it is a cleanser, it gently cleanser the hair and scalp, it a clay you have to e quick with when mixing and it will lump up instantly. I like the results I got from and recently reorder 500g, BUT there is something about I can not quite out my finger on, that I find a little weird about. So I am going to experiment some more. Before I write it off!
    (c). Rhassoul Clay, I used it once and I really like the results I got, I have ordered 1kg lol It is mild cleanser and it has a conditioning benefit to it. Which I like and so does my hair.
    So all in all they are all nice powders and have their own benefits depending on what you looking for.

    @Withintheword, my hair is BSB the time I did a length check that was in December. I was hoping to use half of the 150g, but maybe I was kidding myself really in thinking that.
    Sorry but I do not understand what you mean about conditioning first???

  4. Did you use regular water to mix the clay? Or does it need some type of special or filtered water?

    I ask because there is a product called Natural Laxer that is a similar treatment and worked great on my hair when I used it. Only difference is it came with what they called "Rose Water". The whole package is expensive though so I'd rather not have to purchase any special kind of water if I don't need to, especially since Rhassoul Clay on the other hand is sold in huge quantities for cheap. So if I can use this clay and mix it with regular water it'd be a little bit of an expense saved.

    1. hey i just wanted 2 comment..i knw its old,lol but. yes the baka beautiful nautral-laxer is really expensive considering if u have long, thick hair. rhassoul clay would do you just well!

  5. I've got a small jar of red clay and I've wondered what I could be doing with it. I like using it as a mask, but I rarely get around to it. Thank you for writing this! I want to make time for this.

  6. Hi there! I came back across this post after doing some extra experimenting with my clay! What I mean about conditioning was that you 'co-washed' your hair before you applied it. Leaving your hair in its natural ( unwashed) state helps the clay absorb better, as I was told by the Indian women. It makes sense, and ever since I don't become frantic if I have not washed my hair, as there has been no difference in results. Thanks so much for your blog, love it!

  7. Hey girl thank you very much, wonderful head of hair!